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  1. Ah, memories. The whole experience trying to order from Croquade was not great, as I remember - I put in the order, they cancelled it the next day because they didn't have the product, then they hung on to my money for something like a month while I kept asking when they would refund me, until I disputed the charge with my credit card company. Great melters, bad customer service!
  2. Around these parts, the Amarena cherries show up around the beginning of the winter holiday season - I start looking for them in late October/early November and as soon as they show up I always snag two or three jars, because they're never around for more than a week or two.
  3. That fruit spread is one of my favorites - it is definitely on the tart side, and for me it doesn't have the wateriness (for lack of a better word) of a lot of spreads sweetened with fruit juice. I love it on a toasted, buttered waffle.
  4. Yes, I did use frozen puree - Wegmans carries Goya brand and it works beautifully.
  5. I did juice them (key limes), cursing the tiny little things all the while.
  6. Funny - I have been eyeing the Ooni but I don’t yet have a place to put it. Rest assured though, I am fully vaxxed and quite anxious for a long-overdue visit when the border reopens!
  7. They kept for probably a couple weeks before they started to go grainy. We had them enrobed in chocolate, which no doubt helped them keep their texture. We only made what we would sell (took orders ahead of time), so storage wasn’t a concern. They were packaged by the half pound in heat-sealed cello bags.
  8. You're welcome. I'm glad you liked them. Everything looks so great - lucky neighbors!
  9. Of all the events in my life lost to COVID this year, this is the one I miss the most! Thank you @curls for reaching out. Assuming things get back to normal by then, you can bet @Kerry Beal and the elves will be back at it next December.
  10. I've been very happy with Cocoa Supply - https://www.cocoasupply.com/. Seems to be good quality and prices are excellent.
  11. Quick update on tours: Fowlers does not do tours outside of one per year in October, for which they charge admission (the proceeds go to charity). Watsons does not do tours at all. Still waiting to hear back from Landies, but Platters does factory tours by appointment for groups of 20 or larger. I am in the "trading voicemails" stage with their person, and am hoping they might make an exception if Landies falls through and our group is smaller than 20.
  12. I hadn't thought of Landies - I will reach out to them!
  13. I'll make some preliminary calls just to see what the best option might be and wait until the schedule and master class attendance is sorted then!
  14. I will look into arranging a factory tour. Fowler’s would be ideal as they are in the same industrial park as Tomric, but I think they only do one tour a year and it’s for charity. I’ll check it out though. I suspect we’d have better luck with another company, Platters, which is a bit north of the city. They have a large production facility and I believe their production area is viewable, so I think a tour would be more in their wheelhouse. They do make sponge candy and other confections on site and have a large enrobing line. Watsons would be another good choice - they are very well known here and also make sponge candy. Any sense of what day/rough time frame would be right?
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