Community Food Reviews and Such

Manitoba Made Products

Monday I wrote about the new Farmer’s Market on Broadway. This year, with all the wet weather, the fruit and vegetables have been a little slow in arriving. In addition, the quality has been a little on the low side so far. However, there are still lots of Manitoba made products showing up in these markets.

A good and hot jelly from Forever Prairie
Forever Prairie Inferno Wine Jelly
Manitoba made Habanero Krunchies from Barb's Kitchen
Barb’s Kitchen supplies an interesting snack idea with the Habanero Krunchies.
Manitoba Made Thrive Bars.
Thrive Bars, a high energy snack.
Winnipeg Hot Sauces for a Time of S...
Winnipeg Hot Sauces for a Time of Self-Isolation.

Over the last few weeks I’ve tried several different Manitoba made items.  Most of these have been at the Farmer’s Market, but one was being sold off of a bicycle on the street. I’m going to pair up some of these items, because they have a degree of similarity.
The first two Manitoba made products are Jennifer Lee’s Gluten Free Cracker Crisps and the Habanero Crunchies from Barb’s Kitchen.  When  I bought the cracker chips from Jennifer, she said that she was worker on making them a little thinner to add more crunch to them.  That would be a nice addition, but the flavour is really good, and they are well designed for dipping or spreading a little cream cheese on.  The Habanero Crunchies have more of a breadstick texture to them.  Despite being named Habanero they are not particularly spicy, which makes them good to serve when you have a diverse group of people over.  They would also be good added to a salad to give it a little bit more of a crunch.
The next two Mantioba Made products I’ve tried are two jellies.  The first was an Apricot Jalapeno Jelly from Julie’s Jams and Jellies.  The second was the Inferno Wine Jelly from Forever Prairie.  Of the two I preferred the Inferno Wine Jelly.  It had both the flavour of the wine, and the heat that one would expect from a product named Inferno.  While the Apricot Jelly had a good Apricot flavour, the Jalapeno part didn’t shine through.
Another new Manitoba made product for me was the Thrive bar from Jill Tanner.  Ms. Tanner was this years winner of the Great Manitoba Food Fight with her Jamore Blueberry Jam.  The jam is on my list of future products to try.  This time around I tried the Chocolate Coconut Bliss Bar.  The bar has a rich, dark chocolate colour to it, and I expected it to be quite heavy.  On the contrary.  While it is substantial and filling, it has a light quality to it. The only sugar in it is what is in the chocolate chips, so while it is sweet, you are not overwhelmed by the sweetness.  This bar would make for a nice energy boost in the middle of the day.
The final Manitoba made product I’m featuring today is Cornell Creme ice cream.  I happened upon this while wandering down Broadway.  These small containers were being sold out of a bike.  I tired the Chocolate truffle flavour.  This ice cream is rich in texture.  At $4.00 for the container I wasn’t sure that if was a great value.  Yet, I felt like I had eaten the equivalent of two or three dixie cups by the time I was finished. Not only was the flavour premium, but I felt full and satisfied.  A good combination.

Manitoba Made Makes My Day

This post lists just a few of the Manitoba made products that are out there.  It’s all focused on some of the smaller scale producers.  My plan is to write more of these product sampling posts, to help my readers discover more the world of Manitoba made food.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.