Last year, while attending the 2009 World Tea Expo, I had the pleasure of meeting Sondra Wells, Owner and Founder of Botanical Bakery. It was great to put a face with the name – several months earlier I sampled and reviewed several Botanical Bakery products. See Tea Escapade Blog Post: Botanical Bakery – Tea Cookies. At that time, there were only four varieties of their yummy tea cookies available.
Imagine, my surprise, when I opened my mail today, to find a Christmas gift from Ms. Wells, as a token of appreciation. I am sure you guessed with accuracy the contents of the gift – a package of Peppermint Cacao Nibs – the latest tea cookies created by Botanical Bakery. Every now and then, we receive little surprises that simply add more sunshine to our day. I couldn’t wait to rip open the package.
The ingredients are simple: organic unbleached flour, organic sweet cream butter, organic pure cane sugar, organic peppermint, organic cacao nibs, and vitamin E. However the taste is far from simple. I’m sure, Botanical Bakery will be quite surprised to see another product review. But the reality is, I have to give credit where credit is due.
Peppermint Cacao Nibs have the buttery quality characteristic of Botanical Bakery products. Combined with unique all organic ingredients like – cacao nibs and peppermint – these cookies by Botanical Bakery are distinctly different from other butter cookies. Crisp, dense, and buttery Peppermint Cacao Nibs are delish! The cacao nibs not only provide a sweet yet mild chocolaty flavor that is released while chewing, but add a crunchy texture. To explain further, cacao nibs are cleaned, roasted, winnowed and lightly crushed cacao beans. And just when you think you have tasted all the flavors, the taste buds are greeted by the pleasantly cool taste of peppermint. I almost finished the entire package in one sitting, because the more I ate, the chocolate and mint became more profound.
To learn more about Sondra Wells and Botanical Bakery or to place an order, visit their website at http://botanicalbakery.com. Be sure to try the Peppermint Cacao Nibs. When you do, please stop by and share your experience.