Monday, January 24, 2011

Valentines Box o’ Chocolate Contest

It's contest time! This is the first one we've ever had here at the blog and we hope to do more. February is synonymous with chocolate so we're calling our first contest the:

Valentines Box o’ Chocolate Contest

It’s not a boring box of chocolates; it’s a box of everything we make with chocolate in it.

 We have 2 prizes consisting of 1 package each of:

Chocolate Dipped Donuts
Chocolate Vanilla KinniTOOS Sandwich Crème Cookies
Fudge KinniTOOS Sandwich Crème Cookies
Montanas Chocolate Chip Cookies
JB Brownies
Chocolate KinniKritters Animal Cookies
Chocolate Cake Mix
Chocolate Cookie Crumbs

(and we’ve thrown in a package of our Pumpkin Spice Donuts & our I ♥ Cinnamon-Apple Donuts just for fun)

Approximate Value $50

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Contest Rules:

  • This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA. Not valid where prohibited.
  • Contest begins on January 24, 2010 and will end on February 8, 2010 at 9 pm. 
  • Winners will be chosen at random from all entries.
  • The winners will be announced  here and notified via email. 
  • Winners must respond within 48 hours to claim.  If prize is not claimed in the allotted time, another eligible entry will be chosen. 

UPDATE: Contest is now CLOSED. Winners have been notified by email and have 48 hours to contact us.

    Congratulations to our winners; Bo from Etobicoke, ON and Karoline from Fair Lawn, NJ. We hope you enjoy your prize!

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    Waffling on Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    The Waffle. Texture alone raises it to satisfaction levels that surpass the pancake. Sure, French toast is yummy, but hey, it’s just a stack of bread on a plate. The waffle may indeed lie alone atop the tasty breakfast hierarchy.

    The waffle first burst onto the scene in 14th century England as thin, crisp wafers. Waffles eventually became so popular that King Charles IX of France had to impose regulation in order to keep vendors from clashing on the street. North America saw its first waffle in 1620, introduced by pilgrims. Thomas Jefferson actually brought a waffle iron from France which gave way to waffle parties, a popular event in the 18th century.

    With so much culture, texture and taste, why only enjoy them for breakfast? Hoorray for Waffles - All Day Long


    As Easy As It Gets: Kinnikinnick Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Homestyle Waffles toasted & topped with apples, bananas or strawberries, yogurt or syrup.

    Original Waffle Egg in the Hole
    Defrost a Kinnikinnick Original Homestyle Waffle for 10 seconds in the microwave. Use a small juice glass or a knife to cut a hole in the centre of the waffle. Melt 2 tblsp butter or margarine in a skillet. Add waffle to pan and crack an egg into the hole. Fry until egg begins to set. Flip and continue frying until egg is desired doneness. Tip: fry the circle you cut out at the same time and use it to dip into the egg yolk.

    To Go:
    Original Waffle Fried Egg Sandwich – Toast and add egg & cheese. Tip: For a to-go sandwich, cook the yolk hard.

    Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Waffle Nutella Sandwich - Toast and spread with Nutella. Substitute peanut butter and other nut butters. For nut free folks, try Sunbutter or NoNuts peabutter.


    Waffle BLT Sandwich (waffles and smoky bacon? Mmmm)
    2 toasted Kinnikinnick Original Homestyle Waffles, 2 slices cooked maple smoked bacon,1 leaf lettuce, 1 tomato slice, mayo salt & pepper to taste. Tip: to quickly cook bacon, place between 2 sheets of paper towel on a plate and microwave for 3 minutes on high.

    Waffle Monte Cristo
    2 Kinnikinnick Original Homestyle Waffles
    1 egg beaten with 2 tblsp milk & dash of salt & pepper
    1 slice chicken or turkey
    1 slice Swiss or Gruyere cheese
    Mayo & Mustard

    Assemble Waffles, meat, cheese and mayo/mustard into a sandwich. Secure with toothpicks. Dip in beaten egg mixture. Fry on medium high in butter or margarine until cheese is melted. Don't forget to remove the toothpicks :)


    Breakfast for Dinner
    Original Homestyle Waffles toasted, gluten free sausage and eggs

    Chicken and Waffles.
    (Never heard of Chicken and Waffles? Most sources point to the Wells Supper Club in Harlem as the first restaurant to serve them. They started selling the chicken and waffles dish to late-night patrons of their club in 1938 "as it was too late for dinner and too early for breakfast" *)

    Buttermilk Waffles:
    2 cups Kinnikinnick Pancake & Waffle Mix
    1 egg
    1 cup buttermilk
    3 tblsp vegetable oil

    Combine all ingredients and mix well. You may need to add a bit of water to thin batter. Use your waffle iron directions for bake cycle.

    1 broiler/fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces
    2 tablespoons kosher salt
    2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
    2 teaspoons garlic powder
    2 cups low fat buttermilk
    2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
    Kinnikinnick All Purpose Celiac Flour (for dredging)

    According to Mike you must use “Crisco!!!!  (NO substitutions!  Crisco makes or breaks this recipe!)”

    Place 8 chicken pieces into a covered container and cover chicken with buttermilk. Lid and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

    Slowly melt enough Crisco (over low heat) to come just 1/8-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or HEAVY fry pan. Once the shortening liquefies, begin to raise the heat up to 325 degrees F.

    Drain chicken in a colander. Combine salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Generously season chicken with this mixture. Dredge chicken in GF flour mixture - be sure to shake off excess.

    For Extra Crispy
    Kinnikinnick Panko Style Bread Crumbs
    2 eggs beaten
    Dip floured chicken in egg and dredge in Panko

    Place chicken SKIN SIDE DOWN into the pan. Put thighs in the middle, and breast and legs around the edge of the pan. The oil should come about half way up the pan. Cook chicken until golden brown on each side, roughly 10 to 12 minutes per side. The internal temperature should be around 180 degrees.

    Drain chicken on a rack over a sheet pan. DO NOT drain by setting chicken on newspaper, paper towels or brown paper bags.

    If you need to hold the chicken before serving, cover loosely with foil but avoid holding in a warm oven, especially if it's a gas oven.

    Top waffles with chicken. Serve with chicken gravy or maple syrup. The choice is yours :)


    Waffles & Ice Cream
    Toast Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Waffles. Top with vanilla bean ice cream, candied pecans and pure maple syrup (you’ve just -got- to use real maple syrup.)

    Baked Brie en Waffle

    3 defrosted Original Waffles cut into triangles (corner to corner)
    1 small wheel of brie cheese
    ¼ cup apricot or raspberry Jam
    ½ cup sliced almonds

    Preheat oven to 375F Arrange waffle triangles in a circle (like a pinwheel) on a baking sheet. Brush with melted butter.

    Split brie down middle so you have 2 thinner wheels. Place 1 half of brie on the waffles, cut side up. Spread with a thin layer of jam. Top with ½ the almonds. Place the other half of the brie cut side up on top of the almonds, spread the remaining jam on the brie and top with the remaining almonds. Bake 8-10 minutes until brie begins to soften. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.

    Do you have a favourite use for Waffles? Let’s hear about them in the comments.

    * Adapted from Macaroni Mike's Fried Chicken and Waffles (republished under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License)

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Clearance Centre Now Open

    We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Clearance Centre on our website.

    Throughout the year, we often find ourselves with what is known as "short dated" and "run end" product. Short dated product is product that is still is within its best before date, but too close to the date for us to sell to our distributors. Run End products are partial cases left over at the end of a product batch. We end up with a freezer-full of odds and ends. Our solution is to offer these cases to our direct customers at a minimum 25% discount.

    To Shop, just click the Clearance Centre tab in the Product Category list on the website or click here to go there directly.

    Clearance Centre Terms
    • All items are sold While Quantities Last. Quantities listed on website may be innaccurate. Available quantities are updated once a day.
    • Clearance Items are Overstock or Short Dated
    • Short Dated means the product is closer to the Best Before date than our Distributors will allow. This is usually 6 or 8 months before expiry but may be shorter.
    • These products may be previously frozen. You should freeze them when you receive them.
    • Products are sold in Full Cases Only. No mixing of product in a case.
    • Product is sold as-is. No refunds or reships unless damaged.
    • All Sales Final.
    • $200 limit imposed by US customs still applies to US orders.
    • Standard shipping rates apply
    • Not available to commercial customers

    Friday, January 7, 2011

    I ♥ Cinnamon-Apple Donuts

    Our Pumpkin Spice Seasonal Donut was such a hit that we decided to offer even more fun and tasty flavours throughout the year. Here's our first for 2011!

    I ♥ Cinnamon-Apple Donuts

    What says I ♥ You like a Cinnamon & Apple Donut. A super moist donut with apple puree and cinnamon, topped with a cinnamon glaze and hot pink cinnamon icing, this Valentines Day treat will only be around until Feb 28. Get some for the one you love (and some for you too!)

    Just like our Pumpkin Spice Donut this is only available on our website or by calling toll free 1-877-503-4466

    (and btw, we still have a few packages of those Pumpkin Spice Donuts left so you can still order them if you missed out!)

    Important Note for Edmonton Retail Store Customers - these will not be available this weekend. Look for them starting Tuesday.