Huckleberry Product Reviews Archive

Huckleberry Association Tee Shirts!!

Posted July 2, 2016 By sandy
For a limited time only:  Huckleberry Association Tee Shirts!!

Show your proud support for the wild huckleberry resource (and the wonderful goodies made from them) by getting this Tee featuring the International Wild Huckleberry Association Tee ShirtsHuckleberry official logo! These also make great gifts for your outdoorsy friends or family members.

This shirt is available in 7 different colors and ALL sizes, through Wednesday, July 6 — the peak of huckleberry season in Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, and eastern Washington in the US, Alberta and British Columbia in Canada! (West Coast berries are usually a bit later!)

This is the FIRST Tee Shirt offering in support of the Association. Become a leader in huckleberry conservation and enjoyment by wearing your IWHA Tee with pride.

Order your Huckleberry tee shirt today!

PS We love photos… of you and/or your family members wearing the Tees (and/or out picking) … please email to HuckleberryAssociation@gmail.com and we will get them up on the blog and the Facebook page… thanks in advance!

Happy Huckleberry!

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Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted May 26, 2016 By sandy

One of my favorite ways to enjoy huckleberries is in barbecue sauce.

If you have never had Huckleberry BBQ sauce, you are missing a wonderful combination of sweet and savory sauces for beef, pork or chicken.

First time I had huckleberry barbecue sauce was in a meatball dish.  The gal cooked the meatballs ahead of time; then added them with a bottle of sauce into a crockpot and cooked it awhile longer.  Oh my goodness, it was delicious!

Most Huckleberry BBQ Sauces make great dipping sauces for chips, veggies or meat strips; as a marinade sauce (or with meatballs!); in baked beans or lentils; on your homemade pizzas; as a spread for your cold meat sandwiches; mixed in your specialty salads; in soup or stew or chili …. and I have mixed huckleberry barbecue sauce into vegetables as a sweet sour style flavor.

Several different Huckleberry Barbecue sauces are produced around the Rocky Mountain region — where most huckleberries are harvested.

Here are some of my favorites:

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce:  Made in the Sandpoint, Idaho area, this is my very favorite sauce (and the one used in the meatball dish described above).  This thick style sauce is very flavorful with a mix of tomato sauces, pastes and purees along with huckleberries, blueberries, brown sugar, vinegar, onion and spices.

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

 

Dorothy’s Wild Huckleberry BBQ Sauce Marinade:  A thinner sauce, made in the Boise, Idaho area, is great for marinading your meats and fish before you cook.  This sauce contains many of the same ingredients along with chile and onion powder, paprika, molasses and grilling flavor.

 

HB BBQ

Huckleberry Haven Huckleberry BBQ Sauce from our friends, over the border in Montana.

 

 

 

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Huckleberry Products for your Event?

Posted October 15, 2015 By sandy

During the fall and winter, Tastes of Idaho, our sister site, does a booming business in special orders for the event industry.

Inquiries come from people holding a holiday event, organizing an workshop or meeting, sending customer gifts…. even planning family reunions… They want to get some huckleberry products, favors, gifts for welcome packets, or just create fun memories… and what better way to do it, than with tasteful and tasty goodies?

With our connections to the huckleberry and Idaho gourmet food industries, we can often put together a special bulk order, even with products we don’t show on our website.

Huckleberry Products for your event

Popular items include lip balms (several flavors, including our top selling huckleberry), 2 oz or 4 oz huckleberry jams, SOAPS in a wide variety of scents and configurations, popcorn, honey, and all kinds of confections.

Oh, and did I mention custom labels are available on many items?? Not every product is available this way with your own logo, company name, or event particulars. But depending on volume, and a small graphics charge, you would be surprised what we can come up with!

Put your special holiday (or other event) date and information on your own private label, as a memory maker. Consider the impact of your company name on a huckleberry goodie that will REALLY stand out at a trade show or conference.

Oh, and depending on volume, we can often do a 15% or more discount over regular retail prices!

Give us a holler, and let us do come concierge shopping for you.

Do remember that logistics for these larger orders do require a bit of extra time, ESPECIALLY if you want a custom label.

Last year, we shipped out thousands of cool huckleberry items, including jams, lip balms, soaps, and candy for wedding favors, customer gifts, and conference welcome packs.

Are you associated with an upcoming conference or other event in the near future, that I can help you make even more memorable??

Give me a quick call, and let’s see what we can find and create for you!

Sandy & Malcolm Dell
Tastes of Idaho
888-231-1699

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Huckleberry Cheese Cake, Anyone??

Posted November 5, 2014 By sandy

I found this picture on the internet that made my mouth water ….

Food Porn: “This is how we do cheesecake here in Idaho,” posts Idaho Dad. “Smothered with huckleberries, and really just looking too good to eat, although we get around to it after much admiring and photo-taking.” Mmm-mmm good.

Food Porn: “This is how we do cheesecake here in Idaho,” posts Idaho Dad. “Smothered with huckleberries, and really just looking too good to eat, although we get around to it after much admiring and photo-taking.” Mmm-mmm good.

….And, I thought, how mean that they did not include a recipe!!

So, for huckleberry cheese cake lovers, here are some recipes ….

Organic Double Chocolate Huckleberry Cheesecake

“Decadent delight is contest winner” From The Spokesman-ReviewKirsten Schierman of Spokane won the grand prize in a chocolate recipe contest sponsored by DisneyFamily.com. Her Organic Double Chocolate Huckleberry Cheesecake earned her a $2,000 shopping spree at Williams-Sonoma. …

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Cake

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Huckleberry Cheesecake Recipe by delcy – CHOWHuckleberry cheesecake is one of the best i have ever had. The berries make a delicious topping. You can find the berries year around (frozen of course) at

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Pie

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe – Allrecipes.comA pecan pastry is the base of this cream cheese pie that’s topped with a delicious huckleberry sauce.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with Huckleberries

Phe.MOM.enon: Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with HuckleberriesBy PheMom
My mother-in-law got this recipe from another family member for a no-bake Cherry Cheesecake, and since my husband is such a fiend for huckleberries, and his Mom always makes sure to have some on hand, we decided to top the cheesecake

Huckleberry Goat Cheese Cake

Fold in 8 additional cups of huckleberries and cool. Sweet Summer. DESSERTS. CONTINUED ➛ Huckleberry and Peach Topping (while warm), and finish ..

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Berry Bliss: Huckleberry Bliss!By Berry Bliss
Huckleberries are relatives of the blueberry and the cranberry they are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, iron and a good source of vitamin A. They are a good source of vitamin B and helps speed up metabolism and potassium

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Huckleberry Cheese Cake

Dessert Recipe Ideas: How To Make A Huckleberry CheesecakeHistorically, many a loving couple may have courted while picking huckleberries while in group settings. This makes choosing to make and serve a huckleberry
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HB pie filling

Huckleberry Pie Filling

If you would like an easy way to make huckleberry cheese cake, just buy or make your favorite recipe and add a jar of this Huckleberry Pie Filling on top.  A wonderfully easy and delicious topping for ANY cake.

Wild Mountain Huckleberry Pie Filling can be found and purchased on our Tastes of Idaho website!

Check out the large selection of other huckleberry products on the site!

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Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted June 28, 2014 By sandy

Barbecue season is here!

How about surprising your family and friends, with something to try out on the barbie grill?

At Tastes of Idaho, we carry the ORIGINAL (and still the best) huckleberry BBQ sauce from Gem Berry Products. A beefy 16 oz bottle, that pours well, and is great on salmon, chicken, pork, beef or wild game! A slightly sweet, savory sauce with bits of REAL huckleberry dotted about.

Huckleberry BBQ sauce is a tasty dressing laced with whole huckleberries and blueberries anHuckleberry BBQ Sauced hand-made in small batches to enhance the natural flavor of this wild mountain fruit.

Labeled attractively in 16 oz. glass bottles, this BBQ sauce has the ambiance of a sweet and sour tomato based sauce that, in my opinion, is to die for!!

First time I tasted it was in a meatball dish and it was heavenly!

Uses of Huckleberry BBQ Sauce
*Glaze for poultry, fish, pork or beef dishes
*Dipping sauce
*Add flavor to any tomato based dishes
*Any applications where you would use BBQ Sauce

Here is what some of our customers have said about Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce”

“We purchased a bottle of your Huckleberry BBQ sauce and we just loved it. The only problem is, I can’t remember where I bought it … We really need some ribs with your sauce on them!! We took a ton of ribs to a neighborhood block party that had your sauce on them. They were a hit. Our neighbors want to buy your sauce also.”
P. Bulkley from Spokane, Washington

Check out the Huck Barbecue sauce here! And while you are there, check out all the other wonderful huckleberry products at Tastes of Idaho

 

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Huckleberry Lemonade Featured in People Magazine

Posted December 6, 2013 By sandy

A huckleberry lemonade product, manufactured by Gem Berry Products of Sandpoint, Idaho is featured in the “Entertaining Special’ holiday issue of “People” Magazine, on newsstands now through Christmas (2013).

harry1 Harry Menser, 82, and co-owner of Gem Berry, announces that their eight-year-old “Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate” was selected as the sole Idaho representative for ‘People magazine’s — Food Gifts from Every State” feature article, on page 70.

According to Menser, a retired University of Idaho horticulturist, “People” magazine contacted the company via their GemBerry.com website in September, asked for samples, and approved the Gem Berry entry in October.

He added, that “the concentrate is made of pure wild huckleberry juice squeezed from Idaho huckleberries in small batches; then combined with 100% pure lemon juice, and sweeteners”.

The product comes in a 12-ounce “wine-shaped” bottle, with a colorful label, featuring a graphic of a bush with rich purple berries and a lemon. Combined with a gold shrink band, and decorative hang tag, the presentation is “striking”, Menser said, and is “very popular for holiday parties or gift giving”.

According to the label, users of the tangy, sweet beverage may dilute with two parts water to one part product.Huckleberry lemonade concentrate

However, “most people tell us that 3 to 1 – water to concentrate – works even better”, Menser said.

Common uses for the huckleberry lemonade include just using it as a drink – per label instructions – or as part of a holiday punch with ice cream and sparkling cider. A large number of people also use it as a unique and delicious mixer for spirits, he added.

The huckleberry lemonade was the last recipe – in a long line – designed by Elizabeth O’Brien before her passing in 2004. Elizabeth and her husband Jack, were also founding owners of Gem Berry, in partnership with Menser and his late wife, Betty. Harry is the sole remaining member of the original foursome.

Gem Berry is still owned half by Menser, and half by the O’Brien estate.

Jack and Elizabeth O’Brien’s daughter, Mary, now runs the processing operation for Gem Berry.

Gem Berry, founded in 1993 (20 years ago) sells wild huckleberry, red raspberry, and wild blueberry products both at retail, and wholesale to retail stores and food service.

Huckleberry products, including jam, syrup, sugar free spread, honey, barbecue sauce, cordials, and taffy, are their biggest sellers.

Gem Berry is located at the Bonner Business Center (BBC) and was a charter client of the BBC Kitchen in 1993.

Products may be purchased online at http://www.GemBerry.com or by calling Sandy in customer service at (888) 231-1699.

 

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Huckleberry picking season is over (the snow is already flying in north Idaho!  *sigh*).    But I know there are lots of you who wanted huckleberries, but didn’t get any this year!  Don’t despair as I have an alternative for you!

Tastes of Idaho has received a large inventory of huckleberry products — and will continue to add more products to the website over the next weeks.  If you have never tried ‘commercial’ huckleberry products (most products on the site are handmade, in small batches,  the ole’ fashion way), you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they really are!!  And as the website name implies, all the products listed (including a few non-huckleberry items) are made in Idaho!

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Tastes of Idaho carries some very unique huckleberry products such as:

Of course, we also carry a variety of  huckleberry jams and syrups.  And more products, like huckleberry pancake and dessert mixes, will be arriving soon.

If you love huckleberries and would like to give some products as gifts, you can order a “Build Your Own Huckleberry Basket”!  Pick you favorite items, add a basket and shred, and your gift can be shipped to anyone in the US!  What more can you ask for?

NOTE:  I will be sending out another post when the rest of the products arrive in the warehouse!

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Huckleberry Snack Mix

Posted July 3, 2013 By sandy

Nothing beats huckleberry chocolates, but during the hot summers …. well, chocolate is just not a good thing to pack or take on a trip!

But for those who love trail mix, Wildbeary has developed a Huckleberry Snack Mix.

Wildbeary Huckleberry Snack MixLike a trail mix, Huckleberry Snack Mix includes some healthy and wonderfully tasty ingredients:

  • Roasted and salted almonds
  • Organic soy nuts
  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • Sesame sticks
  • Craisins
  • Sugar Infused Huckleberries

In case you are not familiar with sugar-infused huckleberries, they are fresh picked huckleberries, soaked in a sugar solution and dried slightly to resemble a huckleberry ‘raisin’ — the closest thing to a fresh shelf stable huckleberry.

And if you are concerned with the chocolate covered sunflower seeds, they can withstand a great deal of heat before they melt.

All in all, this product is perfect for summer day snacks.

Where can you order these?  Just check out our Tastes of Idaho site for Wildbeary Huckleberry Snack Mix.  

While you are there, check out some of our other huckleberry goodies!

Also as you know, huckleberry season is just around the corner.  If you have not already ordered your huckleberry picking rake, make sure to check them out as well — we have several in stock right now, but they sell out fast this time of the year!!

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Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted April 25, 2013 By sandy

My very favorite huckleberry product is Huckleberry BBQ Sauce.  And not just any Huckleberry BBQ sauce, but Gem Berry Huckleberry BBQ sauce.

I have tasted a few different HB sauces, but none as good as Gem Berry’s thick tasty BBQ Sauce!!

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce has the ambiance of a sweet and sour tomato based sauce that, in my opinion, is HB BBQ new, reducedto die for!!  Made in small batches and mixed with small amounts of blueberries, this particular huckleberry sauce makes a wonderful glaze for any types of meat where you would usually serve with BBQ sauce.

The first time I tastes Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce I fell in love with it.  The chef used this tangy sauce to cook with meatballs.  Personally, I am not a big meatball fan, but I went back for seconds on this dish.

When I bought some of my own, I used it as a dipping sauce — the thick sweet and sour sauce tasted wonderful on chicken and pork.  My husband told me it was even good on fish.

If you are looking for a wonderful BBQ sauce taste experience, I would highly recommend Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce.

Amble 16 oz. bottle is reasonably priced.

If you are interested in trying the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread, you can find it on the Gem Berry website.

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Huckleberry Spread

Posted April 3, 2013 By sandy

Since we are all waiting impatiently for huckleberry season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite huckleberry products with you ….. Huckleberry Spread.

Huckleberry spread/preservesGem Berry has created a NO SUGAR ADDED huckleberry spread for those who desire flavor but cannot tolerate sugar.  The key to their Huckleberry Spread is the sweetener, Lycasin*, which is a colorless, odorless, clear syrup with organic and mineral purity.  Lycasin has a pleasant, sweet taste with no after taste.  Diabetics may find this NO SUGAR ADDED spread useful in their diets.

During the years I sold this product to retail stores, many store buyers/managers told me that the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread was one of their most popular products.  They told me that the concentration of huckleberries (without the added white sugar) in the spread was much higher and thicker, making this more of a preserve rather than a jam or spread.

*Note:  Lycasin is the trade name for Maltisorb (Crystalline Maltitol) and is a corn derivative.

If you are interested in trying the Gem Berry Huckleberry Spread, you can find it on the Gem Berry website

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