Huckleberry Product Reviews Archive

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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Have You Ever Seen a Bear with a Purple Smile?

Posted March 30, 2013 By sandy

Last week, my friends at Farcountry Press in Montana sent me one of their newly published books:  “Have You Ever Seen a Bear with a Purple Smile?”  Having an interest in anything huckleberry, I was excited to see what this lovely children’s book was all about  … (well, of course, I knew it was about huckleberries, but wanted to see more!).

The cover alone gave it away!!  A cute bear with (wanna guess??) …. a purple smile! Although the cover is pale blue, the inside is full of purple pages!

Have You Seen a Bear with a Purple Smile?

Writer, Laura Budds, adds interesting rhyming copy as a conversation between momma bunny and her little ones about the bears and huckleberries.  The beautiful illustrations of the bunny family, huckleberries and the bear are by Kadie Zimmerman.  This hard covered book will be enjoyed over and over again by your little ones!

The back page talks about the author and illustrator, and tells you a bit about huckleberries.

Order a copy of this book  for your family

 

 

 

 

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Wild Huckleberry Jam

Posted April 10, 2009 By sandy

When people thinks of wild huckleberry gourmet goodies, the first product that comes to mind is huckleberry jam — the most widely treasured and sought after of wild huckleberry foods… right after huckleberry pie (with vanilla ice cream) of course!’

One of the very first, if not THE first specialty food company selling huckleberry jam, is Gem Berry Products of Sandpoint, Idaho. Harry and Jack, both in their 70’s, are still having fun with their business after more than a quarter century!

Their wild huckleberry jam page includes two sizes of jam, which Jack claims is “still the best” on the market. They also offer a huckleberry-raspberry jam (to die for!!), and a sugar-free huckleberry spread or preserve, sweetened with lycasin (derived from corn), among the most widely respected of the growing army of artificial sweeteners on the planet. I’ve heard retail store owners call this “the best huckleberry jam on the market… no sugar added or not!”

And Gem Berry labels are among the most colorful and beautiful in the huckleberry gourmet food industry.

Perhaps the most fun huckleberry jam, is the Huckleberry Toe Jam from Idaho Redneck, “hand picked from between the delicate digits of barefoot rednecks, after traversing the mountain wilds of Idaho!”. Previously available just in 4.9 ounce, Toe Jam now comes in a honkin’ 11 ounce jar as well! One gooey jar will amply cover an entire cheesecake!

I’ve heard people comment that this product is a joke, and not to be eaten! But Idaho Redneck Huckleberry Toe Jam is a true gourmet delight, manufactured in Idaho in a commercial kitchen. This label verbiage puts a smile on your face… the tasty jam is just a bonus! (PS Great holiday stocking stuffer!!… Add some massage oil and a bar of pine scent soap and you have a great “foot care” gift basket!)

A more elegant jam offering comes from Gold Mountain Gourmet wild huckleberry products. Beautiful foil labels, give this sweet, tangy product a touch of class. Many Gold Mountain products use a combination of gold and purple foils, on an ivory label. However, Gold Mountain Wild Huckleberry Jam is showcased with a spectacular black matte label with gold foil. And unlike many huckleberry jam products… this one offers a complete blend of lime, lemon, and white grape juices to add just a special taste of something to the tartness of wild huckleberries. Also available in two sizes.

A wide variety of other companies make wild huckleberry jam of course. And some of these, including WildBeary huckleberry products, are available at Tastes of Idaho Gourmet Gifts. WildBeary uses lemon, lime, and APPLE juice in their recipe, and also offers a very attractive label. Oh, and if you want stocking stuffers, or want to put a lot of little items in a gift basket, they make the SMALLEST huckleberry jam on the market, at two ounces!

So which one is a best? Boy, I would like to be a judge at that competition. They are all spectacular products. Adding sugar to huckleberries, with a little lemon or lime juice… you just get something wonderful. A taste hard to describe, but hard to resist at the same time.

Each subtle nuance from each different recipe, just gives you another reason to LOVE HUCKLEBERRIES!

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