FIKA Hazelnut Spread is the ultimate sweetened hazelnut chocolate spread made with six ingredients: hazelnuts, hazelnut oil, confectionary sugar, Tahitian vanilla, cocoa powder, and salt. Unlike Nutella (made with sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin an emulsifier (soy), and vanillin: an artificial flavor), FIKA Hazelnut Spread primarily relies on hazelnuts for the rich, nutty flavor of this specialty nut butter. Read more
FIKA Raspberry is what most people would describe as “raspberry jam” although the word “jam” is not on the label (which may be because the FDA defines how the words “jam,” “jelly,” “preserves,” and “spread” can be used on labels in the detailed Code of Federal Regulation Title 21).
Made in small batches in Tribeca in New York City, FIKA Raspberry contains exactly three ingredients: raspberries, sugar, and lemon; and tastes absolutely fruity scrumptious. Read more
Ten years ago (2006) Lars Akerlund opened a coffeehouse on 58th Street in Manhattan called FIKA – a Swedish word pronounced “FeeKah” that translates into taking a coffee break to indulge in the ritual of conversation, often accompanied by something sweet or savory. According to Akerlund, having a daily FIKA is a way of life in Sweden and an important part of the culture. It offers a way of both relaxing and staying connected. And, in New York City who doesn’t need to relax and stay connected? Read more
Consumers are paying more attention to what’s in their food by reading labels and forgoing products that have unrecognizable ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavors, and colors – leaving food manufacturers to figure out how to make food products simpler, tastier, and economical by including as few ingredients as possible. Even the Wall Street Journal – a newspaper known more for business coverage than trend spotting – recently (August 9, 2016) reported that food companies are touting simplicity in response to consumers preference to recognize what they eat (see Packaged Foods’ New Selling Point: Fewer Ingredients). Read more
Sometimes I think the world is divided into those who love marmalade and those who don’t. I’ve never met anyone who seems indifferent to this Scottish creation made with the juice and small chunks of fruit rind boiled with sugar and water, although there are those who dispute the origin and claim the English or the Europeans were the original creators. Whoever created marmalade realized the flavor and the ingredients used to make marmalade are key because the presence of citrus peel is what distinguishes marmalade from jam and preserves.