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Easter Basket Alert: Peep These Chocolates!

Boy will we be lucky if this coming Easter Sunday is as beautiful as the day we’re having right now! It’s supposed to be, so we’ve stocked our shelves with heaps of adorable AND tasty Easter chocolate for your springy spread. Here are just a few to get the basket-making juices flowing:

easter1Vosges Goose’s Golden Eggs: Redefining bacon and eggs, five dark chocolate half-eggs nestle in a straw-filled pink gift box, each filled with soft bacon caramel.

easter3Vosges Alice’s Rabbit Lollipop: For those who love to imagine chasing their own white rabbit, this pop is available in either 45% dark milk chocolate with peanut butter and pink Himalayan Salt or 62% dark chocolate with caramelized puffed millet.

easter 4Fran’s Milk or Dark Chocolate Foil Bunny: In single-origin 65% Venezuelan solid dark chocolate or single-origin Venezuelan solid milk chocolate.

easter2Vosges Barcelona Floppy Eared Bunnies: This deep milk chocolate bunny will win you over at first bite with its exotic interior of hickory smoked almonds and grey sea salt, enrobed in a custom blend of milk chocolate with just a touch of dark to deepen the flavor.

 

 


Interview with Tipu’s Chai Founder Bipin Patel

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Bipin with his popular brew

We asked Bipin Patel, the founder of Tipu’s Chai, a few questions to learn more about his story and the process behind his amazing Chai tea blends.

Tipu’s Chai is a new product for us at Bi-Rite Market. Where does your chai recipe come from and what makes it so unique?

I was born and raised in a large Indian family in Uganda. I grew up drinking my grandmother’s masala chai. She brought it with her from her native Gujarat in northwestern India. Our chai recipe uses several ground spices like ginger and cardamom, which we specially blend with a strong organic black tea, such as Assam, to create a rich, spicy and robust flavor.

Can you tell us about your newest Chai products?

We offer a variety of quick-brew chai products for chai lovers on the go or for relaxing at home. All the products are made using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives. They are also certified kosher and most are organic.

  • All You Need is Water is our quick-brew chai tea latte made with black tea, organic spices, organic non-GMO soy milk powder, organic evaporated cane juice and ginger. This product is also vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, certified kosher and includes four grams of protein per serving. Chai fans simply add hot (or cold) water for a chai tea latte on the go.
  • The Simple Life uses soluble microground Black Chai tea without sweeteners or milk products. It is pure black tea, organic spices and ginger.

tipus2What prompted you to start your own chai company?

In many ways, it came naturally. I opened a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Missoula, Montana called Tipu’s Tiger (named after Tipu Sultan) in 1998, using mostly family recipes, one of which was my grandmother’s chai recipe. We used to make between 10-15 gallons of chai every day. Before long, local cafes and restaurants wanted to serve it to their patrons, so we developed various chai products to serve their needs. Tipu’s Chai was born! A few years ago, I sold the restaurant to focus on the chai business.

So, Indian chai vs. coffee?

Well, chai definitely has more healthy ingredients, and the tea offers more anti-oxidants. Chai is also easier on the digestive system and has lower levels of caffeine. All the spices we use in chai have a health value. For example, ginger helps with digestion; cinnamon increases circulation; and cardamom is known to benefit the lungs and heart.

What are some new trends you are seeing in this category?

I believe strongly that people will continue to want authentic and natural/organic products. As people travel the world more and taste authentic chai in India they will search for companies locally that are creating this same experience. Also, today’s consumers are looking for food and beverages made without artificial ingredients or preservatives, and we definitely do this!

Visit us for a taste of Tipu’s authentic Indian chai this Saturday, January 19th from 10am-1pm: meet Mark Lannen from Tipu’s Chai and learn more about this exciting new company from Montana!