Top Pick Of The Week

October 10, 2006
Revised November 2008

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Trio Of Desserts
A jar of Palette dessert sauce does so many things—like make “instant tarts.” Shown: Apple Pie & Ice Cream sauce topped with candied ginger, Chocolate Orange Spice sauce topped with dried cranberries and Gingerbread Cream sauce with a dab of whipped cream. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.
WHAT IT IS: Multi-tasking dessert sauces.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Complex dessert sauces that can be heated to create liquid toppings, used in their natural, solid form to fill tart shells, or incorporated as an ingredient in more elaborate preparations.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Delicious as “spoon candy” from the jar, they turn simple foods—ice cream, fruit, cookies, pound cakes—into deluxe desserts.

Palette Fine Foods:
Saucy Solutions

EDITOR’S NOTE: We regret that this wonderful line has been discontinued.


CAPSULE REPORT: It’s a dessert topping...a pancake topping...a layer cake instant fondue. It makes an entire tray of mini-tarts in minutes. It’s the new line of dessert sauces from Palette Fine Foods. And it’s what we at THE NIBBLE call a “rabbit out of a hat” product, a magic trick that performs in a number of different, splendid ways.

With these jars of cannily-crafted dessert sauces, in Apple Pie & Ice Cream, Chocolate Orange Spice and Gingerbread Cream, you’ll always be ready for sweet-toothed guests, whether planned or unexpected. Or for moments when you need a little self-indulgence, grab a spoon, twist off the lid and dig in.


Books Of Easy Desserts

Ice Cream Treats Dessert Circus At Home Easy Cakes
Ice Cream Treats: Easy Ways to Transform Your Favorite Ice Cream into Spectacular Desserts, by Charity Ferreira. Even beginners can create delicious pies and tarts, using the four basic recipes upon which all other pies and tarts are based. $13.22. Click here for more information or to purchase. Dessert Circus at Home: Fun, Fanciful, And Easy-To-Make Desserts, by Jacques Torres. Even if your pastry skills are elementary, Torres leads you through recipes step-by step. His mouth-watering recipes are certain to please. $24.70. Click here for more information or to purchase. Easy Cakes, by Linda Collister. The Queen of Cakes provides the easiest recipes for the most delicious cakes you’ll ever taste, made with a hand-held beater. From layer cakes to pound cakes to tray cakes, you won’t know which to make first. $11.01. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Saucy Solutions: Palette Fine Foods Dessert Sauces


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Palette Fine Foods, which was acquired last year by Dave’s Gourmet, was developed by the wonderfully gifted Marnie Fudge. We hope that she continues to focus on new product development, since everything she makes is a standout. Following magnificent gourmet preserves that also double as cheese condiments and three heavenly flavors of infused honey, this year the brand introduced a line of specialty dessert sauces. These delicious multi-taskers work as:

  • Ice cream toppings
  • Brownie sauces and frostings
  • Cake and pie embellishments
    - Pound cake, carrot cake and banana bread
      sauces and frostings
    - Cheesecake and pie garnishes
    - Layer cake fillings
  • Tart*, meringue and puff pastry fillings
  • Cookie frostings and cookie sandwich fillings
  • Fondue dips
  • Pancake and waffle toppings (especially
    Gingerbread Cream—add some toasted
    pecans or chopped macadamias)
Gingerbread Creme Topping
Gingerbread lovers will thank their stars for this
heavenly Gingerbread Cream dessert sauce.

Or just enjoy them as “spoon candy” from the jar, straight or with your beverage of choice.

*See our review of Clearbrook Farms miniature tart shells—the perfect size.

The dessert sauce flavors are delightfully out-of-the-ordinary, yet classic combinations:

  • Apple Pie & Ice Cream. Granny Smith apples, cream and spices create buttery, caramel-and-apple goodness. It’s Tarte Tatin flavor rather than a traditional apple pie and ice cream (no complaints there!). But warm it in the microwave and add some vanilla ice cream, and you have a deconstructed apple pie à la mode.
  • Chocolate Orange Spice. Creamy dark chocolate subtly accented with orange and spices, this sauce is rich but not cloying. It’s a jar of chocolate you can warm up to no matter what the season—great for making cookie sandwiches, too.
Apple Pie Dessert Sauce
BYO ice cream: Apple Pie & Ice Cream tastes like caramelized Tarte Tatin. (Mmmm).
  • Gingerbread Cream. The title says it all: a very creamy gingerbread spread. It’s especially festive on pumpkin bread and gingerbread cookies—use it as a filling to make sandwiches. We liked it on chocolate pound cake and baked apples, too.

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