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The Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger Begins and Ends With Jarlsberg Cheese!

Jarsleberg Burger Trio
All Burger Images Courtesy of Jarlsberg

This summer, Jarlsberg launched its second annual Global Burger Awareness campaign, starring two of everyone’s summer favorites: Burgers and Cheese. As part of the campaign, Internationally acclaimed chef Elizabeth Haigh, who is considered to be one of the brightest shining stars on the London culinary scene, created four burger recipes, each with an essential story: the Northern Temptation, Nutty Mushroom Melt, Orient Cheese Express and the Korean Hot Bite.

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JetzyApp and Jarlsberg Cheese Sponsor The Human Jungle Featuring The Art of Aima Saint Hunon

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Art By Aima Saint Hunon (All Photos By Gail)

Multi-platform French artist Aima Saint Hunon celebrated the New York City opening of The Human Jungle, a pop-up gallery displaying her art, which took place at a two-night event in early November. The fun and festive event was hosted by JetzyApp.com and Jarlsberg® Cheese.

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Jarlsberg Cheese Celebrates 60th Anniversary With Fabulous Party at Aquavit, NYC!

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Jarlsberg 20 Pound Cheese Wheel! (All Photos By Gail)

One of my favorite perks of writing this rad blog is being invited to a really nice press party; one where quality food, drink, atmosphere and fun people all come together to create a memorable experience that I just can’t wait to share with readers. A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate (and thrilled) to attend the 60th Anniversary Celebration for Norway’s most famous cheese, Jarlsberg – and what a fabulous bash it was!  Jarlsberg is popular here in the states, but you might not know much about the rich history of its Norwegian heritage.

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Created in 1956, using an original Norwegian recipe, the Jarlsberg brand of cheese has been exported to the United States for over 50 years and is one of America’s most loved and best-selling brands of specialty cheese. It is named after Count Vadel Jarlsberg, whose estate was on the Oslo Fjord near where it was first manufactured. Known for its mild, mellow and nutty taste — unlike any other specialty cheese  — Jarlsberg is classified in the U.S.

As a Swiss/Emmenthaler type cheese. Jarlsberg (pronounced: Yarls Berg) cheese is one of America’s favorite specialty cheeses, and it’s a crowd-pleaser when served on a cheese board, for snacking, delicious in a sandwich, in an omelet, baked, or melted on top of a burger — and its exquisite melt-ability makes Jarlsberg an ideal choice for fondues. Most surprisingly, because of the process through which it is made, Jarlsberg is naturally lactose-free!

Buffet Spread

The party was held at Aquavit, a Michelin-starred, Scandinavian restaurant in midtown, which provided an elegant backdrop, complete with gracious, first class service for this special occasion. Jarlsberg CEO and President, John Sullivan was present, along with other Jarlsberg executives, who each addressed the gathering, and later were happy to mingle and chat with guests. We were also introduced to Aquavit‘s Executive chef Emma Bengtsson, who created a special menu for the evening that included Jarlsberg Cheese and other Norwegian Specialty Cheeses.

Here are some photos of the amazing food!

The Brown Cheese
What Everyone Was Talking About: Gjetost (AKA The Brown Cheese)

Shortly after I arrived, I was asked repeatedly if I had yet tried “The Brown Cheese” — which was the buzz of the buffet.  You can see what they were talking about on the right side of the platter in the above photo. Made under the Ski Queen brand (a subsidiary of Jarlesberg’s parent company, Tine) this Norwegian cheese is called Gjetost, and it includes a mixture of cow and goat’s milk. Gjetost has a unique, sweet flavor due to the way in which it is processed. The milk is cooked until the sugars in it have caramelized, giving the cheese its distinctive brown color and sweet flavor. The milk is then curded and pressed. This distinctive “brown cheese” (brunost) became popular as a skiers’ snack and thus was given the label Ski Queen. It is widely popular among Scandinavian-Americans, and children especially are drawn to its sweet flavor. I must agree, it was uniquely delicious! Brown Cheese!

Snofrisk Soft Cheese Spreads

Another Tine brand is Snøfrisk cream cheese spreads, which  are made from 80% goat’s milk and 20% cow’s cream. A touch of salt is added and that’s it: there are no artificial additives, preservatives or colorants. The creamy consistency of the cheese makes it perfect for use on a cracker, bread or as a snack together with fresh cut vegetables, nuts or honey.  Snøfrisk is the creamiest, lightest cream cheese I’ve ever tasted! At the party, we got to try  the original flavor as well as two of  four flavored varieties, Red Onion & Thyme and Wild Ramson Garlic, which will soon be available to buy here in the States along with Dill and Horseradish flavors.

Jarlsberg Cheese Crisps

Also present on the buffet were Jarlsberg Cheese Crisps, which are a new product for the brand. These incredible savory, crunchy baked crackers are handcrafted in small batches, and made with freshly shredded Jarlsberg Cheese that is immediately sprinkled on top of the crunchy crackers just prior to being baked. Jarlsberg Cheese Crisps take the mild, mellow and nutty flavor of Jarlsberg Cheese and bake it into a delicious crunchy snack. The Cheese Crisps in come in four flavors including Rosemary & Olive Oil and Mediterranean Sea Salt (pictured above), as well as Chipotle and Garlic & Herb. They are sturdy enough to hold a variety of toppings, and taste especially fantastic with a glass of red wine!

Cheese Snack Sticks

Also new to the brand are Jarlsberg Cheese Snacks, packaged cheese sticks which were cleverly hiding among the twigs of this centerpiece. At just 70 calories per snack, I threw a couple in my bag to take home!

Crowd Shot

The party got pretty crowded, but if you had trouble getting close to the buffet, there were no worries, as passed hors d’oeuvres from Chef Bengtsson were also offered.

Appetizers
Cheese and Snack Plate

Everything was so yummy!

The Bar

There was also a full bar with top shelf alcohol, and they would make any kind of drink you wanted. It was amazing!

Negronis

Look, a tray of Negronis!

Cosmo and wine
Cosmos and Wine made us feel fine!

Scotch and Aquavit

They were also serving authentic, chilled Aquavit (above, right). Aquavit (“Water of Life”) is an important part of Scandinavian Drinking Culture, where it is often enjoyed during festive gatherings, such as Christmas dinners and weddings, and as an aperitif. Although the recipes can vary, this Aquavit was vodka infused with cardamom and figs. It tasted like sweet fire. Skol!

Party Crowd

Thanks to both Jarlsberg and Aquavit for a truly wonderful evening!

Editor Showcase Snack Attack 2015: The Recap!

7 Eleven Peanuts
7-Eleven Debuted an Expanded Line of Store-Branded Snacks at the 2015 Snack Attack! (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Snacking: Everybody Does It. And when a Snack Attack hits, it’s reassuring to know that your choice of possible snacks is almost endless, and snacking healthier — even on traditional snack foods — is more fun than ever. There was so many new and delicious products to taste when we attended the 2015Editor Showcase Snack Attack event last month. Let’s take a look!

7-Eleven Signage and Chips

Bringing a brand name familiarity to the convenience of the local neighborhood bodega, 7-Eleven Stores have expanded their own line of snacks, 7-Select! Whether you crave the sweet or salty snack, 7-Select has got you covered with their two new, premium lines; GO!Yum and GO!Smart.

7 Eleven Table Display

Go Yum! includes indulgent snacks such as premium crafted chocolates in stand up bags, and premium ice creams made with the highest quality ingredients. GO!Smart features snacks like Yogurt Drizzled Bars, made with whole grain brown rice and delicious berries and nuts. You’ll also find grab-and-go favorites like Sprouted Corn Tortilla Chips, and air-popped Popcorn in tempting flavors like Bacon Ranch, and Jalapeno Cheddar. All of these snacks are non-GMO and Gluten Free.

7 Eleven Store Snack Display

We were just in 7-Eleven last week and saw these products already on shelves and selling like crazy!

7 Eleven Store Snack Display

Be sure to grab a few of these healthier, amazingly tasty snacks next time you pop in to a 7-Eleven store near you!

Entenmanns Sprinkled Donut Display

Snack Cakes were a popular item at the show, including one of our favorite brands, Entenmann’s. We had the chance to taste a few of their new products including Rich Frosted Patriotic Donuts (which we hear makes a killer ice cream sandwich), flaunting Red, White and Blue Sprinkles! Also new to this family of quality baked goods are Soft’ees French Toast Donuts, which have already inspired the recipe for a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich that sounds insanely delicious.

Entenmanns Party Cake Display

And we are singing the praises of Entenmann’s new Party Cake Little Bites! This tiny morsel of moist yellow cake with rainbow sprinkles mixed in is one of the tastiest things you can put in your mouth! Find out more about these new Entenmann’s products at This Link!

Entenmanns Donut Mascots
Entenmann’s Donut Mascots! Want!

Mrs Freshleys Signage and Donut

This was our first introduction to  Mrs. Freshley’s, an award-winning brand with more than 50 different snack cakes and pastries.

Mrs Freshleys Signage

Find out more about their varieties of delicious snack cakes, and get the recipe for something called a Candied Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich, at This Link.

TastyKake Signage and Product

TastyKake was also in the house, providing lots of samples of their fresh baked treats, including the Minis line of cupcakes in assorted flavors.

TastyKake Mini Cupcakes

In business for more than 100 years (wow!) you can find out more about TastyKake’s baked goods at This Link!

No Moo Cookies

Nomoo Cookie Company bakes a wide selection of decadent-tasting cookies that are dairy free, with no preservatives, obscure chemicals, hydrogenated trans fats, or artificial flavors and colors — plus these cookies are kosher! Each cookie is individually wrapped for freshness, and the taste and quality are outstanding. We especially loved the Chocolate Chip variety. Find out more about Nomoo at This Link.

Among Friends Cookie Mixes

Among Friends Hand Crafted Baking Mixes were created by two friends (who are both moms) who love baking and wanted to help people fill their kitchens with fresh–from–the–oven baked goods made from the best ingredients. The brand’s mouthwatering cookie, cake, brownie and fruit crisp mixes are made with whole grains, Non–GMO ingredients and are gluten-free.  With their tagline, “Homemade, Without The Hassle,” Among Friends makes baking from scratch easy, without sacrificing taste!

Among Friends Display

Get to know the Among Friends brand at This Link!

Birthday Party Teddy Grahams

One of the most talked about new products of Snack Attack was the newly introduced Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams! Teddy Grahams tiny Bear-shaped cookies are a much loved thing, and just when you thought there was no way to improve on perfection, you can now buy them with Rainbow Sprinkles baked right in! Festive! Surely both kids and adult adults alike will go crazy for these. In fact, we left the event with two full boxes of Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams, one of which we shared with our coworkers the following day, and these cookies had disappeared within an hour! This might also have had something to do with the fact that they smell like Birthday Cake, a tempting aroma that few can resist. Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams are available just in time for back-to-school, so be sure and check This Link to see when they’ve arrived at a store near you.

Pretzel Perfection Twists

Pretzels are a perpetual favorite snack here in the US, but those on a gluten-free diet may need to refrain from indulging in this popular treat. Fortunately, Pretzel Perfection has created a gluten-free pretzel that is also big on taste, whether you choose to snack sweet or savory. At Editor Showcase we sampled the brand’s newest snack, sweet white chocolate-coated pretzel Twists, which come in gourmet flavors like English Toffee and Raspberry Truffle.

Pretzel Perfection Display

Also new for the Holidays are Seasonal flavors like Peppermint and Eggnog, which come in these lovely cylindrical packages, making them perfect for gift giving. Learn more about this fast-growing company at Pretzel Perfection Dot Com.

Ruby Rockets Frozen Pops

Ruby Rockets Frozen Pops are a perfect cool and refreshing summer snack that you can indulge in guilt–free. Made with an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, Ruby Rockets are the only frozen pops that contain healthy probiotics while also being full of vitamins and other nutrients, low in sugar, and both gluten and dairy free. These are especially great for kids who are on restricted diets, because they taste great! Find out more about these “Pop Stars” —  and get a money-saving coupon — at Ruby Rockets Dot Com.

Pirates Booty

Moving on to a selection the more savory featured snacks at Editor Showcase Snack Attack, who among us can resist Pirate’s Booty lightly puffed baked corn snack made with real aged white cheddar? Answer: No one. No one can resist it.  Also new to the brand are Pirates Booty Carrot Snacks,  which for some mysterious reason we do not have a photo of. Carrot Snacks are made with  a blend of carrots and corn, and are an excellent source of Vitamin A. An addition to the Crunchy Treasures line, Carrot Snacks are Non-GMO with a vibrant orange color, and have the crisp crunch kids look for in a snack. Find out more at Pirate Brands Dot Com!

Laughing Cow Display

The Laughing Cow Spreadable Cheese Wedges are a fantastic snack and a healthy indulgence with almost endless, creative serving possibilities. We enjoyed making a plate of tasty snacks featuring several of Laughing Cow’s eight varieties of soft cheeses.

Laughing Cow Make a Snack

Whether you top your snack with fresh summer berries, nuts, sliced olives or jalapenos, a Laughing Cow snack never gets boring. Get recipe ideas for your next summer party at The Laughing Cow Dot Com!

Jarlsberg Minis

At Snack Attack, JarlsBerg Cheese, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, debuted JarlsBerg Lite Cheese Minis, which offer a delicious snacking option for an entire family. Conveniently packaged for grab-and-go snacking, these tiny cheese rounds are naturally lactose-free and contain 7 grams of protein, as well as being a good source of calcium, at just 50 calories each! Best of all, it still has that nutty, sweet Jarlsberg taste you love. Jarlsberg Lite Minis are in stores now. Find out more about the Jarlsberg family of fine Swiss cheeses at This Link.

Sabre Hummus Booth

Sabra Hummus has introduced new Pizza Hummus Singles to its line of dips and spreads that already includes more than 12 hummus flavors. This classic hummus has been blended with pizza-inspired flavors, including herbs and spices like fresh basil and oregano. The single serving 2-ounce container pairs well with pita chips and vegetables, and it’s easy to slip in a lunch box or backpack for on-the-go meals and snacks. Available just in time for back-to-school season, Sabra’s Pizza Hummus Singles launch in August.

Sabre Hummus Product

Get more information about Sabra Hummus by visiting Sabra Dot Com.

Harvest Stone Crackers

Harvest Stone Crackers are one of our favorite crackers, simply because they taste the best! These crispy, gluten-free crackers have less fat than regular potato chips and an incredible whole-grain taste that is truly crave-able.

Harvest Stone Crispy Mix

Harvest Stone’s newest offering in the gluten-free snack arena is this tasty Crispy Mix Snack, which includes Harvest Grain Crackers, plus pretzels and other crunchy things, and comes in a Cheese flavor as well as a Bold (were guessing that means spicy) option. Visit Harvest Stone on the Web at This Link.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts

True story: back in high school, even being in possession of a pack of crunchy, buttery Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts was a status symbol that automatically elevated you into the ranks of the Cool Kids.  Just being serious. Granted, this was over 35 years ago, so we have no idea if they still carry that kind of clout. But the fact that the brand is still going strong is surely a good sign!

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts

Eating Macadamia nuts makes you feel like you’re in Hawaii, and everybody loves Hawaii. Enjoy a tribal, Enchanted Tiki Room-esque song about Macadamia Nuts, and learn more about Mauna Loa products, at This Link!

Fusion Jerky Booth Display

Do you like meat snacks? If so, Fusion Artisan Jerky may be your thing.

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Fusion Jerky Display 2

Made from quality meats that include Chicken, Turkey, Pork, and Beef, Fusion Jerky is a savory treat that includes gourmet flavors like Pork Jerky in Teriyaki or Garlic Jalapeño flavors; Beef Jerky flavored with Basil Citrus or Chipotle Lime; Lemon Pepper Chicken Jerky, or Chili Basil Turkey Jerky, plus other varieties. Fusion Jerky is made with all-natural ingredients and is preservative, gluten and nitrate free. Company founder KaiYen Mai was born into a family passionate about the delicate art of creating unique flavors and perfecting the soft, traditional Asian jerky textures, and her no-compromise dedication is evident in the quality and taste of her product. Find out where to purchase Fusion Jerky in your area at This Link!

Jack Links Product Display

Jack Links Protein Snacks were also on the snack scene to represent for the meat lovers! Light and delicious, Jack Link’s new Original Chicken Jerky joins their already popular Turkey Jerky as a wholesome and delicious snack for any occasion and an excellent source of protein, making it perfect for on-the-go lifestyles.  Naturally low in fat and carbs, Chicken Jerky boasts 11 grams of protein and just 80 calories per serving, while Turkey Jerky offers 13 grams of protein and 80 calories per serving. Wit its subtly sweet and savory flavor, Jack Link’s Original Chicken Jerky starts with lean white meat chicken breast that is seasoned and marinated with cracked black pepper, along with sweet and savory spices. The tender chicken strips are then smoked to perfection, creating the subtle, smoky flavor that consumers expect in authentic jerky.

Jack Links SIgnage

We love their clever way of emphasizing the point that these snacks are good for taking with you anywhere (because who would put a roast chicken breast in her purse?). Hilarious. Find out more about Jack Links at Their Website!

Thanks again to Editor Showcase for another great adventure in food blogging! See you next time!