Saturday, December 16, 2006

Better price for Cream Filberts

A comment on one of my other posts on cream filbert candy drew attention to Stever's Candies, in Rochester, NY. I called them today. Stever's used to buy them from Goelitz (Jelly Belly), and sold a few cases a year. When Goelitz stopped making it, it was otherwise unavailable. Now they make the candy themselves, and if I understood correctly, sell 200 pounds a year.

I did not ask if they are the confectioner in "Upstate New York" that supplies Vermont Country Store, but the woman on the phone was aware of VCS, and noted the substantially higher price they charge.

Stever's sells cream filberts over the phone for $3.50 for 7 ounces ($8.00/lb), while Vermont Country Store charges $15.95 per pound.

Stever's Candies
623 Park Avenue
Rochester, NY

It is a seasonal item, and they are down to their last case. I made sure to place my order before posting this, of course.

My original post that got all this started is here.

Friday, December 15, 2006

White and Nerdy

Weird Al hits the soft spots

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Senator Tim Johnson

This is kind of a relief, actually. Senator Johnson's condition is apparently congenital. Godspeed and all, and hope for a full recovery.

But the darkest recesses of my mind suggested a Litvinenko scenario. The Republicans have already stolen at least one presidential election and are facing their worst nightmares come January.

Given that their party has most of the guns, can we put it past one of their more loosely hinged cohorts to commit actual murder in order to flip the Senate back to Republican control, and thereby avoid the scrutiny that is sure to come from the Democratic Senate?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Cream Filberts are indeed back!

A helpful reader writes that she was able to order Creme Filberts from the Vermont Country Store today. They have a limited supply, at 15.95 per pound plus shipping, with more supply expected in January. See the comments in the previous post.

The catalog item is here.

They say they have a confectioner in "Upstate New York" making them. Depending on your point of view, "Upstate" can mean anything from "north of 125th Street" to "on the bank of the St. Laurence River" or even west to Rochester. I would be curious to know who's making them, for obvious reasons. Of course, it is quite possibly an exclusive deal.

Update: See here and here and here.