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This traditional dessert is inspired by the unique citrus fruits brought centuries ago to the island of Chios by the Venetians. Handmade with the highly aromatic Chian Mandarin, a product of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) that has a more intense flavor and fragrance than the tangerines we know in the States. Whole pieces of peel float in a simple, all-natural syrup of sugar, water, and lemon juice. No preservatives or additives, just a healthy Mediterranean dessert to enjoy straight or as a topping on your favorite treats. “Spoon Sweets” are that quintessentially Greek accompaniment to coffee, as you’re welcomed to someone’s home with a spoonful on a small plate. The Tangerine Peel version is the epitome of Chios’ hospitality, served only to special visitors…but don’t just save it for visitors, share its tangy sweetness with all your family and friends!
We love this Spoon Sweet as a traditional dessert or as a topping for cheesecake, flan, panna cotta, yogurt parfaits, ice cream sundaes. Add it in your chia pudding, overnight oats, or your morning toast, bagel or waffle. Makes for a gourmet topping of crepes, pancakes and muffins. Try it as a refreshing base for shrubs or to jazz up your prosecco or cocktail with it. Pair cheeses with it for a unique sensorial experience. And of course, you can even enjoy it the traditional Greek way, as a spoonful of sweet luxury with your afternoon coffee or tea.
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Ingredients: sugar, Chian tangerine peel 30%, lemon juice.
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We chose Citrus for the way they have exalted the rare variety of Chian Mandarin, a PGI product, and for the passion they bring to all of their exclusive small-batch products. We love that we can help the team bring the rich history of the Greek island of Chios into a more contemporary, dynamic present here in the States.
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