Herma’s News – NEW Michel Design, Chocolates Galore and English Pub Foods at Herma’s

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. – Edgar Allan Poe

Dear Customers,

Halloween has not yet come and gone, but we can’t help but feel that late October and the month of November is also the perfect time to start Christmas shopping.

We are receiving shipments of Christmas-themed products, gift sets and amazing chocolates on a daily basis. In fact, merchandise is arriving so often, we are having trouble stocking our shelves quickly enough.

And of course, let’s not forget to mention all the amazing cheeses, oils and other foods that continue to inspire.

NEW at Herma’s

Michel Design Works Christmas Designs

Hand Soap – Lotion – Room Spray – Soap Dishes – Bars of Soap – Napkins – Pillows – Scented Candles – and so much more are available in these beautiful, Christmasy collections.

Merry Christmas

This collection is beautifully presented with amaryllis, Christmas holly and pine that will add beauty to your home at Christmas. The fragrance of holly and winter florals with touches of carnation, rain, bamboo, and palm will bring cheerful, yet sensual pleasure to you during the holidays.

In a Pear Tree

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A stately partridge sits among tree branches laden with pears representing the Twelve Days of Christmas. This charming design will most certainly add warmth and cheer to your home this holiday season. The scent of ripe pear with notes of apple and melon is finished with hints of toffee and musk – a dreamy, yet cozy fragrance.

Also from Michel Design Works find Peppermint and Nutcracker body care, home fragrance and home decor accent pieces. So festive!

Herma is swimming in chocolate!

Herma wears many hats while running her store. Whether creating gift baskets, arranging cheese trays, offering body care, decorating with all her many home decor pieces or offering advice on how her foods may be best prepared and served, she will be sure to inspire. Not to be overlooked, however, at this time of year, is her role as a chocolatier.

With names like Godiva, Galerie au Chocolate, Willie’s Cacao, Summerdown Mint, Bellissima and Fraktals along with Holdsworth and Pralibel, Herma offers a beautiful collection of chocolates from which to choose that will be perfect for holiday gift-giving.

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Holdsworth’s Handmade English Chocolates

Strawberry and Marc De Champagne Truffles

These truffles are enrobed in the finest pink, milk and dark chocolate, then sprinkled with popping candy. A deliciously fun and fizzy delight. Pairs beautifully with Champagne.

Sir Robin of Locksley Gin Truffles – Winner of Great Taste Award 2019

Holdsworth Chocolates have created a stunning Gin ganache, infused with Grapefruit & Elderflower. Sir Robin of Locksley Gin truffles are enrobed in the finest Milk, Dark and White Chocolate.

Espresso Martini Cocktail Truffles

These truffles are combined with a fine aromatic coffee and a dash of martini, then are topped with a gold-dusted coffee bean.

Pralibel Belgian Chocolates

Pralibel pralines are incredible, not just because of how they taste, but how they look, too. Pralibel sees each praline as a creation in itself, deserving focused attention and an eye for detail. Crafted by our chocolatiers, our pralines are a delight for the senses and a wonder to behold. – Pralibel

Included in the Pralibel Chocolates…

Dome Chocolate – mango, crunchy praline, raspberry pink pepper, espresso and caramel vanilla

Deco Cups Reglettes – caramel, passion fruit, hazelnut, raspberry, praline & strawberry, pistachio & blackberry, vanilla with lemon and apple ganache

Cubes Reglettes – ganache with grapefruit, ganache with strawberry, ganache with cassis, ganache with chili and ganache with Marc de Champagne

Herma’s Menu Suggestions

Each week within our newsletter, Herma will provide menu suggestions suitable for one, two or four people. While great for those shopping within the store, these suggestions are also fabulous for those wishing to take part in our curbside pick-up.

The English Pub


On a cool autumn day, the comforts of an English pub calls to us – offering a warm fire, convivial company, and an old fashioned pub meal.  At Herma’s we carry an amazing selection of foods that will allow you to enjoy this type of meal at home.

Our frozen meat pies from The Village Grocer come in individual serving sizes. We offer the classic meat pie with beef and onions, steak pie, chicken or turkey pie, and a tourtiére, made with pork. Enjoy your meal with one of Rootham’s chutneys – caramelized onions, cracked pepper and lime, cranberry with apple, or mango.


Or how about bangers and mash? Cook up a few prime rib beef sausages and serve on top of creamy mashed potatoes by The Village Grocer. We like Mrs. McGarrigle’s British Beer Mustard with this meal.

For the hearty appetite, we offer frozen Village Grocer Beef with Beer and Onions, and Pot Roast with Gravy. Just thaw and heat at 325 for 30-40 minutes. Add a big spoonful of Kuhue’s Prepared Horseradish or Crazyhorse’s Extra Hot Horseradish.

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Complete your pub meal with Hak’s Mini Green Peas and Carrots, and end with something special. Pair Mapledale’s 8-year-old Cheddar with Opie’s Pickled Walnuts. A must-try!

Cheerio and enjoy!

From Herma’s Cheese Shop…

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While we are always excited to receive new arrivals of cheese each week, we also have an amazing selection of delectable dips, jellies, preserves and chutneys that will delight the senses when paired with just the right cheese.

This week we suggest pairing Royal Preserve Quince Jelly with a nice Manchego and Cafiti Spicy Apricot & Pepper Jelly with luscious triple cream cheese.

We also suggest trying our pitted prunes stuffed with prune cream and our assortment of Gascogne Fruits which are soaked in a variety of liquors. Both are lovely French delicacies that will add extraordinary flavour to your next cheese platter.

Make sure to come by to stock up on all the cozy foods we have to offer – perfect for warm nights at home. And from all of us at Herma’s, Have a Happy Halloween!


Meredith Ender

Communication Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts