Herma’s News – Special Gourmet Foods, Fruit Shaped Cheese, Ordering Turkeys and More

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. – Washington Irving

Dear Customers,

Herma’s is overflowing with all sorts of amazing gourmet treats that one can only find during the holidays – the type of foods that make Christmastime the best for feasting, grazing and celebrating. We’ve received chocolates, cakes and delicacies from Italy, Holland, Germany and England. This week we received arrivals from France. Be sure to come by to stock up on all the lovely foods that will make this holiday extra-special.

Gourmet Treats for the Holidays

Crepe Suzette in Armagnac

photo by Glosek

La Crêpe Suzette à l’Armagnac consists of four little pancakes in a delicious Armagnac syrup. These pancakes are best served warm, accompanied by slices of orange, ice cream or a fresh fruit sauce.

Your Guide to Vergers de Gascogne

Vergers de Gascogne combines fruit and alcohol and is 100% natural – popular with chefs worldwide.

photos by Vergers de Gascogne
Mini Pears with Pear Brandy (Mini Poires)

Small pears of Saint John, very juicy with slightly musky notes, sit in a light syrup and a delicate brandy. Serve chilled, alone, accompanied by a cookie, vanilla ice cream, or dip drained quarters in a dark chocolate fondue.

Cherries with kirsch (Griottes au Kirsch)

Our favourite way to enjoy? Dipped in a dark chocolate fondue – to die for! Your own upscale version of chocolate covered cherries.

Pineapple with Rum (Ananas au Rhum)

The Queen Victoria, a small pineapple with jagged leaves and tangy candy aromas, sits in perfect harmony with rum. Serve chilled, alone, accompanied by a cookie, vanilla ice cream, or dip drained quarters in a dark chocolate fondue.

Black Cherries with Cointreau (Cerises Noires au vin de Cointreau)

The crunch and acidity of Oblacinska cherries blend perfectly with the intoxicating scent of Cointreau. Serve alone or with coffee.

We also carry from Cottage Delight…

Peaches in Light Syrup with Brandy

These juicy peaches encased in a concoction of sweet syrup and festive brandy are perfect for baking as a fruity dessert.

Forest Fruits in Light Syrup with Gin

This mix of forest fruits encased in a concoction of sweet syrup and fresh gin is perfect for accompanying some fresh ice cream or baking into buttery pastry.

Mussini Balsamic Dressings with a Kick

These Balsamic condiments are a culmination of white grape must and wine vinegar with the added benefit of unique flavours of alcohol. Find tips on how to use below.

Spritz Vinegar Dressing – Garnish dishes such as Greek salad or duck breast – mocktails and cocktails too.

Limoncino Vinegar Dressing – Dress dishes, especially fish, such as a salmon carpaccio – mocktails too.

Armaretto Vinegar Dressing with almonds – Dress dishes such as fruit salad, mixed carrots or beet and potato puree – cocktails and mocktails too.

Gin & Tonic Vinegar Dressing – Garnish dishes like tuna tartare or pork fillet skewers – cocktails and mocktails too.

Other amazing foods

Marzipan from France containing a mixture of candied fruits and crushed almonds. Also find Marron Glace, Cooked Chestnuts and Whole Peeled & Cooked Chestnuts.

Herma’s Cheese Shop

We have an exceptional selection of holiday cheeses from which to choose including some very uniquely shaped cheddars from Scotland that will look amazing on your next cheese and charcuterie platter.

The Isle of Kintyre Gigha Cheddars – Coming soon!

This beautiful fruit shaped cheese is encased in colourful, hand wrapped wax which houses a careful blend of mature Scottish cheddar and cream cheese will arrive soon. We’ll let you know when they arrive. Most of the cheeses are beautifully complimented with the added festive ingredient of liqueur, whiskey, brandy and/or Schnapps.

Red Apple with Highland Liqueur (The Isle of Kintyre’s own blend of Islay malt whisky and brandy.) – Orange with Orange LiqueurPear with Schnapps Green Apple (no added flavour)

Herma’s Gift Baskets & Signature Gift Boxes

Herma’s Gift Baskets are lovingly filled with beautiful, luxurious products that your loved one, friend or co-worker will adore. Let Herma create a basket specific to your needs or consider having a Signature Gift Box wrapped with a beautiful bow instead. Either way, your loved one or friend will be beaming with the knowledge that someone put so much effort into their gift, making them feel really special.

24-hour notice is required during holiday rush. Starts at $150.

To order call 905-885-9250 or stop by.

Planning ahead…Beginning in December

Order Holiday Turkeys, Capons & More

2/3 photos by the Village Grocer

Fresh Free-Range Turkeys – Capons – Gravy – Homemade Stuffing – Cranberry Sauce – Tourtière

Determining the size of your turkey…

Medium to large Turkey feeds one person per pound of meat.  A turkey less then 16 lb., however, does not give the same yield and must be calculated as 1 person per 1 ½ lb. of weight. Don’t forget to account for leftovers!

Turkeys: small = 14+ pounds, medium = 18+ pounds, large = 20+ pounds

Capons: small = 7+ pounds, medium = 9 pounds, large = 10+ pounds

To order call 905-885-9250

Mark your calendars! Santa is coming to town.

A very popular jolly, old man from the North Pole and his wife will be visiting Herma’s on Saturday afternoon, December 17th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We hope you will be able to meet our special guests and are as excited as we are.

Have a wonderful weekend as you begin to celebrate what we expect will be an amazing holiday season. We also look forward to seeing you in coming days.


Meredith Ender

Communications Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts