Product Review: Somebody’s Mother’s Sauces
Posted on September 23, 2011 by Glutenfreeda
Below is my review of these three delicious products, but first I have something even better to share: Somebody’s Mother’s is hosting a contest. A really cool contest. A contest where you get to bake and create delicious confections and win stuff for your creative efforts! This year, Somebody’s Mother’s invites you create a new “classic” Halloween confection using one (or more!) of their products. If your submission is selected as the best new classic treat, you will win a Haunted Weekend Getaway for 2 to the infamous Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA — including airfare, a $500 Visa gift card, a selection of classic thrillers on DVD/Bluray and more! Here’s the official invitation from Somebody’s Mother’s:
“CLASSIC: Enduring excellence, timeless. A classic becomes a part of the fabric of our lives.
Some “classics” are born in a moment of inspiration; others mix collaboration and a vision. Either way, “classic” is an elusive standard these days. Does anyone even strive for “classic” anymore? Does anyone even know how?
Are you up for the challenge? Ruth Wakefield created the Toll House Cookie. Are you the next Ruth Wakefield ready to be immortalized? Hey, it can start anywhere… including a contest. Somebody’s Mother’s has even narrowed it down… Create a new, original Halloween classic treat. Let’s see what you’ve got!”
5551 Cedar Creek
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 805 8804
Overall Rating: 4.75 out 5 Stars
Taste: 5 out of 5
If I could have given these sauces a 10 out of 5, I would have. Here’s the breakdown:
Chocolate Sauce: creamy, smooth and chocolate. Rich and a little buttery, like the best ever ganache without being super thick or getting too solid before you’re done with it. Perfect for dipping and drizzling. I would love to make chocolate covered, well, anything with this stuff!
White Chocolate: if I thought the chocolate was smooth and creamy, I didn’t know anything. Now, normally, I’m quite weary of white chocolate — it’s too sweet and waxy, often flavorless except for a major sugar overload. Not this sauce. This white chocolate sauce is everything white chocolate should be: creamy, soft, delicate. Not too sweet and with a complex flavor profile (pear brandy is an ingredient!), this sauce is more than you could ever imagine. Great for drizzling on black and white cookies, dipping strawberries, eating out of the jar.
Caramel: Rich, buttery and not too sweet, this caramel sauce is confection perfection in a jar. With a hint of salt, methinks, the buttery, almost roasty-sweet flavors come through remarkably well. Salted caramel dipped apples anyone?
Texture: 5 out of 5
Creamy, buttery, perfect — and solid at room temperature for chocolate or caramel covered treats that won’t melt!
Storage: 4.75 out of 5
I hate storing things in my refrigerator, really. My fridge is clustered and disorganized enough as it is, the last thing I want to do is add the to the ridiculous mess of jars, bottles and forgotten produce already filling its shelves — and yet, I couldn’t help myself. While Somebody’s Mother’s sauces are “refrigerate after opening” they stack well, will fit in your in-door shelves and it’s so worth it — if they even last long enough to make it to the fridge! Because these gourmet products use only real ingredients and aren’t filled with unnatural preservatives, they have to be refrigerated. Deal with it. You’ll be glad you did.
Availability: 4.5 out of 5
Most of you know how I feel about availability. If I can’t find it at Whole Foods, my local grocery store or at any of Seattle’s health food stores, I’m not usually terribly impressed and will score accordingly. All that being said, Somebody’s Mother’s products are an exception. Not only are these products gluten free, but they’re absolutely gourmet! Where would you expect to find gourmet chocolate sauces? Not necessarily your local supermarket. While they are available in specialty shops around the country, the easiest way to order them is online.
Cost: 5 out of 5
At $10.00/9.5 oz jar you may think I’m crazy for giving them such a great rating, but let’s be honest: first of all, these products are absolutely worth every penny! Second, they are competitively priced within the Gourmet Chocolates category — and they are are gluten free! Spend the money, you won’t regret it for a moment! In pure business terms, your Return On Investment (ROI) is so freakin high that I had to write freakin. That’s right.
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