A taste of Old Mexico for the discriminating sweet tooth: popped amaranth treats

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Ranch Foods Direct customers can count on seasonal favorites like real sourdough breads and pastries from The Sourdough Boulangerie, creamy holiday pies from Mountain Pie Co., and handmade caramels and sweets from local kitchens. This fall the store introduced a new line of products called Simply Amaranth that includes seed-packed nut clusters, chocolates and honeyed granola bars.

Why amaranth? Joe Wintergerst, who owns The Artisan Cookery with his wife, Alejandra, describes it as something of a new-old superfood already popular in their native Mexico. “It’s been around for thousands of years. It’s big there,” he explains. The high protein and fiber content, combined with essential amino acids, makes it highly nutritive. Using a certified gluten-free commercial kitchen in Colorado Springs, the couple makes everything by hand, roasting the seeds and then mixing them into a variety of products. For the sweeter concoctions, they use only high quality, fair trade, organic chocolate, Irish butter and Joe’s favorite real vanilla flavoring, which he tracked to its original source in Southern Mexico.

As a physicist, Joe admits to being meticulous in all things, and adds that his wife has also put her whole heart into their challenging but exciting new business. The couple’s two grown children also sometimes help out. The recipes and methods they use Joe learned from his own mother and grandfather.

“Ranch Foods Direct is our go-to place,” he notes. “We’re very happy to be in such a well-recognized store that has so much prestige. And the beef? It’s amazing. It’s out of this world.”.

Sweets and treats, hot soups, prepared entrees, salads and sides… plus delicious smoked ham, prime rib or free-range turkey…it’s all available in one convenient place: Ranch Foods Direct!

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