If the beautiful blanket of snow outside didn’t already let you know, we’re headed into the holiday season! As the days count down toward Christmas and New Year’s, you’ll undoubtedly think about the special people in your life that you’d like to give gifts to this season. Whether you’re bringing a hostess gift to a party or picking up a meaningful gift for your child’s teacher, it’s likely that you might find it handy to have some special items on hand, ready for gift-giving.
If you’ve browsed the aisles of your local Jewel-Osco store recently, you may have noticed a new brand on the shelves: Signature RESERVE™. Signature RESERVE is Jewel-Osco’s exclusive, ultra-premium brand that promises an elevated culinary experience! These products feature globally-sourced ingredients and unique flavors, bringing you outstanding quality and value.
This time of year, I’m a fan of creating themed gift baskets, especially when I can put something together that doesn’t take an enormous amount of work to prepare. Gourmet meal ingredients, snacks, and desserts are especially fun ideas to plan around!
I headed to my Jewel-Osco store to put an assortment together for my sister and brother-in-law, and I decided to make a gift basket featuring dessert goodies! This basket contains:
- Signature RESERVE™ Caramel Apple Chai Ice Cream
- Signature RESERVE™ Bourbon Maple Blondie Ice Cream
- Signature RESERVE™ Pecan Aged Bourbon Pie Filling
- Signature RESERVE™ Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels
- Signature RESERVE™ Coffee Ratu Batak
I hadn’t tried any of the Signature RESERVE products prior to my shopping trip, so of course I picked some up for my own family to try too. I learned that each product in this line only earns the Signature Reserve label after a rigorous selection process. Jewel-Osco’s culinary professionals and expert merchants scrutinize each one to ensure that only items with top-quality craftsmanship are included.
Browsing the new Signature RESERVE ice cream flavors is delightful, and I encourage you to check them out the next time you go to Jewel. It was hard to select just a couple, as they’ve got some of the most interesting flavor blends available in the freezer case! In addition to the two I selected, Cardamom Sicilian Pistachio and Guatemalan Guava Cheesecake were among some of the others that tempted me.
I saw a display that recommended using Signature RESERVE Pecan Aged Bourbon Pie Filling as an ice cream topper — something I never would have thought of on my own! I can only imagine how delicious this filling would actually be in a pie, though I can tell you that it’s outstanding as an ice cream topping. It’s thick and rich with brown sugar and Madagascar vanilla flavors, with enormous pecans, and it really complemented both flavors of ice cream well.
My basket also included a box of enormous Signature RESERVE Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels, which one could enjoy as a side treat to either of these delicious ice cream flavors, or alone — they’re very large and indulgent, and each one has a pinch of sea salt on the top that further enhances the flavor. Yum!
The Signature RESERVE line also includes five different varieties of single-origin coffees grown by conscientious farmers from around the world. My brother in law loves coffee, and I thought he might like pairing this coffee with ice cream for an affogato dessert treat too.
One of my favorite things about this new line of specialty products is that it pairs high-quality with great value — and, you can find them locally, so there’s no need to hunt for unique gift basket items at a variety of stores. I love stopping into my local store for both the gifts I plan to give, and the last-minute ones I pick up for unexpected events. Knowing I can find such interesting and unique gift items takes some of the stress off gift-giving this season. Plus, if you really can’t get to the store, you can use the Jewel-Osco app! Shop from work or home, and choose grocery delivery or pick-up options that fit your own schedule.
Make your holiday gift basket special with ultra-premium Signature RESERVE products! They’re available in my area exclusively at Jewel-Osco stores and online. You can also find them exclusively at all of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit www.Jewelosco.com to find a store near you.