Petit-Amuse noun \pə-ˈtētˈ ä-ˌmüz\
Also known as amuse-bouche. A French term that literally means “mouth amusement.”These are tiny bites of food served before a meal to whet the palate and invigorate the appetite. They’re more whimsical than hors d’oeuvres, and smaller than appetizers.
You would be hard pressed to find a true foodie who isn’t always searching for that unique and unusual new treat. Whether you scour artisan markets, farmers markets or road side stands foodies are intrigued by small batch food items that differ from the norm. Microbreweries, artisan bakeries and cupcakeries are popping up everywhere but there is much, much more to artisan food. Ben Appenzeller, founder and CEO of Petit Amuse, saw this growing desire in foodies to try, taste and sample artisan products at an affordable price and developed his new business Petit Amuse.
Petit Amuse is an online marketplace for curated artisan treats. Ben, along with his fiance Rosemary, sample and hand select every treat available in their online shop. According to their website they feature hand crafted regional favorites, foreign delicacies near impossible to pronounce, and local, organic versions of familiar foods that you had no idea could taste so good.
The really cool part of Petit Amuse is their sample program. Each month they send out sample box full of 3-4 new artisan treats for you to taste and explore. And the best part is the price! The sample box costs only $10, INCLUDING shipping! Then, after you eat all your treats, you can hop online and order some of your new favorites to be shipped directly to you.
I recently received a Petit Amuse sample box to try.
The box I received contained the following products:
Ice Wine Jelly – Produced by Caramoomel
“Thanks to the folks at Caramoomel, you can now have dessert wine any time of the day. This jelly tastes exactly like ice wine because it’s made of ice wine! It would be perfect as a special treat for yourself, an impressive addition to any brunch, or a great gift for any dessert wine lover.”
I loved the Ice Wine Jelly and it was my favorite product in the box. The jelly has an earthy, sweet, wine flavor that is much deeper and more complex than a typical grape jelly. If you are a wine lover or a grape lover you will love this jelly!
Garuka Bar - Produced by Garuka Bars
“Foodie granola bar is an oxymoron, or so I thought. All health benefits aside (and there are many), this granola bar is seriously tasty. Even the thick brown paper packaging makes you feel like you’re opening a gourmet treat. The bar is sweet, nutty with rich peanut butter, and chewy with a little crunch from the puffed brown rice. A slight tang from the cranberries balances all the flavors. The bars are made with high quality local ingredients, are delicious, and support a good cause – what more could you ask for?”
The Garuka Bar was a close second to the Ice Wine Jelly. The bar was chewy and sweet with just the right amount of nutty crunch. I was suprised at the tender, moist texture as many artisan granola bars I have tried in the past are very hard.
Cha Chas – Produced by Lark Fine Foods
“Lark combines intense dark chocolate with spice and heat for the ultimate chocolate-lover’s treat. These are perfect with coffee but would also make excellent gourmet oreos or ice cream sandwiches.”
This cookie has a spicy undertone that is surprising and unique.
Salted Rosemary Shortbread – Produced by Lark Fine Foods
“The winning combination of sweet buttery shortbread, earthy rosemary and a hint of sea salt has made this one of Lark’s top sellers.”
This shortbread cookie was lacking in flavor. I really thought the Rosemary flavor would come through more than it did. I also only noticed just a hint of the salted flavor. It was tasty but not my favorite item in the box.
Sun Dried Tomato & Parmesan Popcorn – Produced by Oogie’s Gourmet Popcorn
“Italians have been drying tomatoes for centuries as a way to enjoy fresh tomatoes during the long winter months. Now a culinary staple, they’re a gourmet complement to our fine blend of aged hard cheeses and garlic. Our Sun-Dried Tomato & Parmesan popcorn delivers a surprising pronounced flavor thanks to our imported tomatoes and smooth Reggiano Parmesan finish. As sophisticated and complex as popcorn gets, this is a flavor to truly savor.”
I really enjoyed this popcorn! I am a big fan of popcorn and love to try unique flavor combinations and this one didn’t disappoint! Oogie’s makes a smoked Gouda popcorn that I am dying to try!
Overall, I was very pleased with the sample box. Considering that shipping is included in the price the box is worth every bit of $10.00 and then some. I can’t wait to try some more of the products offered by Petit Amuse in the future. And thanks to Ben Appenzeller at Petit Amuse one of you get to try out this great sample box too!
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Disclaimer: I received a Petit Amuse Sample Box for free for review purposes. Petit Amuse will also supply a sample to one of my readers at no cost to me or the winner. My opinions are my own.