A Time to Celebrate

Kevin C.Set the date on your Calendar August 16th 2017, World Bratwurst Day!!!  This little celebrated day should be a bigger event than what is currently is. These small but hearty sausages are a staple in many homes throughout the world. This day should be a time to get together and honor this small but delicious treat. Continue reading “A Time to Celebrate”

Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream

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Hi Everybody! February is half over and I can just feel spring in the air since we have had such a mild Minnesota weather. Speaking of Minnesota, I just have to talk to you all about “local”. I just love local and I love talking about local. So I thought I would show you some great recipes using some of our great local products right here in the Midwest.

Today I thought I would talk about French Toast with homemade blueberry syrup and homemade whipped cream. This is a ‘yummy” no matter which way you look at it. Continue reading “Local French Toast with Homemade Blueberry Syrup and Whipped Cream”

Meet Your Herbs

Meet Your Herbs

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If you’ve read my blog before, you know that I am all about local! At Coborn’s, we have so many great partners that supply us with honey, beef, dairy, soap, essential oils, popcorn, peanut butter and so much more! One of the best things about these local products is to know the source of where they come from. It gives us all a better understanding of the quality and the commitment of the producers when we know where our products are traveling from and the amount of time it took for them to reach our tables. Continue reading “Meet Your Herbs”

New Local Brands to Love!

New Local Brands to Love!

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Happy New Year! What a perfect time to spotlight a few new local brands that we’ve added to the family.

My absolute favorite new line is Buddy’s Nut Butters.  Personally, I have always been a bit confused by chocolate nut butters, even though I am inBuddy's Nut Butters the food business.  What do you do with them?  Do I want chocolate toast before the Local Favorites: Buddy's Nut Buttersun rises?  Yes!  Now I do!  Buddy’s has three amazing flavors, Honey Peanut, Cinnamon Raisin and the mind blowing Chocolate Peanut.  I put that on toast (I hear adding strawberries puts it over the top), on raspberry bagels, and most often simply on a spoon.  When you’re looking for a little treat, it fills the bill and gives you protein and fiber as an added benefit from the peanuts.

Buddy’s Nut Butters are made by Buddy, also known as Andrew Kincheloe.  Imagine that.  He simply wanted to make a better nut butter and started working on that in his kitchen in Minneapolis.  Today his products are in over 300 retailers and Coborn’s is proud to be one of them.

While I am having that spoonful of Buddy’s, I might also grab some WholeMe Clusters.  They are a delicious grain free alternative to regular granola and snacks.  Available in three great flavors, Lemon Berry Chia is a favorite.  It’s full of coconut and cashews and really freshened up with a bit of real lemon zest.  Like Buddy’s, it was founded by Local Favorites: WholeMe Oat clusterspeople looking for something better to eat.  In this case, it was two women in St. Paul.  They were both looking for a snack to fuel their busy lives.  One was a pastry chef, so you know taste was a top priority!

Our most recent addition is suds! Bath and Body based in Prior Lake.  I love their story.  Founder Erin Seidl became alarmed when she starting reading the labels on her favorite skin care items.  She couldn’t recognize most of the ingredients, which was extra frightening since she is a chemical engineer!  Like our other great Minnesota entrepreneurs, she decided to take matters into her own hands, literally and launched her own skin care line. At that time, she was working for one of our favorite Minnesota companies creating delicious (and natural!) flavors for their popcorn.  Now she is able to focus all her time on her own growing company.

One of my favorite products is the Lotion Stick.  Somewhat resembling a round deodorant stick, it is lotion that is a solid and you simply rub it across your skin.  No mess and minimal effort when you aren’t quite awake yet and haven’t had your chocolate peanut butter yet.  The smell of Vanilla Almond is divine.

The bars of soap are wrapped in brown paper that contains wildflower seeds so you can plant it in your yard or garden.  Plus that means zero waste.  And it makes an extra nice gift.

All of these Minnesota companies were started by someone who had an idea for something better.  And we have the opportunity to support that can-do spirit of our neighbors, keeping our local economy thriving!


Coborn’s, Inc. Natural Foods Category Manager

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Introducing Gluten Free Bakery at Coborn's!

Introducing Gluten Free Bakery at Coborn's! www.cobornsblog.com

There is something new coming to your local Coborn’s and we can’t contain the news any longer! We are excited to announce the opening of our Gluten Free Baking Facility! Located in the heart of Minnesota (St. Cloud), this facility is in a completely separate building from our conventional bakery to ensure there is no cross contact with gluten containing ingredients.

Gluten Free Cookes & Cupcakes - www.cobornsblog.comWith the growing demand for gluten free products and the majority of the current products available sold frozen, it seemed right to us to start a Gluten Free Bakery focused on offering primarily fresh baked goods. Our expert bakers work diligently to create products that are not only gluten free, but taste delicious! The selection of items is sure to please from morning until night. To start the day, there are sugared cake donuts and decadent muffins…with the Double Chocolate Chip being one of my personal favorites! Other muffin flavors include Chocolate Chip, Banana, Blueberry and Cranberry Orange – all melt in your mouth delicious! Lunch/Dinner time brings choices such as hotdog and hamburger buns, or a great slice of bread for a sandwich. Finish off with a tasty cupcake, bar, or cookie. Cupcakes come in both White and Devil’s Food, while the bars include Fudge Brownie and Chocolate Chip flavors. There is also a delightful selection of cookies – Sugar, Raspberry, Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate Chip – in two sizes!! Last, but certainly not least, are the frosted cakes available in delectable White and Devil’s Food. The flavors of these items will entice everyone – even those that do not need to eat gluten free.

Gluten Free Breads & Buns - www.cobornsblog.comEnsuring the products taste good is one aspect, but we also want to ensure the safety of our guests. Knowing that even the slightest amount of gluten can be detrimental for some, we are taking additional safeguards to ensure our gluten free claim holds true. Only gluten free ingredients are used along with testing all incoming ingredients as well as our finished products to confirm the absence of gluten.

Come give them a try!  You’ll be glad you did! They will be in our stores starting August 16, 2015.