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Monday, March 18, 2013

Vermont Country Store Review

The Vermont Country Store Logo
Vermont Country Store is a popular place in our house. While they have a great web presence, my wife loves to drive up to Vermont to visit their two stores in person. Yes, both stores. They also have mail-order catalogs that you can get, if you want to just buy from them over the phone or through the mail. Over the years, we've bought from them in all these ways, never disappointed. It is fun directing the person over the phone to where exactly in the store something is physically located, if you're not exactly sure of what the product name is. It is a family operation, The Orton Family to be exact, and really is that small. They've been open for business since 1945.

The store offers a variety of nostalgic products, from candies that parents grew up with, to games and other pop culture personalities, long gone from the typical retail scene (Gumby and Pokey, Bozo the Clown, and Lamb Chop, among others). They also have home products, more reminiscent of older times. Where else can you get Charles Chips, Clove Gum, and Buster Brown socks (though not shoes)? You can even find a true "green" lawn mower, too, you know, the one without a motor that you push from behind.
Vermont Country Store was gracious to be a sponsor for our St. Patty's After Party. For review, they offered me a variety of their food products.
For the party, they offered a really nice, American-made Catchall basket. You'll have to wait for the party for that one.

The food included three boxes of their cookie buttons, a jar of their spiced watermelon pickle, and their common crackers. The cookies are something we regularly buy from them, though the varieties were not our norm. The other two items were new to us.

The cookie buttons come in eight different varieties: Purely Maple, Chocolaty Chocolate, Spicy Cinnamon, Snappy Ginger, Zesty Lemon, Peanut Butter, Double Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie. We always get the Lemon ones. The chocolate and vanilla are ones we'll probably start getting in the future, though never got before. These are extremely flavorful, especially the Lemon. I love that they are all natural, with no trans fats or corn syrup. They claim to be low calorie, but you're not going to just eat a few of these. They claim a serving size of 10 cookies, at 110 calories. Good luck getting away with just one serving. Maybe one serving of each flavor. 3 boxes sell for $14.85.

I like spiced food and the spiced watermelon pickle was an interesting item to try. It is one of over 30 varieties of jellies, jams, and relishes they have. It is really hard to describe the taste here. Basically, they pickle the rinds that would normally get thrown out, add in some vinegar, sugar, and spices. It isn't too vinegary or too sweet, or too spicy. You can't eat too much at a time, but they're a nice occasional treat. They feel more for the summer. These sell at $6.95 each, or $6 each when you buy 6 or buy.

The last item we tried were the Vermont Common Crackers. These didn't survive the transit as well as the other items, causing several to break up and crumble. But, apart from that, these aren't that bad, for the right purpose. My son loved these but they aren't something you typically eat on their own. They're great to add jams and jellies to, like spiced watermelon pickle. They're also good for stuffing or breading chicken, though we didn't try that. Just $4.45 for these.

We were offered a great sampling of food products form Vermont Country Store. Even more for us to pick up the next time we visit the store. We certainly were not disappointed with anything. And we just love their nostalgic product variety.


Giveaway: Vermont Country Store is going to give one of Java John Z's very lucky readers a Catchall Basket of their own! Look for this to begin on 3/20/13 as part of the "St. Patty's After Party" Blog Hop!

DisclosureI received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.


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