Sweet Treats

With the prices of food continuing to rise it becomes difficult to purchase an occasional sweet treat to enjoy during coffee breaks or tea time. I’m sure you’ve all had to decide on what was a more worthwhile purchase with $5. Would you use it to purchase two loaves of bread or a jar of marmalade?

I’ve given up on prepared coffee cakes, muffins and tea biscuits whether they’re from the supermarket or the local bakery. When tea biscuits went up to $1.25 each I decided at that point to make my own.

Still, there is a desire from time to time to use jam or fruit preserves. Yet, I balk at spending over $4 for a jar of Smucker’s Fruit Spreads. It’s not that they aren’t tasty but they do lack the refinement of an English marmalade or an imported fruit preserve. The domestic variety of fruit spreads, jams and preserves are too sweet for my liking.

It was by accident that I made a wonderful discovery in a little shop right around the corner from where I live. Kek Duna is a Hungarian deli filled with fresh cold cuts, cheeses, and imported cakes, crackers, pickled vegetable salads, coffee, tea and other items from Hungary, Germany, Poland and other parts of Middle Europe.

Opposite the counter and against the wall, in the middle of the tiny store, are rows of fruit preserves and jams. The rich red color of the Zentis Strawberry preserves attracted my attention.

I was so pleasantly surprised to find the price at only $2.99 that I decided to buy a jar.

When I got home, I buttered a roll to have with my tea and opened the jar of fruit preserves. The consistency is very good, thick but still spreadable. And the flavor is lovely. You can taste the strawberries without the overly sugary sweetness that exists in an American product.

Zentis fruit preserves are made in Germany. At the company’s website you can learn more about their operations in the U.S.A. as well as their product line. The website is at http://www.zentis.de/cms/us/Industrial-Business/Overview-of-Our-Locations/Zentis-USA

I plan to purchase other flavors in this product line, as well as check out other offerings at Kek Duna Deli more often. It is a little gem of a store with a wide variety of good imported foods at reasonable prices. Kek Duna is located at 5802 13th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Please Note: I am not affiliated with any store or manufacturer mentioned in these blog postings. The purpose of this blog is to share information about getting the best buys possible in and around Brooklyn,

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