New foodie treats you need in your kitchen

17:00, Jun 12 2013
chef's candle
THE AROMATHERAPY CO. NATURAL CHEF'S CANDLE, RRP$24.99: I was as dubious as anything about the supposed deodorising properties of this candle, but after a weekend spent cooking up a storm of curries and fish dishes, I can confirm it really does work. The scent is fresh but not cloying and having a candle burning while you cook feels very Zen.
trade aid drinking chocolate
TRADE AID ORGANIC DRINKING CHOCOLATE, $5.99 (300g): There’s nothing like hugging a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a winter’s night. I love the real deal – melted chocolate stirred into warm milk, but most of the time can’t be bothered with the faffing. Most powdered versions are disappointing but this rich, chocolately treat hits the spot and is delicious made with boiling water and a dash of milk. Real chocolate fiends can stock up on a 5kg bag for $55.
rekorderlig cider
ORANGE-GINGER REKORDERLIG CIDER, RRP$6.99 (500ml): There's nothing like a bit of Scandinavian chic to get people excited and Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig is hipper than most. I find the berry flavours unpalatably sweet, but the citrus-ginger notes of this pear version make it crisp and refreshing.
wiltshire milk pan
WILTSHIRE RETRO MILK PAN, $14.99 from The Warehouse: If you prefer hot chocolate made with milk, invest in one of these impossibly cute milk pans (also available in blue and green, if pink is a bridge too far).
hello rosie
LOAF HELLO ROSIE SLICE, RRP$8.99: We don't go in for bought biscuits much at my place, but I've made an exception for this lush treat that combines all my favourite things: condensed milk, chocolate, nuts and dried fruit. Available from Farro Fresh, Nosh Food Markets and selected New World supermarkets.
Whitestone butter
WHITESTONE BUTTER, RRP$5.75: The emergence of artisan Lewis Road Creamery butter changed the face of breakfast last year and now chef Al Brown has got in on the cultured butter scene. He's teamed up with North Otago company Whitestone to produce three posh butters - salted, unsalted and manuka smoked. The latter is so good you could eat it by the slice - just bread and butter will never be the same again.
piloncillo sugar
PILONCILLO SUGAR, $10 FOR 450G, from the new online shop at There's a lot of hype about sugar being bad for you, but this raw, unrefined evaporated Mexican sugar cane juice is said to have unique medicinal properties. It has a smoky, earthy flavour and can be used in baking.

This month we're loving Al Brown's new butter, Mexican sugar, Fairtrade hot chocolate and more...