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Get Ready for Halloween With Sweet and Salty Snacks

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-10-15 | no comments

Many people enjoy sweet and salty snacks. Pairing these distinct flavours will keep your taste buds trick or treating this Halloween season. Famous Foods has many wholesome foods and specialty ingredients for your party snacks. Visit our store in Vancouver and stock your pantry with everything you need to prepare sweet and salty Halloween treats.

Popcorn

We stock bulk popcorn, including organic choices, at great value. Popcorn forms the base for popular sweet and salty goodies, like maple-nut popcorn. After popping and salting the corn, stir in some nuts and drizzle with maple syrup.

Pretzel Twists and Sticks

Pretzels provide salty infrastructure for countless Halloween snack recipes including “lucky black cat treats”. Cover the pretzel with chocolate and decorate it with candies to create a cat face. Pretzel sticks work wonderfully to make witch broom handles in other treat recipes.

Chocolate Chips

We have any type of chocolate chip that you might need for your Halloween recipes. Melt white chocolate chips to blanket mummies in smooth and sweet wrappings. Prepare luscious brownies with bittersweet chocolate. Use mini, semi-sweet chocolate chips to decorate cookies and cupcakes. Count on us for other specialty chips, like carob, peanut butter and dark chocolate.

Garbanzo Beans

Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas as they are also known, roast into crunchy snacks. You can flavour them with salt and your preferred sweeteners like maple syrup or vanilla sugar. Spice them up if you like with our bulk Cajun seasoning or ground cinnamon.

Nuts

Our bulk section has nuts suitable for many Halloween treats. Choose from almonds, peanuts, filberts, cashews, pistachios and more. Salted nuts coated or drizzled with dark or white chocolate are easy to make and certain to please party guests.

Trail Mix

We stock over a dozen trail mixes. Blends of nuts, dried fruit, candies, chips and crackers provide an off-the-shelf solution for a quick party snack. Choose the mixes with the salty and sweet ingredients that you like best.

Shop the bulk foods section at Famous Foods for everything on your Halloween snack list.

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5 Scary Facts About Pesticides

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-10-01 | no comments

In addition to the wholesome quality and flavour of organic foods, consuming them reduces your exposure to harmful pesticides. When you seek out organic options, you support a food system that does not rely on chemicals known to damage the environment. Here are 5 scary facts about pesticides to keep you motivated to play your part in discouraging pesticide pollution.

Safety Studies Have Limited Scope

Scientists tasked with determining the safety of pesticides only study chemicals in isolation. They fail to consider that the pesticides will be part of a chemical cocktail that often increases toxicity. As a result, safety studies cannot provide a realistic report on the effects of a pesticide. Pesticide manufacturers tend to sponsor most of the safety research, which casts more doubt on the thoroughness of their conclusions.

Pesticide Drift

Globally, farmers apply billions of pounds of pesticides on their crops every year. The Royal Society of Medicine reported that only 1% of pesticides actually act upon targeted pests. The rest drifts throughout the environment into people’s homes and yards and bodies of water.

Pesticides Linked to ADHD and Autism

According to the Pesticide Action Network of North America, the class of pesticides known as organophosphates appear to increase rates of ADHD among children. Pregnant women exposed to endosulfan, widely used on fruits and vegetables, faced an increased risk of bearing autistic children.

Pesticides Linked to Childhood Leukemia

The Sierra Club Canada warns that children living where pesticides are used in their yards or inside their houses had six times the risk of developing leukemia.

Pesticides Cannot Be Completely Washed Off

Although it’s important to wash your produce, you cannot succeed completely in scrubbing away harmful pesticide residues. Pesticides can penetrate beyond the surface of fruits and vegetables. Repeated applications of chemicals throughout the growing cycle can inject the pesticides throughout a plant’s system. The plant, as it draws in water and nutrients, will pick up the chemicals and incorporate them throughout the plant body or fruit. Popular fruits like apples, strawberries, bell peppers, and peaches frequently experience systemic contamination.

The produce buyers at Famous Foods work hard to include high-quality organic fruits and vegetables to provide you with the healthiest choices in Vancouver.

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