Aged in the 18-year style, this shop favorite is smooth, rich and complex. With its well-rounded flavor and thicker consistency, the Traditional is a wonderful "everyday" balsamic and the ideal gift for gourmands who like a little sweetness in their dishes. Pair with any of our flavored or unflavored extra virgin olive oils to complement everything from salads to meats, soups to seafood. Drizzle it over strawberries or ice cream (boggles the mind but a definite YES!) for a delectable twist on dessert.
As a kid growing up in New England Apple Country and later as an adult in the proliferation of orchards in Eastern WA State, this evocative, thick, aged balsamic balances tart and sweet like biting into a crisp, freshly picked apple. Its warm, earthy essence will reminds of summer sun beaming over acres of apples and the aroma of my Mom June’s apple pie cooling on the windowsill. Its rich flavor makes it ideal for meat marinades and summer grilling, and when paired with one of our olive oils, it's sweet enough to liven up refreshing green and fruit salads. As the days grow shorter, pair this variety with our toasted walnut oil for the perfect taste of fall.
The complex taste of fresh ginger complements the main essence of vine-ripened blackberries in this culinary marriage. Combine with your favorite Olive Oil for a markedly unique vinaigrette. Add the Blackberry Ginger to our Persian Lime Olive Oil for an excellent grilling marinade, or simply add a splash to your favorite fresh fruit salad. Papa Stapes’ favorite over Vanilla Ice Cream!
We have developed this extraordinary sensation to please our maple-crazed customers by combining 100% pure maple syrup with aged balsamic to create a perfect balance. A wonderful addition to almost any winter time dessert. Try it drizzled over ice cream, strawberries, angel food cake, oats, Greek yogurt, or as a glaze for ribs! One of our New England customers regularly purchases “mass quantities” paired with our Butter Olive Oil to send to her fiends for “healthy” waffles.
My oh my, blueberry muffins just out of the oven; my fingers stained purple from eating freshly picked blueberries by the handful. The strong Blueberry essence gives it a more intense tartness than other berry varieties, making it the romantic ideal balance for sweet pairings. Divine drizzled over ice cream, crème brule or cheesecake or to punch up the flavors in a bowl of fruit. Use it to bring a tart crispness to spicy greens like arugula or for a truly high impact dish, mix it into a carrot salad and savor the symmetry of tangy and sweet.
This sophisticated balsamic walks a fine line between a sweet beginning and a tart finish, enhancing every dish with its rich, well-rounded taste. Rather than overpowering the balance of flavors, the fig imparts a nuanced spice note. From only the finest of natural ingredients our Fig Balsamic makes great use with a number of savory applications, including meat marinades, salads, sandwiches, and pizza. Complements flavored olive oils like Tuscan Herb, Lemon, and Basil.
Zesty and versatile, our Neapolitan Herb Dark Balsamic has just the right amount of acidity to shine in a multitude of culinary applications, especially where a savory characteristic is desired. Made from traditional herbs long used in Neapolitan cuisine including, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, garlic, and sage. Our favorite for pairing with a good EVOO for bread dipping. Add a splash to a Bloody Mary!
Whether you're serving up a salad or spooning out a dessert, nothing perks up a dish like the bright, acidic taste of citrus. This variety will have you picturing fragrant tangerine groves growing against the backdrop of clear blue skies. Our tangerine balsamic brings a crisp cheeriness to salads, fish, and chicken, and pairs well with any of our citrus olive oils. To extract even greater sweetness, mix with our blood orange olive oil for an extra zest that seems to flow straight from the Mediterranean coast. What this does on salmon is mind-blowing.
Ssshh! Papa Stapes’ “secret” in Chili, darker moles and in Latin American dishes where a rich chocolate flavor is desired. Indulgent! A Chocolate lover’s dream come true. Sweet fruity taste of quality Balsamic enrobed in velvet. The chocolate aroma and flavor are just right there, no need to wait for dessert. Wonderful over berries, peaches, pineapple and banana, but not just for desserts. It adds an elegant touch to hard intense cheeses like Parmesan and Asiago. For softer cheeses try alongside a sharp provolone or smoked gouda! Over figs or yogurt – Yes. Over Bacon – Hell Yes!
Touchdown, Baby! The sweet and tang scores well and like in the game, it’s the kick that finishes. Harmonious and rich but not overpowering, it's a wonderful gift for friends who are just beginning to use balsamic in their cooking. Its hint of sweetness makes it a unique topping for desserts like ice cream, or breakfasts like pancakes and waffles. Pair this huge house favorite with any of our citrus olive oils for a light and refreshing glaze, or mix it with our Basil Olive Oil for a traditional raspberry vinaigrette that's tastier than any you could find at the grocery store.