I can't believe it - it's less than 2 weeks until Christmas!
I hope you are all starting to prepare for the festive season. In this newsletter we have:
My family from Sweden is arriving next week to celebrate Christmas with us. To be able to enjoy our time with them we will be closed from the 21Dec and most of January. We will still send parcel on the following dates:
- Orders coming in between the 21 Dec - 7 Jan will be sent off on Tuesday the 8th Jan.
- Orders coming in between 7 Jan - 20 Jan will be sent on Monday the 21st Jan.
- After the 21 Jan we will be open as usual.
Please make sure to get your Xmas, New Years and Summer Holiday Orders in now to avoid disappointment.
Christmas Shipping Information:
As we are slightly restricted in how many chilled parcels we can manage per day we are currently prioritising the parcels the following way:
- Monday: Parcels going to Rural destinations and South Island
- Tuesday: Parcels going to Rural destinations, South Island and Upper North Island
- Wednesday: Parcels going to going to North Island
- Thursday: Parcels going to the Wellington region.
If you still haven't made you Xmas order and live in a Rural destination or on the South Island, please place your order ASAP so we can send it to you first thing on Monday morning.
If you live on the North Island the deadline for an order is next Tuesday the 18th Dec, to make sure your parcel will reach you before Xmas. Please note our courier company is also very busy this time of the year and we need to cater for possible delays.
Rural Shipping Information:
If you live in a Rural destination it is vital you choose the correct freight option for your parcel. As explained above we do prioritise our shipments based on the freight option you select.
Fastway has advised us there has been an increase of parcels from us going to a Rural destination with no Rural Label attached. We still have to pay Fastway for this service and there is a risk of delayed delivery if not labelled correctly.
We do charge an additional $4.40+GST for each Rural delivery which is the cost Fastway charges us. If you live in a Rural destination and want to avoid this additional cost, please check with a close by petrol station or café as they are often happy to serve as a depot for you to pick up from. Alternatively you might have a friend we can send the parcel to, who are not living at a Rural destination.
In our latest shipment from Sweden we did get some Mjälloms Wafer Crispbread (Tunnbröd). Unfortunately it came as a 3kg box rather than boxed up for retail. We have now found a way to package it up so it shouldn't break during transport. A beautiful addition to your Xmas table.
We also have some great new Toys from the distributor of the very popular Diinglisar - Teddykompaniet. This years limited edition range is Crocodile / Lamb - Musical or Cuddle blanket. Please note this is very much a limited edition, once they are gone they will not be produced again.
We are also very pleased to introduce their new Prince and Princess range, these comes beautifully packed - the perfect Xmas present for the little one or the expectant parent to be.
Cookie cutters - Just in time for the gingerbread baking! We have received some beautiful Cookie Cutters in the shape of a Dalahorse, Moose, Man or Woman.
This Months Featured Product
Polkagris (plural: polkagrisar) is a Swedish candy stick or straight candy cane that was invented in 1859 in the town of Gränna, Sweden, and remains a popular candy tradition in the town.The traditional polkagris candy cane is white and red, and peppermint flavoured.
The name polkagris refers to a lively European swirling dance, polka, which was still a novelty when the polkagris was invented.The dance originated in the middle of the 19th century and is still a common genre in Swedish folk dance and folk music. "Polka" in the candy's name may refer to the way traditional polkagris is made, twisting red and white sugar dough ribbons. "Gris" means "pig", and was at that time used as an expression for candy.
Polkagris was invented in Gränna 1859 by Amalia Eriksson (1824–1923), a poor 25-year-old widow.Amalia needed to support herself and her family, when her husband died. Amalia Eriksson got the town council's permission to open a bakery to make pastries and peppermint rocks, and opened a shop in Gränna. She kept the recipe secret and it was only revealed upon her death.
The candy is made of sugar dough which is boiled, kneaded on a marble baking table, pulled, and twisted by hand to the right size. The candies contain peppermint, sugar, water, and a very small amount of vinegar, colors. The red and white peppermint flavoured sticks are the classic original polkagris.
Normally: $6.00 This Months Special $5.00 (also avaliable on short date sale for $4.00)
Why not try this Homemade Polka Ice cream.
Crush the peppermint candy. There should be small chunks but not powdered.
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar. Mix in the peppermint chunks. Whip the cream in a separate bowl. When the cream is fluffy turn it into the peppermint mixture. Place the bowl in the freezer. Stir once an hour for the first few hours. Freeze for at least 4-5 hours before it is served.
The perfect taste for a Summer Christmas - Enjoy!