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North Carolina Treats

If you've ever tried pimento cheese, red-eye gravy, country ham, Brunswick stew or Calabash seafood, you've probably spent some time in North Carolina. Not everyone in the country knows about our regional specialties, but most people are familiar with these famous foods which also hail from North Carolina...

Mount Olive Pickles: Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc., located at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine in Mount Olive, North Carolina, got its start in 1926, with only a 3,600 square foot building and $19,500 in capital, Mt. Olive has grown to be the best selling brand of pickles in the Southeast, and the second best-selling brand of pickles in the country.

Bojangles' Biscuits: The Bojangles food chain got its start in Charlotte, NC. We Southerners consider their light, buttery made-from-scratch biscuit sandwiches a classic breakfast choice. The biscuits are filled with seasoned sausage, country ham, eggs and cheese and have inspired the copy-cat breakfasts of many other fast food chains.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: I love the legendary story behind the creation of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. In fact, last year, I wrote an article about them for DineWilmingtonOnline.com, and that article was the most popular article of 2007! Check it out.

Texas Pete Hot Sauce: They fooled you with the name, didn't they? That pistol-packin' hot sauce isn't from Texas; it's from Winston-Salem, NC. Inventor Thad Garner acquired a hand-written barbeque recipe, added hot peppers, vinegar and salt and created Texas Pete. The story goes that Garner originally wanted to call the sauce "Mexican Joe", but Garner's father insisted on all-American name.

Slim Jims: Although this brand is currently owned by ConAgra, it was created by a North Carolinian company called GoodMark Foods.  Slim Jims also happen to be one of Pascal's favorite American snacks!

Pepsi: In the summer of 1898, a pharmacist and drugstore owner in New Bern, North Carolina began experimenting with a combination of spices, juices, and syrups in an effort to create a refreshing new drink for his customers. The pharmacist succeeded beyond all expectations; his new beverage was an instant success with the locals, and the rest is Pepsi-Cola history.

Hardee's Hamburgers: Wilber Hardee opened his first namesake restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina in 1960. Five months later he had his first franchisee. Now, his burger chain has spread to become a favorite throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern United States.

Cheerwine: This cherry-flavored soda was invented in 1917 in Salisbury, NC. The company even used the advertising slogan: "It’s a Carolina Thing".

Of course, we hope that someday soon, South 'n France Bon Bons will also make that list of famous foods that got their start here in the Carolinas!

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Clients Weigh In On Bon Bon Calories

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.
-James Beard
Last week, we released the caloric content of our bon bons. The response from our clients has been so interesting! We’ve heard everything from: “No wonder Fudge Brownie is my favorite bon bon flavor—it has the most calories (140)!” to this, our favorite response:

OK. So I appreciate your responding to your customer’s inquiries about caloric intake but SERIOUSLY, they are SO GOOD, WHO CARES??!!!!!!! I say: ‘If you watch your calories on your main meals (take the time to make a yummy salad or yummy lean dish as opposed to grabbing fast food), then desert is where you SPLURGE!!!’ Ah, I should have been a nutritionist.

Peace and MUCH Bon Bon love from your Bon Bon eating (with no shame or counting) fitness fanatic friend,

It’s true that we do have many clients who are “fitness fanatics”, including several fitness instructors and a dietician. Why? We believe it stems from the concept that “there ain’t nothing like the real thing” when it comes to being fully sated. Because we make our bon bons the old fashioned way with real ingredients, they are delicious and satisfying. You really can eat just one. In fact, not so long ago a customer called to place an order because “she was going on a diet”. She explained that although she intended to lose weight, she did not intend to give up chocolate; therefore, she was ordering “the best”. She planned to store the bon bons in her freezer and eat one whenever she craved something chocolate-y and sweet.
This philosophy is right in line with that of Mireille Guillano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat. Her book addresses The French Paradox, their ability to eat good food, drink fine wine, and remain slim and healthy. Guillano attributes the French women's penchant for slimness to their attitude toward food, a focus on the best and freshest ingredients consumed in moderation, and frequent, brisk walking. Her message is: “Be good to yourself, be good to your body, and enjoy!”

As for chocolate, she is a big fan. Guillano advises us to relish the experience of eating chocolate. Take small bites. With each bite, take a moment to hold the chocolate in your mouth so you can savor the flavors and their nuances. When you allow yourself the pleasure of fully enjoying the experience (French women eschew all guilt around eating), just one piece of chocolate will feel like so much more. Oh, and Caroline, you’re right. There's hardly a mention of calories in the entire book.

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