North Carolina Woman Turns Hobby into Wine Jelly Business
On a trip to Australia nearly two decades ago, Bunny Powers came across a port wine jelly on the shelf of a country shop. As someone who occasionally enjoyed a little port wine after dinner, she was intrigued by the unusual gourmet item and bought a jar. When Bunny returned home, she shared the jelly with her family who gave it rave reviews and urged her to find some more. Bunny searched gourmet stores and specialty shops with no luck. To please her family, she tried making the product herself and soon she developed a hobby of creating wine jellies that were so popular that family, friends and neighbors all wanted some. After ten years, Bunny so perfected the craft that her husband urged her to go into business and it was then that Aunt Bunny’s Gourmet Wine Jelly was born.
Aunt Bunny’s product line has since grown to 25 wine jellies which are offered in three jar sizes with five more flavors added during the holiday season. Most of the wine used in the jellies comes from North Carolina wineries while several specialty stores throughout the Tar Heel state carry the congealed foods featuring their own, unique tastes. The question Bunny and storeowners most often get is: “How is the best way to use wine jelly?” Wine jelly on crackers may seem like the most logical way but it is also used in many other ways ranging from pork glaze to enhancing cake batter. Bunny Powers is fortunate to have a daughter who is a trained chef that experimented with existing recipes by mixing in wine jellies. Her hard work paid off with the publication of Eat, Drink and Have Jelly. The cook book contains 140 new recipes with each having wine jelly as an ingredient.
If you do not plan to visit North Carolina anytime soon, the cook book and wine jellies can be purchased through the online store at www.abwinejelly.com. Wine jellies are not only great for snacking or cooking but also make great presents whether individually or in a gift basket. The next time you are invited to someone’s home leave the bottle of wine behind and surprise your hosts with some jars of wine jelly. They will likely love you for it.
Source jelly.org By Michael Heath