What Is Gourmet Food?

Wholesale Confectionery, Sweets, Snacks & Confections

Wholesale Confectionery, Sweets, Snacks & Confections

The term ‘gourmet food’ refers to food or drink that made from high-quality ingredients sourced from their country of origin, and are often the freshest, tastiest and best foods available. Gourmet food may also refer to something rare and harder to find such as escargots or truffles. It has a certain flair to it, may be viewed as exotic and usually can’t be found on the shelves at a regular grocery store.

When you are offered gourmet food in a meal, you’ll know that there are spices and herbs that they are blended together in an interesting way to add a new depth and flavour to the dish. The herbs and spices must also be sourced ethically and be as fresh as possible to pull the dish together.


At Almondena, we carry the highest quality gourmet foods and we have searched the world over to find the best of the best for you. We offer only premium ingredients that are full of providence and flavour, with sustainable and organic products such as sugars, nuts and cocoa nibs. When you need top-of-the-line ingredients to make your gourmet creations, you can count on the quality of all of our products.

Gourmet Ingredients

Here are some of the gourmet ingredients that we offer at Almondena:

  • Hazelnut chocolate spread
  • Rock candy sticks
  • Cigar wafers
  • Course maple sugar
  • Unsweetened coconut ribbon chips
  • Sweet broken crêpes
  • Cocoa powder
  • Organic cocoa nibs
  • Pink praline
  • Fan wafers
  • Much more

We offer an incredible discount pricing program to all clients that place bulk orders for any of our wholesale confectionery, sweets, and confections. We are able to ship and package any quantity, from crates to skids. Visit our site at almondena.com or contact us today for more details about our gourmet food ingredients and our commitment to quality.

Add a Note of Sophistication to Your Ice Cream with Cigar Wafers

Add a Note of Sophistication to Your Ice Cream with Cigar Wafers

If you own a restaurant and regularly serve ice cream to your customers, you can easily add a note of sophistication to your desert offering with cigar wafers. These wafers are light, thin, sweet and crisp and are the perfect pairing with a bowl of ice cream or a fancy sundae.

Make your guests stand up and take notice by serving them a little something extra on the side of their ice cream bowls. It’s in a simple way to show your customers that you take pride in the food that you serve and are willing to add flair to every dish you serve.

Our cigar wafers are approximately 4 inches in length and are pencil thin. They offer the smooth, subtle flavour of vanilla with a flaky pastry texture. Use them as a garnish by placing them in the ice cream itself or display them on the side. Either way, you’re sure to hear comments of appreciation from your customers.

Ice Cream Buffets and Dessert Bars

Be sure to stock up on cigar wafers if you have an ice cream bar or a buffet where patrons can help themselves to their own ice cream sundaes. It’s another ingredient that you can add to your ice cream and dessert buffet that will keep your guests satisfied and coming back for more. For added variety, dip 1/3 of the wafers into melted chocolate and then serve them once the chocolate has hardened.

You can order bulk quantities of these wafers by visiting almondena.com or you can also call our distributor directly at 1-800-206-1177. We offer wholesale pricing for large orders and while you’re at our site you can browse through our selection of other premium ingredients offered at discounted prices.

The Importance of Sourcing Ethically

Positive buying experiences aren’t just about deals –  often they are linked to shopping ethically and making a purchase of a high quality item from a progressive company. Ethical consumers are now looking for businesses that care about the environment and the cultures surrounding them. These companies source from places with high production standards, and both the employees and the environment are both taking into account.

Ethical shopping became increasingly popular when sweatshop practices was first reported in Third World countries. Since then, various abuses of product manufacturing came to light and consumers took this to heart. Many businesses started looking for companies that would only deal with ethical sourcing of their materials. At Almondena, we share these sentiments, and while we like to promote the high quality of our products, we also want to ensure customers that they are receiving food items that meet our high standards of ethical sourcing.

Ethical Consumers

As an ethical consumer, you will be helping to maintain a higher life quality for people around the world, will be supporting sustainable development and will eliminate patterns of unsustainable consumption and production. It also contributes to animal protection and the reduction of biodiversity.

As larger multi-national corporations expand and offer more products, consumers are still looking for smaller businesses that offer more in terms of ethical standards. At Almondena, we embrace all of these concepts, and often work with restaurants and other food establishments that share these views. As a family-owned company, we deliver more without having to compromise on the quality of our products.

If you operate a restaurant and have higher standards for your food ingredients, contact us today or learn more at our site at almondena.com. We offer wholesale prices on bulk orders, and you can always count on the sourcing, quality and freshness of every product we sell. When you are looking for the best-of-the-best and want to provide your customers with the ultimate dishes and dessert preparations, you can count on our company to deliver.

Cigar Wafers – Enjoy the Sophistication

When you’re looking for an elegant way to add some sophistication to your dessert menu think of cigar wafers from Almondena. These are crisp, thin roles of flaky pastry that are 4 inches long and as thin as a pencil. Experience these vanilla flavoured treats on their own or liven them up with the mouth-watering suggestions below.

Dipped in Chocolate – Melt some milk or dark chocolate and then dip 1/3 of each wafer into the mixture for a sweet taste sensation. If you’re looking for pure indulgence you can dip the entire wafer!

Mousse Cakes – Bring the presentation of your mousse cakes up to a new level by lining the sides of your cakes with cigar wafers. This is a great way to add more sophistication to an already sophisticated desert.

White Chocolate and Peppermint – This is an excellent treat to serve near the holiday season. Simply melt some white chocolate, dip in 1/2 the wafer and then roll it in peppermint shavings. This sweet delight tastes just as good as it looks!

Your Favourite Chocolate Bar – Melt your favourite chocolate bar and then dip these cigar treats into the mixture. This may very well become one of your go-to recipes for the future!

Hazelnut Spread – Place some hazelnut spread as a dip alongside the wafers. This is another fantastic way to put your hazelnut spread to great use!

Party Platter – Make your next get-together stand out with cigar wafer platters. Put a large plate of wafers on the buffet table and arrange a variety of different dips and spreads around them. Offer sprinkles, colourful crushed sugar and nuts as an option that can be placed on the dips. Your guests will love them!

If you are running a dining establishment and need cigar wafers in bulk quantities we are able to offer discount pricing for large orders. Please visit our website at www.almondena.com for more details or call Qualifirst, our distributor, at 1-800-206-1177.