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Updates and Things to Come

We had a great time at the Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud festival!

Rob is lucky he still has a voice after all the talking he did about how the syrup is made and how he got the idea to start this business. Visitors to our booth are lucky he’s the one telling the stories, ha, because I usually give a much more abbreviated version of how it’s done (which is why I’m not usually hoarse after an event like that).

Bottles and bark on the corner shelf in the market booth.
Bottles and bark on the corner shelf in the market booth.

Update on Shipping

I found a glitch in our order process that enabled “Local Pick-up” as a shipping option even for orders placed requiring shipping. That has been fixed. Shipping is ridiculously expensive for a bottle of syrup, and I apologize for that, but we just can’t afford to send it without charging for the shipping!

Average shipping cost for one bottle is around $8, depending on where in the country you live. When I buy the postage, I’ll refund the difference in what was paid by the buyer if the cost is lower by more than 0.50.

What’s Coming

Amber Glow

We have a new flavor of syrup. When we went to the kitchen last week to make a new batch, we intended to make the Smokin’ Hot variety. Well, things didn’t turn out as planned and there just wasn’t much heat to the end result. However, it did have a nice glow of heat and the color was a pretty amber, so we decided to call that one “Amber Glow”.

I’ll get it listed to the shop soon.

Smokin’ Hot

Now Rob is getting ready to leave for an overseas job, but I’ll still be cooking syrup while he’s gone. When I get to the kitchen again next month I’ll add enough chilipetin (chili tepin) peppers to the recipe to make the hot variety.

We brought some of our test batch of that with us to the Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud festival and folks really seemed to like it a lot. Many signed up for the mailing list just so I could let them know when it’s ready.

If you’d like to get on that list, fill out your name and email address in the form below. When it’s ready to ship, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, there is our Regular Smoky and the new Amber Glow flavors to enjoy.

 

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Going to Little Rock! Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud

Hey, if you’re in the Little Rock area, be sure to come by the Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud festival on Saturday, April 14.

We’ll be there sharing a booth with Wild Ozark, our farm that produces the bark for our syrup. Not bringing any trees with us, and probably won’t have bark, but Madison will have some pretty awesome nature art fairy mushrooms.

As for Shagbark Hickory Syrup, we’ll be debuting our new variety. It’s lightly smoky, gently spicy, and incredibly good. We’re calling it “Amber Glow”.

Amber Glow, the new small batch gourmet syrup variety from Burnt Kettle

We’re also going to have some of our Smokin’! samples there for some taste-testing and feedback. This one carries quite a bite, but the heat dissipates quickly.

The event is being held at the War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, AR and the gates open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. Hope to see you there!

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Heading to Little Rock!

We’ll be at the Arkansas Made-Arkansas Proud festival at the War Memorial Stadium this weekend. If you’re in the area, come out to see all the made-in-Arkansas items and sample our Shagbark Hickory Syrup!

Since we don’t have a banner yet to make identifying the tent easy, so look for the light tan top. If I get a chance, I’ll make a temporary banner, but we’re likely to be the only shagbark hickory syrup there, haha.

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Smokin’ Shagbark Hickory Syrup!

O.M.Goodness. We just made a trial run of our new flavor featuring Chili Tepin peppers. This tiny little hot pepper is a native to Texas and Mexico. It’s hotter than a jalapeno, but the burn fades off the tongue a bit faster than most peppers.

We can grow these peppers, and do. But we don’t have enough of them yet to supply ourselves so for now, we’ll have to buy them from a distributor in Texas. As soon as we get our greenhouse up, though, Wild Ozark will supply the peppers AND the bark.

Watch out for the new Smokin' Shagbark Hickory Syrup - coming soon!
Watch out for the new Smokin’ Shagbark Hickory Syrup featuring chili tepin peppers- coming soon!

The new variety flavor is smoky and sweet like the original, but with a kick. And so now I’m making pancakes and bacon and eggs for supper because Rob can’t wait to try it on his pancakes. Not being a spicy-food lover myself, I think I’ll stick with our regular flavored shagbark hickory syrup for that one, though! I’m pretty brave, but don’t mess with my pancakes.

[update] Rob said it’s really good, but needs more pepper. Now I KNOW I won’t be eating any on my pancakes.