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It’s shopping time! Our team selects new products for you to put – or not – in your mouth.

A phenomenon called Fondussimo

You may have seen it on your social networks, this new type of fondue device developed (and even patented) by the Quebec company with the name that says it all: Fondussimo. Thanks to its food grade perforated steel baskets, the company claims to revolutionize the way of enjoying fondue. A bit skeptical of this new “foodie buzz”, we tested the brand new device in an elegant cream color in limited edition, created in collaboration with Cassandra Lavoine, who also shares her recipes. Well, the skeptics will be confused! Our entire table fell in love with the electric-based device, easy to use (practical, the hanging ring which allows the baskets to drain before transferring them to your plate; well thought out , chopsticks to help yourself). Goodbye, tangled fondue forks and vegetables and meats lost forever at the bottom of the fondue pot! As for the port fondue by Cassandra Lavoine, it was absolutely delicious, with its marinated beef cubes. Moreover, the company offers a lot of quite original recipes on its site, the 3-in-1 device can also be used for cheese or chocolate fondue.

Price: $234.99 for the Revolution 3-in-1 Fondue Set (the limited edition Fondussimo x Cassandra Lavoine is currently sold out, but a reissue is planned in the coming months), available online.

Visit the Fondussimo website

Rapido presto


The new range of meat and vegetable dishes in sauce

Already very present in Quebec grocery stores with, among other things, its chicken wings, soups and pâtés, the St-Hubert company is enhancing its range of products by adding meat and vegetable dishes in sauce. Cooked sous vide, they are slowly appearing in the ready-to-eat counters of more than 500 grocery stores. The main attraction of this novelty? A quick three-minute turn in the microwave and the meal is (almost) served. Just add a side dish. Some are also offered on the packaging, such as rice, pasta or bread. So it’s very practical for those times when you’re in a hurry. Is the taste good? Yes ! Our testers particularly liked the braised beef and vegetables in brown sauce. The pieces of meat were tender and the sauce was tasty. For its part, the chicken and vegetable dish in white sauce resembled the St-Hubert brand chicken pâté sold in grocery stores, minus the dough. The only downside to this new range: like other similar products, the sodium content is very high. A quick option that we will keep on hand… but that we will not consume too often.

Cooked meat dishes in St-Hubert sauce

Suggested price of $9.99 for 480 g (for 2 to 4 people), available now in IGAs, then, within a few weeks, in Metro, Super C, Maxi and Provigo

Visit the St-Hubert website

Organic mueslis for sporty mornings


Holos mueslis are sold across the country and in the United States.

Holos, founded by three young entrepreneurs from Quebec, is carving out a place of choice in the menu of athletes and other lovers of healthy, quick breakfasts. Its organic (and vegan) mueslis are prepared the day before – just add a cup of vegetable drink or cow’s milk to find yourself in the early morning with a nutritious and very sustaining meal. With 20 grams of plant-based protein and ingredients like chia seeds, dehydrated Goji berries, rice protein powder, etc., it’s a solid companion for those who start their day running! Which explains why the company now offers its products throughout Canada and the United States. Nine varieties are offered, including our favorites apple and cinnamon, chai and vanilla. A brand new preparation, with mocha, has just been added.

Muesli to prepare the day before Holos

Price: $5.99 for a 90 g sachet, available in 800 points of sale in Canada, including Rachelle-Berry grocery stores, Marchés TAU and certain IGA and Metro grocery stores. Also available online, in boxes of 12 or more, or as a subscription.

Visit the Holos website

Plant-Based Pogos


Plant-based pogos are now offered by Montreal company Greeen Brothers.

Hummus and fries. This is often what Vincent Proulx-Verville and David Girard, two convinced vegans, had to turn to when they went out with friends. To remedy the situation, they wanted to create an “iconic and unifying food”. Quickly, their pogos made from vegetable proteins gained fans among those around them. Result: they founded their company Green Brothers in January 2022 and made vegan pogo their first product. More protein and ecological than meat-based pogos, Green Brothers products are based on soy (for the sausage) and wheat and corn flour (for the dough). And we confirm it to you: Green Brothers pogos are popular. Served with or without yellow mustard, they went away quickly during our party of the Super Bowl. And the comments were unanimous: they have nothing to envy of those prepared with animal proteins.

Green Brothers Plant-Based Pogos

Suggested retail price: $8 for 4 pogos (360 grams), available in 215 points of sale across the province, including Sobey’s grocery stores, and will soon appear at IGA.


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