We’re excited to introduce the winner of our inaugural Heinen’s SharkBank Competition: Sugar Chalet Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup from Bissell Farm in Rock Creek, Ohio!
Yes, you read that correctly. Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. And, yes, it is legendary.
Here’s how it happened:
At Heinen’s we’re constantly seeking out unique, locally made food items to showcase in our stores. Earlier this summer, our search led us to our inaugural SharkBank Competition, held at our Downtown Cleveland Store.
Over 30 artisans and entrepreneurs submitted their locally produced products on a quest to be crowned the Heinen’s SharkBank Winner. After assembling a panel of experts to painstakingly narrow the field, 10 products emerged as semi-finalists that were invited Downtown to showcase and pitch their products to the most discerning judges of all: afternoon lunch goers.
Based on a public vote, 4 products surfaced as finalists with the opportunity to pitch their products to our panel of food experts that included iconic Cleveland Chefs Zack Bruell and Dante Boccuzzi.
After much deliberation and a not-so-simple decision, one product rose above the rest and was crowned the first ever SharkBank Winner: Sugar Chalet Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.
Bissell Maple Farm – Rooted in Tradition
Bissell Maple Farm is deeply rooted in Ohio Maple Syrup tradition. For over 100 years, the Bissell Family has been producing premium maple syrup products in Northeast Ohio and continues that tradition today with the 6th generation leading the charge.
One Bissell Farm product in particular, Sugar Chalet Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, with its incredibly unique flavor profile has maple fans near and far clamoring for a bottle of this sweet nectar.
Pure, unblemished syrup with just the right amount of that ideal maple flavor is skillfully selected to be slowly and artfully blended with the rich, warm flavors of bourbon whiskey, resulting in maple syrup that is as delicious as it is unique.
Every last ounce of this premium, small-batch maple syrup is carefully hand-crafted and aged for several months inside the confines of retired American white oak bourbon barrels sourced from nearby distilleries. When the syrup reaches the peak of perfection, it is carefully inspected, hand bottled and sealed with wax before it reaches your neighborhood Heinen’s.
It’s the perfect complement to a fresh warm stack of pancakes but you’ll have a new go-to breakfast food when it’s used to top French Toast made with cinnamon swirl bread. Our mouths are watering already! Sugar Chalet Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup has also been used in a variety of cocktails and is fantastic when drizzled over your favorite desserts like cheesecake and crème brulee. It’s even great as when used as a glaze for pork chops! The possibilities are truly endless.
Once you try it, no other variety of maple syrup will do. Grab a bottle of this amazing Ohio Maple Syrup next time you visit your local Heinen’s Grocery Store.