Back in the 1970’s John Macy, fresh out of college started a small catering business in Northern California. John was not fond of ready made appetizers so he created a spicy, twisted breadstick made by laminating layers of sharp cheddar cheese and fresh sourdough, baking them twice for an added crunch. John found that his “CheeseSticks” were an instant hit and he believed there was a larger market for his gourmet appetizers. Fast forward a decade, after a lot of dedication and detours they became an overnight success.
High profile landmarks and institutions in New York soon featured these specialty snacks and now John Wm. Macy’s is run out of a 50,000 square foot facility in Northern New Jersey, employing 60 people who are still hard at work producing “the perfect crunch”.
John Wm. Macy’s offers several varieties of savory CheeseSticks, CheeseCrips and also SweetSticks. CheeseSticks varieties include Original Cheddar, Melting Parmesan, Dijon Swiss, Garlic Romano and Cheddar & Scallion. We found the texture of these CheeseSticks to be great, while they are crunchy thanks to their twice baked preparation, they are definitely not too hard and stay together well when you bite into them. The Original Cheddar flavor offers that bold in your face Cheddar taste and the Asiago helps to mellow it out nicely.
CheseCrisps are available in several varieties as well, Sesame Gruyere, Asiago & Cheddar and Smoked Jalapeno to name a few. Our favorite flavor of CheeseCrips is the Gruyere & Sesame, we love the texture that the sesame seeds add along with the bite of dijon mustard, these would be great as appetizers for party snacks, just add toppings or substitute them for croutons on your salad.
SweetSticks are little sticks of heaven that have endless possibilities to elevate your coffee break of desserts. I can see the Dutch Chocolate SweetSticks being dipped into ice cream, a cold glass of milk or they would be great paired with a chocolate fondue fountain. I love the taste of chocolate with coffee so I find these with a great cup of coffee to be an excellent dessert or even a great way to start off the morning. Also available in Madagascar Vanilla and Java Cinnamon you are sure to love these.
Queen of Reviews has teamed up with the awesome folks from John Wm. Macy’s to offer a Sampler Pack that features One 4-ounce carton each of Original Cheddar and Melting Parmesan CheeseSticks; one 4.5-ounce carton each of Asiago & Cheddar and Sesame Gruyère CheeseCrisps; and one 5-ounce carton each of Madagascar Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate SweetSticks. Just enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below and be sure to show John Wm. Macy’s some love on facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube. Good luck!
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