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Hale Groves Review
Zesty citrus fruits grace this straight-from-Florida basket with unique Hale Groves gourmet items like orange blossom honey and orange marmalade. The basket was a little on the small side but Hale Groves offers a chance to upsize the basket (for a $150 price tag). The little basket was tightly-packed with a couple of pink grapefruit and five oranges. The gourmet items were actually pretty good, especially their toffee almonds. The basket itself was sturdy and came with a nice dark-green ribbon.
pieces of fruit
pounds of fruit
2 Navel Oranges
2 Ruby Red Grapefruit
Hale Groves Orange Blossom Honey
Hale Groves Orange Marmelade
Dockside Cakes Honeybell Orange Zest
Chocolate Covered Bing Cherries
Chocolate Covered Blueberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Caramels
Florida Tropic Milk Chocolate Orange
Lake Champlain Chocolate Coins
Roasted Salted Mixed Nuts
Two Navel Oranges, Three Tangelos and Two Ruby Red Grapefruit - The navel oranges were not the dark orange, thick-skinned, flavorless lot you find in the grocery store. Hale Groves' oranges were sweet and juicy, even though the skin wasn't as picture perfect. The tangelos peeled easily and were delicate, so delicate one got a little beat up on the trip from Florida. The Ruby Red Grapefruit had a bight yellow skin and soft peach colored flesh. It was a little bitter but overall sweet and juicy.
Orange Inspiration - This is the only basket we received that had honey in it and some honey it was. Bees get their nectar from orange blossoms to make this honey which means there is a slight citrus hint. It was wonderful honey. Hale Grove Orange Marmalade was fabulous, not too bitter and very zesty. The Honeybell Orange Zest Cake from Dockside Cakes was very moist and sweet. It was really sticky and didn't come cleanly out of the mini plastic bundt pan. Our favorite ingredient in the cake? "honeybell tangelo emulsion". Wow. I'll don't think I'll be seeing that on grocery store shelves any time soon. However, the chocolate orange in the basket, is like the ones you see in the store.
Choco-holics Delight - Let me first applaud Hale Groves for including the Lake Champlain chocolate coins. There were only four but each one was a piece straight from heaven. Their tin had an impressive variety of chocolate covered goodies. If you had read any of my reviews on the subject of brightly colored "chocolate" covered confections you know I am not a fan because I think they taste waxy and fake. Seeing as they are popular I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't let you know Hale Groves at least moved beyond only bright red bing cherries and included caramels, blueberries and strawberries - even though I'd rather have double the Lake Champlain Chocolates instead. So, they were good if you like that style of candy. The little gold box of chocolate truffles were delightful and in perfect condition.
Nuts - Really. That was the only "savory" gourmet item. Tons of sweet items but only one non-sweet. Almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, filberts (aka hazelnuts). It was a nice mix, roasted and diverse - we wish there were more in the bag and a little less salt.
A Category All Its Own - The chocolate toffee pecans were outrageously good. I planned on saving some for my boss. Nope. They never made it to him. Little chucks of toffee and pecans all suspended in a creamy ball of chocolate that has been rolled in powdered sugar (sigh). Blissful, naughty little candies and they give you a pretty generous bag too. Lucky for my tastebuds, unlucky for my waistline.
ABOUT HALE GROVES
Hale Groves Fruit Basket Overview
Famous Florida Fruit
The history of Hale Groves began in 1939, when a student at Georgia Tech visited Vero Beach, Florida during spring break. This student met an elderly man, while exploring the small, but beautiful town of Vero Beach. The elderly man had moved down South from New Jersey, because of poor health, and started his own fruit shipping business. The elderly man gave the young student a tour of his packing house and gave the boy samples of his fresh, just picked, ripened fruit. The Georgia Tech student was astounded, because he had never tasted such sweet and juicy fruit before. Bewildered by the high quality of the fruit, the student soon discovered the secret to such scrumptious fruit. Vero Beach resides in the heart of the Indian River Citrus Belt, renown for growing the best tasting Florida oranges and grapefruit. This student was so inspired by his visit that he would found his very own fruit shipping business. This student's name was Steve Hale, Jr.
When Steve Hale graduated in 1940 with a mechanical engineering degree and a commission in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he volunteered for active duty. Once he completed his service in 1946, he went to Vero Beach with his wife, Polly, and two kids. Here they began their fruit business by renting a small fruit stand located along the side of U.S. Highway #1. They used their home as their office and the shed behind the house for packing fruit.
At first, their mailing list was made up of friends and relatives. But, as time went on, the list grew from customers shopping at their fruit stand. Many customers brought fruit home and ordered fruit baskets to be shipped to relatives and friends up North. In turn, many of those recipients who received the fruit baskets added new names to the mailing list also.
Steve was responsible for picking the fruit, packing it in the shed, and trucking it to the Railway Express Station, while Polly was responsible for manning the phone, answering questions, and taking orders. Steve and Polly both would write the gift cards and type the shipping labels.
Now, Hale Groves has grown tremendously as a national company, acknowledged as being one of Florida's leaders in the gift fruit industry. They are known for shipping high quality oranges, grapefruit, honeybells, other products, and other specialty fruits throughout the United States and Canada.
Thanks to the combination of naturally rich soil, ample water supply, and moderate climate of the infamous Indian River Citrus Belt, Hale Groves is capable of supplying the juiciest, richest, most famous fruit you will ever taste.
Hale Groves is famous for growing this rare, highly prized fruit known as honeybell tangelos. Honeybell tangelos are a cross between a super sweet Duncan grapefruit and a Darcy tangerine. Honeybells have earned their name due to their unique bell shape and sweet honey flavor. This delectable, extraordinary fruit is typically only available in January and are a must-have. Honeybell tangelos are usually seedless and available in different sizes, such as mini honeybells and jumbo-sized honeybells. Don't forget to purchase this exquisite, heavenly fruit come January.
Renowned Ruby Red Grapefruit
The ruby red grapefruit is another distinctive fruit sold by Hale Groves. This plump, thin-skinned fruit contains a juicy, rosy red center that is so sweet it does not require any sugar added. The world-renowned ruby red grapefruit has made Hale Groves proud since 1947.
Citrus Fruit Baskets
Hale Groves offers a wide variety of fruit baskets for any occasion to suit any taste. Citrus fruit baskets are one of the categories to choose from. These baskets are perfect for hard-core citrus lovers. A few examples of popular citrus fruit baskets to choose from are the Tea n' Honey Basket, Florida Turtle Bowl and Oranges, and Double Armful Surprise Basket.
The Tea n' Honey Basket features oranges, ruby red grapefruit, pink grapefruit, gourmet tea bags, orange blossom honey, and a designer kitchen towel. The scrumptious fruit is placed in a unique wire bowl lined with the tea towel.
The Florida Turtle Bowl and Oranges includes ten pounds of Hale Groves' finest seasonal oranges and honeybells packaged in a unique, sturdy, hand-crafted glazed bowl.
The Double Armful Surprise Basket contains an enormous assortment of exclusive Hale oranges, tangerines, ruby red grapefruit, orange blossom honey, orange marmalade, orange puff candies, and deluxe mixed nuts.
Assorted Fruit Baskets
Another category of fruit baskets Hale Groves offers is the assorted fruit baskets for those who enjoy variety in their baskets. A few examples of popular assorted fruit baskets are the Deluxe Bountiful Fruit Basket, Jumbo Planter, and the Deluxe Galaxy Assortment.
The Deluxe Bountiful Fruit Basket includes ruby red grapefruit, navel oranges, fuji apples, d'anjou pears, gourmet chocolate truffles, Hale's chocolate covered pecan halves, chocolate dipped coconut patties, deluxe mixed nuts, and orange marmalade.
The Jumbo Planter features ruby red grapefruit, navels, tangelo and orange marmalades, orange blossom honey, chocolate dipped coconut patties, chocolate truffles, gourmet coffees, chocolate dipped sandwich cookies, dried fruits, and deluxe mixed nuts.
The Deluxe Galaxy Assortment contains oranges, d'anjou pears, fuji apples, four boxes of gourmet candies, and deluxe mixed nuts.
In addition to fruit baskets, Hale Groves also offers unique fruit towers. Some examples of popular fruit towers are the Frosty the Snowman, Red White and Just Right, and Sky-High Gift.
The Frosty the Snowman Tower embodies four boxes of gourmet citrus fruit and specialty chocolates, such as navel oranges, nova tangelos, chocolate dipped coconut patties, and bing cherry chocolates. When the festive boxes are stacked together, they create frosty the snowman, giving it its name.
The Red White and Just Right Tower contains seven boxes of unexpected assortments, such as a ½ pound southern pecan cake, Hale tangerines, ½ pound of chocolate dipped coconut patties, 3 oz. of orange marmalade, 3 oz. orange blossom honey, red navel oranges, citrus jellied fruit slices, ruby red grapefruit, white grapefruit, and seedless oranges.
The Sky-High Gift Tower, true to its name, features a stack of thirteen gift boxes that reach two feet tall. These boxes contain Hale signature chocolate squares, chocolate dipped vanilla cream sandwich cookies, chocolate enrobed macadamia nuts, bing cherry chocolates, chocolate sea salt caramels, mixed nuts, jellied fruit slices, southern pecan cake, Hale tangerines, chocolate dipped coconut patties, orange marmalade, orange blossom honey, fuji apples, ruby red grapefruit, navel oranges.Hale Groves ships fruit gifts from the heart of the famous Indian River Citrus Belt in Florida which has rich soil, an ample water supply, and moderate temperature. Since 1946, Hale Groves’ fruit baskets have contained the world’s sweetest, tree-ripened, oranges and grapefruit. Steve Hale started out serving fresh squeezed orange juice from a fruit stand on U.S. Highway # 1.
Many customers bought fruit to take home with them, and ordered baskets of fruit to be shipped to relatives and friends up across the country. From this small start, Hale Groves has grown rapidly with the guarantee of complete satisfaction for over a half a century.
It Started with a Dream
An older man with compromised health was the initiator in Steve Hale, Jr’s quest to start Hale Groves. This man showed Steve what he was able to accomplish, despite his many limitations. He was able to grow, package and ship out fruit baskets full of delicious oranges and grapefruits for his self-made business. The exquisite, mouth watering fruits that Steve tried while in the company of this old man convinced Steve that he too wanted to pursue that very same dream.
At the time, Mr. Hale was not able to start right away. He decided to finish his schooling at Georgia Tech, a good many miles from the place in Florida that had made such a profound impact on him. That place in Florida is known as Vero Beach in the Indian River citrus belt. It is very well known for producing those tasty Florida oranges we have all heard about. That is the place that the Hale Groves Company would eventually call home. Seven years later, Steve returned with his wife and children to start his dream.
During those seven years, Steve was commissioned in the U.S. Naval reserve. He volunteered for active duty which kept him from his recently realized dream. Fortunately, when the war ended, he was able to move to the citrus belt in Florida to begin Hale Groves.
A Combined Effort
Hale Groves started out in the home of Steve and his wife, Polly. She helped him to man the phones while she cared for their children. Together, the family would type up shipping labels, pick and package fruit in their small shed behind their house. It was a combined effort that ended up over a half a century later as a successful business known as Hale Groves.
A Dream Realized
Without the unending support of his wife, Polly, Steve Hale could not have managed to make Hale Groves into what it is today. The quality of Hale Groves is definitely due in part to their fantastic location on the citrus belt in Florida. The citrus belt provides them with the perfectly fertilized soil, more than enough water and the perfect climate for growing fruits of all kinds. Thanks to these factors, Hale Groves is still alive and well to this day. Serving only the freshest and best tasting fruit is the guarantee of the fabulous Hale Groves Company.
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Hale Groves Coupon Codes
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