Awesome Fruit Basket
Stew Leonard's Review
Stew Leonard's Awesome Fruit Basket won big points for the uniquely woven basket it came in and the three varieties of quality cheese, especially for the price. This is actually the largest basket Stew's sells and it is $20 cheaper than most of the other baskets we have reviewed. There are a couple of tacky things like hard candy and coffee in a silly package, but Stew Leonard's isn't trying to be Dean and Deluca - the box it came in was printed with a cow pattern. This is a fun basket but not one we'd recommend as a serious corporate gift; unless the recipient is kind of campy, a farmer or group of children.
pieces of fruit
pounds of fruit
4 Red Delicious Apples
2 Granny Smith Apples
3 Fuji Apples
4 Navel Oranges
2 Ruby Red Grapefruit
2 Bosc Pears
1 MangoStew Leonard's Mixed Chocolate Covered Fruit or Chocolate Covered Peanut Clusters Stew Leonard's Mixed Candy, Creme de Pirouline Chocolate Hazelnut, Monet Water Crackers, Dolfino Gouda, Rosenborg Castello Brie Cheese, Cabot Classic Aged Vermont Cheddar, Stew Leonard's Fresh Roasted Coffee, Stew Leonard's Mixed Nuts
Nine Apples - Four Red Delicious, two Granny Smith and three Fuji apples. Although we have had more bad Red Delicious apples than good ones, the ones in Stew Leonard's basket made the good list. The Grannies were a little bruised but the Fuji apples wer not. All of them had that waxy shiny coat you see at grocery stores and the quality is roughly the same.
Four Navel Oranges and Two Ruby Red Grapefruit - Peeling away the thick skin of the navel orange revealed what we thought it would - a seedless, somewhat middle of the road quality orange. It wasn't bad per se but when you receive fruit fresh from the tree you start to notice a difference from companies that ship it. The Ruby Red grapefruit had a nicely colored skin, kind of a creamy peach color. The flesh was juicy and drippy but definitely benefitted from a sprinkling of honey or sugar, as it was a little on the bitter side.
Two Bosc Pears - In our opinion Bosc pears are the coolest-looking but blandest-tasting pears on the mainstream market. Isn't that always the case though? Stew Leonard's included two beautiful-yet-kinda-blah Bosc pears.
Props for Exotic Fruit - The mango was good inside and out. Its lime green and gold skin was blushed with a deep red color and the golden-orange flesh was easy to cut and enjoy. It was actually a pretty perfect mango - considering we know they didn't grow it themselves on their Southern Connecticut farm. The kiwi were very good too. Sweet and tangy and luckily no major bruises or blemishes.
Chocolate Otions - We actually ordered two baskets from Stew Leonard's at two different times and one basket had the chocolate covered fruit that shows up in so many baskets (the waxy kind we aren't very fond of). The second basket had chocolate and caramel covered peanut clusters, albeit, only three were in the package but better quality than the covered fruit. The Pirouline were good and are the same brand that most grocery stores sell. They are those crispy straws filled with a chocolatey frosting you can stick in a bowl of ice cream or eat plain.
Not a Fan - Stews included a bag of very mundane mixed hard candy. This is the stuff Grandma pours in a candy bowl to be forever forgotten, until her hopeful grandchildren eat them out of desperation for something sweeter than the brussel sprouts she made for dinner.
Say Cheese - Say it three times - Vermont cheddar cheese, Brie cheese and Gouda cheese. Stew Leonard's won us over with their three types of REAL cheese, not the "pasteurized cheese food" products we keep seeing in baskets. The cheese were all tasty and fancier than what most other fruit basket companies send out in their baskets. The Monet Water Crackers, however, are like what "everyone else is doing". We aren't sure if Stew Leonard's includes them because of peer pressure or price but the Monet Water Crackers are just so-so.
Perky and Nutty - Stew Leonard's included coffee in their basket - in fact, the only basket that had coffee. Sadly, the packaging felt more like what you'd find free in the Motel 6 but honestly their logo is a green child-like man in a cowboy hat milking a smiling orange cow. It gives a very kidsy feel - who knows, this may be perfect for who you are thinking of sending it to. The mixed nuts were very good, but the packaging didn't really match the quality of the nuts.
ABOUT STEW LEONARD'S
Stew Leonard's Fruit Baskets History and Overview
Stew Leonards retail store started out as a concept of the owner's dairy farm roots. Stew worked for his father, Charles Leonard in the dairy that he started in the 1920s, located in Norwalk, CT. The diary introduced pasteurizing and bottling milk to the area. The plant would deliver the milk in bottles fresh to the doorsteps of customers. They appealed to the children by equipping the trucks with plastic cows that mooed. When the children heard the mooing cow milk truck, they knew that it was delivery time in the neighborhood.
Stew saw that the milk truck delivery service was dying in the late 60s, but he wanted to expand upon the concept of farm fresh goodness, while keeping children entertained, and informed about fresh foods and milk. Stew's diary farm and milk delivery background are what drove him to the decision to start a dairy story of his own. Stew envisioned creating a store where people could buy the freshest items, and where children could see the actual process of where the fresh farm food came from. He started his first retail store in 1969, and he started with an inventory of only eight items. However, since he focused on making these key items high quality and fresh, people continued to support the business, and the business grew. Over the years, as the store grew, his inventory expanded. As the retail store operations grew, the company maintained its believes in fresh dairy, and in other fresh products. Everything is fresh, and as close to homemade as possible. As a matter of fact, the retail store has been featured in publications around the world, such as the Guinness Book of Records, Food Network, People Magazine, and the New York Times.
Expanding in to Gift Baskets
During the course of the store's expansion, Stew Leonards has expanded into the gift basket division business. They also sell fruit baskets as well. Their inventory of fruit baskets includes fresh fruit baskets, and the store also sells fruit baskets with towers. Their fruit baskets are unique, in that they include fresh cheeses that are encased in simple country like baskets decorated with ribbons. The packaging speaks of the country fresh produce, and the fresh from the market products that the store sells. The gift basket towers are filled with delicious, rich, homemade treat such as brownies, nuts, and a variety of candies. Pastry lovers will enjoy receiving fresh pasty gift baskets and tins. They will enjoy fresh Brownies, and Blondie buckets. These are topped with nuts, as well as milk chocolate, and white chocolate drizzle. Also available for purchase are homey cakes like grandma used to make. The cake flavors include Granny Smith apple cake, blueberry cake, as well as cookie packages that are filled with fresh, delicious homemade cookies. While the fruit baskets are delicious, some people might enjoy pastry and cookie baskets as well.
The snack food lovers have their own baskets and tins, in addition to free baskets as well. Gift buyers can buy things such as popcorn tins, peanut tins, and chocolate bark candy. There are also themed packages and gift baskets, alongside fruit baskets for sale online. For example, there is the Student Care Package. The Student Care Package is filled with all the junk food that any student would love such as candies, licorice twist, corn chips, cookies, pretzels, and hot chocolate for those long study sessions, or for hanging out with friends while watching a movie.
For the meat lovers on your gift list, there are also meat gift baskets, alongside fruit baskets. One can purchase the filet mignons, spiral cut hams, smoked turkeys, hardwood smoked salmon, as well as wine baskets. The wine baskets are courtesy of the company's wine cellar division. Customers can set their own online accounts to track orders for any of their gift purchases, and customer service for Stew Leonards is available online, via e-mail, or by telephone. Orders can be placed online, and also by telephone. Online customers should note that there are specific online order instructions. Online orders will be directed to those instructions into the appropriate webpage where they should place their orders.
Fruit Baskets and Fruit of the Month
Fruit Baskets can feature fruits that are seasonal, and that are available through the year. Not only can a customer purchase a fruit basket that is available for a one time sale, but they can also purchase a fruit basket that is available all year long. This is done by creating an account for a subscription plan. A subscription plan for fruit baskets allows the gift recipient to receive fruit in various increments. They can get their fruit in 3 month increments, 6 month increments, or 12 month increments. When the gift recipient gets their fruit, they will usually find that they get their fruit depending upon what month is current. That is to say that they will receive their fruit in conjunction with the month that they are getting the fruit.
Fruit baskets are becoming increasingly popular. This is because people are becoming more healthy on the one and on the other hand, people want to buy more practical gifts for people. Flowers are nice, but flowers die quickly. There are other gifts that others might like, but it's more universal to get them pieces of fruit. On the one hand, a person can carry around their pieces of fruit. They can save money on their grocery bill when they are gifted pieces of fruit.
Fruit baskets not only make wonderful personal gifts, but they also make wonderful corporate gifts as well. They are one of the gifts of choice when it comes to gifting a corporate client. As a matter of fact, Stew Leonards makes gift baskets that are filled with all sort of gourmet treats, wines, cheeses, and champagne as well. All a shopper has to do, is either look on the website, or they can look in the catalog. Of course if they are in the area, they can always shop at the retail store as well. As a matter of fact, they will feel as if they are getting a wonderful farmer's market experience when they shop in the retail store.Stew Leonard's father was a milkman in southern Connecticut and Stew dreamed of someday opening a retail dairy store combined with a farmer's market atmosphere where mother's could shop for fresh produce, meats, fish, bakery, and cheeses and children could watch milk being bottled. In 1969 his dream became reality and today it has grown into one of the world's most renowned grocery stores and the World's Largest Dairy Store. They have been showcased and written up from The New York Times, the Guinness Book of World Records, People Magazine, Ripley's Believe It or Not! and the Food Network. Stew Leonard attributes their tremendous growth to their motto that "the customer is always right" and by staying true to the concept that everything is fresh.
With Stew Leonards commitment to freshness and quality, Stew Leonards Gift Baskets business was born. Their fresh fruit baskets contain the fruit grown locally on family orchards. Their gourmet fruit baskets are put together with the care only a family-owned business can give. Their produce comes directly from family orchards to you so Stew Leonards guarantee their fruit to be the freshest and sweetest you'll ever taste. Your satisfaction is guaranteed on all their fruit baskets and fruit towers.
From Dairy to Fruit
As an unlikely beginning for a fruit basket company, Stew Leonard’s first started out as a small diary store. This store was located in southern Connecticut in 1969. Although it was small then, just 40 years later it has become one of the largest grocery stores that the world has known. As such, it has developed into a bit of a tourist destination for its area.
Stew Leonard's began following in his father’s steps as a milk man. Not for long, though, as he would very quickly develop the concept for a dairy shop unlike any other. Slowly but steadily, from a store that only carried eight items to a large and amazingly successful retail location, Stew Leonard's has reached undeniable success. They have expanded their once small selection of only eight items to including meats, fish, produce, bakery, cheeses and more.
Always following the motto of, “the customer is always right”, Stew Leonard's seems to understand the recipe for success. With “Fresh” as a word that has meaning and place in their location, you can tell that having fresh products is also a very big deal to Stew Leonard's. Nothing less than fresh will do. If the customer doesn’t like it, the customer is always right. Such a concept is foreign to many but right where it should be at Stew Leonard's.
As a result of offering fresh and delicious produce in their store, Stew Leonard's has branched out into the gifts baskets industry as well. Regardless of your occasion, whether it is friend or relative, Stew Leonard's can set you up with a gift basket that will get it done. With the goal and purpose of creating fresh gift baskets, you are sure to find fresh fruits that will be a welcome site for whomever your recipient may be.
A Memorable Experience
The ordering process at Stew Leonard's is remarkably easy. With fast, efficient online orders, you will feel reassured that your order was processed correctly. With order confirmations, summaries and tracking, Stew Leonard's has made it fit for a memorably pleasing shopping experience.
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Stew Leonard’s Coupon Codes
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