End of Summer Sale!

8 Sep

We’re getting ready for new Fall items at Three Tarts, that’s why we’re in the midst of our End of Summer Sale!  As we make room for great new merchandise you can get 30%-75% off our unique and swanky giftware for all occasions.  The sale is on now through Monday, September 12th and additional sale items will be added daily, so check in often!  Here’s a few things you can find right now….


One of our favorite brands of organic teas, The Tea Set is a collection of international teas that are branded right here in New York.

Zebi combines modern and vintage styles with sustainable materials to create cool baby apparel and accessories such as this three layer bib n’ burp cloth set with linen print appliqué.  Made in the USA.

Malabar Bay 100% cotton tunics look great over a swimsuit or paired with jeans.  Breathable cotton in colorful and fun styles.

Many more items available but not for long so hurry in!

XOXO,
The Tarts

End of Summer Sips!

31 Aug

This August we’ve taken lemonade month to a whole new level and are quite sad to see it end.  Not only have we been serving up our honey-infused, house made lemonade in uniquely sophisticated flavors (lavender, cucumber, tarragon and cayenne), we’ve also been sharing some great ways to enjoy a spiked version of this summertime classic! And while summer comes to a close, taking lemonade with it, we’re prepared to give it a proper farewell with our last lemonade cocktail recipe of 2011, because while the days may be getting shorter and the season is ending here in NY…..it’s always summertime somewhere.  Cheers!

Peter with a shot of Sunday Brunch lemonade!

Sunday Brunch

2 parts lemonade

1 part Absolut Pears

3 slices of fresh ginger

Muddle ginger, add lemonade and vodka, shake, pour into chilled martini glass.  Garnish with fresh pear slice.

XOXO,
The Tarts

Shaken Not Stirred!

17 Aug

When life gives you lemons, we tell you how to make spiked lemonade!   You’ve tried our spiked limeade recipe – Summer Crush – and now you can start double fisting.  Here are two more of Peter’s citrus cocktail recipes….Pucker Up!

Golden Lemonade

2 parts lavender lemonade

1 part Cuervo Gold

½ part Cointreau

½ part fresh lime juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake, pour over crushed ice.

Garnish with orange slice and down the hatch!

 

Now, how about getting a little dirty…..

Dirty Lemonade

1 part Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

2 parts lemonade

Orange slice

Madagascar Vanilla paste

Muddle orange with vanilla paste, add bourbon, add lemonade, shake, shake, shake and then…..shake a little more!  Pour over ice, garnish with vanilla pod and bottoms up!

XOXO,
The Tarts

Ever have a Summer Crush?!

9 Aug

Every August we celebrate lemonade month with a twist on our classic wildflower honey recipe, by experimenting with some of the most intriguing flavors we can think of.   We’re having fun in the kitchen this season by infusing our lemonade with flavors such as lavender, ginger, cucumber and tarragon.  But the chef’s aren’t the only ones who know how to mix a drink and have a good time.  Our store manager and resident bartender, Peter, has a few thoughts on how to take this traditional summer drink to a whole new level.  Throughout the rest of this month we’ll share with you his top picks for this summer refresher.  First up is a fruity twist on our house made limeade where rum and strawberries unite to make the perfect…Summer Crush!

Our head Tart Marla models the latest in lemon fashion. What a chic Tart!

Summer Crush

1 part silver rum

2 parts limeade

½ part pureed strawberries

Cup of ice cubes

Combine all of the above in a blender and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

XOXO,
The Tarts

Get The Squeeze On Our Lemonade!

29 Jul

Lemonade is an all-time favorite American summer refresher.  Some like it yellow, some like it pink, some like it sweet and some like it, well….tart.  (Pun absolutely intended!)

Our Tart intern Mia, getting fresh with some lemons.

We’ve been serving our house-made lemonade for 5 years here at Three Tarts and it’s become a local favorite among Chelsea residents.  Mainly because we freshly squeeze our lemons (and if you don’t believe us just ask our intern Mia) and sweeten with Georgia wildflower honey.  Only the best for our guests!  And since August is national lemonade month we’ll be “twisting” it up in true Three Tarts fashion by serving a different flavor each week.

Here’s the run-down on what’s coming up:

Tarragon lemonade – This citrus and herb combination tastes great with a savory meal.
Cucumber lemonade – The ultimate refreshing summer drink!  The clean taste of cucumber paired with lemon is like a day at the spa….for your taste-buds.
Lavender lemonade – This is one of our all-time customer favorites with just the right amount of lavender.
Cayenne lemonade – This is a unique combination of sweet and tart….with a kick!

Of course we’re still serving our classic lemonade and limeade as well.  Come in and try each flavor and pick your favorite….who knows, maybe it will make an encore appearance.

XOXO,
The Tarts

The Return of Three Tarts Rare Hare

9 Apr

Spring is here, everyone’s favorite time of year, when we all shake off our winter hibernation. For Three Tarts, it means the return of one of our most popular items - our Chocolate Easter Bunnies. In fact, Three Tarts is the only place in the world where you can get these particular bunnies.

Easter has some of its origins in the pre-Christian Saxon celebration of the spring goddess Eostre and her symbol, the hare. German immigrants brought this history to the United States in the 1700′s and then introduced the chocolate Easter Bunny to the U.S. in the 1800′s.
 
Three Tarts Chocolate Easter Bunnies have an equally storied tradition. Our bunnies are formed from truly unique molds, given especially and exclusively to Three Tarts by Grandpa Gruning.

Three Tarts 100+ Year Old Bunny Molds from Grunings

Gruning’s Ice Cream and Candy Company was a family-run chain and local institution from 1910-1987.  The first location was where the Apollo Theatre now stands, while seven other shops dotted Central New Jersey.

The molds we are currently using were brought over from Germany by Grandpa Gruning’s father at the turn of the century.  They have stayed in the family ever since, and were the only items kept when the Gruning’s chain was sold.

Since there is only one of each mold, our production is quite limited.  We are very grateful for the opportunity to work with these antiques and to bring back to life a sweet bit of local history. Thank You, Grandpa Gruning!


 
The candy is not limited to just bunnies. We offer some chocolate chicks as well and our vintage candy ranges from XS ($7) to XL ($26)
 
So, when you enjoy a Three Tarts Chocolate Easter Bunny you are keeping a tradition alive that is hundreds of years old. It is a very unique treat and if you give or receive one of our rare hares it is a special occasion.

Three Tarts Easter Table

Nibble On This!

31 Mar

We’ve been featured on TheNibble.com as one of the best gourmet marshmallow’s in the country and we couldn’t agree more!  In light of this article we thought we’d share some little known facts about the lighter side of our squishy squares.

  • All of our marshmallows are made with all natural ingredients
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • 100% Gluten free
  • 100% Fat free
  • Dairy free (no egg whites)
  • Cholesterol free

So the next time you’re in the mood for a sweet treat that’s surprisingly light, come  on in and get some of the best gourmet marshmallows around!  You can also order online at www.threetarts.com and we’ll ship them right to you.

The Age Old Dessert Battle: Macaron or Macaroon?

18 Mar

Parlez-vous Macaron?
Is it one “o” or two?  Do they mean the same thing?  Is it a cookie? These are all questions you might ask yourself when it comes to those perfect petit-sized cookies we call macarons…or is it macaroons?  Well any way in honor of Macaron Day on March 20th we wanted to take some time to clear up any confusion or misconceptions you might have regarding our confectionary comrades. We’ll also be offering both a special Rose flavored French Macaron and Dutch Macarons!

  While both Macaroon and Macaron are derived from the Italian word ammaccare, which means to crush or beat, they are significantly different confections.  While the principal ingredient is almond paste the French macaron is a meringue-based mixture of egg whites and almond flour as well as both granulated and confectionary sugar.  The appearance consists of a moist butter-cream, jam or ganache center sandwiched between two crunchy “dome-like” cookies on the outside. 

Viva Le Three Tarts Macaron!

As for the home-grown version of the famous cookie-esque treat, while it did not originate in the United States there is no denying that like most things, when you put some American ingenuity behind it, even a macaroon can flourish and become world-famous. Like Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Look to the cookie” and he might as well have been referring to the North American macaroon as a metaphor for our country. The macaroon as a variety of cookie is represented all over the world. In Spain their carajitos are made with hazelnuts and honey. Indian versions feature cashews and egg whites. In Turkey they like bitter almonds while in Ireland the Wilton Candy Co has been making macaroon pieces in Irish milk chocolate since 1937.

That other A-list coupling...coconut and chocolate.

 
The American version like the country itself is a melting pot. We love the coconut macaroon which is also popular in Germany and the Netherlands and has its origins in Scotland. The American version of the macaroon was brought to the States by Italian and Jewish immigrants. The coconut macaroons are favorite desserts during such Jewish holidays of Passover and Purim because they are unleavened and do not contain wheat. Even one of our first and oldest candy bar sensations mirrors the American macaroon. Peter Paul began producing the Mounds bar in New Haven, CT after it was introduced in 1920. Their hit ingredient – covering the candied coconut in chocolate – is often added to American coconut macaroons.

 The variety of colors and flavors are endless while the taste is fabulous!  And since they are made with almond flour the French Macarons are a gluten-free treat.  Stop by the store and try one of our raspberry, pistachio or our weekly flavor of pumpkin and butter-cream.  They are tres chic!

Get Shamrock’d

17 Mar

Is it Spring already? Three Tarts says Happy St. Pat’s day with some luck of the Irish for you with some cool CHOCtails!

The Lemon Grass Truffle

  • 1 oz. Lemon grass infused rum
  • 2 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 3 oz. Three Tarts Hot Chocolate
  • Stir, top with unsweetened whip cream and lemon zest garnish and serve in cappuccino cup/mug

or if you want something to cool off with try this iced (Hot) CHOCtail…

Sweet Dreams

  • 1 1/2 oz. Amarula cream liqueur
  • 1 oz. Creme de Cacao
  • 1 oz. Amaretto
  • 2 oz. Ice Cold Three Tarts Hot Chocolate
  • Shake, add dark chocolate shavings garnish and serve in martini/champagne glass

Hot CHOCtails

14 Mar

Ok, so Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means – Lemonade, Limeade, Ice Cream Sandwiches and who could forget the reemergence of our Passion Fruit, Yuzu and Strawberry-Basil Marshmallows?  But before our flavors come out of hibernation and we dive head first into all of that ooey, gooey, squishy loveliness let’s face it…..there’s still plenty of cold weather to be had.  And we’re not the least bit bothered by it, especially when that means we can still offer everyone our delicious house made Hot Chocolates.  Yes, that’s right…Hot Chocolate’s’…plural….as in more than one, because not only do we have our regular hot chocolate, we still have our to-die-for Peanut Butter hot chocolate as well.  And we think we can all agree that no two ingredients were meant for each other more than peanut butter and chocolate were.  It’s kismet!  But wait, there’s more!  While hot chocolate season is still upon us we’re going to be sharing some of our out-of-this-world spiked hot chocolate recipes with all of you.  Yep, you got it…our very own Three Tarts “CHOCtail Recipes” for all of you to try at home.  We’re going to be featuring one recipe a week for the next few weeks so be sure to watch out for upcoming flavors.  So bundle up, get cozy and stay warm with a little heat, chocolate and spirits…cause baby it’s cold outside!

First up for you to try at home (and tonight is a good night to cozy up with a hot CHOCtail) is what we like to call ButterSchnapps.

  1. 6 oz. Three Tarts hot chocolate (or your own home blend or store-bought)
  2. 1 1/2 oz. butterscotch schnapps
  3. Heat, stir, unsweetened whipped cream, butterfinger candy garnish (shave over whipped cream) and serve in coffee/cappuccino cup.
  4. Add a Three Tarts homemade marshmallow (optional…but you’ll wish you did)
  5. Kick off your shoes, relax, sip, repeat.

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