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Find Of The Month: Prince Edward Island Preserve Company


I don’t know about you, but the idea of home-brewed preserves, salsas, and BBQ sauce pretty much screams Mother’s Day – am I right? These days most mamas don’t have enough hours in the day to concoct their own culinary confections, but thankfully Prince Edward Island Preserve Company is here to make their meals a little marvellous, and their Mother’s Day splashed with a touch of Canadian culture.


For the uninitiated, the Preserve Company is a triple-threat of greatness. If you happen to live in or visit Prince Edward Island (which has earned its reputation of being the prettiest part of the country), you can stop by their sweet little river side restaurant for a bite to eat and a browse in their gift shop. If you’re looking for a tourist activity, you can also take a stroll through their picturesque Gardens of Hope. And if you’re not so lucky, you can simply order their amazing products online to get a taste of the East Coast delivered to your front door. For this month’s big ‘Find’, I’d like to take you on a guided tour through the variety of products you can snap up – so whether your mom is a grilling fiend or simply has a sweet tooth, you’ll have a go-to gift source for Mother’s Day and beyond.

As you’ve probably deduced, the so-called bread & butter of the Preserve Company is preserves. But before you go expecting basic strawberry and blueberry varieties, think again: juicy berries are dressed up with rich liquor infusions like cabernet sauvignon or amaretto, or pick up one of the unexpected varieties like lime, black currant, or hot pepper (try a dab on top of a smear cream cheese on a crispy cracker). The prices range from $5.25 – $7.50 per individual bottle, but you can also snap up one of the sampler gift boxes for $38.95 as a perfect thank-you, birthday, houseguest, or naturally, Mother’s Day gift option.

Honey is another signature part of the Preserve Company’s collection, created and harvested locally – and kissed with a bit of Grand Marnier and Amaretto depending on the variety you buy. Again, the prices are completely reasonable if you’re crafting your own goodie basket, in the $6.95 – $8.95 range, or you can snap up a gift set, like the one pictured above. I particularly love this as an option for the tea drinker in your life, since honey is a natural sweetener.

On that note, you’ve also got to check out the shop’s mouthwatering tea varieties. Whether you’re fan of earthy floral teas, exotic spiced teas, or flavourful fruit teas, they’ve got you covered with over a dozen options. A packet is just the pick-me-up a sick friend in need may be asking for, or bring some to your next summer soiree as a hostess gift and whip up some iced tea while you’re at it. Prices start at $4.50 and crawl up to $13.95, depending on the size you want.

Shopping for a sweet tooth? There’s plenty of options there as well – all of which work great as thank-yous, hostess, or ‘just because’ treats. Pick from juicy fruit sauces to drizzle over ice cream, crunchy maple peanut brittle as a fun treat for the office, or a jar of fruity curd for the baker in your bunch – all available for under $10 a pop.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ve got a bevy of savoury options to top off your self-made gift set or to use in the same capacities as I’ve outlined other gift ideas in this post. Grab a flavourful BBQ sauce or ethnic cooking base for Father’s Day, go for a fruity vinegar and bring a batch of homemade salad dressing to your next book club, or break out the chip & dip for that upcoming potluck with a jar of gourmet salsa.

As you’ve probably deduced, I’m just flying through the huge range of products available from this all-Canadian all star in the foodie gift-giving world. Hopefully I’ve helped you build up an appetite however, as me & the folks at the PEI Preserve Company have teamed up to hook not one, not two, but THREE of you up with gift baskets filled with gourmet goodies. To enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post by May 31st at midnight, with a link to your favourite gift idea on the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company website.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 1st to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, then come back here and let me know your Facebook username / Twitter handle so I can make sure you get credited for your extra entries!

5) Extra Bonus Entry: Refer a friend. The rules of the game are simple: email, text, call, or write your friends and tell them about this post. Get them to leave a comment following the post’s parameters and get them to mention that *you* referred them in their comment. Not only will they earn an entry into the draw, you’ll score a bonus entry. You can refer an unlimited number of friends over the contest period, but rest assured – I can see your IP addresses, so I’ll know if you’re faking it!

Love prizes? Check out what else you can win through the Canadian Gift Guide by visiting the Winner’s Circle.

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99 Responses to “Find Of The Month: Prince Edward Island Preserve Company”
  1. Andrea B. says:

    My favorite would be http://shop.preservecompany.com/Preserves+Plus/ES-BM-250.html. The Butter Masala sauce.

  2. janicour says:

    My favourite is the Rasperry preserves. I order it all the time. In fact, just got back from attending the Esso Cup in PEI with an arm full of preserves. Allready follow on Twitter @janicour. http://shop.preservecompany.com/Preserves+Plus/JL-RB-125.html

  3. Marsh Arditti says:

    I love honey. So Wild Floswer Honey is my choice.

  4. Gisele says:

    The blackberry vinagar is a product I would use in alot of my recipes.

  5. Holly Sproule says:

    I would love to try the cabernet sauvignon perserve!

  6. Tammy says:

    I would love to try the Smoked hickory and maple BBQ sauce, sounds delicious!

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/BQ-SHM-375.html

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  7. Tammy says:

    I follow Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on twitter @mommaoftwoboyz
    & I like them on facebook, Tammy D

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  8. What a great find! I love the Fab Five gift for moms or teachers or your BFF… Lovely as a hostess gift or housewarming party. I think anyone would love it! And for the men in your life, the Trio f BBQ sauces is awesome – in fact I just am placing an order for my hubby for Father’s Day. Well done and thanks for the chance to win something yummy.

  9. Shirano says:

    I am always looking for Canadian gifts to send to my family overseas. I think I have found my go-to company. I might have to buy something for myself too since I would love to try their Apple and Cinnamon Curd. It sounds delicious.

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/Preserves+Plus/Curds.html

  10. Louise says:

    My favourite is the Rasperry preserves

  11. Louise says:

    I Like Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on Facebook-fb name Louise Gilbert and I follow them on Twitter=twitter name wildcardacehigh (louise gilbert)

  12. Linda says:

    I would love to try the Summer Honey!

  13. tova says:

    The smoked hickory and maple BBQ sauce sounds absolutely delicious and I would love to try it. Pick me! ; ) Here’s the link: http://shop.preservecompany.com/BQ-SHM-375.html

  14. Talex says:

    These products look so delicious, would love to try them. So appealing. Perhaps the tea sampler….

    #cgg

  15. sobedaya says:

    This is too hard! I finally settled on the British Beer Mustard , link http://shop.preservecompany.com/MU-BB-190.html
    and will submit this quickly before I change my mind and go with ALL the garlic items or the grand marnier honey instead.

  16. Margaret Imecs says:

    I love the Basket, Honey, Tea, Coffee, Preserves

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/BS-TCH.html

    I liked on Facebook as Margaret Imecs
    Follow on Twitter and tweeted as @margaretimecs

  17. JENNIFER HART says:

    I HAVE JUST GOTTEN BACK INTO USING HONEY IN A LOT OF THINGS SO I WOULD LIKE TO TRY SOME DIFFERENT TYPES LIKE WILDFLOWER ETC…

  18. CAROLANN WESTBROOK says:

    I loved visiting the shop when I was in PEI….loved the jams, jellies, and especially the lemon curd.

  19. Jon T says:

    I just love Raspberry Jam and this looks great!

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/JL-RB-250.html

    Liked on Facebook as JP Therriault
    Followed on Twitter as @the5thhorseyman

  20. debra says:

    hard to choose just one but would try the sour cherry preserves and wildflower honey

  21. Diane Brunet says:

    I would use all these products but especially the honey and the teas.

  22. darlene boyle says:

    peanut brittle

  23. Lori says:

    The Orange with Chivas Regal Marmalade is a great gift idea:

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/MD-OCR-250.html

  24. Jessica Lord says:

    I would love to try the sour cherry preserve..sounds delicious!

  25. I Like Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on Facebook (Karla Sceviour)

  26. sean pynaert says:

    I would love the honey prize pack

  27. Evan says:

    Favourite gift idea is the basket with honey, tea, coffee & preserves. Very tasty.

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/BS-TCH.html

  28. Patricia says:

    This is an amazing site. I love many of the products but I really want to try the curry and cream sauce.

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/SC-CC-250.html

  29. LS watson says:

    The Raspberry Champagne Preserves look very yummy! :)

  30. E gibson says:

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/BK-PS-26.html

    love this site. I think these are so cute! <3

  31. Susan says:

    I “Like” the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on Facebook. My Facebook name is Susan Huston.

  32. Susan says:

    There are sooo many yummy things to choose from, but as I adore anything lemony, I chose the Lemon Curd. Just wish it was in a bigger jar! #CGG http://shop.preservecompany.com/Preserves+Plus/CD-LN-250.html

  33. Susan says:

    I’ve shared this contest link on my Facebook page! #CGG
    Thanks for another fabulous giveaway! Yummy!

  34. Lillea says:

    My choice is lemon or lime curd. I have several friends and family members who would love that. I would too. :)

  35. Lillea says:

    Following on Twitter @LilleaRaychel

  36. Pamalot says:

    My favourite gift idea is the chocolate rum fruitcake

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/BK-CRF-454.html

  37. Pamalot says:

    I am now following PEI Preserves on twitter
    Pamalto28

  38. Sandra Bordun says:

    I would love to try the BBQ sauce.

  39. thomas rusinak says:

    what an attractive web page!!

  40. Heather Lynn Swanson says:

    My choice would be the honey

  41. Jade says:

    My favorite was the gift basket full of yummy honey, tea, coffee and preserves, so that’s what I would want to give to a friend! Here’s the link – http://shop.preservecompany.com/BS-TCH.html

  42. Shelley Gaudreau says:

    Hard to chose just one. . Over the years I’ve made a lot of home made wine, beer, and preserves thus I can appreciate the work that goes into making Lime Marmalade. http://shop.preservecompany.com/MD-LM-250.html. I also liked both you and PEI Preserves on Facebook as Shelley Gaudreau.

  43. kathy asham says:

    Peach Salsa sounds good…..

  44. Arash Naghdi says:

    Wild Floswer Honey !

  45. Janet says:

    The Honey would be lovely to enjoy!!!

  46. Sheryl Clay-Newell says:

    Everything sounds so good. I’d love to try the sour cherry preserves as well as the lemon curd.

  47. The honey with grand marnier looks amazing!

  48. beewbedard says:

    I like the:

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/BS-M1-MUG.html

    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  49. beewbedard says:

    Liked Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on Facebook
    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  50. Gizele says:

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/Preserves+Plus/BS-TCH.html

    I like this one Basket, Honey, Tea, Coffee, Preserves because of the variety in one basket.

  51. Gizele says:

    I liked the PEI Preserve Company on facebook.
    Gizele Farris

  52. Debbie says:

    The wine-infused preserves look really good.

  53. stacey h says:

    the pepper jelly gift box would be a great gift (for me)

  54. stacey h says:

    follow on twitter
    @tooliecat

  55. Janice Lynds says:

    My favourite is http://shop.preservecompany.com/BS-FB2-125.html (although it would even be better with Raspberry in it)

    I liked the PEI Preserve Company on facebook Janice Lynds and
    am following on twitter JaloMb

  56. All looks so good but if i had to pick….the chocolate chip shortbreads http://shop.preservecompany.com/BK-CCS-13.html

  57. Leah M says:

    The butter shortbread looks so good!

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/BK-BS-26.html

  58. PaulaB says:

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/HN-WF-250.html

    genuine PEI honey would be favourite gift idea on the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company website.

  59. Sherri F says:

    Wow…everything looks awesome! I would really love to try the Peach Salsa!

  60. Glogirl says:

    I like the CHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREADS~ http://shop.preservecompany.com/BK-CCS-13.html

  61. Donnas says:

    I follow the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on Facebook as Donna Szocik and on Twitter, as @Dawnalees.

  62. Alissa says:

    Crab apple jelly – reminds me of my childhood! And I love the Victorian like labels on the tea! I’m following PEIPreserve Company ‏@PreserveCompany from @alissalysack. :)

  63. Nisha T. says:

    Mmmm, lemon curd, hands down! I love anything with lemon.

  64. Dreena says:

    This gift would be lovely for anyone: PRESERVE CADDY GIFT BASKET 1( BS-PC1-228) – it comes with three different fruit preserves. I love jams!

  65. Dreena says:

    I follow PEI Preserve Company on Twitter as @Alexandrina_M
    Thanks.

  66. brook says:

    Everything looks so good! I browsed the website and of course would like to try many things but the item that caught my attention is this beautiful Zen tea pot…I would have to place this on my wish list…http://shop.preservecompany.com/TP-12-060-BK.html
    Good luck everyone!

  67. charmtime says:

    My favourite is the Peach Salsa – yum!

  68. prairiebelle says:

    This would make a perfect gift http://shop.preservecompany.com/MG-BAR-CK.html

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  69. prairiebelle says:

    I like Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. on facebook – Belinda M

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  70. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d pick the Very Berry Cherry

  71. marlene says:

    Chocolate Rum Fruitcake, 110g/4oz – This would be a good gift to my mom, who loves chocolate, rum & fruitcake.

  72. marlene says:

    Bonus Entry: Like Prince Edward Island Preserve Company on Facebook as Marsbar35 Jewelry and More

  73. Ali says:

    The lemon curd sounds absolutely amazing!

  74. Barbara Leckie says:

    What beautiful products!! It would be so difficult to choose which one I like best!!

  75. lovebugs85 says:

    Mini sampler gift box or this mug, MUG, DUNOON, LOMOND, AMARA YELLOW
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  76. aimee says:

    i would love to try the cabernet jam

  77. Sophie G says:

    After spending time looking at all the goodies,I have to go with the Maple Cappuccino syrup…

    http://shop.preservecompany.com/Preserves+Plus/Kitchen+Connaisseur.html

  78. Margaret Helgason says:

    would love the summer Honey

  79. Linda Kollybaba says:

    Cranberry sauce and sweet pickles

  80. amymbrown says:

    I like the TABLEWARE, DUNOON, CUP & SAUCER HOT SPOTSProduct Code: TW-1CS-HOT
    very cute http://shop.preservecompany.com/TW-1CS-HOT.html
    I also like the PRESERVE CADDY GIFT BASKET 2Product Code: BS-PC2-228

  81. amymbrown says:

    I’m following them on twitter (@amym_brown)

  82. Tanya says:

    I would love to gift this…..to myself! http://shop.preservecompany.com/BK-CCS-26.html choc chip shortbread! Yum!

  83. Bette says:

    Love Lemon Curd, honey and anything yummy for toast of homemade scones, please send to Winnipeg :)

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