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/ The following is a revised version of "Clinton's Almonds Identified," moved Thursday, Jan. 21 /

 CLINTON'S ALMONDS IDENTIFIED AS MICHIGAN PRODUCT
 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Reagan had his jelly


beans, Bush his pork rinds, and now President Bill Clinton has cinnamon roasted almonds. But just whose cinnamon roasted almonds does he like? -- Ritter's Quality Foods Inc., a small Grand Rapids-based company, says it's the "Ritter's Cinnamon Roasted Almonds" brand that the President favors.
 Ritter's President David Boening and his product manufacturer Dan Levy, president of Fresh Roasted Almonds Company in Farmington Hills, Mich., sent a package to both Washington and Little Rock, Ark. "On election eve we were delighted to receive a call from campaign headquarters saying he loved them," said Levy.
 Unfortunately in the confusion of election eve excitement, the actual identity of Boening's company was lost.
 So the search was on. Clinton's staff immediately ordered 5,000 pounds of almonds from another almond company, but upon arrival found they were cinnamon glazed almonds, not the cinnamon roasted almonds he had fallen in love with.
 After seeing the story on the local news, Boening couldn't believe it. "Those are my almonds!" he said. "It's not every day the President of the United States falls in love with your product. I want him to have as much as he'd like, but I want him to have the original product."
 So Boening immediately sent an additional case to the President, along with a letter adding he would send as many complimentary cases as Clinton would like over the next four years.
 The recipe for the almonds comes from Germany. The handmade almonds are placed in a German "Mandel Box" roaster with sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and water, mixed and heated until the sugar melts. The almonds are then rapidly cooled for 30 seconds to harden the sugar and create the "knarls" on the nuts. The almonds are then roasted at a lower temperature until the moisture evaporates.
 Boening got into the almond roasting business after touring a boat trade show and tasting the product. He was amazed they were not available on the retail market. "It's a delicious product not available in stores anywhere in the country. I can't think of another item that nearly 80 percent of the people like tasting, but can't be bought in stores."
 Boening markets his almonds at statewide fairs and festivals. He is currently negotiating with a Michigan food store chain to mass distribute the almonds. The Fresh Roasted Almond Company produced over 200,000 pounds of cinnamon roasted almonds last year.
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 /NOTE: A black-and-white photograph or an actual bag of Ritter's Cinnamon Roasted Almonds is available by contacting Deidra Edmond of Burgler Hanon Advertising, 616-459-0700, business hours, or 616-458-3877 after 5 p.m. EST.
 CONTACT: Deidra Edmond of Burgler Hanon Advertising, 616-459-0700, for Ritter's Quality Foods, Inc./


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