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CLINTON'S ALMONDS IDENTIFIED

 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 21 /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, Michigan-based company, says it's the "Ritter's Cinnamon Roasted Almonds" brand that the President favors.
 The four-person company sent Clinton's transition team a case of the almonds as a congratulatory gift on election eve. Once President Clinton tasted them, he fell in love with them and immediately wanted more. Unfortunately, he had no idea who had sent them.
 So the search was on. Clinton's staff immediately ordered 5,000 pounds of almonds from the leading 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, Ritter's Quality Foods President David Boening couldn't believe it. "Those are my almonds!" he said. "It's not everyday 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, and added 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 hand made almonds are places 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 80 percent of the people like tasting, but can't be bought in stores."
 Boening markets his almonds at state-wide fairs and festivals. He is currently negotiating with a Michigan food store chain to mass distribute the almonds.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A black and white or color 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., E.S.T./
 /CONTACT: Deidra Edmond of Burgler Hanon Advertising, 616-459-0700, for Ritter's Quality Foods, Inc./


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