Pot of Gold

Tell the truth: How many times have you purchased a new product based largely on the container it came in? There’s no judgement here since it’s a marketing ploy I’ve fallen prey to more often than any reasonable shopper should, and I have shelves full of various empty jars to prove it. Insidious yet obviously effective, product packaging is a considerable factor for success in businesses both big and small. It conveys quality, makes a brand memorable, bolsters its presence on the shelf by setting it apart from the pack. For many years, that’s precisely why I knew about Petit Pot, enviously eyeing those shapely glass bottles stacked high in refrigerated cases. I know, you should never judge a book by its cover, but I had nothing else to go on since all of the luxuriously decadent contents were all dairy-based. Until now.

In a radical departure from the original line of French pot de creme offerings, the brand new Riz au Lait Coco is their very first non-dairy and fully vegan treat on offer.

Loosely set, erring much more on the side of a lightly thickened sauce than rich custard, this very quality lends it a deceptively light texture on the palate. For such a heavy, typically fatty main ingredient, this is both a marvel and a rarity. Tender grains of rice swim in a pool of coconut milk, accompanied only by a hint of cane sugar and salt. Dainty, unexpectedly delicate, the thinner texture creates a delightfully refreshing overall experience.

Coconut-forward but not aggressively so, each spoonful bears a lightly toasted tropical flavor but keeps things very simple. Perfectly fitting the definition of comfort food, there are no challenging flavors or surprises concealed in these attractive little containers. What you see is what you get, delivering on the high quality such packaging has always conveyed. Serve them absolutely chilled, straight out of the fridge and unadorned, for an ideal summer snack or dessert.

Locally made in San Francisco and sadly limited in availability nationwide, I’d like to think that this is just the start for a blossoming young company. After all, there’s clearly ample demand for more non-dairy desserts; the proof is in the pudding.

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14 thoughts on “Pot of Gold

  1. When I’m visiting my s-i-l and b-i-l in France, most days begin with yogurt from pots like this, some glass, some ceramic. Both yogurt and pots are delightful, although you end up wondering what to do with all the great pots. :-)

    janet

    1. Pen holders, to hold sewing and small knitting accessories, — mini wine tumblers? “:o)

      1. So many great ideas! Maybe not big enough for wine, but there’s certainly some potential in there as shot glasses… Hadn’t thought of that one. ;)

      2. True, there are lots of uses, but if you have empty a pot or two every day, recycling finally becomes the only viable answer…unless you’re a hoarder. :-)

    2. I simply can’t get enough of these little jars! They’re the perfect size for storing paper clips, beads and buttons, homemade spice blends, leftover sauces and dressings… I could go on!

  2. Another facet of the marketing phase of a product is, while it is limited in availability across the country at this time, and as they have to see how it sells, hopefully it will sell well and be available in more stores as it proves itself. I hope to find it in a Fresh Thyme store after I return to Milwaukee.
    Thanks for making us aware of it!

    1. Distribution seems to have expanded ten fold in just the last year, so I have high hopes!

    1. What a great idea! I’m terrible at maintaining plants, but aloe I might be able to manage!

  3. Hannah, Petitpot should hire you to do their advertising — can’t imagine a better description! As for what to do with small pots, in addition to all the uses already mentioned, I have several filled with sea glass sitting on my bathroom windowsill. I love to see the sunlight filtering through the glass.

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