Since we spread the word that there were no more Toffee Pistachios to be had at Vasilow's, Gossips has been in touch with Jim Vasilow, who explained why there were no Toffee Pistachios and why their absence would only be temporary.
Remember when salmonella was discovered in peanuts last year? There was a similar pistachio scare. Although pistachios were never found to pose any health risk, most of them were recalled and destroyed. Those that survived are back on the market now, but at premium prices, and the supplier of Vasilow's Toffee Pistachios refuses to pay what the wholesalers are demanding.
The good news is that the new crop of pistachios is working its way into the distribution channels, and prices are starting to drop. It's anticipated that Toffee Pistachios will be back on Vasilow's shelves by early February. In the meantime, as a substitute, Gossips recommends Dark Chocolate Covered Dried Cranberries. Yum!