Cane Land expanding with rum-based food products

Cane Land Distilling will open in the spring. (iStock photo)

Cane Land Distilling Company has launched a line of food products, including praline rum cakes and spiced rum pecans, made with the distillery’s signature rums.

Veteran caterer and restaurateur Yvette Bonanno-Tharp, wife of Cane Land founder and owner Walter Tharp, is heading up the new venture, which launched in late 2017. Both products, currently available at several local independent supermarkets, are produced at the LSU AgCenter Food Incubator.

So far both products have been well received, says Bonanno-Tharp. She’s getting ready to begin her third production run of the cakes and her fourth run of pecans. Each production run yields 800 cakes and 900 packages of pecans.

Bonanno-Tharp is partnering with New Roads-based Bergeron’s Pecan Shelling Company for the pecans in her products. The company, which has its own orchards and also sources pecans from pecan growers around the state, is located near the Tharp family’s Alma Plantation and Sugar Mill, where Cane Land Distilling sources molasses, sugar and cane juice for its spirits.

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