In this episode Soo will walk you through 3 easy recipes that will help kick off Mother’s Day in a flavourful way! From chia jam, to everything bagel cream cheese to a fun twist on Iced Coffee, these dishes will help start her day off right. It’s not everyday you get to celebrate mom, so start with some flavour!

About Soo Kim

Soo was raised in a traditional Korean household, on homemade kimchi and by parents who valued real food and honest ingredients. Some of her earliest memories revolve around time spent with her mother cooking, helping to stock their family store with authentic Korean fare in an area that had no similar options, and thus began Soo’s love affair with food.

She began her culinary journey at George Brown Culinary School, in Toronto, Canada, leading to a whirlwind circus work experience in Vancouver, BC, Dublin, Ireland, London, England, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia, San Francisco, and finally back to Toronto. She transitioned to the editorial magazine world of test kitchens, running the food sections of Chatelaine and Canadian Living. She cut her professional teeth at Loblaws test kitchen, Canada’s most extensive grocery chain, learning about product development.

Before landing at Hedessent, Soo was a freelance recipe developer, writer, and stylist, contributing to Loblaws, Sobeys, Walmart, CBC, Food & Drink, and Clean Eating, among other leading brands and publications. When she’s not busy testing flavours and building new recipes for our customers to enjoy, she enjoys her time in Toronto with her husband and son, where they routinely obsess over great fried rice and making the perfect French fries.



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Chia Jam

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Medium Pot
  • Potato Masher
  • Paring Knife


  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 3 1/2 tbsp maple syrup or honey divided
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 25 drops Hedessent Strawberry Flavour
  • 1/4 tsp Hedessent Orange Triple Sec Flavour


  • In a medium saucepan, stir together strawberries and 2 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup over medium heat, stirring until strawberries soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in chia seeds and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer, mashing berries with a potato masher until thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining 1 tbsp maple syrup and lemon juice. Let cool slightly. Stir in Strawberry flavour and Orange Triple Sec flavour.


Pro Tip: Serve over Greek yogurt and granola in a glass bowl as a parfait to add a little extra special presentation for Mom.


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Everything Bagel Cream Cheese

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people


Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Ingredients

  • 2 sesame seed bagels   (not Montreal style)
  • 4 oz plain cream cheese, softened (1/2 brick)
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 pinch flaked salt or kosher salt
  • 20 drops Hedessent Fried Onion Flavour
  • 10-15 drops Hedessent Garlic Flavour
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbps dill fronds (optional)

Optional Fixings to Make Mom a Sandwich

  • 1 English cucumber, shaved into ribbons (optional)
  • 1 Lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 slices smoked salmon (optional)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • Dill (optional)
  • 3-5 capers (optional)


  • In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and salt. Using the back of a spoon, press and stir ingredients until combined. Add Hedessent Fried Onion flavour, Hedessent Garlic flavour, and dill. Press and stir to thoroughly combine. 
  • Split and toast bagels. Spread cream cheese mixture over one half and top with smoked salmon, cucumber ribbons, red onion, and capers, if using. Serve with lemon.
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Coffee Jellies + Flavoured Coffee

Course Dessert, Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 people


Coffee Jelly

  • 1 pkg powdered gelatin (2 ¼ tsp)
  • 2 tbsp cold water 
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 25 drops Hedessent Classic Vanilla Flavour
  • 25 drops Hedessent Caramel Flavour


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar if you prefer your coffee unsweetened don't add sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee

Flavoured Whipped Cream

  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp icing sugar Confectioners' Sugar
  • 20 drops Hedessent Vanilla Ice Cream Flavour

Flavoured Sweetened Dairy

  • 1/3 cup condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 15 drops Hedessent Classic Vanilla Flavour or flavour of choice
  • 15 drops Hedessent Coffee Espresso Flavour or flavour of choice


Coffee Jellies

  • Dissolve gelatin in a small bowl with 2 tbsp cold water; let stand until bloomed, about 3 minutes. 
  • In a heatproof measuring cup or bowl, stir boiling water with sugar and instant coffee until dissolved. Stir in gelatin mixture until dissolved; transfer into a square or rectangle container; let cool slightly. Stir in Hedessent Vanilla Flavour and Hedessent Caramel Flavour. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into cubes.

Whipped Cream

  • Using an electric mixer, beat whipping cream, icing sugar, and Hedessent Vanilla Ice Cream flavour in a bowl until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate.


  • In a heatproof measuring cup or bowl, stir boiling water, sugar, and instant coffee until dissolved. Let cool completely.

Sweetened Diary

  • In a small bowl, stir condensed milk, half and half, Hedessent Classic Vanilla flavour, and Hedessent Coffee Espresso flavour. 

To make the drink:

  • Fill a tall glass with half of the coffee and top with half of the sweetened dairy. Alternate adding ice  with ½ cup of coffee jellies. Garnish with more jellies if desired and a spoonful of whipping cream mixture. Serve with a tall spoon.


Pro Tip:
For an extra fancy presentation, alternate adding ice and then jellies to your glass. Add coffee until glass is 1/4 - 1/2 full. Top with the rest of the sweetened dairy to watch the beautiful cascade as the sweetened dairy mixes with the coffee. Garnish with more jellies if desired and a spoonful of whipping cream mixture.
Flavour Tip:
This recipe makes a delicious dessert iced coffee. However, you can easily skip the jellies, and the iced coffee and just use the directions to easily make your own flavoured whipped cream or your own flavoured creamers. Have fun with it! 


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