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Product: Uncle Giant’s sweets have international inspiration

Small bites, giant taste

- Photo courtesy Uncle Giant

Walking up to Uncle Giant’s farmers market stand, one might immediately assume Dennis Moore, at 6 feet 4 inches, is the namesake behind his Newark-based confectionery business. On the contrary, it’s the nickname given to Uncle Giant’s co-owner Brian Jamandre by his niece and nephew in the Philippines, where, at nearly 6 feet, he towers above most of his extended family.

And extended it is. Jamandre grew up with 16 cousins and learned to cook from his aunts, mother and grandmother, who taught him to “taste” food using his nose—as you “can’t afford to taste cooking for that many.”

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