Take your holiday meals to the next level with these flavorful spices that will you’re your guests coming back for more.
Cooking during the holidays is not for the faint of heart. Expectations are set high and each dish you prepare can mean the difference between the elders passing the culinary baton and being banned from the kitchen forever. Figuring out what to make is the easy part, but what really takes a dish from drab to out-of-this-world are its flavors. Now if you’re a newbie, figuring out how to properly season your foods can seem challenging, or maybe you’re an at-home chef who has the basics down but is looking for some new flavors to take your dishes to the next level. Lucky for you when it comes to seasoning foods the ancestors have blessed Black folk, and now a few of these people want to pass the blessings on to you. We’ve rounded up a few Black-owned spice brands will change your entire life. These one-of-a-kind hand-blended spices leave no dish flavorless and are must-have additions you need to spice up your holiday meal and leave everyone wanting more.
The Spice Suite
They don’t call Angel Gregorio D.C.’s “Spice Queen” for nothing. Angel’s Spice Suite is home to unique, one-of-a-kind, hand blended spice you won’t find anywhere. Celebrity chefs and home cooks flock to the foodie sanctuary in search of globally sourced flavors like Carib-ish, Boom Chakalaka Blend, Citrus Sorrel Rub, and a lemon pepper hot sauce that flies off the shelves. The Spice Suite doesn’t just sell spices either, you can also find unique blends of honey, balsamic and olive oils, dry mixes, dinnerware, glassware, cast iron skillets, utensils, cutting boards and more.
My Fabulous Food
If there’s one thing you should know about My Fabulous Food Founder Chanel Murphy, it’s that she lives a well-seasoned life. Whether she’s discovering new restaurants, cooking new dishes, or sharing her culinary passions with the world, her passion for food is clear and it shows in her luxury sea salts. Looking to finish your baked goods with a little Hawaiian Black Lava? Kick your chicken up a notch with Black Truffle or rim your favorite glass with some Red Wine Sea Salt? Whatever your mood My Fabulous Food has you covered, and you’ll never use want to use plain old salt again.
When Essie Bartels first started playing around with food in her mother’s tiny kitchen in Ghana, she had no idea it was the beginning of a spice filled journey. Fast forward to today, and you can find Essie Spice, her bottled up joy handed down through three generations, on shelves in Whole Foods and in your very own home. Coco-for-Garlic, Mekko Dry Rub, Mango Chili Medley, and TamarindOH bring the flavors of Ghana to your table and are sure to be a hit with anyone lucky enough to taste them at your holiday feast.
Chef Curl Ardee Seasonings
Whoever said seasonings can’t be flavorful and healthy clearly never tried one of Chef Curl Ardee’s spices. From original and jerk to Cajun, these blends may be low in sodium or salt free but none of them skip a beat when it comes to amazing taste. If that’s not enough to make you grab a couple for your spice cabinet, a portion of every purchase is donated to No Kid Hungry because no child should ever be without a good meal, especially around the holidays.
Dash of Dacy
For Candacy Rodrigues, better known by her followers as Dacy Dash, preparing and cooking food is one of greatest loves – after being a mom to her two adorable kids, of course. It’s that same love that she hopes to infuse into the kitchens of contemporary culinary enthusiasts everywhere with her Dash of Dacy seasonings. Whether you’re grabbing her Sweet Smokey Rub, Garlicky Onion Herb, Adobo Mojo or Cinnilla Sugar, trust us, you won’t be disappointed. But if you want to get your hands on some you’ve got to move quick, because these must have flavors are often gone in a dash!