Being a real-deal foodie is one of the best simple pleasures of life. Going from restaurant to restaurant, snack to snack, finding what’s good and what’s downright delicious—I mean, what’s not to love about it all? After all, it is food!
And in case you didn’t know, there are tons of black-owned brands whipping up condiments, snacks, mixes, and whatever else we love to eat and doing it well! Here are 3 must-try brands that will definitely make your foodie heart happy.
Inspired by the vibrant blend of flavors unique to the vast and diverse cultural heritage of Africa, Basbaas is a handcrafted sauce and condiment line that is bound to become your favorite way to awaken your taste buds.
Founded by Somali chef and entrepreneur, Hawa Hassan, Basbaas is the only line of Somali hot sauces and chutneys available in the U.S.
While they currently have two offerings—Tamarind Date Sauce and Coconut Cilantro Chutney—you foodies will be delighted to know that both sauces are made with an abundance of fresh herbs, dried fruit, peppers, and spices, making them incredibly diverse.
There’s a reason why critics have referred to it as, “the ketchup of Somalia”—it can be used on everything from burgers and fries, to authentic Somali stir-fry.
Breakfast is the simplest meal of the day when it comes to whipping up something delicious and quick, but once you start diving into omelette and french toast territory, that’s when things get shaky. That’s why Southern Culture’s Pancake and Waffle Mix is a must-have.
Founder Erica Barrett crafted these mixes with both herself and the lazy foodie in mind, after a trip to the grocery store made her wonder, “Why do I have to grab so many ingredients and – come on – why is my bill $30 for one recipe?!”
And the rest was history.
Now, SoCu Kitchen gives fans an opportunity to buy all kinds of delicious breakfast mixes, like Banana Pudding Waffles and Apple Cobbler Pancake mix! Doesn’t that sound delicious?
Pipcorn Heirloom Snacks is what happens when a brother, sister, and a brother’s wife come together for a shared foodie moment of enjoying snacks mixed with a very bright idea —and that’s exactly what Jeff, Jen, and Teresa did on an average day in 2012.
Aside from the popcorn genuinely being made out of love, they have something else that makes them special: heirloom corn!
Simply put, some of their snacks were made with seeds that are over 100 years old and open-pollinated. This sounds weird to the ear, but it actually improves the taste while also being better for nutrition and the environment as a whole.
So, knowing that Pipcorn is a super sustainable brand and the fact that they also offer cheese balls, and sea salt and white cheddar flavors, how can you not love them?