Welcome to the Taste and See NC blog! Although all of our lovely subscribers have received their Durham box already, there are still a few left for those that wish to purchase it from the shop! We worked with some amazing companies here in our hometown of Durham, curating a delicious box of snacks, nut butter and soothing tea. We hope you love our selections! Let’s dig in.
Durham Toffee – Classic Toffee
Owner Rebecca Burnett is a woman after our own hearts. After years of making her sweet and buttery toffee for family and friends, she took the plunge in February 2016 and turned her candy into a full-fledged business. Inspired by the support she received from her community in Durham, she named her company after her new hometown. In Bull City, find her sweet treats at some of our favorite local shops, like Bean Traders Coffee, Fosters Market and Smitten Boutique. The Durham box contains Rebecca’s classic toffee: buttery caramel toffee blanketed in organic dark chocolate and almonds.
Big Spoon Roasters – Apricot Pepita Bar
Mark Overbay’s line of handcrafted nut butters and bars are well-respected not only in North Carolina, but throughout the global artisan food community. After learning the process of making nut butter while living in a rural farming community in Zimbabwe as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he began crafting nut butters in his home kitchen, eventually turning it into a business that serves others. North Carolina is ranked sixth in peanut production, and Big Spoon plays a large part in sustainable peanut agriculture. They’re also a Durham Living Wage certified company, committed to paying a living wage to all their employees. The Apricot Pepita Nut Butter bar in the Durham box combines fresh-roasted peanut pepita (pumpkin seed) butter with cocoa nibs, whole grains and dried apricots, and are high in fiber, protein and antioxidants.
Ello Raw – Cinnamon Sugar Donut Bites
Ello Raw owner, Becky, follows a simple mission that we couldn’t wait to support: to make healthy, real foods available to all people. After growing up in a food insecure household, and watching family members deal with both physical and mental health ailments, she came to Duke University and learned about the connection between healthy food and a healthy life. Creating products that are not only tasty, but good for your health is a passion at Ello Raw. They focus on raw ingredients, preserving vital nutrients that are often destroyed when cooked or processed. Our Durham box contains the Cinnamon Sugar Donut bites, made with organic, raw cashews, walnuts, dates, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut crystals.
Sangha Teahouse – Ginger Peach Black Tea
Alisa Wilcher took over the reins at Sangha Teahouse in September 2016, continuing the journey of Durham’s favorite tea purveyor. While local Durhamites can still find their exceptional teas and herbal infusions on Saturdays at the Durham Farmers Market, we wanted to make sure our fellow North Carolinians and beyond could get a taste of these soothing and delicious teas, sourced from around the world. Their clean and efficient website is easy to understand for the tea novice, and there’s even a fun post on their blog about how to choose your tea type!
Double M Bakeshop – Peanut Butter
Mary Moyer pays homage to her mother, grandmother and mother-in-law (all with name starting with M and great cooks) through her healthy and simple granolas and nut butters. Her hand-roasted and ground nut butters were born as a base for the flavorful granolas, seamlessly intertwining the two products. Mainly localized to central North Carolina, we are excited to introduce our subscribers to Double M Bakeshop, but you can find her products here in Parker and Otis (Durham), Southern Season (Chapel Hill) and Cocoa Cinnamon (Durham).
Ready to snag this box? Get it here.