Carolina Ingredients Blog

Aji Amarillo – The “Sunshine Chili” Snack Seasoning

Posted on Mon, Oct, 2016@ 02:11 PM

Get ready for this little gem out of Peru – Aji Amarillo – a yellow to bright orange chili pepper with a fruity note.  If you are serious about your chili and want to ramp up your line of offerings this is the chili for you.  Serious Eats says, “If there were a chili to taste like sunshine, this would be it.” 




With medium heat, full bodied flavor yet more subtle than a poblano, our version combines the Aji with other spices like cilantro and garlic to further round out the flavor profile.


We have formulated this as a kosherable, Non-GMO compliant blend intended as a snack seasoningHowever, the Aji Amarillo is often used in paste form to create sauces and rubs.


Reach out to us for a sample to match your application – we think you’ll be as excited as we are!

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Hot 'n Sweet Carolina BBQ

Posted on Tue, Apr, 2015@ 11:09 AM

BBQ -- a powerful word that joins and separates communities, regions and even families. The word evokes family gatherings, competitions, and closely held secret recipes. South Carolina is home to the four types of BBQ sauce - vinegar-pepper, light tomato, heavy tomato, and mustard based. 


Hot 'n Sweet Carolina BBQUnique to South Carolina, German settlers brought their love of mustard to combine with BBQ meats and other dishes.  And no family gathering would be complete without potato salad. BBQ aficionados rejoice - Seasoning supplier Carolina Ingredients offers another tempting treat. Hot n Sweet Carolina BBQ is our newest chip flavor creation. We’ve created our traditional mustard based bbq sauce and added heat to make this flavor zing on a potato chip.  


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Southern Cuisine - A New Snack Seasoning, Spicy Pimento Cheese

Posted on Tue, Oct, 2014@ 08:00 AM

Southern Cuisine is no longer found just in the south - its popularity is expanding as well known chefs begin to highlight traditional southern dishes and trends in their menus. Now, it is common to see pimento cheese used in other ways. No longer solely a dip or sandwich spread, you now find pimento cheese burgers, pimento grilled cheese sandwiches to deep fried pimento cheese balls. The Varsity, an Atlanta landmark, serves pimento cheese with chili on their hotdogs.

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Pimento Cheese, comfort food, now has multiple variations --from changing the types of cheese to peppers in this lovely mix. You’ll find cheddar, jack, American, and even changes based upon “cleaning” out the refrigerator cheese drawer. Originally with pimentos, a popular crop grown in the south until the 1960’s, jalapenos, piquillos, and other peppers are used to transform this Southern dish into a fusion blend.

Carolina Ingredient’s ideation for October is Spicy Pimento Cheese. Smooth and creamy cheese blend plus heat from different chili peppers mix with a zing of garlic. We formulated this as a snack seasoning; however, we can modify this winner to be used as a blend in for sauces, soups or dressings. Even better, how about a spicy pimento cheese “Hot Pocket” type snack?

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Sriracha Stir-up for Spice Distributors

Posted on Thu, Apr, 2014@ 11:01 AM

Sriracha, one of the most popular flavoring choices and sauces, is back in the news to seasoning suppliers’ dismay. This time with the ruling that Sriracha production at the Huy Fong Foods’ factory in Irwindale, California is a “public nuisance.”

This ruling has lead many to incorrectly fear that this favorite flavor may be facing limited production and distribution. But we predict that Sriracha will remain a flavoring favorite, with the inventory to support your customers’ spicy indulgence.

At Carolina Ingredients, we offer a Sriracha seasoning blend – just like the famous and headline-making sauce. A bold garlic flavor compliments the building heat of red chilis, combined with a dash of vinegar to balance the blend.

From marinades to marinara sauce to condiments like Sriracha mayo and ketchup, this versatile flavoring has limitless possibilities.

Find out more at Carolina Ingredients today!

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Ethnic Flavors Continue Upward Trend in Snack Seasoning

Posted on Mon, Mar, 2014@ 11:00 AM

Ethnic flavors continue to be very popular in snack seasoning trends. We anticipate seeing the popularity of the pepper continue well into 2014. We’re no longer talking about just ancho and jalapeno, as peppers like hatch, datil, aleppo, and mini purple move into the mainstream.

Our R&D team is constantly developing new combinations to stay ahead of these trends.

  • Hatch Green Chili & Cheese – a New Mexican roasted, mild green chili compliments creamy cheddar cheese
  • Aleppo Pepper – a chili of complex flavor and mild heat, originating in the Middle East, builds slowly in this rub, allowing the other flavors to come forward
  • Hatch Carnitas – warm roasted flavors, combined with cumin and chili, create an exceptional rub for poultry or pork
  • Non-GMO Za’tar – this snack seasoning boasts an herby and bright flavor with sumac notes and sweetness from basil

Integrating unique ingredients into current flavor profiles is a great way to highlight ethnic tastes and give customers new and exciting flavors. How are you taking advantage of specific cuisines and flavor trends?

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Seasoning Manufacturers Make Valentine’s Day Sweet(eners)

Posted on Wed, Feb, 2014@ 03:00 PM

At Carolina Ingredients, we don’t just offer snack seasonings and spices. We pride ourselves on offering a range of products to meet your needs.

Need something a little sweeter? Sample one of our many sweeteners. Looking to be a little healthier too? Try molasses, with the highest antioxidant levels of all sweeteners and a great source of iron. Brown rice syrup is a healthier alternative to high fructose corn syrup and used in many organic recipes.

Our high quality dry bakery mixes and bases are also now available. As always, our products are tailored to your needs, whether it’s an add water only, add oil or eggs mix. Our brownie, oatmeal or sugar cookie, and white cake mixes are a convenient way to make baked goods.

No matter how you decide to satisfy your sweet tooth, happy Valentine’s Day from the Carolina Ingredients team!

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Carolina Ingredients - 2014 Non-GMO Project

Posted on Tue, Jan, 2014@ 02:50 PM


Carolina Ingredients Moves into 2014 with the Non-GMO Project!

2013 was a year that saw increased demand from consumers for non-GMO products and labeling. We’ve heard this demand loud and clear, and we’re happy to announce that we can now formulate and certify our blends to Non-GMO Project standards at Carolina Ingredients!

As customers seek out non-GMO products, consumer need is at an all time high. The Non-GMO Project is leading the way in product labeling and offers North America’s only third party verification for non-GMO food and products.   

Companies from Whole Foods to the Chipotle restaurant chain to General Mills’ Cheerios have announced a commitment to non-GMO products and labeling in recent months. A clear response to the voices of their customers, 2014 is poised to see this trend continue.

At Carolina Ingredients, our process is simple. We formulate our samples to Non-GMO Project standards so we can hand you a preapproved seasoning, once the Product Verification Program is complete. Leaving you to submit your finished product for Non-GMO Project approval without the extra steps for the seasoning component.

Learn more about the Non-GMO Project verification process, including a listing of Non-GMO Project verified products, and Carolina Ingredients

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Food Safety - Non-GMO Products

Posted on Wed, Nov, 2013@ 10:01 AM

Food safety used to be just about microbes in your food that would make you sick. These days, consumers have moved past basic food safety and even pushing for more organic foods.  Now, Non-GMO is ranking higher in influence in consumer’s purchasing decisions.  It is estimated that global demand for Non-GMO products will exceed $800 billion by 2014 (source: Carolina Ingredients, as a seasoning manufacturer, now responds to our customers request to reformulate blends as non-GMO.  We have access to the highest quality non-GMO ingredients to develop and convert blends for bakery mixes and soy products. We also have the ability to use food processing aids that comply with non-GMO standards. 

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