Carolina Ingredients Blog

Maras Peppers - The New “Hot” Go To Pepper & Spice Rub

Posted on Tue, Oct, 2016@ 12:28 PM

Maras peppers from Turkey are the cousin to the Aleppo pepper. Only 125 miles from Aleppo, Syria, this pepper has a slow, subtle heat; the aroma is fruity and bright with an undertone of earthy must, some say almost a smoky flavor.


Syria’s internal conflict means the growing areas for the Aleppo pepper have been damaged. Maras (pronounced mah-RAHSH) peppers are sun-dried and then ground between slow turning stone wheels (much like in the olive oil making process).




In Turkey, the dried pepper is mixed with olive oil, lemon juice and salt; it is used to season lamb or goat. They are also used fresh and have a sweet, dried fruit type note with a touch of heat that hits the throat and then dissipates.


Spice distributor Carolina Ingredients has innovated a maras pepper rub with notes of onion and garlic, citrus and cumin. This would be excellent on grilled chicken, lamb or seafood, grilled eggplant or slowly roasted carrots. This versatile spice rub would also lend itself to a unique rub for deli meats. This is a coarser ground product so it adds nice visuals to your commercial seasoning blends and therefore is not best.


Contact us today if you have a unique innovative twist on this trending spice. 

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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.  


Check out our YouTube page -- there are new videos about Carolina Ingredients!

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What we've been cooking up for Snaxpo!

Posted on Wed, Mar, 2015@ 11:04 AM

It’s only a few days away!  We welcome your visit to booth #433 at the Snaxpo Convention, held this year from March 28 through March 31 in Orlando, FL.  Doug, Mike, Sheila, and Rebecca look forward to your visit.  We are very proud to be a NON-GMO Project Verified blender and will have 4 exciting new flavors to try.


buttercream rasRaspberry Buttercream - shown on popcorn.  Fruity, creamy, buttery describes this flavor.  It tastes so close to frosting you would think you are eating dessert.  True to form raspberry flavor is balanced by creamy butter notes.  “Fruity and sweet” remains a popular flavor profile in 2015.



pimentoSpicy Pimento Cheese - shown on a ruffle chip. As a Southern Favorite, this smooth and creamy cheese blends well with heat from different chili peppers with a zing of onion, garlic and other spices. This versatile snack seasoning can be used on chips, sauces, and fillings for meat or savory baked products.



seasaltNon-GMO Project Verified Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper - shown on a kettle chip.  This is Carolina Ingredients first offer in Non GMO Project blends.  Just as the description tells you -- a blend of salt and pepper, touched with other savory backnotes creates a classic chip just meant for munching.





Red Curry - shown on a ptotato chip. The heat of chili powder, floral lemon grass, the warmth of ginger, and savory curry powder with a undercurrent of umami notes deliver a new delicious flavor to your arsenal of taste explosions.




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Honey Habanero - A Seasoning As Versatile As It Is Trendy

Posted on Tue, Feb, 2015@ 07:50 AM

An exciting hot and sweet combo, honey habanero fits the profile for your new snack seasoning flavor debut.

Chilies continue to be popular flavor profiles for mainstream America; you are seeing them appear in traditional toppings, rubs, chips and dressings.  Habanero is even making its way into sweets and chocolate.

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With this month’s ideation blend at Carolina Ingredients, we added our honey habanero blend onto freshly popped popcorn.  Immediate and lingering heat from the habanero hits your taste buds; the fruity citrus-like notes pair with the sweetness of honey to finish out the flavor. 

This new snack seasoning is a versatile one. Use with popcorn, chips, seasonings and event sweets.

Contact us today if you have a unique innovative twist on this trending spice. 

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Why a snack seasonings partner is right for you

Posted on Mon, Dec, 2014@ 09:47 AM

After developing a new idea for a snack seasoning or flavor, do you develop that new flavor seasoning in-house or seek out a strategic partner to develop the flavor seasoning for you?       

For many businesses, Carolina Ingredients is that strategic partner. We firmly believe that the best partnerships exist when each entity focuses on what they do best. In our case, that’s developing innovative flavor trends for the many channels of commercial food production.

Our process is simple: Focus on the customer throughout every step. We live by the mantra, “How may we create value for you?”

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Do you have a new idea for a holiday ginger bread cookie? Let us start thinking about it in March. Do you want to create a new buffalo ranch flavored popcorn just in time for the start of football tailgating? We will start planning around the time of this year’s innagural NCAA Football Championship series.

Though our average sales cycle is six months to a year, we are able to work under very tight deadlines, as short as 1 month. Why the long average sales cycle? It takes time to bring a new product to market and get it right.

At Carolina Ingredients, we:

  • Act as a strategic partner
  • Push the boundaries to make our products healthier and safer
  • Research the best ingredients, flavors and blends with dedication and patience from our Research & Development team
  • Ensure that your bottom line for new products will be as profitable as it can be by partnering our sales and R&D teams

Yes, we are thorough! But we capitalize on timely seasoning trends also. With the recent popularity of Korean BBQ and Sriracha, we wanted to join in on all the fun and produce some of these unique flavor trends on our own, with an added twist.

Bringing this type of innovation in-house can certainly pose a challenge. Looking at the bottom line throughout the entire process, every failed attempt at “getting it right” is money spent. Add to this the challenge of seeking out facilities to produce your small-batch flavor on a larger scale. Why not allow the creators of your custom blend to oversee and produce it on a large scale?

A strategic partnership is not going to be the best fit for every company in every instance. However, when faced with a decision to tackle this on your own or allow our flavor-craftsmen to tackle it for you, consider bringing on a talented team that has done this for nearly 25 years. 

We learn much and innovate often – Allow us to use this knowledge to create value for you!

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Food Truck Inspired Cuisine with Our Korean BBQ Flavor

Posted on Mon, Jul, 2014@ 02:30 PM

With our Korean BBQ sauce mixture and dry rub, you can taste the balance of ginger, garlic and soy. The possibilities are endless for this on-trend flavor, use it as a  snack seasoning, marinade and even a dry rub.

Korean BBQ tacos are credited by some as kicking off the food truck trend in large cities, such as Los Angeles. We invite you to invoke the creativity and flavor that has catapulted food trucks to recent fame. 

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First, let us customize this blend for you. You can add other fruit extracts or peppers to make this uniquely your own, modifying this flavor as a sauce or as a dry rub. 

Go for an easy crowd pleaser, and use our Korean BBQ sauce on chicken wings or short ribs. Or try the ever-popular Korean BBQ tacos, and don’t forget the Sriracha on the side! 

No matter where you live, this flavor is sure to be a hit on or off the truck. Did you know? 

  • Food trucks are the fastest growing dining industry in the country, with an average growth rate of 8.4% a year
  • Food truck revenue is expected to quadruple to $2.7 billion by 2017
  • 2.5 billion people eat street food every day
  • Kogi Korean BBQ was named one of the top five food trucks in Los Angeles – and has over 127,000 followers on Twitter 

What are your favorite food truck flavor trends

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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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Super-Sized Eating for the Super Bowl

Posted on Thu, Jan, 2014@ 03:00 PM

With Super Bowl XLVIII set to kick off this weekend, sports fans across the country are gearing up for the second biggest eating holiday behind Thanksgiving, according to the USDA. 

Surprisingly, vegetables top the list of most common foods eaten at home during the Super Bowl. That’s a lot of celery sticks to go with the 100 million pounds of chicken wings consumed!

Along with boasting the year’s highest quantity of chicken wings, here are a few more fun facts about super-sized eating on Super Bowl Sunday: 

  • 32% of people say they plan on eating some type of snack during the game
  • 11.2 million pounds of chips will be crunched, in the form of 4 million pounds of fat, nationally
  • 48 million Americans will pick up the phone to order take-out or delivery
  • 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat will be chomped by the average fan
  • 62.5% of game viewers will grill their halftime treats

In honor of the unofficial day of dipping, grilling and snacking, our R&D team has created a new signature seasoning – Creole & Green Onion.

We’ve taken your classic creole seasoning and added a hint of fresh green onion. The result? This multipurpose seasoning can be used on snacks, blended into burgers for a special zip, used to create a dip, or add an interesting flavor profile to a chicken marinade.

Contact us today for a sample and application use. Then kick back and enjoy the delicious eats that pair so well with football!

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