As we settle into a new normal, one thing must still get done: grocery shopping.
Toilet paper has finally been restocked, you can buy flour (in some places) and folks are settling into a masked, socially distant lifestyle. However, as Black-owned businesses are still taking a hit, it’s imperative to buy Black, from your feminine products to your spices. So whether you brave the outside, shop online, or order from Instacart, here are the five Black-owned items to add to your grocery list.
Partake Foods Cookies
If you’ve been snacking like crazy, partake in these vegan cookies.
Founded by Denise Woodard, these crunchy or soft-baked bites are consumed with a peace of mind. Each cookie is allergy-friendly and healthy, made without the top eight allergens (wheat, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish) and gluten. With the help of a hefty investment from Jay-Z, Woodard’s delicious goods have recently expanded into over 1,600 Target stores.
Capital City Mambo Sauce
Travel is put on pause, but you can still get a taste of Washington, D.C. with Capital City Mambo Sauce. The sweet, tangy condiment elevates the flavor of any of your recipes—wings, ribs, pizza, you name it. Owned by Charles and Arsha Jones, the successful sauce received cosigns from well-known names like comedian KevOnStage to award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson.
Now, you can order from your local Target, Wegmans, Walmart, Harris Teeter, and other grocery stores to give your meals the sweet and savory kick they deserve.
The great pancake, french toast and waffle debate can continue, just drizzle Michele’s gourmet syrup over each stack.
The line of delicate sweetness—Butter Pecan, Honey Crème, and Maple Crème—is made from a secret family recipe inherited from owner Michele Hoskins’s great, great, great grandmother. For non-breakfast eaters, there are a dozen or more recipes to try.
Pull up to Safeway, Kroger or Publix for your bottle.
BLK & Bold
Most of us are getting more rest than usual, but we still need our caffeine fix. This game-changing Black-owned coffee company founded by Rod Johnson and Pernell Cezar offers a unique flavor profile from sun-dried coffee beans and fruit. Plus, with this cup of joe, you’re helping the company donate five percent of profits to disadvantaged youth. Products are available now at Whole Foods or Target.
Heritage Link Wine
If you’re drinking more wine to survive self-isolation, you’re not alone. Instead of your fav full-bodied red or dry white, drink Black.
Founded by Khary and Selena Cuffe, Heritage Link Brands is the largest global importer of Black-produced wine from Africa and the diaspora. From the Cuffe’s two vineyards, Seven Sisters and Silkbush, to the shelves of 4,000 retailers, including Walmart and Whole Foods, these bottles will trump your other booze.