Spice Drops®, the unique range of concentrated extracts of herbs and spices revealed a fresh, inspiring new look at the recent Food & Drinks Expo.
The new packaging is contemporary, fresh, simple, and fun with an elephant (which underlines the product’s Indian origins) joyfully stamping in a splash of colour which is symbolic of a burst of flavour. There is a clear message about the usage on the packs and each one also includes a recipe and tells the story of the product.
Made using fresh produce from local farms in Kerala, India, (except for the saffron which is sourced from Iran), Spice Drops® can be used in drinks to add flavour to teas, coffees, smoothies or cockails, and are ideal for use in cooking, be it in curries, gravies or sauces, for flavouring chocolate and even in baking. By simply adding a drop of the relevant Spice Drops® rather than dried herbs or spices, the recipe is transformed with an authentic, fresher, more intense flavour.
The product was launched in the UK in 2013 and has slowly but surely been growing a fan base including celebrity chefs such as Nigella Lawson, Tom Kerridge, Anthony Worrall Thompson, Atul Kochhar and Cyrus Todiwala who have all praised the Spice Drops®. A number of products in the range have won Great Taste Awards in 2015 including Rose, Saffron, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Cardamom and the Mulling Spices.
Spice Drops® have a three year shelf life, guaranteed to retain their intensity ensuring consistent flavouring with more reliable results than dried herbs or spices which lose their flavour very quickly. In addition, Spice Drops® are flexible and can be added at any stage of the cooking process to ensure the optimum level of flavour is attained. Spice Drops® retain their intensity for up to 3 years, ensuring consistent flavouring with more reliable results than dried herbs or spices which lose their flavour very quickly. The extracts are easy to use with clear instructions on the equivalent number of drops to leaves of peppermint, pods of cardamom or strands of saffron, for example. They remove the need to grind, grate, chop or measure out, saving valuable time in a commercial kitchen. For caterers the Spice Drops® come in packs of bottles measuring 100ml, 500ml, 1 litre or 5 litres, however custom sizes can be made too.
With the growing consumer emphasis on health and provenance, Spice Drops® tick both these boxes too. They are not only natural and contain no artificial colouring, flavouring or preservatives, but the range is gluten free, vegan and contains no sugar or salt. Spice Drops® are also ethically sourced and ethically produced; the products are handmade in the factory in Kerala which is a women’s enterprise employing mainly disadvantaged women who have been marginalised due to personal circumstances. In a traditionally male dominated society, employment in the factory gives these women much needed self-confidence and independence, making a true difference to their lives.
The newest addition to the range is Orange Spice Drops® – just four drops are the same as adding the zest of half an orange to any recipe. They are made from fresh oranges grown and pressed in India and are more versatile than orange oil because they blend easily with any liquid. This means they can add the ‘just squeezed’ taste of fresh orange rind, intensifying the orange flavour in any dish without increasing the volume of liquid.