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21 Black-Owned Food Brands to Feed Your Body & Soul Right Now

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Amid the pandemic, “the number of working African American business owners in the United States plummeted more than 40 percent,” the Washington Post reported last year. They add that that figure is a “far-steeper drop than other racial groups experienced.” And CBS News reported in April that approximately 95 percent of Black-owned businesses were excluded from the $3 trillion economic stimulus package passed by Congress in an effort to support communities through the pandemic. These statistics are simply not acceptable and we need to do better to support Black-owned businesses. One of our favorite ways to do that is by buying our food from Black-owned food brands.

There are so many incredible products made by Black-owned businesses that are not getting the amount of attention they deserve and we want to change that. So, ahead, we’ve gathered 21 amazing Black-owned food brands that you need to know about—from cookies to coffee. Even better? Some of these brands also give back to nonprofits that support some of our most underserved communities.

Bon AppéSweet

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Founder: Thereasa Black

Bon AppéSweet offers a wide array of chocolates that are sweetened using fruit-based sweeteners, zero processed sugars, and zero sugar alcohols. These tasty confections get their sweetness from dates and you can purchase everything from Deep Dark Chocolate to Sea Salted Almond! Yum! 

Plant-Based Chocolate Bars Variety Pack $47 Buy now Sign Up

Mocktail Club

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Founder: Pauline Idogho

Sure, there are tons and tons of ready-to-drink cocktails available but ready-to-drink mocktails is a different story. Luckily, Mocktail Club is here to the rescue by providing canned mocktails that taste like they were just freshly handcrafted. They offer four delectable flavors and are available to shop right on Amazon !

Mocktail Club Manhattan Berry - 4 pack $25.50 Buy now Sign Up

JD’s Vegan

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Founders: Grammy-winning producer and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Jermaine Dupri.

It is not a myth, vegan food that actually tastes good does exist — if you know where to find it. JD’s Vegan makes some of the tastiest vegan ice cream with a mix of unique flavors like key lime pie and classics like cookies and cream.

Key Lime Pie Vegan Ice Cream $Price Varies Buy now Sign Up

Creamalicious

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If you’re looking for some traditional, non-vegan ice cream, look no further than Creamalicious. Founded by Chef Liz Rogers, Creamalicious offers decadent flavors like Thick as Thieves Pecan Pie and Slap Yo’ Mama Banana Pudding. You can check out all of the flavors and buy them on Creamalicious’ website.

Thick as Thieves Pecan Pie Ice Cream $7.99 Buy now Sign Up

Hot N Saucy

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Founder: Sam Davis-Allonce

Based in Harlem, Hot N Saucy is a collection of sauces curated in small batches that are designed to deliver bright, bold flavors with all-natural ingredients. Our favorite? The Garlic N Peperoncini hot sauce.

Garlic N Peperoncini Hot Sauce $14.95 on Amazon.com Buy now Sign Up

Callaloo Box

Founders: Malika and Jamila Augustine

Founded in 2017, the Callaloo Box is a subscription box featuring the flavors of the Caribbean. In the box, you’ll find seasonings, condiments, hot sauces, beverages, and more. They also have a snack shop, where you can buy products a la carte.

Callaloo Box $39.99 Buy now Sign Up

Iya Foods

Founder: Toyin Kolawole

Spice and sauce aficionados will love Iya Foods, which sells everything from flours and baking mixes and spices and seasonings to dried hibiscus flowers and whole-food powders. Founded in 2015, Iya Foods not only promotes nourishing African-inspired ingredients but also supports job creation via buying local when possible and sourcing from growers who use environmentally responsible methods.

Hibiscus flower powder pack $4.99 Buy now Sign Up

Berhan Grains

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Founders: Ermeyes and Betlehim Ghebrreselassie

Teff is a naturally gluten-free, nutrient-packed ancient grain discovered more than 10,000 years ago in the Ethiopian Highlands. Thanks to entrepreneur couple, Ermeyes and Betlehim, you can order this versatile grain and get it delivered directly to your home. Berhan Grains’ website also boasts plenty of recipes that use the grain, from pancakes and cookies to pizzas and bread.

Teff flour $23 Buy now Sign Up

Southern Culture

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Founder: Erica Barrett

From banana pudding pancakes to garlic and herb stone-ground grits to bacon and bourbon praline rubs, Southern Culture makes making southern food easy.

Banana pudding pancake & waffle mix $7.99 Buy now Sign Up

Glory Foods

Founder: Bill Williams

Founded in 1992 in Columbus, OH, Glory Foods is your go-to for Southern-style veggies, including green beans, black eye peas, and more. They also sell hot sauce, fruits, and muffin mixes. Use Glory Foods’ store locator to find their products near you.

Southern Girl Desserts

Founders: Catarah Coleman & Shoneji Robinson

Coleman and Robinson combined their family recipes to create Los Angeles, CA-based Southern Girl Desserts. If you’re in the area, you can get their mouthwatering cupcakes, cakes, pies, cookies, and more delivered directly to your doorstep. Those who aren’t in the area, though, don’t fret; you can get their sweet potato bundt cake, pecan pie, and sweet potato pie shipped to your home.

Sweet potato bundt cake $55 Buy now Sign Up

Sweet Dames

Founder: Genelle Drayton

Sweet Dames Artisan Confection is Drayton’s homage to the Bahamian coconut sweets she used to eat as a kid. On her website, you can order macaroon bites in various flavors, like pineapple coconut, salted caramel coconut, and chocolate-dipped coconut. But it’s her Cherry Jubilee CocoMallow Sandwiches we highly recommend trying.

Cherry Jubilee CocoMallow Sandwich $18 Buy now Sign Up

McBride Sisters

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Founders: Robin and Andréa McBride

California-based McBride Sisters is the largest African-American-owned wine company in the country. Not only do they have seven different wines from which to choose, but McBride Sisters also sells a canned wine called SHE CAN, which promotes the professional advancement of women in the wine industry. And so far, they’ve awarded nearly $40K in scholarships to women.

SHE CAN Rosé $7.50 Buy now Sign Up

Golde

Founders: Trinity Mouzon Wofford and Issey Kobori

Founded in 2017, Golde is an independent, Brooklyn-based brand that makes superfood-boosted health and beauty products, including an organic turmeric latte blend, a superfood latte kit, and more.

Original Turmeric Latte Blend $29 Buy now Sign Up

Partake

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Founder: Denise Woodard

In search of gluten-free, vegan, allergy-friendly, super-delicious cookies? Partake sells just that, from chocolate chip and carrot cake to ginger snap and birthday cake cookies.

Crunchy variety pack (5 boxes) $24.99 Buy now Sign Up

Sanaía

Founder: Keisha Smith Jeremie

On Shark Tank, Jeremie proved applesauce is not just for kids. Available at Walmart in flavors such as guava, lavender pear, blackberry, ginger, and tamarind, Sanaía applesauce is made with green apples versus red varieties. “We also include actual wedges of baked apples in every jar and our flavors are authentically island-inspired,” Jeremie tells Black Enterprise. You can find Sanaía in more than 500 Walmart locations on the east coast.

Capital City

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Founders: Charles and Arsha Jones

If you haven’t had Capital City‘s mambo sauce, you better order some stat. Since it was founded in 2011, the Washington, D.C.-based company’s mambo sauces, which include mild and sweet-hot, has amassed a cult-like following, and people use it everything from wings to fries. And once you try it, it’ll become a staple in your kitchen, too.

Sweet hot mambo sauce $6.99 Buy now Sign Up

BLK & Bold

Founders: Rob Johnson and Pernell Cezar

When you purchase a bag of specialty coffee from BLK & Bold, you’re not only supporting the Iowa-based coffee and tea company, but you’re also supporting the initiatives they’ve aligned themselves with, including nonprofits aimed at supporting youth in need.

Dark roast blend (12 oz.) $15.89 Buy now Sign Up

Brooklyn Tea

Founders: Alfonso Wright and Jamila McGill

For a high-quality, organic, fair trade cup of tea, Brooklyn Tea has just what you need — and then some. Their best-sellers include unique flavors such as cucumber melon green, cream earl grey, Kyoto cherry rose sencha, and more.

Kyoto cherry rose sencha (3 oz.) $15.99 Buy now Sign Up

Love Cork Screw

Founder: Chrishon Lampley

Love Cork Screw is about more than just wine — though, all six of their vegan wines are pretty great. They also sell wine-scented body butter, apparel, candles, and more.

Touch the Sky Niagara wine $14.99 Buy now Sign Up

Joe’s Gourmet

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Founders: Joe & Patricia

Joe’s Gourmet takes the hard work out of fish frying by offering a delicious, premade and slightly more healthy fish fry coating. Although it’s called Fish Fry, it’s equally delicious on chicken and vegetables too.

Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry, Seafood Breading Mix, As Seen on Shark Tank, 12 Oz $39.99 on Amazon.com Buy now Sign Up

 

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