Friday, November 27, 2020

The Spice Lab's Award-Winning Selection of BBQ Rub and Seasoning Gift Sets Make for a Great Idea for Home Cooks and Foodies! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

A few years ago I was introduced to The Spice Lab, thanks to my holiday gift guide.  I was looking for unique gift ideas for foodies and cooks that would make for a great stand out gift, and found myself stumbling upon the The Spice Lab website, and their wide variety of herbs and spices, salts, and more, available online at  After reaching out to the folks at The Spice Lab, they graciously sent along a spice set for me to review. From that point on, I have been hooked on their spices and regularly gift their spice and tea sets to family and friends.  And, this year, with most gift giving being done through mailed gifts, I wanted to either introduce you to The Spice Lab, or keep them on your radar, as they ship nationwide, and offer a wonderful array of spices and gift sets that are beautifully packaged and ready to gift -- no need to wrap for many of their sets, including the Taste of America, which they recently sent my way to sample and cook with.

A bow is optional -- But, this and other gift sets from The Spice Lab are packaged and ready to gift or send through the mail this holiday season. :-)

The Spice Lab’s Seasoning Collections make great gifts for those who like to cook and try new tastes and flavors, as well as foodies who are looking to expand their palettes and try new seasoning blends.  Tequila lovers will also rejoice when they unwrap pink Himalayan shot glasses (see my previous feature which features these salt shooters) on Christmas morning from The Spice Lab.  So, as you can see, you can get the majority of the people on your holiday shopping list checked off just by visiting and shopping the online The Spice Lab store. :-)  Today, though, I wanted to showcase the different seasoning gift sets available from this woman-owned and family-run business.  

Now I know what you are thinking...what sets these spices and gift sets apart from others online?  First off, The Spice Lab's award-winning line of premium spice blends and rubs are carefully crafted and can transform a simple dinner dish into a flavorful one, that will have the whole family raving about your cooking and how delicious it tastes. :-)  Even though I learned cooking and baking from my mother and Italian grandmother, it wasn't until I was out on my own at college that I started to experiment with herbs and spices. Yes, there were many fails with combining flavors or thinking a certain spice would elevate a dish, but more times than not, I found myself being introduced to unique and flavorful spices that I learned to cook and season with, and continue to use to this day.  The kitchen is my favorite room in the house, and whenever I have extra time to myself, you will usually find me in the kitchen trying out new recipes or just cooking up a tasty meal or baking sweet treats for my family.  I love food, and experimenting with flavors, and thanks to The Spice Lab, I have been able to use premium spices and herbs in my cooking, that really make my dishes pop and wow!

So, when I received the Taste of America gift set the other day from the folks at The Spice Lab, I was excited and couldn't wait to get in the kitchen to try out the four different seasoning blends that make up this collection. Included with the gift set were the following:

  • Key West Seafood - Flavorful blend of onion, garlic, thyme and other spices
  • Everything + More - All the popular bagel toppings plush hot pepper flakes
  • Fiery Southern Charm - Smoky and spicy, adding a little sass to any dish
  • Chicago Chop - Super savory and smoky, perfect for pork chops, ribs and roasts
I have been having so much fun using these four different spice blends.  From adding a flavorful spice blend to shrimp to adding a hint of spice of spice to steak dishes, my family has been loving all the kicked up spice dishes I have been serving them. They have even tried to guess which spices they are tasting in each dish, or which particular spice jar from The Spice Lab I have been using. :-)  What is go great about these spice blends is that a little goes a long way, so these spices will last you through many dishes and recipes. 

In addition to the Taste of American gift set, I was also set a bottle of The Spice Lab's popular pumpkin spice. And, boy have I been having fun using this spice blend in my fall baking.  From pumpkin pies and scones, to pumpkin chocolate chip bread and muffins and even pumpkin spiced pancakes the other day, my family has been enjoying family favorite recipes I have cooked up over the years for them when "pumpkin spice" is in season.  I also was able to try out a few new recipes that I found over at the The Spice Lab website under their recipes tab, including their pumpkin cheesecake bars, which melted in our mouths and left us wanting another bar. :-)  

Like I mentioned in the beginning of my post, I have been a fan of the spices and herbs from The Spice Lab, and usually fill my pantry with their jars.  I will definitely be adding more jars of their pumpkin spice so I have to get me through all my fall and winter baking.  Plus, it gives me an excuse to get in the kitchen to try out new recipes, as I have all these amazing premium spice blends on hand. :-)

If you love to cook or bake, or just love adding a shake here and there of a tasty spice blend, I highly recommend you checking out The Spice Lab website and their product offering. Even if you are a novice cook, or finding that you have to cook more now that you are home with family during Covid, the spices and gift sets are perfect for you, as you can add them to all your dishes -- fish, chicken, steak, pork, etc.  

And, with a vast assortment of recipes and ideas available at The Spice Lab website, you can easily grab a bottle of their spice blend and see what you can cook up and season with this particular blend.  You will have so much fun experimenting with new seasoning blends and spices, and like me, will find yourself loving the premium spice blends from The Spice Lab. Once you give them a try, you will see why I love them, and they are award-winning!  So, what are you waiting for? 

Head on over to The Spice Lab website and browse their gift sets, salts and more, and start checking off all those people on your holiday shopping list. And, be sure to pick up some products for you to try and enjoy, too! :-)

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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