Essiespice Essential Spice Collection Giveaway {Closed}

The giveaway is closed – a winner has been chosen

I’m really excited about this Essiespice Essential Spice Collection giveaway and I’m hoping that you’ll be too!

I’m a spice girl (no, I wasn’t part of the nineties girl group, although I’m all about girl power too), for as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated with spice and herbs; the smell, texture, colour and how they imbue flavour, warmth, aroma and life into our food.

We’re generally not heavy spice users where I’m from, we season our meals sparingly and knowingly with local spices, herbs, cured fish, smoke, fermented seeds, etc.

Essiespice Roasted Vegetables with Blood Oranges

We learn about spicing and flavouring by watching the women in our households cook, and from our neighbours.
I have memories of my grandmother grinding grains of Selim and ginger for her soups just like her grandmother had done. My mom would fry a pungent leaf in her oil to flavour her stews, a tip she’d picked up from a neighbour.

Discovering Essiespice was a little like discovering that neighbour who not only shares her trusted flavourful blends, but teaches you how to use them effectively too.
The founder Essie, is a spice girl too; a ‘mixtress’, who has parlayed her love for mixing and blending, which naturally began after watching her mother cook, into a unique spice and sauce brand.

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Essiespice Spiced Rice and Beans

The spices and sauces are seductive, flavourful and fragrant with catchy fun names, I fell in love with them in stews, roasted veggies, soups and salads, and anything that needs a boost.
These aren’t just spices, they’re a fusion of sophisticated flavours; ginger, star anise, guava, tamarind, cinnamon, coconut, mango, chilli peppers and others, carefully selected, matched and blended into exciting sauces and spice mixes.

I’m partnering with Essiespice to give away their Essential Spice Collection, one lucky winner gets to try the heady Coco-for Garlic, warm Mango Chili Medley, aromatic Meko Dry Rub and the exotic TamarindOh

To enter, simply fill out the form below and tell me what your favourite spice is in the comments section.
The winner will be chosen next week (don’t forget to leave your email address so you can be contacted).
Good Luck and thank you for playing!

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  • Reply Kelly Tupick

    My favorite spice that i love to work with the most is bay leaf, it really changes the tastes of my soups.

    8 July, 2015 at 5:01 am
  • Reply grace

    i don’t think i’d care to live in a world without cinnamon. 🙂

    8 July, 2015 at 7:20 am
  • Reply barbara newman

    I love your blog and I am so excited to see Essiespice on here! I am addicted to the mango chili – seriously. I always use peppercorns, cloves and anise seed in my stews. I don’t think there is a spice I don’t like although too much white pepper disagrees with my taste buds. I discovered tarragon for fish a few years ago and I can’t cook any seafood without it now.

    8 July, 2015 at 7:36 am
  • Reply KK

    Such lovely photos! I would love to try to the Meko Dry Rub. It is really great to see wonderful women partner up! Go girl power! 🙂

    8 July, 2015 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply Kristina Leezer

    My favorite spice is smoked paprika.

    9 July, 2015 at 8:19 am
  • Reply DJohnson

    I love turmeric.

    9 July, 2015 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Tyneisha

    My favorite spice is paprika!

    9 July, 2015 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Wen Budro

    My favorite spice is garlic. This spice collection sounds wonderful.

    9 July, 2015 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Heather Hanson Hardy

    It’s hard to pick. They are look wonderful, but I would have to say mango chili medley!

    9 July, 2015 at 11:46 am
  • Reply David Fultner

    I like cuurry.

    9 July, 2015 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    The Tamarind Oh reminds me of home big time.

    9 July, 2015 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Monica

    Cinnamon! Excellent for baking, and cooking in the Fall season.

    9 July, 2015 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Johanne LaurinCaston

    My favorite spice is paprika!

    9 July, 2015 at 2:55 pm
  • Reply danielle nantau

    That’s a definite tie between garlic, tamarind, and bay leaf

    9 July, 2015 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Teresa Russo

    So hard to pick my favorite spice, but currently it’s ghost pepper. I have ghost pepper salt and this home made ghost pepper garlic blend that is to die for!

    9 July, 2015 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Emily Zu

    Difficult decision, it would be either garlic or rosemary! 🙂

    9 July, 2015 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply lanaechristina

    Garlic is my favorite spice to use!!! I think I use garlic in every single dinner I make!!!

    9 July, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply dante gorruso

    my fav is Meko Dry Rub;

    9 July, 2015 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply dante gorruso

    Meko Dry Rub;

    9 July, 2015 at 7:49 pm
  • Reply sarah k.

    It’s hard to pick just one i really like to use basil,cinnamon,fennel,garlic,lemongrass…..

    9 July, 2015 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply tantip1

    My favorite spice is nutmeg, I just love it.

    9 July, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Linda Bradshaw

    I am a paprika fan. I like garlic too.

    9 July, 2015 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply Deborah Caudill

    Cinnamon is probably my favorite spice. I look forward to trying the Mango Chili Medley.

    10 July, 2015 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Theresa C.

    My favorite spice is turmeric! We are wild about garlic too 😉

    10 July, 2015 at 12:47 am
  • Reply Morgan Watson


    10 July, 2015 at 1:56 am
  • Reply Brenda Penton

    My favourite spice would be cumin

    10 July, 2015 at 4:03 am
  • Reply dorcontest

    I have so many. Some are garlic powder, celery and savory. DOREEN LAMOUREUX

    10 July, 2015 at 5:07 am
  • Reply heyjudette


    10 July, 2015 at 5:22 am
  • Reply Vesper Meikle

    Love garlic

    10 July, 2015 at 5:35 am
  • Reply Julia

    sweet paprika

    10 July, 2015 at 6:49 am
  • Reply laroyal06

    I love cinnamon!

    10 July, 2015 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Lindsey

    Probably garlic

    10 July, 2015 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Lisa Williams

    co-co-For-Garlic would be my favorite,we love garlic,we use it in almost everything we cook.

    10 July, 2015 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Bo Simms

    My favorite of the spices is Coco-For-Garlic. I love garlic and use it daily, it’s also a natural antibiotic.

    10 July, 2015 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Kathy Rose

    Onion & garlic is our favorite to use on almost everything.

    10 July, 2015 at 8:53 am
  • Reply julie murphy

    I like cumin.

    10 July, 2015 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Kaitlyn Carlson

    I have a serious addiction to Cinnamon.

    10 July, 2015 at 9:40 am
  • Reply Anne

    Ginger is my favorite. I use in savory or sweet creations or just for refreshing tea.

    10 July, 2015 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Carson

    I am definitely a garlic lover so I would be most interested in trying the Coco-for Garlic spice. That being said, I also love mango (Mango Chili Medley sounds amazing) and I need a good dry rub as well. I’m always open to trying new things and the exotic TamarindOh definitely sounds exotic. Thanks for offering this! 🙂

    10 July, 2015 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Pang

    Essiespice looks so yummy, Elsa I could do so much with them, esp. TamarindOh. 🙂

    Love your photos as always 🙂

    10 July, 2015 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Anne Derkat

    I make a lot of soups and use a lot of cumin.

    10 July, 2015 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Erin Marie

    Chili Powder.

    10 July, 2015 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Alison Braidwood

    I love coriander/cilantro. Especially fresh cilantro in salads.

    10 July, 2015 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Amie George

    My favorite spice is a toss up between garlic and cumin

    10 July, 2015 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Bre

    A favorite spice? Yikes! I am also a spice girl, Lol I spice everything, I do love Rosemary though, and there is an abundance in my garden right now!

    10 July, 2015 at 10:40 am
  • Reply shaunie

    I would have to say that it is thyme

    10 July, 2015 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Aarone Mawdsley


    10 July, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply kathy cassinelli

    i love basil but it is not the only good spice there are so many that i cant possibly choose one

    10 July, 2015 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Tracey Critchley

    Definitely Garlic!

    10 July, 2015 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Anthony

    I like black pepper. I’m simple like that.

    10 July, 2015 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Robyn B.


    10 July, 2015 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply debbie_suburbsanity

    That is such a tough question. Right now I use a lot of cumin.

    10 July, 2015 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Brooke Mechelle

    I use garlic like I’m on the set of Twilight!

    10 July, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply Rowena

    Im deloveping a taste for tamarind i even go to the little store to buy the candy made of tamarind

    10 July, 2015 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Jaime Brown

    We use a lot of garlic in almost everything we cook, I would love to try the mango chili melody.

    10 July, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply hangontite2000

    I use tons of garlic so that is my favorite along with nutmeg and cinnamon

    10 July, 2015 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Tina W

    Garlic and black pepper are the top two on my list.

    10 July, 2015 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply Mer

    Yum! I love trying new spices. My favorite is cinnamon, as it is so versatile.

    10 July, 2015 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Sylvana

    I love Garlic!

    10 July, 2015 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Neil

    I like black pepper

    10 July, 2015 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Thornton

    Garlic and the 2nd runner up is black pepper!

    10 July, 2015 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply vand

    my favourite spice is nutmeg

    11 July, 2015 at 7:42 am
  • Reply throuthehaze


    11 July, 2015 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Liberty

    sage and rosemary

    11 July, 2015 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Steph

    My fav spice is cumin

    11 July, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Tabby72

    I love cardamom for my Indian cooking!

    11 July, 2015 at 10:56 am
  • Reply ksceviour

    Garlic powder s my favorite spice

    11 July, 2015 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Cherie Varrin

    My favorite spice is Italiano spice.

    11 July, 2015 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Allyson Tice

    my favorite spice is CUMIN! love it!

    11 July, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

    Garlic is ours

    11 July, 2015 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply latanya t


    11 July, 2015 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Robin Wilson

    My favorite spice is garlic.

    11 July, 2015 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Mel Borhi

    I love basil

    11 July, 2015 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply adriana

    Nutmeg and cinnamon

    12 July, 2015 at 1:53 am
  • Reply Brigitte Bauman

    Cumin because it helps with digestion.

    12 July, 2015 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Jessica Rose

    I’m going to have to go with cinnamon! I have it everyday in my coffee! 😉

    12 July, 2015 at 10:25 am
  • Reply William Thomas

    My favorite spice is garlic.

    12 July, 2015 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Emily C

    I love pepper!

    12 July, 2015 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Andrea Amy

    I love garlic, and seasonings like thyme, sage, basil etc.

    12 July, 2015 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Amy Lovell

    My fave spice is cinnamon!

    12 July, 2015 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply al

    Cinnamon, definitely.

    12 July, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Serena Debolt

    Rosemary – so good on chicken and pork

    12 July, 2015 at 9:06 pm
  • Reply Cricket Sosa

    I love love love basil!

    12 July, 2015 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Surso S.

    basil and oregano

    12 July, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Heidi Embrey

    My favorite spice is probably garlic. Thanks 🙂

    13 July, 2015 at 12:29 am
  • Reply aly3360

    Cumin is my favourite spice and the Mango Chili Medley sounds delicious.

    – amber y

    13 July, 2015 at 1:03 am
  • Reply Laurie Nykaza

    My favorite spice is the cinnamon!

    13 July, 2015 at 3:22 am
  • Reply Edmond Leung

    OMG, my fave: garlic. Divine. Wow, prize
    spice is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is
    tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the
    contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been
    nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here
    desperately needs the spice to cook and eat. A life changing

    13 July, 2015 at 3:23 am
  • Reply seham


    13 July, 2015 at 6:42 am
  • Reply Hanna Marra

    Cilantro or Garlic

    13 July, 2015 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply curt

    garlic would have to be my favorite, but like the meko dry rub

    13 July, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply 12carebear

    I love all spices , my fave would be Cinnamon and allspice . Carey Hurst

    13 July, 2015 at 5:43 pm
  • Reply Josie

    I love cinnamon

    13 July, 2015 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Gabrielle

    My favorite spices are cumin & chili powder!

    13 July, 2015 at 6:50 pm
  • Reply sand2010


    13 July, 2015 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Josh

    I enjoy any and all spices. Some of my favourites are garlic, chili, curry, etc.

    13 July, 2015 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Julie Waldron

    My favorite is garlic.

    14 July, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply SBY616

    My favorite spice is salt and pepper….you cannot live without it

    14 July, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Chloé Chartrand-Joly

    Coriander 🙂

    14 July, 2015 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Mary Vantil

    We love garlic Thanks for the chance!

    14 July, 2015 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Kim Avery

    The Coco for Garlic would be a hit in my house!

    14 July, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply Rom Kruse

    It really depends on the dish, but salt and pepper

    14 July, 2015 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Serena Powell

    I love cayenne pepper. I’ll put it in pretty much anything.

    14 July, 2015 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply JaLisa

    My favorite is mint.

    14 July, 2015 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply JaLisa

    My favorite is tamarind.

    14 July, 2015 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Karrie Millheim

    Garlic salt

    14 July, 2015 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Vanessa Madrigal

    I love garlic!

    15 July, 2015 at 3:28 am
  • Reply Cassy


    15 July, 2015 at 5:24 am
  • Reply liz l

    Onion spice or garlic

    15 July, 2015 at 7:24 am
  • Reply MissTreeTop

    Add me to the list of loving garlic!

    15 July, 2015 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Krazekatlady

    My favorite spices often change. Right now I am really into cinnamon.

    15 July, 2015 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply ClickClick

    I’m a garlic lover. Onions also.

    15 July, 2015 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

    If it’s a “savory” dish ~ it has to have GARLIC! (But we grow lots of herbs: Rosemary, Sage, Basil, Thyme, Dill (to name just a few!) Also use A LOT of Ginger & Cinnamon!
    Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

    15 July, 2015 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Crystal Marie Porter

    Onion or garlic, I also use a lot of cinnamon, summer savory too, curry, cayenne… ginger… it just depends on what I’m making.

    15 July, 2015 at 6:31 pm
  • Reply Danielle Magee

    I would love the Tamarind-OH!

    15 July, 2015 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Jasmine Patterson

    I love Garlic! On almost anything!

    15 July, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Camille Hector

    I’m nuts about nutmeg!

    15 July, 2015 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply KK

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m so excited! Can’t wait to try it!

    17 July, 2015 at 11:05 am
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