National Hispanic Heritage Month has just begun, and with it comes the opportunity to support a slew of small, culinary-minded businesses around the country. Below you’ll find some of our favorites to add to your shopping list, from a Brooklyn bakery shipping chocolate-dunked alfajores nationwide to crispy, crunchy tortilla chips you won’t be able to stop snacking on.
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Hatched out of the same team as beloved Brooklyn bakery Butter & Scotch, Love, Nelly is a new spot inspired by the desserts and snacks founder Stephanie Gallardo grew up eating during summers spent in Colombia and other parts of South America. Bed-Stuy locals can head straight to the bakery for a range of colorful sweets, but for those who don’t call Brooklyn home, Love, Nelly also ships many products from the website, including tres leches cakes, hand-crimped empanadas, and chocolate-dunked alfajores.
Chef Fany Gerson made a name for herself proffering oversized donuts at Dough before establishing her solo project project, a Mexican ice cream and sweet shop. Here, customers can delight in the fruity paletas (fruit- and cream-filled popsicles) Fany enjoyed as a kid in Mexico. La Newyorkina ships an assortment of Mexican sweets through Goldbelly, including creamy and fruity paletas, churros, cookies, and cakes.
Kristopher DeSoto is the brains behind Hiatus Tequila, a brand aimed to bring authentic Mexican tequila to the United States. Raised in Texas, Kristopher found that tequilas south of the border were far different from the ones sold in the United States in taste, ingredients, and practices. Hiatus Tequila is Kristopher’s response to that search, distilled using a traditional, ground-to-glass method.
Beanfields is a plant-based, gluten-free brand that sells a range of your favorite, healthified snacks. Mexican-American CEO Arnulfo Ventura had long searched for a snack that was both healthy and tasty before creating his own made from navy and black beans (think pumpkin pie cracklins and cheddar sour cream bean chips).
Founder Adriana Ayales is an herbalist who hails from Costa Rica. At her Brooklyn store, she educates customers on traditional medicine from Central and South America, proffering everything from hundreds of herbs from around the world to immunity tonics, detox elixirs, and tea accessories, all of which can be ordered online.
Lola’s Cocina is part blog, part online shop. Along with Mexican recipes, the site also sells a number of Mexican-inspired gourmet and artisan goods through Etsy, like handmade salt spoons, jars of salsa negra, and geometric hand-woven napkins.
This Brooklyn bookstore operated by Afro-Panamanian and Latinx feminist Kalima DeSuze serves as a community coffee shop as well. Books can be ordered online, along with culinary merch like mugs and freshly roasted coffee beans.
Panamanian pastry chef Elisa Lyew honed her baking skills at several New York City restaurants before opening her own gluten-free bakery. Nowadays, she ships a handful of her baked goods around the country, including chocolate chip cookies, rounds of carrot cake, and flourless brownies, plus bags of Panamanian coffee.
For years, Dr. Juan Salinas, who hails from Honduras, developed snacks for companies like Kraft and Nestle. But these days, he’s created his own brand and vegan snack called P-nuff Crunch, a baked sweet and savory puff snack made out of peanuts, navy beans, and rice.
Daniella Davis is a personal chef and instructor, as well as an entrepreneur who sells her specially made sauces and spices online. Here, you can stock up on all-purpose spice blends, sofrito, and lavender-infused honey.
Mexican native Gaston Martinez is the founder of IZO, a handcrafted, agave-forward spirits company. The mezcal, which undergoes a lengthy process from harvest to grinding, fermentation, distillation, and filtration, is not to be missed and can be purchased at a number of Costcos and restaurants on the West Coast, along with some online retailers.
Founded by Cristie Besu, a registered nurse and certified sports nutritionist, Eat Me Guilt Free is Cristie’s response to her clients’ struggles for craving something sugary late at night. She wanted to create a product that was sweet—but still healthy—and thus Eat Me Guilt Free was born: a line of high protein and low carb snacks and breads. Choose from things like pumpkin spice brownies and vegan chocolate chip cookies.
This Washington, D.C-based vegan restaurant also operates monthly subscription boxes that deliver thoughtfully curated teas and spice blends to your door. Afro-Latina Dr. Sunyatta Amen, who doubles as an herbalist and vegan chef, is at the helm of the business. Don’t want to subscribe to the shipments? You can still purchase a range of products—from jasmine rose tea to coconut oil—directly from the site.
Vivie and her family operate Brizo Dressing out of Southern California, which boasts a line of vegan-friendly dressings. The salad dressing base, which has been used in her family for over 25 years, is a simple concoction of lemon juice, olive oil, and a handful of herbs and spices, and you can choose between mild and spicy.
Cameron Diaz, who has Cuban heritage, and fashion entrepreneur Katherine Power are the brains behind Avaline Wine. The clean vegan wine brand uses all organic grapes from vineyards in Europe, and the two debut wines include a white and a rosé.
Spanish chef and humanitarianJosé Andres is the owner of several restaurants across the country. His most recent venture includes Mercado Little Spain, a restaurant in New York City, but it also offers a full line of José Andres products, available for purchase online, including Spanish pantry items, cured meats, tableware, and gourmet gift boxes.
Your pantry gets an upgrade with the help of Loisa, named after New York City’s Lower East Side. At Loisa, the Dominican and Peruvian founders Kenny Luna, Scott Hattis, and Yadira Garica offer up classic Latin seasonings and ready-to-heat rices are made without any additives, MSG, or artificial ingredients. Stock up on organic sazón, adobo, and rice mixed with black beans and spices.
For his company, Oscar Ochoa wanted to create something that allowed his mother’s cooking and Mexican history to reside in one place. The result is El Machete, a farmers market stall and online purveyor that serves up everything from salsas, moles, and simmering sauces to slow-cooked beans and spicy condiments.
When founder Veronica Garza turned to a grain-free diet, she still wanted to continue eating her family’s traditional Mexican-American recipes. So she launched her own company of flour- and corn-free tortillas and chips. Siete also offers a line of vegan and paleo products as well, like enchilada sauce, hot sauce, and queso.
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