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Hot Cocoa Ice Cream

Posted 12/18/2016


We believe it's safe to say that hot cocoa is one of your favorite treats during the holiday season. That said, we decided to experiment with hot cocoa and turn it into something a little bit more. We decided to make hot cocoa ice cream littered with marshmallows. This is a brilliant way to enjoy hot cocoa all winter long and beyond!


  • 3 c. heavy cream
  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup to ½ cup of Spice Merchant’s hot cocoa (we recommend Almond Caramel)
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows, plus more for garnish


  1. Beat heavy cream until it begins to thicken
  2. Mix condensed milk, Spice Merchant’s Hot Cocoa and mini marshmallows
  3. Transfer ingredients into a 9 x 5” loaf pan. Smooth the top with a spatula and top the mixture with additional marshmallows.
  4. Freeze until firm, 5-6 hours.
  5. When ready to enjoy, let sit for 10 minutes to soften before serving



Cranberry Orange Muffins

Posted 11/24/2016

This is the perfect fall inspired recipe! The tartness from the cranberries combined with the sweet citrus taste from the orange makes this recipe a great addition for your Thanksgiving Day meal!

This recipe is easy to follow, and your family and friends are sure to love them!



To get started, pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and pink Himalayan salt from Spice Merchants

  • Stir in 1 cup of chopped cranberries to dry ingredients

  • In a small bowl, add 1 egg (beaten), 3/4 cups of orange juice, 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and 1.5 teaspoons of Spice Merchants Orange Zest

  • Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix well.

  • Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and fill 3/4 full

  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned

  • Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!


  • 2 cups flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar (we have a HUGE selection to choose from!)

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped cranberries

  • 1 egg

  • 3/4 cup of orange juice

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

  • 1.5 teaspoon Spice Merchants Orange Zest

These muffins are so delicious and will add a festive taste and look to your Thanksgiving Day meal!


Easy Crockpot Homemade Applesauce

Posted 10/24/2016

This homemade applesauce is super easy to make. With only TWO basic ingredients, no sugar added (unless you want) and no peeling necessary, it makes this recipe a Fall touchdown! 

With Fall being here, most families visit an apple orchard at least once to commemorate this beautiful season. Recently, one of our own visited an orchard and grabbed two types of apples:  McIntosh and Crimson Crisp. Orchard grown apples always makes the best applesauce in our opinion. There certainly is something quite magical about picking out your own apples to use in your recipe verses buying some from a local grocery store.

What's great about this recipe is that you can customize is quite easily. We opted for no added sugar, but we suggest to those that like their applesauce a bit sweeter to include our Spice Sugar blend. You also have the option to peel or not peel the apples. This batch we opted out of peeling the apples creating a thicker applesauce.

Check out this easy recipe below with step-by-step instructions:


  • 6 apples
  • 1/2 tsp ground Spice Merchant’s Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water


1.    Slice the apples into pieces-we recommend using an actual apple slicer that slices it safely for you

2.   Stick them into a Crockpot with 1/2 a cup of water and 1/2 tsp of ground Spice Merchant's Vietnamese cinnamon

3.   Cook on high in a slow cooker for 4-5 hours, or low for 7-8 hours, occasionally stirring and mashing the apples as they cook


  • You can peel the apples for a smoother applesauce
  • You can also blend the chunky applesauce 
  • If you want your applesauce a tad sweeter, add Spice Merchant's Spice Sugar blend to batch while cooking


For those chilly Fall days, resort to this easy homemade applesauce recipe to warm you and your family up.


Mother's Day at Spice Merchants

Posted 05/03/2016

Want to Spice things up this Mother's Day? Let Spice & Tea Merchants help with that!

Did you know that there are 84.5 million Mother’s in the United States? I’m sure you are shopping for more than one of those!

Another fun fact shows what mothers really want for Mother's Day is something homemade or dinner! Well, lucky for you, we have thrown together some homemade Mother's Day gifts and we have the spices and tools to help YOU make her an amazing dinner this Mother's Day! Forget about the flowers and jewelry! This year, instead of buying that special lady in your life something she doesn't want, give her something she is sure to love!

If you stop into one of our stores this week, you're bound to find some special Mother's Day gifts and ideas. On top of our already amazing selection of spices, teas, gift baskets and more, we have prepared something special for that special someone in your life.

In our Saugatuck store, we are bundling 3 Caranda teas for $10! That's a steal, plus we are including a recipe card for cocktails. This special Mother's Day gift will also include a special heart infuser and will be packaged in our store for your convenience!

In our Grand Rapids store, we have built the perfect Mother's Day gift box. We have bundled a ducky tea infuser, a bar of our amazing oatmeal soap, 1 oz of peppermint patty tea, 1 chocolate rose and 2 chocolate truffles. This bundle will come packaged in a cigar box for only $39.95!!

In our Traverse City store, we will have a day packed full of fun. Included in the fun is music trivia all day with Pandora, iced tea samples and dips! Chocolate specials for Mother's Day include buy 4 get one FREE!

In our Ann Arbor location start Mother's Day off right with a free cup of tea for Mom! We'll also showcase our Blooming Tea Buds in an Adagio clear glass teapot - you can watch them unfurl and blossom right in the pot, and enjoy a great cup of tea once they've brewed. If you buy three buds, you get 10% off the Adagio Teapot!

If you're not seeing a Mother's Day package that is exactly what you're looking for, have no fear! Our amazing team at Spice & Tea Merchants is here to help! Let them know what your Mom enjoys, whether spice or tea, and they can customize a beautiful Mother's Day gift basket that is perfect for any mother!

If you want more information on the teas, spices and products we have, feel free to browse our website!

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