Spicy Spuds and Other Stuff custom spice blends were created by a nutritionist, food service director, and entrepreneur. It all started when she was working at her first of three public school districts as a child nutrition supervisor, and later as the director. At one of the school sites she was supervising, she and the kitchen manager noticed that some of students were eating very unhealthy snack foods for breakfast. They discovered the students were purchasing them from a nearby convenience store. In the morning the students were being dropped off in front of the school by their parents. Unbeknownst to them, some of the students were walking to a nearby 7-Eleven store to buy junk food such as Hot Cheetos. While at the store they would open the bag of Cheetos and squirt nacho cheese sauce over them. They were consuming this instead of the healthy choices being offered by the child nutrition department. Some of the items were boiled eggs, string cheese, fresh and canned fruit, homemade muffins, and yogurt that did not contain high fructose corn syrup.
This struck a nerve in her, not just as a child nutrition supervisor but as a parent too. She saw a problem that she felt she could solve. She believed her children and the students she was serving needed and deserved to consume foods that helped to make their bodies grow healthy and strong. But in order for that to happen the foods being offered had to appeal to the students. She started to think about what she could do to make the foods being served in public schools look better, smell better, taste better, and to be healthy too. Hence the concept Spicy Spuds and Other Stuff was born.
She started this journey at home in her kitchen experimenting with different spice combinations. Her goal was to use the highest quality spices and to not add any sodium to her blends. In addition, she wanted to create the most flavorful blends that could be widely used in the food industry. Another goal was to create flavor profiles that are current and applicable for both front of house and back of house use.
After many trials, changes, and ups and downs, she personally developed Spicy Spuds and Other Stuff custom spice blends. She has partnered with Tampico Spice Company, Inc. a leader in the spice manufacturing industry to be her co-packer. Tampico Spice Company is a fourth-generation family run business in the Los Angeles area. They have been in operation for 75 years. Tampico does business in most segments of the food industry including the K-12 school food arena.
Spicy Spuds and Other Stuff is very proud of their affiliation with Tampico Spice Company and to offer our products to individuals, businesses, and partners in the food industry. Spicy Spuds and Other Stuff offers custom spice blends online and through food distribution channels. Our newest venture is with the military. We are now an online preferred merchant offering our custom spices to current and past military personnel. We consider this an honor to be connected to the brave men and women who serve our country!