With her line of handmade sauces and spice rubs, Essie’s mission is to demystify the flavors and nuances of African food. The contents of every jar are inspired by her homeland of Ghana, and the unusual flavor combinations and exotic ingredients are only found in some parts of West Africa. As she explains it, each one is a marriage of flavors that might not make sense in theory but work well together on the palate. For example, coconut and garlic have no business together, but in a sauce, they make an exotic, savory pair. By taking distinct flavors and mixing them in just the right blends, Essie’s created a medley of seasonings, sauces, marinades, glazes and dips that are surprising, and after a taste, might just become essential to your meal plans.