ShopHop is a curated marketplace that provides a platform for budding artisans and food entrepreneurs across the country to showcase their talent and products to the customers through a unique discovery based model.
Every month, ShopHop curates four new artisanal or homegrown brands from across the country, packaged in a box called the Taste Case. It contains samples of detectable delights from each brand’s product line.
Here’s what we have to say about ShopHop’s February Taste Case –
Brownsalt Bakery is an artisanal bakery founded by Divya Adani who believes that consuming healthy ingredients one can lead a healthy lifestyle. The bakery takes traditional healthy ingredients and gives them a modern taste.
Product Line: Signature Chocolate chip & Oatmeal cookies, Cranberry & Oatmeal cookies, Honey infused jar, Banana bread granola, Honey and Hazelnut granola, Almond & Cranberry granola.
In This Box: Brownsalt Honey and Hazelnut Granola
My Take: The classic combination of honey and hazelnut with toasty oats served as healthy delight. What I really liked about this product is that I could get flavours of all the ingredients. I personally love the taste of hazelnut. Combining its flavour with the sweetness of honey, the crunch of toasty oats and a trace of vanilla flavour made this sweet and salty granola a happy munch. So much so that I nibbled on it by itself (rather than tossing it in a salad or atop a yoghurt).
Exotic Healthy Bites is founded by Malti Kotwani. They produce nutritious bites which are sugar-free, delicious and fulfilling sans preservatives or artificial colours. The products are made using all natural ingredients like dates, prunes, figs, apricots, assorted seeds and much more.
Product Line: Apricot Cinnamon Bar, Chocolate Muesli bar, Nut Crunch Date balls, Cocoa and Coconut Date balls, Divine Orange Raisin Pops, Munchies
In This Box: Apricot Cinnamon Bar, Cocoa and Coconut Date balls and Divine Orange Raisin Pops
My Take: While all three of the products were nice, in terms of quality and taste, my favourite was the Cocoa and Coconut Date balls. The balls were made of dry fruits like almond and dates and were coated with coconut. Although the products didn’t ‘wow’ me as such, they were quite healthy and palatable.
My Mom’s Granola is Meenal Patodia’s take on yummy and healthy preservative-free snack. The granolas are packed with superfoods, proteins and good fats so you can crunch away, guilt-free.
I’m Original – Their signature flavour, made with pure desi ghee and honey sourced from Himalayas.
I’m Vegan – Made with cold pressed virgin coconut oil and agave nectar.
I’m Cacao Orange – Made with raw cacao powder and homemade fresh orange peels. It’s vegan too.
In This Box: I’m Original and I’m Cacao Orange
My Take: I loved their signature flavour, I’m Original. The crunch of walnuts and almonds, the texture of flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds and the sweetness of dried berries with honey grew on me day by day. To add to it, the desi ghee actually uplifted the flavour. Since I’m generally running late in the morning, this granola became my favourite on-the-go breakfast.
Cira brand is the brainchild of Mr Yashesh Swami, a well-travelled food enthusiast who intends to spread a healthy movement to counter ever-so-popular fast food world we live in. Their products are freeze dried and have no added preservatives or emulsifiers, in an attempt to maintain fresh and natural taste to the meals.
Freeze Dried Apples, Strawberries, Pineapples
Xpress Meals: Kaju Curry, Paneer Butter Masala, Lasooni Palak, Pav Bhaji
Gujarati Xpress Meals: Surti Undhiyu, Surti Papdi Lilwa, Veg Exotic Masala, Baigan ka Bharta
In This Box: Freeze Dried Pineapples, Xpress Meals Pav Bhaji
My Take: The Pav Bhaji was fantastic! For me, it was the best product in the February Taste Case. The instructions on box were precise. It was a very delicious Pav Bhaji. During my foreign travels, I usually carry at least a couple of ready-to-eat meal packets. No matter which brand you pick, they all have a very peculiar taste which is not appetising. But in a foreign country, where finding vegetarian food can be an issue, they’re the only resort. With a product like Cira’s freeze dried pav bhaji, my woes are solved.