Last summer I spotted a packet of Cape Cod Flavor Co. Smoked Bacon Sea Salt at Sam’s Deli on Brackett Road in Eastham. I was looking for a small, packable gift to bring to someone in California who, due to distance, isn’t able to get to the Cape as often as she’d like. And so I became a purchaser–one for her, one for me. Smart decision. The stuff was absolutely delicious. We sprinkled it on eggs, veggies, hamburgers, roast chicken, barbecued ribs, popcorn…everything that we thought could be enhanced by the flavor of sea salt or bacon–which is, in fact, almost everything.
A company that makes something that good must produce other great stuff, I thought, so I hunted down their web site and learned that they make several other flavors. Next up on my to-try list: Raspberry Chipotle, which probably would be amazing on the rim of a margarita glass, and Thai Ginger, perfect for grilled chicken or shrimp.
The company was launched in March 2013 by Christina Bassett, a Cape Cod resident and married mom of two. Why sea salts? She saw an opening in the market and, like all good entrepreneurs, decided to fill it. During her spare time, after hours at her job as a bartender and server at a local restaurant, she began to do some experimenting in her own kitchen. Bacon Sea Salt was the first flavor she developed and, to this day, has remained the most popular in her product line. That was followed by the introduction of Hot Habanero, Sweet & Smoky, Cranberry, Lemon, Thai Ginger and Raspberry Chipotle.
Last July Christina launched a shop on Etsy, the online worldwide marketplace for handmade food and crafts. Next up on her to-do list: the introduction of dips, rubs, spice mixes and salad dressings to her line of products. She also is launching a Flavor-of-the-Month program that will deliver her gourmet food products to subscribers’ doorsteps. Watch for some of these in Spring 2014.
Cape Cod Flavor Co. naturally-infused sea salts are available in 2-ounce packets for $5.99 or 1-pound packets for $22.
If you’re visiting Cape Cod and want to buy these products in a local store, this list includes retail locations.
Christina developed the following recipe to showcase the flavor of her sea salts:
Roasted Chick Peas: In a small bowl combine 1 can chick peas (drained) with olive oil to lightly coat. Add 1 teaspoon Cape Cod Flavor Co. Smoked Bacon or Hot Habanero Sea Salt. Spread chick peas on a jelly roll pan. Roast in a 350-degree oven for 25 minutes. Serve immediately.