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Kanel has opened its first retail space in the Carrefour Laval shopping centre.

If your spice drawer has been looking a little stale lately, you’re not alone. As a new mom, Kim Wiseman felt frustrated that she no longer had the time to cook flavourful meals, and the ready-made spice blends she found in the supermarket wielded disappointing results. “I’ve always loved experimenting with spices, blending up elaborate curries and grinding fresh ingredients together,” Wiseman says. “I was underwhelmed by blends I found on the grocery store shelves and couldn’t help but notice the lack of freshness and abundance of fillers in many spice blends.”

In 2018, Wiseman founded Kanel, a collection of all-natural salts and spice blends. Taking its name from the word for cinnamon in several Nordic languages, Kanel offers thoughtful, modern spice blends such as Stockholm Lemon & Dill, which can be used on grilled fish, potatoes and eggs, and Sweet & Smoky Salmon, a barbecue rub that balances caramelized brown sugar with mustard and bright citrus and a mellow heat. Their salts include Holy Grail Garlic Salt, a versatile sea salt that adds zesty flavour in a pinch, and Summer Black Truffle Salt for a luxurious, earthy element. “We really try to innovate and push our flavour combinations beyond the classics,” Wiseman says. Equally innovative is its packaging, recyclable cardboard tubes and resealable bags that are 100 per cent compostable. At Kanel’s first retail space in the Carrefour Laval shopping centre, flavour-starved shoppers can sniff and sample their way through Kanel’s spicy offerings, which also include giftable items such as a ceramic mortar and pestle made in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

Kanel, CF Carrefour Laval, 3003 Boulevard le Carrefour, Laval, Que., 450-680-0089,

  • Holy Grail Garlic Salt, $7.Handout

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