December 2019 - The Caribbean Christmas Box


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Callaloo Box! And we're very excited! Christmas has always been one of our favorites times of the year.

Some of our best childhood memories are from Christmas in Trinidad. From our mom cleaning and "putting away" the house from top to bottom and the smell of her home made bread in the oven on Christmas Eve night to our Dad with the Christmas ham preparations to our Aunty and Mom making pastelles together while we helped (translation drying the fig leaves) to our Granny excitedly hanging the curtains (complete with frills) that she'd make for our bedroom every year to our grampa strumming his bango and the sound of his voice singing parang, these are memories that we will cherish forever. 

We look forward to sharing and reliving all the memories and feelings of home, family and togetherness that Christmas is about

Malika & Jamila


Christmas in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean is one of the most festive times of the year, with food at the center of the festivities. From the traditional black cake to sorrel to pastelles, this box will give you a taste of a true Caribbean Christmas.

Black Cake

A moist, decadent cake whose key ingredients are dried fruits (prunes, currants, raisins, cherries), rum, brandy and sherry. The fruits are soaked in rum for up to 12 months prior. As the quintessential Caribbean Christmas dessert, it’s customary to offer a slice to guests who visit your home during the Christmas season. It’s best enjoyed with the must-have Trinbagonian Christmas drinks, sorrel or ponche de crème.

Chow Chow (Hot Chow)

A spicy, mustard-based pickled relish containing small chunks of vegetables and tropical fruits most commonly eaten with pastelles and baked ham at Christmas time. But you can be creative and try it with anything! It’s slightly spicy but if you would like to up the spice level, mix with some pepper sauce!

Pepper Sauce

This mustard based pepper sauce is the perfect condiment for the Christmas season. It pairs excellently with pastelles, hot chow & ham.

Dried Sorrel

Boil and sweeten with sugar to make this popular Caribbean Christmas drink. Combine with alcoholic beverages to make your own cocktails! Be sure to add cinnamon sticks and cloves while boiling. 

Corn Meal

One of the main components of pastelles (a popular Trinbagonian traditional Christmas food). Pastelles are perfectly balanced savory delicacies - cornmeal pies stuffed with meat, fish or vegetables seasoned with fresh herbs and flavored with raisins, olives and capers wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf.

Mixed Essence

A combination of several tropical fruity extracts and essences. It makes a wonderful flavoring aid to cakes, ice cream, juice, and Indian sweets. A little goes a long way. Only a few drops are required.


Add authentic Caribbean flavors to your Christmas baking, drinks & cooking with our spices bundle.

Split Channa

Salted fried chickpeas spiced with pepper. It was a popular movie theatre snack in Trinbago back in the 1950s and 60s. Today, it’s a staple especially at Christmas time.

Special Edition Recipe Cards by Caribbean Blogger
HomeMade Zagat

Pumpkin Ponche de Creme
Baked Pastelle Pie

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We are two sisters from Trinidad & Tobago, Malika and Jamila and we founded Callaloo Box in 2017. Callaloo Box is a Trinidad and Tobago & Caribbean subscription box service & online grocery delivering seasonings, condiments, spices, pepper sauces, drinks, snacks and more directly to your door.


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December Theme: The Caribbean Christmas Box

Christmas in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean is one of the most festive times of the year, with food at the center of the festivities. From the traditional black cake to sorrel to pastelles, this box will give you a taste of a true Caribbean Christmas.


  • The Black Cake Company Black Cake
  • Promasa Yellow Corn Flour
  • Matouk's Hot Chow
  • Karibbean Flavours Dried Sorrel
  • CHIEF Mixed Essence
  • Matouk's Calypso Hot Sauce
  • Charles Chocolate Chocolate Bar

Special Edition Recipe Collectors Cards by popular Caribbean Blogger & Foodie HomemadeZagat - Pumpkin Ponche de Crème & Baked Pastelle Pie.

Callaloo Box is a monthly subscription service with no commitment - you can skip a month or cancel at any time. Journey to the Caribbean through the unique condiments, pepper sauces, seasonings, spices & snacks of the region!

Note: Monday 13th December is the suggested order deadline date for delivery before December 25th


  • The final day for new subscribers to sign up for the current month's box is the last day of each month.
  • Subscriptions auto-renew on the 15th of each month and the 15th of every other month for 2 month deliveries.
  • No waiting to receive your first box: We ship One-Time boxes / your 1st box 2-4 days after  purchase & subsequent boxes between the 16-18th of the month. (*Delays due COVID-19 possible*)

One-time purchases
You will receive the current month's box offerings.  You will be charged only once when you purchase.

"More than just spices, Callaloo Box is a journey to the Caribbean packing in 6-8 culinary items in every box, including seasonings and spices, red pepper sauces and other popular condiments, and even a few traditional snack items. A perfect way to enjoy that spicy island vibe throughout the year, add a little bit of that West Indies heat and flavor to all your at-home meal creations."

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