Supporting a small food ingredients company

by Steven Dotsch in London, England, United Kingdom

Supporting a small food ingredients company
We did it
On 15th June 2020 we successfully raised £265 with 9 supporters in 56 days

To receive orders ready to be delivered once lock down has finished, enabling me to purchase spices and packaging materials required.

by Steven Dotsch in London, England, United Kingdom

What is speculaas spice

The inspiration to launch my Dutch grandmother's recipe of delicious, warm and sweet tasting speculaas spice mix some five years ago came from my love of eating truly authentic Dutch Speculaas-spiced windmill biscuits.

Our definitive sweet tasting spice mix can be used in most recipes instead of regular cinnamon where it is the main flavouring ingredient both in sweet as well as savoury dishes.


Brendan Lynch - GBBO finalist:

  • "I am happy to recommend vandotsch speculaas spice for a wide range of cakes. The vandotsch speculaas mix contributes a lovely combination of flavours that adds warmth and the urge to have another slice – always a good indicator!"

John Holland - Baker on Board:

  • "I love using vandotsch speculaas spice mix in my kitchen; the warming flavour enhances each bake that I use it in. It also perfumes the air with its comforting aroma and that instantly makes me feel reassured." 

Sarah Cooper - Author at Pocketful of Rye:

  • "The Speculaas Spice Company should be hailed as a very special enterprise. The amount of work they have done to allow people to recreate Speculaas biscuits is incredible; alongside their perfect and thoroughly blended spice creation and their carefully created wooden moulds, they provide newbies with instant baking expertise and an opportunity to delve into the delicious world of Speculaas biscuits."

What went wrong

All went well, until Covid-19 struck, threatening not just my business, but my weakened immune system too.

Never in a million years could I ever have imagined that we would be in the midst of a global pandemic right now, with my needing to shield for at least three months at home.

Deliveries have re-started

The upshot of all this is that although my website is ‘open’, deliveries were on hold until I can safely leave the house to go to the post office. 

I am thankful to my son Alex that he is willing to go to the post office, once a week. So, dispatching has started again, on Fridays.

Why am I Crowdfunding

The money I hope to raise is to enable me to finance the purchase of spices and packaging materials in order to be ready to deliver whenever lock down has finished. 

What is the 'deal'

For each £25 you pledge now towards your next purchase at my website I add a pack of vandotsch speculaas spice mix so that you can enjoy our spice mix in more bakes, cakes, ice creams and desserts.

Even better, if you pledge £50 now towards your next purchase I add a pack of vandotsch speculaas spice mix and an orange windmill cutter so that you can enjoy your own windmill biscuits infused with our speculaas spice mix.

What happens next

Once you have made your pledge your amount will be added to the amounts pledged from others. Until the campaign ends in June your pledge sits in an 'escrow' account at CrowdfunderUK's payment provider. 

Once the campaign ends your pledge amount will be transferred into our account. At that moment, I will email you with the relevant discount code which you can use in your next purchase at our website. 

Note: the discount code will lapse on December 1st, 2020. So, make sure to order before then.

Please pledge now.

Much appreciated!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further clarification.

Happy speculaas spice baking times ahead!

Stay safe!


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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 voucher + bonus vandotsch spice mix

Pledge £25 today and you'll receive a £25 voucher to spend with us PLUS we'll reward you with a bonus pack of vandotsch speculaas spice mix to go with it.

£50 or more

£50 voucher + vandotsch bundle

A £50 pledge will get you a £50 voucher for you to spend at our online shop and we'll even throw in an extra pack of vandotsch speculaas spice mix and a windmill cutter to make authentic Dutch windmill biscuits.

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