10-Spice Mix Gift Jars + Printable 10-Spice Veggie Soup Recipe!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 21, 2015


If you’re looking for a lightening fast and cost efficient homemade holiday gift, I have just the thing for you!

I love to make homemade food gifts for friends and family around the holidays. It’s fun to give them and all, but mainly, I love having a reason to buy more glass jars. SEE ERIC, I ACTUALLY NEEDED THESE JARS. And cute tags…oh my goodness, the cute tags. I die.

I almost didn’t get a chance to make any homemade gifts this year because the past two weeks have been consumed with the cookbook photoshoot (behind the scenes one, two, three). So, we just started our Christmas shopping/gift planning on Saturday which was fun. Our tree is still not up yet, but it is what it is. We’re squeaking in at the last minute this year, and I’m just going to have to make peace with the fact that the holiday season is never “perfect”. Isn’t it so much better when you just accept that?

My motivation was running a bit low after the excitement of last week, but sometimes inspiration strikes when I least expect it. I got a text from my sister Kerrie on Friday night. She wrote:

“Mixing up your 10-spice mix and putting them in jars with your recipe attached! I’m giving some out for Christmas! How’s that for an idea?”

Then she attached a photo. Immediately, I knew I had to do this.

Then a short while later, I received another text from Kerrie:

“Do NOT touch your face when using the CAYENNE pepper!!!! OH MY GOODNESS!!”

I just about died laughing.

A short while later, another text:

“A frozen face cloth helps.”

She kills me, she really does.

So, a big thanks to Kerrie for this post’s inspiration (and hilarious personality). I love you.

Also, thanks to Eric for being my crafting partner in crime yesterday (he was the one who insisted we do this idea!) and for being the best hand model eva. If you are following me on snapchat, you saw the entire process (as well as the Crispy Almond Butter Cookies from my cookbook)! We had a blast.

The fine print: Do not attempt to use a mixing bowl this small. I only used it for the photo and then promptly transferred the spices into the biggest, baddest bowl I own (a bamboo Caesar salad bowl that could feed 25 people – 3 pics down).


4.9 from 15 reviews

10-Spice Mix Gift Jars

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free


This 10-Spice mix takes just a few minutes to throw together, and it can be used in a variety of dishes, such as soups, stews, pastas, potatoes, salad dressings, and more! I love using it in my 10-Spice Vegetable Soup with Cashew Cream (also see: page 137, The Oh She Glows Cookbook) which is one of my most loved soups of all-time (and a reader favourite, too!) These spice jars make a quick and easy holiday gift that won't set you back much money. Just pair the spice mix with the soup recipe or, if they don't have it, The Oh She Glows Cookbook with the page bookmarked.

7 packed cups of spice mix
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes


  • 2 cups smoked paprika
  • 1 cup garlic powder
  • 1 cup dried oregano
  • 1 cup onion powder
  • 1 cup dried basil
  • 2/3 cup dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup cayenne pepper


  1. Gather 8-9 (3/4 cup/175 ml capacity) glass jars.
  2. Add all of the spices into an extra-large bowl (I used a huge Caesar salad bowl) for easier mixing.
  3. Whisk together all of the spices until thoroughly combined. It takes a while to mix it all together, but keep going until you don’t see any clumps or patches of spice.
  4. Divide the spice mix between small jars using a funnel.
  5. Secure lid, tag, and ribbon on each jar.
  6. Print off the 10-Spice Vegetable Soup recipe and give the recipe (or The Oh She Glows Cookbook) with the jar for a fun gift! Shake the jar before each use.

Nutrition Information


1) To make the soup: If the gift recipient doesn’t have a high powered blender such as a Vitamix (which can get the cashew cream in the soup very smooth), I recommend making a note for them that they can substitute 3/4 cup of cashews for 1/2 cup of raw cashew butter. It’ll blend much easier.


2) I bought my spices in bulk at a bulk food store called Bulk Barn. I also found the jars there too. You can also find small jars for a good price at the Dollarstore.


p.s. – I have a couple exciting tidbits to share today!

– Pinterest selected The Oh She Glows Cookbook for their Pinterest 100 list which features the top trends and predictions for 2016! So cool and exciting. Thank you, Pinterest! Check out the top 100 trend predictions for 2016 here.

– The Oh She Glows Cookbook was selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the Top Cookbook Stories of 2015! You can read the article here.

– I’m hosting a big giveaway on Instagram this week! Up for grabs is a signed copy of my book and a $200 Amazon gift card! See the deets here.

p. p. s. – My jars are from Bulk Barn and they hold 3/4 cup of spice mix. The funnel is from Lee Valley (had it for years and so in love). Tags and ribbon are from Michael’s craft store.

Last but not least, I’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday! Merry Christmas to those of you celebrating later this week. I hope you can enjoy some downtime spent with loved ones, and lots of delicious food! We have a lot of exciting things in the works for 2016 and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thank YOU, as always, for your incredible support and encouragement this year. xo

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janna December 30, 2015 at 10:30 am

I LOVE this idea. Does the cayenne make it very spicy if you’re serving the soup to kids who don’t like heat?



Van.yoga January 11, 2016 at 11:10 am

Such a creative and beautiful gift idea, thanks!
And congrats on the book!
Christmas is over, but tomorrow I will try to do it.


Food Mumbai February 16, 2016 at 2:11 am
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Amazing offer!!! I tried this 10-spice soup after viewing yours… everybody loves it & praises me… Thank you so much… Online food order in Mumbai


RAYNELL February 18, 2016 at 9:29 pm



Tina February 24, 2016 at 1:39 am

This recipe looks absolutely great!!


Sally February 29, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Your spice blend looks awesome! I love the idea of using it on pasta – how would you do it? Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you!


Lovisa Karlsson March 10, 2016 at 8:11 am

All the recipes are looking very yummy and crispy. I want to know all these recipes are healthy or not.


Airyfairycelt March 14, 2016 at 4:34 am
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I love the jars of ready foods in my store. Oldies get tired and when having one of THOSE days it is lovely to reach for the ready cake or spice for rice, chalks, souls or cake but all gf, vegan and healthy. A wonderful idea. I give myself the oresents too! A good lazy day so thank you ?


أفضل جامعة بدبي March 15, 2016 at 6:31 am

incredibly awesome !


Amir Ali March 29, 2016 at 6:33 am
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This is such an incredible thought. Despite everything I have to get around to making my own chai masala since I can’t discover any that I like beside ones from India haha. I’ve been making enormous clumps of my maple spiced pecans to provide for individuals however this is much speedier!


robyn June 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

angela – will be using this for my daughter’s teacher’s present as she finished kindergarten this week and i am in desperate need of a great homemade gift. thanks so much! just wondering where the little jar with metal clips in from in the first photo? i love those jars and have been looking hopelessly for ages. thanks so much!


Emily July 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Weck canning jars


Danielle September 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

In case you want to make a smaller batch, one conversion is:
2 cups = 1 T, 1 cup = 1 1/2 tsp, 2/3 cup = 1 tsp, 1/2 c = 3/4 tsp, 1/3 cup = 1/2 tsp.
This makes 4 1/4 T of spice mix.


Anna Wright October 4, 2016 at 6:54 am

Great work. I never thought one can combine various spices to make a veggie soup. I am definitely going to try this out. Plus I am going to check out your cook book “Oh She Glows” to see what other brand new dishes and spices I can learn about.


Angela Liddon October 4, 2016 at 8:05 am

Hey Anna, I hope you enjoy the soup once you give it a go! :)


Crystal December 3, 2016 at 8:35 am

Love the idea of 10 spice gift jars
When attaching the recipe printout how much of the spice blend would you use for your soup recipe as it is already a bulk mix blend? Thank you
Love your recipes!


Dee Yezbak December 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

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Debbie December 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

Thanks! I love homemade spice mixes. To me, the seasonings either make or break a dish, more so than any meat ever could.


Em July 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm

How does the flavour profile of the spice mix change whether white pepper is included or not? I am asking because I don’t understand why the white pepper is considered optional.
Thanks, Em.


Angela Liddon July 19, 2017 at 9:03 am

Hey Em, The white pepper makes the spice mix spicier (ore heat), but I’ve used it both ways and it always turns out with or without it. It can be hard to find for some readers which is why I’ve made it optional so as to not discourage someone from making it. :) I hope this helps!


Mustapha January 23, 2018 at 8:06 am
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I love this idea.


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