Our Story

I'm Raema, the founder of Rockerbox Garlic. I started drying my own garlic and onion powders because I wanted to create real, pure garlic powder that actually tasted like fresh garlic. When I think of fresh garlic, I still think of my grandpa. He and my grandma grew garlic on their farm in Webster, N.Y. for many years — just like his parents and grandparents had. For my grandpa, that garlic was the pride of all his crops, and is what he was known for. The license plate on his pickup truck said “AGLIO,”which means garlic in Italian. I remember the hours he and my grandma would spend peeling and cleaning to reveal the beautiful white bulbs underneath, and the time my great-grandma Rama (my namesake) would spend braiding the long leaves. The rafters of their barn hung with braids of curing garlic. He liked to make me laugh by biting into a raw clove, and would roast them in foil on the grill just so the rest of us could experience the unadulterated taste of pure, homegrown garlic. 

Most garlic and onion powders on store shelves are only about half garlic: the rest is fillers and additives. Their flavor didn't even compare to fresh garlic. But what most people don't know is that pure, fresh seasoning powders boast a flavor even stronger than fresh garlic or onions.  Pure spices have simply been dried and concentrated into a "dust." That's why our garlic & onion powders list only 1 ingredient: they don't contain any additives or fillers that produce an artificial flavor or granular texture. In addition to its line of artisanal garlic powders, Rockerbox is also proud to be the only carrier of different varieties of onion powders. Yellow onion, green onion, and shallot powders each have their own unique flavor profiles, which is why I believe that when you reach for onion powder, you should have the same range of options you would have when you use different types of fresh onions.

Our Mission

There are so many benefits to using pure garlic and onion powder. Almost every garlic powder on grocery store shelves is full of fillers, additives, and is mass-produced from lesser-quality garlic from mega-farms in China. All of our spices are 100% pure — that means no fillers, preservatives, flavorings, or additives of any kind. Our powders are made only from organic U.S.-grown garlic and onions. All of these factors contribute to a very high quality product.

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Where's the name Rockerbox come from?
A "rocker box" is a sifting tool 19th century gold-rushers once used to separate gold nuggets from. I chose this name because like a gold nugget, quality seasonings are hard to come by!

My great-great grandpa, Giuseppe Obbo, emigrated from Sicily to the U.S. in 1914. He and his son, my great-grandfather Calogero (Charles) Obbie, started farming on muckland east and south of Rochester soon after, and into the 1920s. Then Charles and his family, including his son Joseph (my grandpa), had their own farm in Webster, N.Y. Pictured: Joseph and Charles