Can you believe it’s almost fall already? The days are getting shorter, nights are cooler, and soon it’ll be back to carpools and homework. Bring that summer feeling into the school year with healthy back-to-school snacks for your kids. There’s no shortage of Colorado-made specialty foods, and below you’ll find some of our favorite lunchbox-ready snacks made in Colorado.
1. Honey Stinger Organic Waffle
Based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Honey Stinger strives to make nutritious and delicious foods to fuel every adventure. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fun snack than a pocket-sized waffle. Their waffles are organic and come in seven flavors, including chocolate, strawberry, and original honey. They also come in five gluten free flavors. Click here for more info!
2. Bobo’s Oat Bars
These nutrient dense snack bars were born and are still made in Boulder, Colorado. There are so many flavors to choose from, but the best thing about their recipes is that the bars are dairy free, vegan, gluten free, and Kosher. Click here for more info!
3. Tru Pickles
Go local for your favorite sandwich accompaniment. Trü Pickles are based in Littleton, Colorado and offer a flavor for every palette. Go for the original Kosher dills or try something more daring like their smoked black pepper or dill heat pickles. Click here for more info!
4. Indian Ridge Granola
Indian Ridge Farm and Bakery in Norwood, Colorado makes granola that will rival your tried and true favorites. You can order it online in single orders or as a monthly subscription. Go for the gluten free recipe even if you don’t have an allergy—it’s that good! Click here for more info!
5. Backyard Bees
Located locally in Boulder, Colorado, this gourmet honey producer offers four varieties of honey. You can find Backyard Bees’ stand at the weekly Boulder Farmer’s Market, or you can order directly from the company. Add the honey to peanut butter sandwiches, dip apple slices into it, or drizzle it on top of oatmeal. Click here for more info!
6. Happy Leaf Kombucha
Kombucha can be a tough sell for the uninitiated. Luckily, Happy Leaf’s variety of this non-alcoholic fermented pro-biotic beverage is easy on the nose and taste buds. You can sample their flavors at their Edgewater, Colorado taproom or find them at local farmers markets. Click here for more info!
7. Quinn Popcorn
These Boulder-based snack experts have made popcorn fun again. Their microwave bags come in five varieties, including real butter & sea salt, white cheddar, and Vermont maple kettle corn. Pop a bag for a movie night, or throw it in a lunch box for a crunchy snack. Click here for more info!
8. Women’s Bean Project
A survivor of World War II started this amazing organization in 1989 to empower women and break the cycle of poverty through employment. Today, the Denver-based organization sells spice blends, baking mixes, popcorn, and soup mixes to the largest retailers in the Centennial State. Click here for more info!
9. Boulder Organic Ice Cream
Okay, so ice cream isn’t the healthiest snack. But who doesn’t need a bowl of this creamy treat once in awhile after a long day at school? Go ahead, indulge in some island coconut or peanut butter cup ice cream. Bonus: This Boulder-based company offsets their carbon footprint with 100% windpower and participation in the zero waste initiative. Click here for more info!
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