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Stock That Snackle Box

by Kate Calamusa

It may have started as a viral food hack on TikTok, but, if you ask us, the “snackle” box idea—the clever utilization of a classic tackle box as a vehicle to easily transport and sort out snacks on-the-go—has some real legs when it comes to provisioning those upcoming summer picnics on the beach, sunset sails, and adventure cruises. And, as you explore Washington’s waterways this season, you can delve further into the state’s many treasures by stocking that box with an array of locally made delicacies and delights. From spiced popcorn to briny pickles, and pepper-smoked seafood to citrus-kissed salami, this curated selection of summery treats is sure to cure any snack attack that might threaten to strike while you are underway.

Theo Chocolate Lemon Milk Chocolate Bar

Inspired by sun-soaked days on the island of Capri, and crafted with fair trade 45% milk chocolate infused with organic lemon essential oil, this chocolate bar is sure to brighten up any picnic spread. Seattle, WA; theochocolate.com

Coro Salami Orange Cardamom Salami

Fragrant and colorful with cardamom, orange peel, and red chili flakes, this hand-crafted pork salami from Coro Foods—which is owned and operated by the same women who run the venerated Salumi Deli in Pioneer Square—pairs nicely with the likes of gorgonzola cheese, green olives, or a glass of Malbec. Kent, WA; corofoods.com

Beecher’s Flagship Cheese Sticks

Fifteen months of aging nurtures the flavor and texture of Beecher’s Flagship to perfection. With hints of browned butter and caramel, this versatile cheese is balanced, dense and creamy, and, as an added bonus, is now available in handy cheese stick form, too. Seattle, WA; beechershandmadecheese.com

Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains

Once a staple on the menu of the now-defunct Capitol Hill eatery Marjorie, these crisp plantain chips can now live on in your galley. Made by chef Donna Moodie in an homage to her Jamaican roots, these cracker-like crisps are delightfully crunchy and perfectly savory. Seattle, WA: missmarjories.com

Nomad Foods Cilantro Lime Hummus

Dip, baby, dip, c’mon, c’mon: Fit for swiping up with some pita crisps or tortilla chips, this hummus is free of a lot—no gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, or nuts here—but rich in flavor thanks to hints of fresh cilantro and zesty lime. Seattle, WA: nomadfoodco.com

Blue Dot Kitchen Seacharrones Salt & Pepper Kelp Puffs

Seacharrones bring a savory crunch to the party with their artisanal seafood snacks. Made from kelp regeneratively farmed from the Salish Sea, the vegan and gluten-free puffs are available in three flavors, Umami, Korean BBQ, and simply-perfect Salt & Pepper. Hood Head, WA; seacharrones.com

Ekone Smoked Lemon-Pepper Smoked Oysters

Ekone’s canned seafood products have always been snack friendly (just peel back the tin top and dive in!). This new addition is especially so, needing little else besides a cracker to make it shine. Slowly smoked using authentic maple, birch and beech chips, the oysters absorb a symphony of smoky nuances that are boosted by the enticing lemon-pepper spice blend. Bay Center, WA; ekoneseafood.com 

Pacific Popcorn Alpine Chili White Cheddar Popcorn

This one snacks a punch: Dusted with fiery Thai chili, and balanced by rich white cheddar, this utterly craveable snacker from Pacific Popcorn will have you coming back for more. (The Monroe-based purveyor also has a legit caramel corn flavor to sink into if you are more of a sweet tooth.) Monroe, WA; pacificpopcorn.com

Bow Hill Blueberries’ Pickled Blueberries

These whole pickled berries deliver a crisp burst of tangy deliciousness that opens up with each bite. They are the perfect companion to artisan cheeses, deviled eggs, salmon, paté, and charcuterie; snap up a bottle quickly, these favorites sell out every year by summer’s end! Bow, WA; bowhillblueberries.com

Cactus Casera Salsa & Tex-Mex Queso

If you’ve been known to ask for seconds (or thirds, or fourths) of the chips and salsa starter at Cactus, this one’s for you: The long-running Mexican fusion eatery, which has six area outposts, is now selling their famous salsa and queso at area Metropolitan Markets. Just don’t forget the tortilla chips! Bellevue, Kirkland, Seattle, and Tacoma, WA; cactusrestaurants.com

Britt’s IPO Pickle Snack Pack

Bursting with tangy flavor and wholesome crunch, these perfectly portioned pickle packs are a zesty addition to any outdoor feast, offering a refreshing twist on classic snacking thanks to seasonings of garlic, dill, sea salt, mustard seed, white peppercorns, coriander, bay leaves and turmeric. Seattle, WA; brittsfermentedfoods.com

San Juan Island Sea Salt Salted Honey Caramels

Perhaps stash a few away for just yourself: These Good Food Award winners crafted by our friends at San Juan Island Sea Salt use Pacific Northwest honey as their sweetener, instead of corn syrup, which marries beautifully with the brand’s signature mineral-rich sea salt to create a near-perfect bite. Friday Harbor, WA; sanjuanislandseasalt.com

Girl Meets Dirt Hot Damn Pepper Jam

This one is a gamechanger for your cheese and charcuterie boards: Crafted from locally sourced peppers and fruits, and punched up with organic Washington-grown apple cider vinegar, this fiery yet sweet spread pairs well with the aforementioned platter provisions, but is also delicious on grilled salmon or coconut shrimp. Orcas Island, WA; girlmeetsdirt.com

Sauk Farm Honeycrisp Dried Apples

These artisanal delights, crafted from hand-picked organic Honeycrisp apples and sans any added sugars or preservatives, offer a burst of natural flavor and a satisfying crunch, making them a wholesome addition to your snackle box repertoire. Concrete, WA; saukfarm.com

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