Most energy bars are loaded with protein — protein that's synthesized in a lab somewhere. Epic Bars take a different approach. The protein in their low-sugar, gluten-free, Paleo-friendly bars comes from 100% grass fed animals. Flavors include Bison Bacon Cranberry, Turkey Almond Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, and Lamb Currant Mint. All of this combines to produce a bar that's high in nutrients like Omega-3, Iron, Vitamin B12, and CLA, while offer great — and all-natural — flavor.
Hey, it works for whiskey, so why not for another one of the key food groups, sriracha? Made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients — specifically chili peppers, brown sugar, garlic, and salt — Sosu Barrel-Aged Sriracha is a new take on everyone's favorite rooster-emblazoned condiment. Aged for one (or in the case of the limited-edition version, three) month(s) in whiskey barrels, the pepper mash takes on sweet, fruity, and smoky notes that help balance out the spiciness of the sauce, making it an even more amazing accompaniment for eggs, meat, noodles, or anything else you can imagine.
Well, that's pretty self-explanatory. Drunkin Donuts are what they say on the tin — alcohol-infused desserts that taste like your favorite party cocktails. Arriving in donut, cupcake, cannoli, brownie, and even truffle form, they'll liven up any gathering with the flavors of daiquiris, martinis, mudslides, creamsicles, piña coladas, champagne, white russians, caketinis — isn't that sort of cheating? — and even mai tais. And since every shipment is baked to order, you don't have to worry about your amaretto macaroon brownie arriving stale.
They look like normal waffles — and depending on what flavor you get, they taste like them, too. But Wired Waffles pack a secret ingredient to help you get a jump start on your day. See, each 2.5oz waffle packs 200mg of caffeine, meaning that a breakfast of two waffles will pack more punch than a grande coffee from Starbucks. They come in tasty flavors like Bacon Maple, Sweet Sugar, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Chip, and should you decide you need an extra kick, they sell caffeinated maple syrup to serve along side it for the equivalent of a triple espresso breakfast.
What could possibly taste better than a healthful, meaty snack combined with the sweet, oaky flavors of whiskey? It's that very question that drove the guys at Get Some Jerky to create Whiskey Beef Jerky ($7). Made from locally-sourced beef near their home in Sacramento, California, their jerky is seasoned with all-natural ingredients so you never have to deal with dry, flavorless, processed jerky again. Their whiskey beef jerky gets its flavor from premium whiskey — adding a subtle burn to its taste — along with brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and more, giving it a unique flavor like no other.
Fed up with liquid hot sauces that too-often mask food rather than enhancing it, the guys bringing us Benny T's Vesta Dry Hot Sauce ($7-$10) have re-envisioned what a hot sauce should be. Made from fresh chiles grown on location in their pepper farm (boasting as many as 300 individual chile plants), this hot sauce isn't a sauce at all, but a rub. It's serious hot sauce for people who like their food seriously hot, available in three variations: hot, made from thai chiles and ahi amarillo; very hot, made from chocolate habaneros and scotch bonnets; and ghost, made from ghost chiles and a chocolate ghost hybrid.
As hard as it is to admit it, there are more options out there than standard American Bacon when you're looking for your pork fix — with Bacons of the World ($300), you get all the bacon this great nation has to offer, plus a few bonuses. With your purchase, you'll receive quarterly shipments of five pounds each, made up of half American Bacon, and half a second type. You'll get Guanciale, unsmoked Italian pig cheek; English Bacon, smoked loin with belly attached; Pancetta, the Italian cousin of American Bacon; and Holiday Bacon, a specially seasoned version of American Bacon.
Three words: Healthy Slim Jim. When you're looking for a tasty, beefy snack, without all the nasty stuff you'd typically find in those on the corner grocery's shelves, you need Chomps Beef Sticks ($45). These beef sticks are entirely made from grass-fed beef, so there's no need to worry about any unsavory stuff finding its way into your belly. They're also gluten free and paleo friendly, so you won't have to sacrifice your new-age diet just to get your meat fix. Add in the fact that they're also devoid of antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, nitrites, and other strange ingredients, and what you get is great-tasting high-protein snack that's low in guilt.
If you like your meats cured, fermented, and dried, then odds are, the Salami of the Month Club ($140-$385) was made for you. This is some of the best salami you can find — it's hand butchered from fresh Northwest pork to 100% lean, and only then is hand-cut fatback added for marbling. All the ingredients, including garlic and spices, are freshly chopped and ground in-house, so you know you're getting the best stuff possible. Depending on what you order, you can get one, two, or three salamis delivered to your doorstep each month, selected from an available 12 varieties. Included with each order are detailed tasting notes, meant to give you guidance on the best way to enjoy each one.
Step into the challenging, yet rewarding, culinary world of home charcuterie with these Hi Mountain Sausage Making Kits ($20 and up). Perfect for the novice who has always wanted to make sausage in his kitchen, or for the experienced home cook who's looking for something a little bit different, these kits include everything you need except for the meat. With seasonings and casings for up to 30 pounds of sausage, these kits are available in a wide range of flavor options, including: german sausage, bratwurst, polish sausage, jalapeño summer sausage, and more. All that's left for you to do is head down to the butcher, pick up a bunch of meat, and start stuffing.
Of course, popcorn is a delicious snack, whether you're deep into a marathon Netflix session, or postponing boredom at work — but there's no denying that it's full of weird chemicals that have no business in your food. But Quinn Popcorn ($15) is a different kind of microwavable popcorn. The bag is made of nothing but paper (it contains none of the usual chemical coatings), the corn is organic, and the oil and seasonings are all natural, and full of omega-3s. Flavors include parmesan and rosemary, Vermont maple and sea salt, butter and sea salt, hickory smoked cheddar, olive oil and herbs, and lemon and sea salt. Each order comes with three boxes, and two bags in each box.
Most days it's not really appropriate to start out with a Bloody Mary or Irish Coffee — so when you have a taste for the hard stuff, smear on some Puff's Preserves Boozy Jam ($TBA). While all the alcohol cooks off during the preparation process, the flavors of beer, whiskey, champagne, bourbon and wine remain. Seasonal recipes include apple beer chamomile, rhubarb vodka hibiscus, raspberry whiskey chipotle, and blackberry bourbon lavender. Each small batch is made with fresh, local, and in-season ingredients, as well as Colorado distilled or brewed booze.