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.
When you're looking for a delicious, 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.
There are plenty of ways to get a quick dose of protein, but most of them have ingredients lists that you can barely pronounce — not Epic Bars ($34). They're made of lean, organic, meat from responsibly-raised, grass-fed animals, dried fruits, nuts, and seasoning. Choose from several delicious flavors like: Bison Bacon Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, and Turkey Almond Cranberry. Each of the bars are gluten free, and are excellent sources of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin B, vitamin E, and more. So, forget about energy bars and powdered shakes, and start getting protein from real meat, like you're supposed to.
Upgrade your favorite dried-meat snack with Krave Jerky ($7). This all-natural jerky is made from pork, turkey, and beef, seasoned to perfection with a range of flavors across the spectrum from sweet to spicy. Flavors include black cherry barbecue pork, garlic chili pepper beef, lemon garlic turkey, grilled sweet teriyaki pork, and more. It's made from natural ingredients, and is low in fat and calories, so you don't have to feel bad about eating a whole bag. If you can't decide on just one flavor, join their club ($30) to get five bags of delicious jerky in the mail each month.
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Whether you want to kick that nasty tobacco habit, need to do something about your offensive breath, or you just like constantly gnawing on something, Daneson Toothpicks ($20) are here to upgrade your oral fixation. They're made from North-American-sourced Northern White Birch (they are committed to milling sustainably), and come in a number of flavors — salted birch, cinnamint, lemon, mint, smoked, and single malt. The flavors come from high-quality ingredients like essential oils, scotch, herbs, and spices. Each box contains four nicely-packaged vials of picks.
No matter where you live in relation to the ocean, sometimes you just need a taste of the sea. With Dogfish Head Hard Tack Chowder ($4), you can get just that — along with the flavor of some pretty delicious beer. Inspired by the classic tale of seaborne adventure Moby Dick, and made with Dogfish's 60-Minute IPA and fresh clams, all you need to do to enjoy great chowder is heat it up with half-and-half and your favorite brown ale. Dogfish recommends their own Indian Brown Ale, naturally.
Your bologna has a first name (it's O-S-C-A-R), so your bacon certainly shouldn't remain nameless. Treat yourself to the gift of bacon with the Oscar Mayer Bacon Gift Box Collection ($22-$28). Or, you could always drop subtle hints to your loved one ("Yeah, that was great, but it would have been better with bacon"). These elegant boxed sets come with your choice of bacon-themed cufflinks, a multitool, or a money clip — and of course a package of delicious, naturally-hardwood-smoked bacon.
It's hardly a secret that we have a bit of a taste for bacon — call it an obsession if you want. So, we were pretty excited when we found out that the mad culinary scientists at the Baconery had combined the awesomeness of bacon, the deliciousness of chocolate, and the luxury of gold to make 23k Gold Chocolate Bacon ($40). It's made with Nueske's Cherrywood Bacon, Guittard Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate, and 23k edible gold flakes. Put it on a sandwich, eat it with your eggs, we don't care. Just don't let it go to waste.