Hope Foods Hummus
The kale pesto hummus by Boulder-based Hope Foods.
Hummus has long branched off from the traditional chickpea, tahini and lemon formula. But Hope Foods, which started as a small farmers' market operation in Boulder, has made creativity its calling card. Try the Buffalo Bleu; it's spicy and hearty and completely dairy-free, despite the name. The Lemon Peppercorn is another favorite that goes so well with veggies, so you can dip your way through the season's freshest. Others include Spicy Avocado, Kale Pesto and Black Garlic, all great and a step up from the usual stuff.
Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Canned Bubble Universe
Infinite Monkey Theorem is now canning its sparkling riesling, Bubble Universe.
Infinite Monkey Theorem
Wine in a can isn't new for Infinite Monkey Theorem
, but the urban winery just launched its sparkling riesling in aluminum for the first time. Expect to cool off with bright notes of Meyer lemon, lime, peach and crisp green apple as you crush a can at that cookout this summer. Another way to make IMT part of your summer drinking is by joining the new Can Club, which entails four four-packs of a variety of canned wine each month for $48 (plus $10 shipping). Who says beer is the only summer cooler in a can? Wine is where it's at, and with IMT's Bubble Universe, you can take the party to any location — champagne flute be damned.
Nanga by Nature Cocoa-Dusted Nuts
Espresso and cocoa almonds by Nanga by Nature.
The resealable pouches of Nanga cocoa-dusted nuts are a natural for your hiking pack or swim bag. This Boulder-based company
uses organic almonds and pecans, adds a thin coating of dark-chocolate powder and flavors them with a slew of tasty ingredients including cinnamon, Chinese five-spice, maple syrup and espresso. Not only do the chocolaty treats help boost energy after swimming or hiking, but they won't melt in the sun. Find the 1.75-ounce pouches at Alfalfa's Markets in Boulder and Lafayette, Nooch Vegan Market
(10 East Ellsworth Avenue) in Denver, and select Vitamin Cottages and Sprouts Farmers Markets in the metro area.
On Tap Kitchen Pretzels
On Tap Kitchen Pretzels at the Union Station Farmers' Market.
Like many great ideas, the decision to start making gourmet, German-style pretzels came while drinking beer. The problem wasn't with what they were guzzling, founders Spencer Stackhouse and Ian Blasco thought, but what was missing in the food category. By 2015 the Boulder pair had started peddling their own bar food: snack-able pretzel bites in flavors like honey mustard, sour cream and onion, sriracha, and cinnamon sugar, all packed with as many Colorado-sourced ingredients as possible. Now they have their own operation in Broomfield and are quickly expanding. Pick up a pack in various grocery stores, the Boulder and Union Station Farmers' Markets, and at breweries and cafes such as Seeds Library Cafe
in Boulder, Renegade Brewing Company
and Baere Brewing Company
Wheel House Canned Cocktails
All three cocktail flavors by Wheel House Canned Cocktails.
Wheel House mixes up cocktails you can covertly consume during that super-hot summer picnic or other outdoor happening. Former barman Quinton Bennett has developed a super-tasty tipple in a convenient aluminum can, so you can enjoy a cold and crisp mixed drink with no need for glassware or shakers. There's no need to brown-bag it, since the slender, elegantly decorated cans don't look like beers. Try all three of the flavors: gin with grapefruit, lime and mint; vodka with black tea and thyme lemonade; and vodka with mint, cucumber, elderflower and lime. You can find cans from the Denver-based company in most local liquor stores.