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We don't need some fancy foundation to tell us that our state makes great food. But who would say no to a little well-deserved recognition?
The Good Food Awards recognizes fantastic, sustainable, and socially responsible pantry items the nation over, and like clockwork, Washington makes out like a bandit, taking home wins for everything from pickles to candies. We've found that the lineup of local winners also doubles as a fantastic shopping list. Here are some great snacky items—perfect to gift or bring to parties—from this year and and years past.
Sour Pickles, OlyKraut Olympia
$12 per jar
Major hits of garlic and dill from a perennial pickle favorite.
Chocolate Salted Honey Caramels, San Juan Island Sea Salt San Juan Island
Caramels, minus corn syrup (and plus chocolate). It’s so nice to see this great local salt company expand its lineup over the years.
Organic Pickled Heirloom Blueberries, Bow Hill Bow
This multi-year award winner and Farmer's Market sweetheart goes as well on ice cream as it does on a salad.
Miss Marjorie's Steel Drum Plantains, Knack Seattle
The mother of all plantain chips, inspired by Seattle restaurateur Donna Moodie's Jamaican childhood and her own mom, Marjorie.
Mint Chocolate Cookie Bites, Theo Chocolate Seattle
One of Seattle’s original chocolate juggernauts gets into the cookie biz.
Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Roe Ikura, Vital ChoiceFerndale
$80 for 17oz
Glowing cured salmon roe that promises a more subtle flavor than other iterations.