Bees Knees Spicy Honey
The kick from this honey ($14) doesn’t hit you immediately. Even then, it’s subtle and not overly hot. We find that it complements foods ranging from buttered toast to an egg sandwich—it even adds some nice heat to a cup of tea. Bees Knees is handmade in Brooklyn, New York, from honey harvested in the Hudson Valley.
Doma Coffee Roasting Company La Bicicletta
Admit it: You can’t get up and run in the morning without a cup of coffee. There’s no reason to feel bad about your addiction, especially if you buy from the good guys. Post Falls, Idaho–based Doma Coffee Roasting Company purchases its beans directly from farmers and communities it has close relationships with. Doma then roasts the black gold with a machine it claims uses 80 percent less gas than traditional roasters. Oh, yeah, and the company’s La Bicicletta blend ($17.85) is damn good, too.
Big Spoon Roasters Almond Ginger Butter
Big Spoon Roasters’ Almond Ginger Butter ($14) blends Mission almonds, golden crystallized ginger from Fiji, organic cane sugar, and salt. Smear it between two slices of good bread, throw the sandwich in your pack, and let it warm up during a long ride. You’ll be rewarded with one of the most savory, delicious trail treats of your life. We also like it on waffles and as the base for a sweet, spicy salad dressing.
Vosges Mo’s Cinnamon and Sugar Bacon Bar
We constantly crave bacon and chocolate individually. Combined correctly, the flavors can be sublime. The hickory-smoked bacon in this Vosges Cinnamon and Sugar Bacon Bar ($7.50) isn’t some weird, chewy afterthought. It tastes like bacon straight from the griddle and adds a smoky complexity to the dark chocolate and cinnamon sugar bar.
Bogg’s Trail Butter
Bogg’s Trail Butter ($29 for six) is packed with ingredients like almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, dried fruits, seeds, and honey and will keep you pedaling through a long day in the saddle. We like the consistency (a mix between peanut butter and GU), the taste (sweet but not cloying), and ease of use (unscrew the nozzle and slurp away). Each pouch contains 680 to 800 calories, good for your most grueling workouts.
Theo Coconut Mint Chocolate
The ingredient list of Theo’s Coconut Mint Chocolate bar ($4) boasts creamy 45 percent milk chocolate, sweet coconut, and smooth mint. It’s also organic, fair trade certified, and contains no GMOs. So don’t feel guilty about eating this bar—even if it means breaking your diet.
Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites
We love Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites ($6 for a six-bar pack) because they’re both delicious and energy rich (each serving packs a whopping 210-calorie punch). The small, square snacks are easier to stuff in your running shorts than an energy gel, and they’re healthier: Only nine all-natural ingredients in each bar. Even though they’re sweet enough for dessert, Chewy Bites never upset our stomach on the trail.
Piñon nuts. Red chiles. Sweet peppers. You’ll find all of these quintessential Southwestern flavors in the confections from Santa Fe, New Mexico–based Kakawa Chocolates. The artisanal shop specializes in historic drinking chocolates, using recipes that date back to 1,000 BC. We also love its caramels, bars, and chilies, including the walnut turtle and, for brave chocoholics, the chocolate-dipped d’arbol peppers ($50 per pound, KakawaChocolates.com).