by By Tera Keatts
Spring is officially here, which means Easter is just around the corner. While we all love a good chocolate marshmallow bunny or cream-filled egg, it might be special to fill your child’s Easter basket with Colorado-made treats. Colorado Proud has an online directory that lets you search for chocolates, cookies, candies, and more. It’s easier than you might think to find items that are locally made and sweet enough for kids to enjoy.
Here is a handful of items that are made right here in Colorado. Many use locally sourced ingredients in their recipes.
Chocolate and Popcorn from Roberta’s Chocolates
Mix and match milk, dark and light chocolates, creams, truffles, nuts and chews to make the perfect basket. Roberta’s also has unique gourmet popcorns that you won’t find anywhere else. The Fire and Ice popcorn with a hint of cinnamon and white chocolate is sure to be a hit! The Easter Bunny can hop over to Roberta’s retail store in Denver or order online at www.robertaschocolates.com.
Honey Stix from Colorado Honey Company
Nothing sounds sweeter than a stick of honey, right? Generations of beekeepers have kept this family business going for more than 100 years. With more than 17 flavors, their honey sticks and edibles are a mild, sweet, delicious AND a healthy addition to any Easter basket. The Easter Bunny can shop from the comfort of his or her own home at www.beeyondthehive.com.
Cookies from Sweet Seven
There has to be a little culture at Easter time. These delectable Swedish cookies are sweet and simple and are made with no more than seven ingredients. Try tongue-twister Kolakakor (caramel cookies) and Syltkakor (raspberry jam cookies) — the kids will have fun trying to pronounce these silly cookie names. They come in packages of, what else, seven cookies! Sweet Seven makes the Easter Bunny’s job easy with online ordering at www.sweetseven.com and delivery options throughout Denver.
Homemade Jam from The Jam
Make your family’s Easter morning brunch extra sweet with homemade raspberry jams from The Jam. The owner started making raspberry jam with her mother every summer and has grown to also making cranberry chutney, orange marmalade, strawberry jam and pumpkin butter. The Easter Bunny can shop at local Whole Foods or online at http://thejamllc.com/.
Whole Bean Coffee from Café Richesse
You might be too old to have an Easter basket but that doesn’t mean you should miss out. Enjoy watching your kiddos hunt Easter eggs while sipping on a cup of fresh-brewed Snicker Doodle or Swiss Chocolate-flavored coffee. A portion of these gourmet-blended beans are grown right here in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Easter Bunny can put a little extra spring in his step at http://www.caferichesse.com.
You can search all 1,800 Colorado Proud companies here. There’s also a wealth of information you can use year-round, such as recipes, upcoming events and farmers markets, and crop schedules.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture developed Colorado Proud in 1999 to help consumers, restaurants and retailers identify and buy Colorado food and agricultural products that have been grown, raised or processed in Colorado. Colorado Proud companies provide a variety of food and agricultural products for every taste and pocketbook.
Tera Keatts is a freelance writer and lives in Denver.
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