the last bite
As the weather warms up, it’s time to trade hibernation for exploration. Whether you’re embarking on a raucous spring break getaway or a low-key road trip, stock up on these regionally produced snacks to stay well fueled on the open road.
Going clockwise from center in the photo:
Fruitbelt Sparkling Fruit Tonic
With a name inspired by Michigan’s orchards, it’s no surprise that these tart, fruit-forward, lower-sugar sodas exude freshness. Crisp apple (apple-caraway) and bright cherry (cherry-ginger) tonics are sweetened with organic honey and spiked with bitters.
Grand Rapids, MI
These gluten-free, vegan, kosher energy bites pack protein into flavors like chocolate-cherry almond, dark chocolate hazelnut and coconut-cashew crunch. Founded in 2010 by two brothers, The GFB also makes gluten-free energy bars in six flavors.
Nature’s Legacy Organic 100% Pure Spelt Sourdough Pretzels
Hearty and crunchy, these pretzels are more filling than traditional wheat pretzels and a nutritious choice for when those salt cravings kick in.
High-protein energy bars made with simple, wholesome ingredients: egg whites, fruit, nuts and that’s it. We loved the maple sea salt variety, but the bars also come in seven additional flavors, including apple cinnamon and peanut butter.
Broad Ripple Chip Co.
These extra-thick artisan chips, made near Indy’s vibrant Broad Ripple Village cultural district, come in sweet-spicy and original varieties. Made from Russet potatoes, they have a darker hue than traditional chips. The chips can be purchased in individual-size (four-ounce) bags, which makes them an excellent snack choice for a solo ride.
Capricorn Cheese Crisps
Pair these delicate crisps, made from Parmesan, aged Gouda or cheddar, with a Michigan apple and sparkling water for a refined picnic snack.