We're excited to announce that you can now buy the very best artisanal products of Colorado individually, from our Marketplace!
All products in our Marketplace are carefully selected. Each item is made with the highest quality ingredients by artisans who truly care about their craft. As a result, these products aren't easy to find. But they're worth it.
Whether you're restocking, shopping for something new and interesting, or wanting to share the best of Colorado with a loved one - this is the place.
One of our newest products is super fresh, flavorful nut butter by District Butter Co. We instantly fell in love with this product: from its well designed label to its ingredient list of simple whole foods, this nut butter shows off everything we love in a product. It is incredibly smooth and rich with a subtle hint of natural sweetness (yet it contains no sugar or honey)! We love it on toast, in smoothies and crepes, or straight from the spoon.
We met up with Clare in her kitchen space at Black Eye Coffee in Denver to watch the magic happen and learn a bit more about her philosophy.
How I Got Started::
Starting this almond butter company sort of happened over night. I just recently received my certificate in Health Coaching, and during school I got really good at experimenting in the kitchen and learning how to make most things myself... almond milk, crispy golden beet chips, kale chips, dips/sauces, etc. One of those things was almond butter. Turns out I liked it way more than what I was buying in any stores, so when my friend gave me the idea to sell it, I called a few friends who own some shops around town and the demand for a local nut butter turned out to be quite high!
What I Love Most and What Have I Created::
There are so many things that I love about making almond butter. There are so many different variations to try out all the time, and it is a really clean product. I like to use coconut oil in most of my nut butters because not only do you get some really healthy fats in there, but it creates a really creamy consistency. All of my nut butters have a really nice hint of sea salt that hits your palate at the end of each bite. My favorite flavor, and the one that seems to be the most popular, is the Walnut Almond Cinnamon. The walnut flavor is subtle and I must say it's quite addictive.
When I moved here::
I am a yoga teacher and Thai Massage Therapist, so when I make almond butter it gives me the chance to step away from all that energy exchange. I get to drink a cup of coffee, turn on some music, and make as many batches as I want. Friends like to come and visit too which makes it even better! I moved to Colorado from Baltimore 4 years ago to see what kind of life I could make, and new and interesting things keep happening which makes my experience so fun. Making almond butter is just one of them.
I am a HUGE fan of Denver's local artisans. There is such a strong locavore community, and everybody is really supportive of each other. I collaborated with Ritual Chocolate to make a Chocolate Almond Butter that turns out to be so delicious. Anna and Robbie over at Ritual are doing something really special and so I love working with people who have a similar goal in mind. This nut butter is simply chocolate, almonds, and sea salt. Yum.
I've got a lot of ideas for new nut butters all the time, but right now I am really enjoying the process and loving each step.
Tequila Jalapeno Deliciousness is a spicy spin on traditional preserves. It's fresh, citrusy, and bright with a slow burn thanks to plenty of freshly squeezed orange and lime juice, tons of plump jalapenos, and Boulder-made Suerte Tequila. These preserves are like a ray of bright sunshine - they'll liven things up wherever you use them.
Colorado Crafted is featured in the February issue of Sunset Magazine! Our new Hot Springs Box -- full of spicy "small-batch, hard-to-get-your-hands-on edibles" -- was selected for their Best of the West section. As long time subscribers to this great publication, we are just thrilled!
Click on the image below to check out the Hot Springs Box.
We're working on a new box that we're very excited about. It involves throwing a Chocolate Tasting Party!
We'll supply single-origin chocolate bars so that you can taste and experience the different flavor notes produced by different terroirs. We'll also give you ideas on how to set up a tasting party, suggestions for food and drink pairings, and more.
We've got a new flavor of Tuffy Kickshaw's Sweetly Covered Corn for the New Year! It's called Vanilla Sable, and we are super excited about it.
It is made with the very highest quality ingredients, and it really shows. This is not your standard caramel corn. Instead, this features fresh buttery caramel, real vanilla, and little pieces of crunchy homemade butter cookies. I can't stop eating this stuff!
Find it in the Maroon Bells Box.
Congrats to one of our artisans, Robin Chocolates of Longmont, CO, for being named one of the Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America! You can read the full announcement here.
Some great quotes from the article:
"Our passion is making bold, beautiful and delicious chocolates and pastries, and it is enormously satisfying to be recognized for our work," she says.
"what sets Robin Chocolates apart from the competition is the quality of the chocolate they use, and the care and pride that go into her ingredients. All chocolates and confections are made by hand, using traditional, time-honored artisanal techniques. Autorino works with suppliers in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Venezuela that produce GMO-free cocoa powders and additive-free fruit purees and nut butters. Her suppliers also work directly with growers and cocoa plantation owners to ensure her ingredients are produced in a fair trade manner. Robin Chocolates' creations are all-natural and use growth hormone-free dairy products and organic ingredients whenever possible."
"One rule I learned in the military is that precision counts. If it doesn't look perfect and taste great, I won't sell it," she says.
And we'll add that in addition to all this, each chocolate is an individual work of art. Painted with a swirl of luminous color or topped with a delicate gold flakes, every single truffle Robin makes is as gorgeous as it is delicious.
They're available in these Colorado Crafted boxes.
Congrats Robin & team!