Seattle is a foodie kind of city, and it makes sense once you know something about Western Washington. With the Puget Sound right there, the Pacific Ocean not far away and the amazing produce of Eastern Washington next door, Seattle has access to fresh, local food around every corner. As a result, many restaurants and shops sell foods and snacks made right here in the area – and local food is good! Here are 10 snacks made in Seattle you should try, whether you live here or are stopping through on a visit.
Seattle isn’t necessarily known as a chocolate destination, but perhaps it should be, as there are a number of chocolate makers in town worth a try. Fran’s Chocolates is chief among these. Their salted caramels are the stuff of chocolately-caramelly dreams. Buttery and rich, the salted caramels aren’t cheap, and yet they’re worth every penny. Still, if caramels aren’t your thing, Fran’s also makes truffles, bars, chocolate-covered fruits and nuts, and more. Also look to another Seattle chocolate institution – Theo Chocolates, located in Fremont. You can go on a tour and taste a little bit of everything along the way, or if you can’t make a tour you can stop into the shop and likewise taste a little bit of everything. Theo Chocolate is known for chocolate bars that range in flavor from cherry almond to salted black licorice, but they also make caramels and other specialty treats. You can find Fran’s Chocolates and Theo Chocolate both are many local grocery stores and gift shops as well as at their own stores.
You’ll spot Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in many local restaurants and stores, and yet it’s made right downtown near Pike Place Market. While the company makes a few cheeses, mostly what you’ll find and what you should definitely try is Beecher’s Flagship – a semi-hard cheese made from cow’s milk. It’s a little nutty, a little crumbly, and a lot delicious, whether you have it on a cracker, on a sandwich or in Beecher’s delicious mac n cheese.
You’ll see Jones Soda everywhere from convenience stores to restaurants. If you’re a fan of sugar cane-sweetened soda, then don’t miss these. Flavors include the obligatory cola and lemon lime, but get more adventurous from there – green apple, crushed melon, blue bubblegum. It’s the limited-edition sodas where things get truly adventurous. Jones has been known to make a Turkey and Gravy flavor for Thanksgiving, for instance.https://www.jonessoda.com/
If you like your snacks salty and meaty, you might have been known to grab some beef jerky at your local gas station here and there. Oberto is one of the more common brands you’ll spot, and their products are made in Kent, which is just south of Seattle. Try some beef or turkey jerky in a wide variety of flavors. The company also makes smoked sausage sticks sold in both packs and single sticks, as well as trail mixes. Like Jones Soda, these snacks aren’t tough to find and you’ll spot them at just about any local store that sells food.
Another commonly ubiquitous local snack are potato chips – Tim’s Cascade Chips. The company started in Auburn, Washington, just south of Seattle, and today products are produced in Algona. Tim’s Cascade Chips are known for being thicker cut than your average potato chip and super crunchy. Under the Tim’s brand, you’ll spot many popular chip flavors from BBQ to sour cream and onion. Under the Hawaiian brand, owned by Tim’s, you’ll find some more interesting flavors, from Sweet and Spicy, to Sweet & Tangy Ginger, to the most commonly found in stores Sweet Maui Onion. Tim’s also makes Erin’s Popcorn. No matter which of these bagged treats you try, you’ll enjoy the fresh, crunchy goodness.
While some of Seattle’s snacks show up in local stores, others have a central focal point of their availability. Top Pot Doughnuts is one of these. With a few locations around Seattle and one in Tacoma, Top Pot is one of Seattle’s favorite sweet spots. Doughnuts are traditional versus creative, but are made by hand (hand forged as the company likes to say). They’re old fashioned and top-notch quality at the same time. Cafes are located throughout Seattle.
Another classic Seattle treat are Cupcake Royale cupcakes. In fact, Cupcake Royale was the first cupcake bakery outside of NYC when the cupcake craze hit. It opened in 2003 with a belief in made-from-scratch cupcakes with real buttercream frosting. Flavors include traditional chocolate and vanilla, as well as creative flavors like tiramisu, chocolate and cream cheese frosting, lavender, lemon drop and others. These can always be found in the greatest variety at Cupcake Royale’s main location downtown, but you can also find them at Metropolitan Market, at Seahawks games, at KeyArena and via other shops and vendors around town.
Grounder’s Garlic Fries can only be found at Safeco Field, but if you go to a Mariner’s game, they’re definitely worth trying! Soon after you step into the stadium, you’ll smell the garlicky goodness wafting through the air. And, sure, they’re a little pricy because this is stadium food we’re talking about, but these are some of the tastiest fries in Seattle.
Molly Moon has locations throughout Seattle and features some of Seattle’s best ice cream. As with Cupcake Royale, flavors range from traditional to creative. Don’t miss out on yummy flavors like maple walnut, honey lavender or melted chocolate – made with 70% dark Theo Chocolate that’s melted right into the ice cream. And, hey, you can kill two birds with one stone and try out both Theo Chocolate and Molly Moon here!
Since 1992, Piroshky Piroshky has been bringing a traditional Russian pastry to the masses. Piroshky are hand pies filled with either savory or sweet filling, and you’ll find fillings ranging from salmon to potatoes to meat to apples. You’ll mostly find these treats at their location near the entrance to Pike Place Market, but may also spot them at local fairs (but the ones at Pike Place are better)!