Take one city special-ed teacher and one nanny, add a mutual fondness for cooking, and the result is Kinderhook Snacks, a delicious assortment of sweet and savory nibbles, like Baked Cheese Stamps, pictured, Bacon Popcorn, and Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. Partners Katie Horn and Marie Stratton started their business “kind of on a whim” about a year ago, Stratton says. The name evolved from a fascination with presidential trivia. (Old Kinderhook is the nickname of Martin Van Buren, whose mug graces the snacks’ packaging.) The treats are now available at Green Onion Market, Fleet Street Market, Milk & Honey, and Chesapeake Wine Company, as well as through the website, kinderhooksnacks.com.
POP THE QUESTION: What’s the big snack trend of 2013? It’s popcorn, according to a “brand-strategy” group, who asked chefs, restaurateurs, and foodies for their input. They reported, “Sweet or savory, the all-time favorite (and healthy) snack will pop up everywhere——in ice cream, as croutons.”