At the Walsh Village Market, general manager Cameron R. Cook always curates his selection of snacks with an eye to sharing the best of gourmet goodies with residents.
Although you won’t find traditional Big Box candy mixes or treat bags at the Village Market, there are plenty of delicious options that will get families in the mood for fall.
“Typically, this time of year is when we start leaning to food that warms the soul,” says Cook. “We just got record-setting low temperatures, so all I’m craving is hot food and warm sounds!”
A High-End Halloween
The Village Market may not be a traditional HQ for trick or treaters, but families can choose from a few last-minute options if you’ve forgotten to stock up on sugary treats!
Ocho’s high-end organic chocolates come in a fall variety pack of caramel, peanut butter, and coconut that Cook says is, “perfect for Halloween. They’re a smaller portion size, and something you’d actually be glad to hand out to children.”
The Sugarland, Texas-based Wholesome also offers a grab bag of organic lollipops suckers with a spooky ghost on the packaging, along with a healthier take on gummy worms and sour gummy worms.
It’s pumpkin spice season and the Market is on board with Creative Snacks Company’s Pumpkin Spice Pretzels.
Cook recalls, “During the holiday season, my mom would start making chocolate covered pretzels to give out to teachers as holiday gifts. I’ve always had a soft spot for the sweet and salty combination.”
Residents can also cozy up with Twining Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea, served with pumpkin bread baked from an almond flour-based mix by Simple Mills.
Pups will love the pumpkin bones Cook has sourced from Doggy Delirious. Made with no corn, wheat, soy or artificial ingredients, they’re great to hand out if the furrier members of the family are joining you for trick or treating.
For a twist on the pumpkin tradition, Cook stocked organic pumpkin seeds from the Pacific Northwest company Skout Backcountry. With flavors like spicy Texas chili, sweet Texas BBQ and pink Himalayan sea salt, they’re a savory take on the trend.
S’MORE SWEET IDEAS
As the firepits at the Makerspace were recently completed, Cook has stocked “all your s’more making essentials.
“We’ve got jumbo puff marshmallows, classic Hershey’s and Honey Made Graham Crackers. We also sell campfire supplies, so you can have a cookout with the kiddos.”
If adult parties are on the agenda, Cook suggests whipping up a pitcher of Dark n’ Stormies made with your favorite rum and Fever Tree Ginger Beer. It’s the perfect beverage to toast the beginning of the holidays!