Food & Drink

The 15 Most Important Portland Snacks

Published On 05/26/2015 Published On 05/26/2015

Portland loves snacks (doesn't everyone?!), but if there's one thing people from PDX love even more, it's free snacks, and if there's one thing they like even more than THAT it's... well, nothing. But a selection of Stumptown's signature (and widely available) snack/drink options might come close. That's why we've rounded up everything from delicious desserts (Salt & Straw ice cream), to America's best coffee (Stumptown) for our list of Portland's 15 most important snacks...

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Spielman Bagel Chips

A father and son operation in Southeast, Spielman’s has been putting out bagels since the mid-'90s but only recently got into the chip game. Get them in three different flavors: Plain, Herb & Salt, and Spicy Barbecue.

Eliot's Adult Nut Butters

Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters

While there’s nothing really adult about these nut butters, they are delicious!

Masala Pop

Masala Pop

Vibrantly flavored popcorn inspired by the streets of India. Available on Amazon!
 

Juanita’s Tortilla Chips

Hood River’s family-owned tortilleria has been providing Portland and the Pacific Northwest with chips since 1977. If it’s not your favorite, you can move.

Smith Teamaker

Steven Smith teas

Steven Smith co-founded the Tazo and Stash Tea brands before focusing his superior palate and humanitarian concerns on this decidedly Portland brand.

Dave's Killer Bread

Dave’s Killer Bread

Spending time in prison led recovering addict Dave to create Portland’s ubiquitous GMO-free, organic loaves.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Stumptown Cold Brew

Cold brew took the coffee world by storm, but Stumptown might have the market cornered with its trifecta of offerings. Sure, you can get it bottled or in a cartoon that looks familiar to anyone that’s been to public school, but its newest offering, Nitro Cold Brew in a pop top, might be its best ever.

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QUIN candy

Jami Curl handcrafts candies (caramel, gumdrops, lollipops, etc.) in southeast Portland using only the highest-quality ingredients. To her, candy is magic, but an even better trick would be getting yourself to stop eating it.

Alma chocolate

Alma Chocolate

What started as a small chocolate shop in Kerns has expanded into a full wholesale operation, leaving the original storefront as a destination for award-winning chocolate and its bon bon bar.
 

King Harvest Hummus

Any self-respecting Portlander has a pint of this in their fridge (and a few empty ones nestled with the Tupperware!).

Secret Aardvark Trading Company

Secret Aardvark hot sauce

This not-so-secret hot sauce is probably what makes our brunches so special. You can always tell a real Portland establishment by what it serves you when you ask for hot sauce with your eggs.

Union Wine Company

Canned Union Wine Co. wine

Although canned wine itself might not be entirely new, local winery Union Wine Co. has made a version that’s both delicious and affordable -- so you don’t have to worry about getting shamed when you show up with a four-pack at your next dinner party.
 

Picklopolis

The company that (probably) inspired Portlandia’s “We can pickle that!” skit -- Picklopolis not only brines everything it can get its hands on, but also makes a line of sauces that goes great on just about everything.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream

Salt & Straw ice cream

The ice cream shop that started a movement. Salt & Straw is quickly taking over the West Coast with its locally sourced, inventive ice creams. Just remember to always order a pint so you don’t have to wait in line.
 

Olympia Provisions

Recently renamed Olympic... err, Olympia Provisions makes some of the finest sausage in America. However, if you can only grab one thing, make sure it’s a box of its Pepperettes: an actually good version of those pizzles you always consider buying at the gas station.

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