THAI BITES: Searching for an alternative to snacking on chips and other junk foods, Adam and Apinya Ross, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Herndon-based Apinya Thai Food Co., turned to a traditional Thai street food called krayasart for inspiration. It’s “sort of like granola and peanut brittle,” Adam Ross says. Their Krayasart Thai Snack Bites join the company’s line of hot sauces, which also use Thai flavors and ingredients.
The savory Chili Lime Peanut borrows from the profile of tom yum soup, capturing that subtly spicy tang, while the sweet Mango Cashew Coconut mimics the crave-worthy taste of mango sticky rice. We like the satisfying chew and bright flavors of both varieties, which are made more healthful than traditional krayasart by employing oats, puffed rice, coconut meat and agave nectar. The snacks were released this month and are not yet widely available, but they will be in area Mom’s Organic Markets by early July.
— Kara Elder