When Pete Truby and friends were on a hike in Utah a couple of years back, they took along some dark chocolate bars to add to their salty trail mix for energy. Around the campfire, the gang decided to launch a company to make their energy food. They called it Salazon, Spanish for salted. Now the products are offered in about 400 stores such as Whole Foods, and soon Wegman's.
The chocolate is made from organic, Rainforest Alliance-certified beans in small batches in this country and hand-sprinkled with a small amount solar-evaporated sea salt to bring out the flavor. Some proceeds go to environmental causes. And the bars are Kosher, vegan and gluten-free, though they are processed in a facility that makes other items.