But retracing the steps, I can see that it really began with our friend Josh. In the spring of 2012, Josh burned bright and quick through our lives like a dazzling comet, before succumbing to a rare sarcoma just after his eighteenth birthday. A young person’s death takes you a long way toward reconsidering your own life’s priorities. We had always been a close family, but we were scattered here and there, and like everyone, we were busy. By the end of that bittersweet summer, we knew we wanted to spend more time together. So we decided to start a business. That it would be centered around food was obvious. For us—family, friends, food and love are all tangled up. It gets a little messy sometimes, like the way a kitchen is pleasantly chaotic when you’re whizzing around in the middle of it, making something delicious. We spent 2 years getting our skinny dipped almonds just the way we imagined they could be when we first conjured up the idea of a whole, better-for-you, outrageously delicious snack. May they give you, and the ones you love, as much happiness as they give us.