BOULDER -The Boulder Valley School District is testing a nutritional snack for students made by Boulder-based Remarkable Foods LLC.

The one-year-old company founded by Mark R. Wood is providing the district with its Appleooz, a fat- and gluten-free dried apple chip.

The district began testing Appleooz, pronounced (ap-pul-luuz) in selected schools in November and will continue through December, to determine if it will rollout the snack systemwide in 2014.

Wood handcrafts the crunchy snack that is made of fresh apples soaked in natural and organic fruit juices, and cinnamon, and then dehydrated.

According to the USDA, one-half cup of dried apples equals one cup of fresh fruit and contributes to the daily nutritional requirement for young children.

"Creating healthy snack items for kids is a core reason why we started the company," said Wood, who goes by the title applemaster.

The snacks are available at 10 retail locations in the Boulder/Denver metro area including Lucky's Market and Alfalfa's in Boulder, and online at appleooz.com.

The company has plans to offer Appleooz as a fundraising item for schools in 2014 and is preparing for a crowdfunding campaign to scale production capacity.