An editor showcase with several exhibitors showing off the latest in snacks...
SOME Highlights-Snack Trends:
NON-GMO - Gluten Free:
The number of snacks made from Non--GMO and/or gluten free ingredients is booming-and that's because consumers want it...and we've noticed-it's not just the moms now who pick up a package and scan the labels ...for what's inside.
Amidst the arguments in the USA over GMO labeling laws (like the one passed in Vermont)...imo-if a company makes a product with ingredients that are Non-GMO verified -but legally could be ...why wouldn't they put that on a product's label??? Duh.
|Fruit Crisp Topping, cookies and cakes by AmongFriends---pictured Phil'emup™ chocolate Cranberry cookie mix $5.99|
|AMONGFRIENDS®---whole grain, gluten free, non-GMO, no gum, no fillers Hand Crafted baking mixes is a women owned business... Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson (pictured)|
|yup-very good---blend of chewy, not too sweet, dip in something beverage worthy-homeade quality. Darcy's Old-Fashion Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix pictured---fyi best selling mix is the Suzie Q's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix|
|yes this is empty-certified Gluten-Free Crunchmaster SEA SALT Multi-Grain crackers are crispy, oven baked and waaay better than those better known brands that have gasp-trans fats. Lots of flavors-with brown rice flour and sesame seeds as key ingredients-all cholesterol free, low in sodium and saturated fats.|
|certified gluten free...Harvest Stone crackers....in original and cracked pepper|
|new-the devour on the spot Harvest Stone Crispy Mix-crunchy potato chip substitutes for noshers-certified gluten free-in original, bold and cheddar flavors. We tried the original and def. worthy---makes one forget the kind made with a big name cereal|
|completely new to us-maybe we don't shop enough-MAYA KAIMAL is founded by the namesake-an award winning cookbook author and leading authority on Indian Cooking...and now lives upstate NY. Delish Chickpea Chips in 3 flavors including pictured Sweet Chili-inspired by the crispy South Indian snack murukku-a natural to pair with dips...and sauces made the company too. ALL gluten free, non-GMO, kosher, og trans fat, vegan|
Exotic Flavors expand on the originals :
Another benefit of a multi-cultural society is the expansion of the typical American palate. Spices and staples from other countries have tasty impacts on brand extensions:
|our mom-LOVED these...The Laughing Cow® Cheese...new flavors #ReinventSnacking join the Creamy Original Swiss Flavor---has a nice melt in the mouth texture...spreadable too-her preferred way was on Melba Toast rounds....pictured with Creamy Swiss Garlic and Herb (purple), new Creamy Spicy Pepper Jack (brown),-with jalapeno peppers' kick, and Creamy WHite Cheddar Flavor (lighter blue). Widely available|
|what would be chips without a sour cream based dip...Heluva Good® Dips are convenient, widely available...and come in many flavors that Americans crave...including the indulgent limited edition NEW-Beer Battered Onion Ring. The website smartly suggests beer types that match up with the different flavored dips---with aforementioned pairing up with a Pilsner, well. FUN.|
|Widely available-crunchy, buttery-and heart healthy -low in saturated fats and packed with nutrients+minerals - calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc--Mauna Loa's macadamias come in lotsa flavors-Honey Roasted and Maui Onion Garlic...as well as unsalted and dry roasted..and of course-chocolate covered. With a cool history-born on a Hawaiian plantation of trees back in 1946 on the Big Island. Resealable (pictured in back)bags, air tight vacuum packed cans, gift sets, snack bags packaging options -btw you can visit the plantation too. ..just south of Hilo, Hawaii.|
|the team from Biena® Foods...|
|Biena Chickpeas...crunchy good-our sample did not last-with 5g of protein+6 g of fiber, 70-78% less fat than peanuts, naturally gluten free, nut free, and soy free, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, non-GMO verified and kosher too. In Habanero (med. spicy), Honey Roasted (real wildflower honey w/ sea salt), Cinnamon Crunch (sweetish-with maple syrup too), and not pictured Sea Salt and BBQ online $11.96/4 pack|
|It did not take long for HUMMUS to become a staple in American diets---from its Greek/MidEastern roots. Tangy and nutritious...SABRA® so smartly packages its hummus in single easy to carry single serve packaging now available in single serve (6-2oz packages), single serve with pretzels and NEW- with Tostitos chips ...VERY kid friendly too--including this Pizza Flavor.|
|new Sabra Hummus with Tostidos Chips-btw we asked-supposedly good outside the refrigerator for 8 hours!|
BEEF JERKY EVOLVES aka Not your father's version of...
We wrote up the proliferation of MANLY SNACKS---awhiles back...but now Beef Jerky is pitched for all ---benefitting from its high protein, no carb snack-abilities' contents.
|Beef Jerky is a misnomer in a way...from Jack Links meat snacks...all Turkey and new all Chicken version-made from white meat...low in calories per portion (80) and 11-13 grams of low fat protein. $6.99/per resealable bag|
|founder of Fusion Jerky-KaiYen Mai=smart lady-moist textures-brother approved too...f 8 flavors- beef, turkey, chicken, pork based|
|Fusion Jerky elevates this snack with artisan flavors...$6/99/3 oz bag....will be huge hit with outdoors crowd, imo|