While researching our 2010 Top Ten Snack Trends article, we tested and tasted a great many new products. Here are the ones that captured our attention.
Bear Naked Granola Cookies and Peak Energy Trail Mixes. Loaded with nuts and fruits, Bear Naked’s products are all natural, with no artificial flavors or preservatives, no hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol, no high-fructose corn syrup.
Kopali Organics calls its snacks Supergood Superfood, and they do taste pretty super. Our chefs especially enjoyed the chocolate covered banana chips. The rest of the lineup includes espresso beans, cacao nibs and mulberriesâ€”all covered in rich chocolate. Its organic mango’s tasty, too.
Brownie Pops Brownies on a Stick. Now here’s a fun food. Terrific for kids, but grownups can enjoy, too, in flavors like mocha, toffee and Missouri Mud.
Sahale Glazed Nuts. Awesome flavors like cashews with pomegranate and vanilla.
Arizona Tea’s Arnold Palmer Half & Half Iced Tea-Lemonade. A 50/50 blend of iced tea and lemonade was my father’s favorite summertime beverageâ€”and Arnold Palmer’s. Super refreshing and not overly sweet.
Tay’s Gourmet Power Granola. Rich in Omegas (both 3 and 6), this stuff is nutty, crunchy and high in fiber. Great by the handful or for topping yogurt.
Vosges Chocolate’s Mo’s Bacon Bar. Dark Chocolate with real bacon in it. Need we say more?
All-Natural Popchips. Never fried (not good for you). Never baked (not delicious). These chips are somehow â€˜popped.â€™ Like popcorn in an air popperâ€”and they’re pretty darn good.
Nutorious Nut Confections. These folks know how to dress up a nut with cool flavors such as Cherry Vanilla Va-Voom.
Cinnabon Cinnamon Pecans and Cinnamon Mixed Nuts. No buns, just nuts. With a delicious dusting of cinnamon. Licensed by Mellace Family Brands.
Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps. Incredibly thin, flat baked pretzels with no trans fats, no saturated fat, no cholesterol and only 110 calories per serving. Its makers call it the first â€˜spreadable pretzel.â€™ A schmear of peanut butter goes very nicely on these.
See our video of the Top Ten Snack Trends.
Also see our Editor’s Blog on this topic, here.