Innovative Snacks from the 2016 Winter Fancy Food Show
There was no shortage of new and innovative snacks at the Winter Fancy Food Show, held from Jan. 17 to 19 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. Many of those snacks, made with either meat, fruit, or cheese, stood out for their creative twists on favorite categories like jerky, snack bars, and snackable cheeses. Here are just a few.
A New Kind of Jerky
The kind of meat jerky you’ll often find in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia is different: the traditional pork is covered in sugar, spices, salt, and soy sauce, then grilled over charcoal, making it much softer, chewier, and sweeter than the jerky you find here in the States. The founders of Little Red Dot Kitchen couldn’t find much bak kwa, as it’s called, in the U.S., so they decided to make their own, using sustainably sourced, non-GMO ingredients. Flavors include traditional Pork Bak Kwa, Turkey Bak Kwa, Spicy Chipotle Beef Bak Kwa, Uncured Spicy Candied Bacon, and Lemongrass Beef Bak Kwa (pictured above).
A New Twist on Raisins
Napa, California-based The Wine RayZyn Company offers a creative take on raisins, taking the same grapes used to make wine, and transforming them into an antioxidant-rich snack food. The company takes the 1 to 5 percent of remaining grapes on the vine during a harvest, and specially dries them to keep both the seeds and stems intact, so unlike traditional raisins, their raisins are crunchier, and can be paired easily with wine, cheese, oatmeal, yogurt, and salads. Their flagship product is the CabernayZyn, made from Cabernet grapes.
Cheese Snacks from BelGioioso
While cheeses like mozzarella and cheddar have long been featured in portable, snackable sizes, cheeses like fontina, mascarpone, and ricotta have not. BelGioioso, however, decided to expand its line of Snacking Cheese to include those three types of cheese, adding a Fontina Snacking Cheese and introducing a Mini Mascarpone and a Mini Ricotta single-serve cup.
New Fruit Flavors from That’s it.
That’s it Nutrition debuted two new flavors of its popular all-fruit snack bars at the Fancy Food Show—Apple + Apricot and Apple + Banana. The bars are gluten-free, vegan, and kosher, and have two servings of fruit per bar.
Bold Jerky Flavors
While there was a large variety of jerky brands on display at the show, many of those exhibiting distinguished themselves with unique flavor combinations. Lawless Jerky, for example, showcased its distinct 100-percent grass-fed beef and USA-raised pork jerky, in a variety of flavors ranging from spicy (Sweet Sriracha, Mango Habanero) and sweet (Honey Chipotle, Aloha Teriyaki, BBQ Spare Rib) to “foodie favorites” like Japanese Curry and Pho.
A Healthy Snacking Option
Natierra debuted its newest product, Chia Crunch, at the show. Chia Crunch is made with chia seeds and freeze-dried fruits and veggies, and is available in flavors that range from sweet to savory, including Coconut, Blueberry, Berries, Mango, Strawberry, Beet, and Kale + Spinach.
Bacon and Jerky: A Perfect Match
Chef’s Cut Real Jerky, unveiled its Real Bacon Jerky line at the Fancy Food show. It includes Maple, Applewood, and Sriracha varieties, with each piece of smoked bacon retaining a thin and crispy texture.
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