Satisfying the Sweet and Salty Tooth—Nut-Based Candy Making a Comeback
Nut consumption is making a comeback.
Americans are looking for fewer calories and more nutritious snacking options, and nuts are a great additive to any candy bar or chocolate confection to satisfy this growing consumer need.
Edenton, N.C.-based peanut grower Hampton Farms says that nut consumption is back on the rise due to increased consumption of energy and nutrition bars. Hazelnut Growers of Oregon says they also see a growing demand from confectionary companies. Consumers see nuts as a guilt-free inclusion to chocolates.
Lucas Schmidt, industrial sales manager at HGO, says that today’s consumers view confectionary products containing nuts as a healthy way to indulge their sweet tooth. Peanuts, hazelnuts and almonds are trending as the top nuts to use with chocolate, along with bold and sweet flavors.
Combining honey with nuts and chocolate is a snack and chocolate lovers’ dream. Check out these companies that are running with the latest trend.
PowerBar’s Double Chocolate Crisp bar not only includes honey enrobed in whole oats and palm kernel oil, but also includes ground almonds and peanut butter in its recipe.
Droga Chocolate’s newest creation, Nutty Puddles, combine roasted almond and honey caramel puddles with dark chocolate. It’s a crunchy, chewy, chocolaty, honey-filled treat.
Honey Stinger’s Rocket Chocolate Energy Bar is sweetened with honey and boasts a rich cocoa flavor. Add almonds to the mix and the salty-tweet trend is satisfied in one bite.
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