Snack food addicts worldwide can rejoice—there are more snacking options now than ever. With “snacking” no longer being a negative word and more a substitution for larger meals, consumers are seeking healthier and quicker choices to fill up with throughout the day.
According to Global Industry Analysts Inc., world snack food sales will top a third of a trillion dollars by 2015. Consumer demand equals more choices than ever before, with manufacturers working to meet increasing need.
FoodProcessing.com says that both health and indulgence are key needs of the snacking consumer, therefore different ingredients are battling for attention. The magazine lists cheese, bacon and spice as top ingredients on the indulgence side and chocolate on the sweet side. However, it’s a whole different came for ingredients once a healthy choice demand is called into play.
Nuts cover all ingredient needs, according to the magazine. They are high-energy, contain essential fatty acids, dietary fiber, phytochemicals, vitamin E, and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron and zinc.
Three examples of snacks with both nuts and honey are KIND Bars, which are made with honey, whole nuts, fruits and spices; Quaker’s True Delights Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry Granola Bar, which contains zero grams of trans fat and is a great source of fiber, calcium and iron; and Kellogg’s Special K Cereal Bar Honey Nut, which is designed for the on-the-go snacker who needs a quick breakfast or meal replacement.
Salty and sweet flavors combined in one snack also is on the rise, and honey lovers can get the two for one deal with these great snacks:
thinkThin Mixed Nuts Crunch Bar combines the sweet flavor of honey with the saltiness of peanuts, almonds and cashews. LARABAR’s Uber Roasted Nut Roll Bar marries sweet and salty with honey, almonds, cashews and sea salt headlining the top flavors. Varieties include Apple Turnover, Bananas Foster and Cherry Cobbler.
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