There’s no denying that the snack food industry is crunching and munching its way to the top of the charts.
And, with more consumer demands for all-natural, gluten-free and convenience, manufacturers are tasked now more than ever to make each and every snack food choice taste great.
Flavor is an innovation in and of itself, and Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery claims that spicy combinations and natural sweeteners like honey are the “in” snacking flavors that consumers are clamoring for.
The magazine reports that flavors have helped global consumers spend $374 billion on snack foods in the past year, according to a Nielsen report. Potato chips/salty snacks were the favorites among Americans, with 63% of those polled citing this category as a preference.
Perhaps what makes chips so appealing to both consumers and manufacturers is their versatility. Spicy and/or ethnic flavors trending this year included Korean barbecue, peppers and malt vinegar. Kettle Brand satisfies spicy and sweet lovers’ taste buds with Bakes Potato Chips Hickory Honey Barbeque. These chips are made with honey powder, a pinch of paprika and spicy chili peppers served on a golden baked chip.
Also prepared to spice it up is Old Dutch’s Gourmet Thick Cut Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Potato Chips. Fresh white potatoes are ripple-cut in thick slices, sizzled in oil and sprinkled with honey, vinaigrette and sea salt.
Honey is a key sweetener in the chip flavor combination category, with spicy-and-sweet, salty-and-sweet and savory-and-sweet packing the most punch. Both savory, salty and sweet, Wise’s Honey BBQ Potato Chips are a flavor combination of sweet and spicy.
Those craving a sophisticated chip with a savory twist should try Kettle Brand Honey Dijon Potato Chips. Marrying the taste of Dijon mustard with smooth honey and fresh, all-natural ingredients creates this intensely flavored chip.
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