Fall is fast approaching, therefore it’s time to reflect upon some of the hot summer trends that swept this year’s Fancy Food Show.

CandyIndustry.com reports that this year’s show was the largest ever, with a record breaking 2,700 exhibitors. Sales are up in the gourmet food industry, with an 18.4% leap in the past two years.

Three hundred new exhibitors hit the show floor and contributed to the spirited, smoky, fiery, coconut and s’more trends of the season. Candy Industry chose several products that were breaking boundaries while staying on trend. Several are sweetened with honey.

Quin Candy goes the traditional route with handmade products using real purees and minimal locally-sourced ingredients, including honey. A new twist on the old happens when trendy flavors are added, including blackberry tangerine, lemon tangerine and smoked cola.

Oregon Distillers Collection offers three truffles made with honey in its Moonstruck Collection: Honey Vanilla Caramel, Sea Salt Vanilla Caramel Milk Chocolate and Pure Gold Truffle. Items in the collection stay on trend with paired with spirit-infused chocolates.

Two of Mediterra’s new nutrition bar sets introduced at the show are made with honey. They include four varieties:  Orange & Honey and Pistachio & Honey, made with Greek honey and Cherry & Pistachio and Apricot & Pistachio. All bars in the lineup are inspired by a Mediterranean diet: sundried fruits, whole grains and Greek honey.

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The proof is in—snacking isn’t just for in-between meals anymore. Americans are snacking morning, noon and night for breakfast, lunch and dinner and in-between.

There are more snack products on the shelves than ever before, and BusinessWeek.com reports that in a recent survey of 1,139 Americans, 91% of them snack daily. A quarter of those polled snacked three to five times a day, and even 3% of them admitted that snacking is constant.

Nutrition came in third as to what consumers were looking for in their snacking needs, behind sweet and salty factors. A majority of those polled said they try to choose more nutritious snacking items than they used to. With snacking becoming an actual meal category of more than $64 billion in sales, snacks truly have evolved into a “something for everyone” phenomenon.

Women snack more often than men, citing chocolate, candy and cookies as favorites. Men tend to reach for saltier items. Both genders admitted that they snack to satisfy a craving. With Americans being busier than ever, most the popular snacks cited are ones that have a portable, on-the-go factor. The good news is that all-natural honey is included in several items in each popular category.

Kaufman’s Dark Chocolate-Dipped Honeycomb Candy is a crunchy, airy honeycomb candy hand-dipped in dark chocolate. The candy is lightly flavored with honey and available in convenient 3.4-oz. bags.

Nabisco’s Fun Shapes Cookies come in convenient variety packs that feature five different varieties per container. Two varieties feature honey: Honey Maid Angry Bird Honey Grahams and Teddy Grahams Honey Graham Snacks.

General Mills’ Chex Mix can satisfy both genders with a sweet and salty mix. The brand’s popular Honey Nut variety uses honey and nuts to enhance the flavor profile of the product’s corn Chex, wheat Chex, pretzels, mini vanilla breadsticks and vanilla swirl cookies.

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Breeze Bars September 11th, 2014

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Breeze Bars’ entire line of gluten-, dairy- and wheat-free snack bars are made with clover honey.

Varieties include Original Peanut Crunch, Chocolate Cranberry, Maple Almond, Cocoa Espresso and Nut Free Sunflower. Each bar comes in a choice of 9 oz. or 2 oz.

Breeze Bars were developed in 2009 by Breeze Brown, a registered dietitian, for her sister who had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and other friends. Now Breeze Bars has moved from a kitchen-based operation to nearly 100 retailers nationwide.

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