What’s hot — what’s new — in the food world? Each year thousands of food companies, supermarket executives, chefs and buyers descend on the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City for the Fancy Food Show. It’s where I go to discover the new food trends and the specialty products we’ll find on the shelves this autumn.
Health and wellness have now turned the corner to become mainstream. I saw lots of quinoa, chia, hemp seeds and pumpkin products all boasting super food qualities.
Here are some of my favorite finds worth looking for in your markets soon.
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Dark chocolate flavored many products. Enjoy your chocolate a guilt-free with Barkeater Quinoa Ka-Pow. It’s a rich dark chocolate bar with quinoa, giving it a crunchy texture. Barkeaterchocolates.com.
RXBAR protein bars come in multiple flavors. The protein source is egg whites and they have no gluten, no dairy and no soy. They are available at Whole Foods, Target and online at RXBAR.com.
RISHI organic iced tea concentrate by combines turmeric, ginger and chai spices. Mix it with club soda to make an energizing drink. Rishi-tea.com.
Looking for a guilt-free snack? Try Skinny Quinoa Sticks. They’re crunchy, tasty and are made with protein filed quinoa flour. Hiimskinny.com.
Smoked maple was another darling of the show.
Sugar Bob’s Smoked Maple Syrup gently infuses pure Vermont maple syrup with hardwood smoke giving a sweet and smoky flavor to your dish. Sugarbobsfinestkind.com.
Year of the pulse
Finally, pulse foods will be big this year. The U.N. has designated this the year of the pulse. You’ll see beans as the base for many products. Biena’s Rockin’ Ranch Chickpea Snack packs a big protein punch. Bienafoods.com.