The fifth and final Expo West article covers snack (chips, bars, and nuts) and crackers finds. It was nice to see the trend towards more savory snacks that are made with whole grains and contain both fiber and protein. Many companies are now Non-GMO Project Verified, which definitely makes snacking much more fun.
All of these products should start arriving on store shelves over the next couple of months.
- Beanitos - introduced a first-to-market product with its Puffs, which are made from beans, not corn. They come in two varieties: White Cheddar, and Hot Chili Lime. They are Non-GMO Project Verified too. GFCO Certified
- Clean, Lean & Sexy - their line of gluten-free pretzels is corn free, which is hard to find. The mini pretzels are incredibly crunchy and quite tasty. They are also low in fat and calories. Test and monitor their (not shared) equipment daily; Working towards GFCO Certification
- Go Picnic - has added to its portable snack line with three new chips and dips and two breakfast options. The chips and dip options are: Salsa and Tortilla Chips, Red Pepper Hummus and Multi-Grain Crackers, and Black Bean Dip and Tortilla Chips. The breakfast options feature Maple Turkey Sausage and Fruit and Nut Mix with Applesauce, and Sunbutter and Multi-Grain Crackers with Fruit and Nut Mix. All gluten-free products contain less than 20 part per million of gluten
- Larabar - is rolling out grain-free granola called Renola in three flavors: Berry, Cinnamon Nut, and Cocoa Nut. Basically a seed and nut granola (think Enjoy Life) that is soy and dairy free and made with Non-GMO ingredients. All gluten-free products contain less than 20 part per million of gluten.
- Late July - their new non-GMO Restaurant Style Tortilla chips comes in two varieties: Sea Salt, and Chia & Quinoa. The chips are organic, made with whole grains, and they are cut bigger to hold more dip. GFCO Certified
- Mystic Harvest - purple corn tortilla chips anyone? Their Authentic Tortilla Chips with Salt contain 63% more fiber and 20% more protein than blue corn tortilla chips. They just taste like tortilla chips, so I am happy to make the switch to get more fiber/protein in my diet. Working towards GFCO Certification; Oats used are from a certified gluten-free oats manufacturer
- Popchips - has added veggie chips to their offerings in three flavors: Sea Salt, Tuscan Herb, and Hint of Olive Oil. GFCO Certified
- Sahale Snacks - has three new types of nuts snacks: Raspberry Crumble Cashew Mix, Berry Marcona Almond Mix, and Mango Tango Almond Mix. I didn't get to try them, but I haven't tried a snack mix of theirs that I disliked. GFCO Certified
- Food Should Taste Good - their new line of brown rice crackers in four flavors will be out on June 1. Choose from: Sea Salt, Peppercorn Blend, Roasted Red Pepper, and Tomato & Basil. They all contain dairy, or I would have tried them. GFCO Certified
- Kitchen Table Bakers - added Caraway Seed to their line of 100% Aged Parmesan Crisps that are naturally gluten, wheat, and sugar free. Their crisps are rich in calcium and protein while being low in carbohydrates and calories. I loved the rye flavor of the crackers and I can see myself putting them out at a party. CSA Certified
What looks good to you?