New Food Products Revealed at NCA 2011 Sweets and Snacks Expo

Food Processing reports on the new candy and snack products found at the NCA 2011 Sweets and Snacks Expo.

By Diane Toops, News & Trends Editor

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Kervan Gida San ve Tic. A.S. brings the childlike happiness of gummies to an adult snack. Fat-free with no artificial coloring, Bebeto Premium's unique fruit juice gummies include the natural flavors of Raspberry & Blackberry, Turkish Coffee & Mint, and Tropical Pineapple & Tropical Orange.

Free of wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars, Clove Simple Squares from Simple Squares are all-natural, savory-sweet, nut and honey confections infused with vanilla and herbs. They are kosher, raw and made with organic ingredients so that the Square's power-packed nutrients are never compromised.

Seth Ellis Chocolatier introduces Nut Free Sun Cups (organic gluten fee sunflower butter and chocolate). Varieties include Sunflower Butter and Chocolate, Sunflower Butter Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups and Dark Chocolate Mint Cups.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, GloryBee Foods introduces Chocolate HoneyStix. If you dipped a drop of honey in chocolate, this is what it would taste like. It's a honey of a product.

Infusing nutrition
Stride Spark from Kraft Foods comes in electrifying gum flavors -- Kinetic Mint and Kinetic Fruit. Each contains 25 percent of the RDV of vitamins B6 and B12, two essential nutrients known for helping to release energy in the body.

Focus Food, an all-natural, nutritious snack that fits the needs of an elite pro-athlete, as well as the everyday, health enthusiast, from GI Nutrition is the only protein bar on the market to contain a unique blend of caffeine and l-tyrosine, to provide an extra boost of energy and focus.

The Original Flax Bar and Chocolate Original Flax Bar from Live Smart Manufacturing are vegan, lactose-free, soy-free and wheat-free, available in both original and cocoa flavors to satisfy different tastes. One bar contains 100 percent of the recommended Omega-3 fatty acids (from flax), plus pure antioxidants essential to well being

Besides being a delicious, bite-size, chocolaty treat, Sleep Squares from Slumberland Snacks is a sleep aid, designed to help snackers fall asleep fast, maintain sleep throughout the night and wake up feeling fantastic without any grogginess or side-effects.

Welch's Fruit Snacks Tangy Fruits from Promotion in Motion are made with real fruit and fruit juice, contain 100% of the DV of vitamin C, 25% if the DV of vitamins A and D and 10% calcium. Gluten free and with no preservatives, flavors include Tangerine, Lemon Pink Grapefruit, Cran-Grape, Cherry and Green Apple.

Juicefuls, the first and only fruit snack filled with 100% juice, from Promotion in Motion debuts Fruit Wave (Strawberry, Orange, Concord Grape and Peach).

Chiquita Brands LLC debuts Chiquita Juice and Fruit Duos, which contain no added sugar, no artificial flavors or colors, are loaded with vitamin C antioxidant power and have a Spork-in-Lid for on-the-go consumers. Flavors include Pineapple Banana, Pineapple Guava, Peach Mango and Pear Blueberry Pomegranate.

Motts for Tots, from Farley's and Sathers extends it juice franchise to fun, fruit shapes sized smaller and with a unique soft texture ideal for tots. They are all natural, contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, are gluten free and a good source of vitamin C. Flavors in each pouch include Apple, Apple White Grape, Fruit Punch and Strawberry Banana
 
Touting its antioxidant value, Australian confectionery company Darrell Lea showcased its newest flavor of licorice: blueberry pomegranate.

Popcorn pops out of its box
Kernel Fabyan's Gourmet Popcorn combines Caramel and Golden Cheddar popcorns for one delectable offering. An intriguing blend of savory and sweet, creamy and crunchy, Classic Mix Gourmet Popcorn delivers a burst of flavor in every bite.

A sweet treat for any time of day, Oogie's Original Kettlecorn from Oogie's Gourmet Popcorn delivers a classic flavor with a distinctly modern twist. The technique is a secret, the ingredients feature just a hint of vanilla, a touch of sea salt and pure cane juice.

Kernel Season's debuts a line of all natural, ready-to-eat popcorn. All four kosher varieties – Real Butter, Aged White Cheddar, Zesty Chipotle Nacho and Sweet ‘n Salty Kettle Corn -- are made with non-GMO corn, no trans far, no artificial colors or flavors, natural sunflower oil, real cheese, clarified butter and contains 13g of whole grain per serving.
 
Smart cookies
Roland Sables from American Roland Food Corp. are crispy shortbread cookies made from a simple combination of seven all-natural ingredients. With their stylish and traditional fluted edges, Sables are thin and crisp, decadent yet discreet, with a taste and texture that can only come from using real butter.

Sun-Maid Oatmeal Raisin Apple Cookies from Biscomerica combine plump Sun-Maid Raisins and apple chips in a wholesome oatmeal cookie recipe. The cookies contain no trans-fats and 3g of fiber.

Hand-crafted with cherries and cranberries, Natural Bubbie's Soft Biscotti from Live Smart Manufacturing comes in three flavors -- walnut, almond and chocolate. Also available is Fit Smart Energy Oatmeal Cookie, a 100 percent natural, wheat-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free cookie with no added sugar. This cookie's sweetness comes from goji berries, cranberries, dates and raisins.

HomeFree LLC adds Vanilla Cookies free of the top eight allergens and gluten to its line of snacks. The cookies contain no trans fat, cholesterol or saturated fat, are low sodium, heart healthy, vegan, kosher pareve and SB-19 compliant for schools, and one serving contains more than half a serving of whole grain.

On the go
A grab-and-go twist on East Shore Specialty Foods' gourmet classics, the Classic Snack Box features a 1.4-oz. jar of East Shore's original Sweet and Tangy Mustard and a 2-oz. bag of Seasoned Pretzels, conveniently paired in a compact, elegant package.

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