There’s lots to love about living in the Bay Area, but at this time of the year one thing takes the cake–The Winter Fancy Food Show. From Sunday-Tuesday, the Love With Food staff walked miles upon miles through aisles stocked with the latest and greatest in chocolates, jams, sauces, cheeses and, of course, snacks of the year! (I know, I know, dirty job, right?) And while we’re all about surprising you every month with new, unique tastes, here’s a little inside info on what 2015 looks like it’ll have in store.
Chips with Benefits From Ips Chips made with egg white for a whooping 6 grams of protein per serving to Way Better Snacks corn tortilla chips spiked with flax and quinoa, there’s more to crunching than meets the eye (or ears for that matter!).
Adults-Only Peanut Butter No longer do you have to insist that your kids take a PB&J to school so that you can sneak a lick. With Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters, which come in savory flavors like Spicy Thai Peanut Butter, and Theo’s Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, you can skip the Skippy and just go for it!
Goodbye Ranch, Hello Real Flavor Inspired by everything from the Farmer’s Market to the Global Market, brands are moving beyond the ol’ standbys and finding unique flavors that make a big difference. 479° Farmer’s Market Herb has the brightness of fresh herbs, while Laughing Giraffe’s Goji Maca Snakaroons deliver antioxidant ingredients to help improve your alertness and mood.
Coconut Water Competition There’s a new plant based healthy beverage that’s poised to take over called ARTY. Made of artichokes and flavored with mint leaves, this tasty thirst quencher boasts an enormous amount of vitamins and minerals per gulp. We just thought it tasted darn good!
Hummus Inspired Foods The perfect accompaniment to crackers, chips and baby carrots, hummus has skyrocketed in popularity over the past decade or so. Now, it’s time to make room in the fridge for a few other tasty bean dips by The Better Bean. Of course, you can also have that great garbonzo flavor with no refrigeration required just by digging into Saffron Road’s Falafel Crunchy Chickpeas.
Guilt-Free Frozen Desserts Handcrafted from premium ingredients, Arctic Zero goes for the low glycemic, lactose free, gluten free and GMO free approach, while Agave Dream takes traditional ice cream and simply sweetens it with natural agave syrup.
Fresh Take on Jerky A far cry from the convenience store mystery meats of your youth, jerky has made a comeback. Pioneering the all-natural meat snack in previous years, Krave is now featuring fresh flavors like chardonnay thyme and cabernet rosemary in it’s new artisanal like. Newcomer, Uncle Andy’s showed off it’s Southern Gent riff seasoned with Lemon and Mint.