Traditional snacks boosted by new varieties boasting global flavors.
PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division is catering to these consumers wanting to sample cultural cuisine without leaving the couch. The company is launching its new Passport to Flavor program, including four limited-time Lay’s potato chip flavors: Brazilian Picanha, inspired by the flavor of a cut of Brazilian steak and chimichurri sauce; Chinese Szechuan Chicken, featuring the heat of the regional Sichuan pepper; Greek Tzatziki, offering the Mediterranean classic flavors of dill, garlic and other spices added to yogurt; and Indian Tikka Masala, packed with spices such as turmeric and cumin.
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Pushing beyond the traditional flavors of ready-to-eat popcorn, Trader Joe’s is introducing Bollywood Popcorn. The air-popped corn is tossed with a Tikka Masala seasoning, featuring a blend of turmeric, mustard seeds, cardamom and garam masala. Trader Joe’s Bollywood Popcorn is vegan, kosher and nut-free.
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A new gluten-free cracker variety with a kick is joining the TH Foods, Inc. family. Crunchmaster Fiesta Lime Crackers, made with California rice and black beans, are oven-baked crackers seasoned with a fiesta lime seasoning. The crackers are certified gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, and contain no artificial colors or flavors.
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A new line of Tombstone brand pizzas are joining the Nestle S.A. lineup. New Tombstone Roadhouse pizzas feature crispy thin crust, two layers of cheese and large cuts of premium meats and vegetables. The pizzas are available in four varieties: Bring on the Meat, featuring pepperoni, Italian sausage and Genoa salami; Double Down Deluxe, featuring pepperoni, Italian sausage, caramelized onions and red and green peppers; Piled High Pepperoni, featuring pepperoni; and Two Meat Matchup, featuring pepperoni and Italian sausage.
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Mondelez International, Inc. is fusing two favorite sweets with its new Swedish Fish Oreo. The limited-edition cookie features Swedish Fish gummi candy-flavored crème sandwiched between two chocolate wafer cookies.
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Two new cookie varieties will be offered by the Girl Scouts in select markets during the 2017 cookie season. Both inspired by s’mores, one version, made by ABC Bakers, a division of Interbake Foods, L.L.C., features a crispy graham cookie double dipped in crème icing and coated with chocolate, and the other, made by Little Brownie Bakers, a division of Kellogg Co., is a graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallow filling.
“The new Girl Scout S’mores cookies capture the adventurous spirit, love of the outdoors, and feeling of community that are synonymous with Girl Scouts,” said Sylvia Acevedo, interim chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of the USA. “As we approach the 100th anniversary of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, it only seems natural to celebrate it with a new cookie flavor that ties to our heritage and captures the adventurous, take-charge, and civic-minded spirit of our girls. Now consumers will have another delicious way to support girls as they hone leadership, financial literacy, business, and people skills, while using their cookie earnings to address community issues, or invest in fun and educational experiences.”
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Inventure Foods, Inc. is expanding its Nathan’s snacks lineup with new Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Potato Chips. The snack features the flavor of the iconic hot dog, Inventure said, complete with the taste of ketchup, mustard and relish. The chips are gluten-free, have zero trans fats and contain 150 calories per serving.
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Popcorn, Indiana is releasing a new ready-to-eat popcorn variety: Himalayan Pink Salt popcorn. Containing no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, the new snack is Non-GMO Project verified, certified gluten-free and certified kosher.
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Seeds are the stars of Absolutely Gluten-Free’s new Organic SuperSeed Crunch. The snacks — available in original, toasted coconut and cinnamon varieties, are made with organic superseeds, including whole sesame seeds, whole golden flax and whole chia. Organic Superseed Crunch is USDA organic, certified gluten-free, OU kosher, non-G.M.O., vegan, dairy and soy-free.
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Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. is making baking with cranberries a little easier with its new Cooking & Baking Cranberries. The product, part of Decas’ Paradise Meadow Line, features julienne-style cranberries pre-sliced for use in bread, muffins and scones.
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