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New kits seen at Summer Fancy Food empower home cooks to create anything from matzo ball soup to bagels with cream cheese.

“The idea of do it yourself or grow it yourself or make it yourself is not brand new; it has been around for past shows, but it continues,” Ms. Purcell said. “There’s always some kind of new kit coming out.”


Recent launches include an organic cold brew coffee kit from Chameleon Cold-Brew, which includes a mason jar and eight coffee pods, and Annie B’s Caramel Apple Kits from Henke Foods in original and pumpkin spice flavors.


From Baruvi Fresh, Hummustir offers a convenient, customizable solution for preparing and eating hummus on the go. The product includes packets of organic chickpea puree, organic tahini and spices, plus a small wooden spoon inside a cup. No refrigeration is required until the ingredients are mixed.

“You can see the appeal of these products,” Ms. Purcell said. “You still have to prep the food and make it, but you really feel like you’ve accomplished something if you followed this recipe that might be more intricate than what you would have done on your own, and you don’t have to go through the hassle of sourcing and shopping and procuring everything.”