Sriracha, mint and better-for-you snacks and beverages top the list of trends spotted at the Winter Fancy Food Show, held Jan. 19-21 in San Francisco.
The traditional potato chip takes a backseat to adventurous flavors and better-for-you ingredients. Gluten-free and high in protein, Simply 7 Quinoa Chips are made without preservatives, artificial colors and flavors and bioengineered ingredients. Rhythm Superfood Chips contain non-bioengineered corn, pea protein and vegetables, with such flavors as jalapeno lime and barbecue. Toasted sesame and seaweed popcorn debuts from 479°, which also offers such artisan-inspired flavors as white cheddar and black truffle, toasted coconut caramel and farmers market herbs.
The trendy Thai chili sauce is flavoring hummus, popcorn and chocolate. Not Just Peachy, Sriracha Jam from The Jam Stand packs a sweet heat with a combination of peaches and the hot sauce. Sriracha adds spice to organic hummus from Hope Foods, light popcorn from The Popcorn Factory and tortilla chips from Simply Sprouted Way Better Snacks, which features sprouted kale seeds. Another exhibitor, Sugar Plum Chocolates, offers Sriracha-dusted dark chocolate-dipped potato chips and Sriracha-infused peanuts.
From unsweetened almond milk to low-calorie chocolate tea, reduced-sugar sips have found a sweet spot in the specialty food market. Made without artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup, Xumma semi-sweet cola has 80 calories per bottle and uses enough pure cane sugar “to complement the cola, not bully it,” according to the company’s web site. Bruce Cost Ginger Ale 66 features fresh ginger, pure cane sugar and monk fruit, with 66 calories per bottle. CocoHydro from Big Tree Farms is a powdered coconut water mix with 40 calories per serving.
The herb adds a fresh twist to new chocolate and beverage products, including Silk Road Soda’s organic soft drinks in cucumber mint, original mint and pomegranate mint flavors. The organic popsicles from Good Pop includes a gluten- and dairy-free hibiscus mint variety. Victoria’s Kitchen Almond Water features a mint and licorice flavor made with cane sugar, almond and mint with licorice extract.
Surprising ingredients are shaking up such classic toppers as ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise. As a stand-in for honey mustard, Salted Caramel Mustard Sauce from Fischer & Wieser offers a tangy twist to the salted-caramel craze. The gourmet mayonnaise collection from Victoria Amory includes a fine herbs flavor made with pressed olive oil, eggs, lemon juice and herbs from the Basque region. Stonewall Kitchen’s truffle ketchup and Lillie’s Q Barbeque Sauces & Rubs’ Ivory sauce add rich complexity to standard sandwiches.