Sweet and spicy snacks are trending.
Kellogg Co. is expanding its Pringles lineup with Pringles Wavy Chipotle Ranch crisps, which have a ridged texture and a flavor described as “smoky chipotle heat” meets “creamy, zesty ranch,” according to the company.
“We’re always listening to what our fans crave and pride ourselves on delivering insanely accurate flavor combinations in a single crisp,” said Mauricio Jenkins, US marketing lead for Pringles. “These new crisps boast the perfect balance of spicy and sweet with flavor first and heat second, all while providing Pringles Ranch devotees and snackers alike with a new way to experience this classic bite.”
Mars, Inc. has unveiled a cookie dough-inspired take on its Twix chocolate brand. Twix Cookie Dough pairs cookie bars with a creamy cookie dough-flavored layer, chocolate cookie bits and a milk chocolate coating. The product will be available beginning in December.
“Mars is thrilled to announce Twix Cookie Dough as our newest flavor innovation,” said Michelle Deignan, senior brand director at Mars Wrigley. “Twix Cookie Dough is the perfect mashup of two fan favorites — our classic Twix bar and the nostalgic flavors of cookie dough — all wrapped into one.”
Sweet Earth Foods, a subsidiary of Nestle USA, is launching a pair of frozen dishes at select retailers. The entree bowls are Non-GMO Project verified and vegan. The Korean BBQ-Style Chik’n offering has edamame, carrots, snap peas and sesame seeds atop a cauliflower and brown rice blend. The Cacio E Pepe bowl is gluten-free and contains a vegan Parmesan-style cheese and black pepper sauce made from cashews with chickpea pasta and additional vegetables.
“At Sweet Earth, we’re always looking to offer plant-based versions of the unique flavors and dishes consumers love,” said Jennifer Barnes, vice president and general manager of Sweet Earth Foods. “As schedules pick back up, we want to ensure we’re offering mindfully made and delicious veg-forward options that people can rely on to satisfy their taste buds and fuel their busy lifestyles.”
B.T.R. Nation, a maker of snack bars boosted with botanicals, has introduced a new banana nut bar with zero grams of added sugar. The plant-based product is formulated with almonds, chicory root fiber, a blend of pea protein, pumpkin seed protein and almond protein powder, cashew butter, organic ashwagandha extract, organic turmeric powder and banana powder.
New from Tia Lupita Foods is a line of salsa macha, a crunchy condiment featuring a blend of morita chiles, sesame seeds, garlic and pepitas in olive oil. A sweet option adds raisins and cranberries, and a savory offering has roasted peanuts and lime. The products are made in small batches and were inspired by founder Hector Saldivar’s Mexican heritage.
“After discovering salsa macha in my mother’s kitchen on a recent trip to visit my parents in Monterrey, Mexico, it was love at first bite,” Mr. Saldivar said. “While salsa macha was a staple in other regions of Mexico, it only recently became a staple in Monterrey kitchens.
“I couldn’t stop eating it. I loved that it was so versatile — I could use it as a salad dressing, topping, dip or condiment. I called it the Kind Bar of salsas — ingredients you can taste, see and pronounce.”
PepsiCo’s bubly sparkling water brand is expanding with a limited-edition launch. The Bellini-inspired beverage has flavors of peach, pineapple and mango and contains no alcohol.
Aura Bora is introducing a tangerine blossom sparkling water flavored with herbs, fruits and flowers. A portion of sales will support tree planting initiatives.
Hormel Foods Corp. is introducing Planters Sweet & Spicy Dry Roasted Peanuts, featuring honey and dried red chili peppers plus salt.
“At first, your taste buds are hit with sweet flavors of honey and sugar, and then the spice kicks in making you want to start the experience all over again,” said Robbie Koons, Planters brand manager. “We set out to give our flavor-loving fans a new and distinct eating experience. After rigorous testing and perfecting, we knew we found the newest member of our market-leading dry roasted peanut portfolio with Planters Sweet & Spicy Peanuts.”
Land O’Lakes debuted Butter Balls, half tablespoon balls of butter made for cooking.
“Innovation is core to Land O’Lakes, and we see this product as the answer to the convenience consumers crave while staying true to the great product they rely on — sweet cream butter,” said Heather Anfang, US vice president of Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods. “While the pandemic created unprecedented challenges across all industries, our commitment to innovation never wavered — and instead we chose to lean in and are excited to bring this unique product to consumers this summer.”
PepsiCo Inc.’s Ruffles brand has teamed up with Jayson Tatum to release a new flavor, spicy dill pickle.
The limited-edition flavor is available at retailers nationwide in 8-oz bags for a suggested retail price of $4.79 and in 2.5-oz bags for $2.19.
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