A Glimpse of the Sweet Side of the 2013 Summer Fancy Food® Show

July 9th, 2013

It’s that time of year again…the sun is shining, birds are chirping and the sweet smell of innovation is in the air. It can only mean one thing: another Summer Fancy Food Show is upon us! Last week’s NASFT (National Association for the Specialty Food Trade) Summer Fancy Food Show was held in NYC and was attended by foodies from around the globe. Check out some highlights below of show sweets that really stood out.

NASFT - Swiss Colony Jelly Belly Cake Bites

These Swiss Colony/Jelly Belly co-brand Cake Bites were absolutely delicious and super indulgent. The Blueberry & Pomegranate were my personal favorite. There were a lot of products throughout the show that were seemingly inspired by petits fours…keep an eye out for this glimmer of a trend.

NASFT - Sucre Floral Chocolate Bars

My absolute favorite use of florals that I saw at the show. The candied rose and candied violet pieces were so amazing and flavorful on their own, but completely well-balanced in the gourmet chocolate bars by Sucré. They really are as delicious as they are beautiful.

Hannamax Baking - Crunchy Cookie Chips

Was able to snag a bag of these to bring back to the office and share (although the sharing part is hard with these addictive treats). This is exemplary of the trend of formats merging. Here, the cookie meets the chip and the result is a crunchy, chocolatey, satisfying snack that truly does taste like a cookie but eat like a chip.

NASFT - Zoë’s Chocolate

When chocolate meets art you get the unparalleled beauty of Zoë’s Chocolate. The packaging is extremely minimal because it just obstructs the aesthetic genius of these bars. From coffee-shop inspirations to floral flair and holiday themes, these candy concoctions are a work of art.

Lesley Elizabeth Inc Flavored Sugar

Where there’s flavored salt, flavored sugar can’t be far behind. The black currant flavored sugar mixed in cool whip and served with a miniature Nilla wafer cookie really hit the spot.

NASFT - Beauties Sweeties Gummies

These functional gummies were almost too tasty to be functional, but they were! These Beauty Sweeties fruit jelly hearts contained 20% fruit juice, 6% fruit pieces, vitamins, aloe vera and collagen, all on a base of yogurt cream!

Carousel Vanilla Sea Salt Caramels

Since we showed Salted Vanilla at this year’s Innovation Roadshow® in May, I did a double-take when I saw these Vanilla Sea Salt Creamy Caramels. Just further proof that Innovation Starts Here® at David Michael & Co.!

Stay tuned for the next post, where I’ll share a couple of more sweets and my favorite savory products from the show with you!


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