Every year about this time, the Fancy Food Show rolls into San Francisco. It’s a huge event packed with food and beverage companies showing off their newest products as well as old favorites. I’ve attended this event most of the last few years and it’s great fun to walk the aisles sampling tasty bites and checking out all the cool new stuff that will be coming to the shelves soon. I attended the show on Monday and tried to chronicle some of the most interesting stuff over on my Instagram page, but in case you missed it I’ve decided to share some of the things I found most interesting here.
First, I want to share my two very favorite items from the show. I didn’t take pictures of either — probably because I was so happy and excited to be eating them! — so I borrowed images from their sites.
First up: Sugar Bowl Bakery‘s new apple fritters. It feels kind of boring to say that a pastry was my favorite thing at the show when there were so many unusual items everywhere, but these fritters were off-the-charts delicious — buttery, cinnamon-y, apple-y. So good, that I went back for a second sample! I’ll be checking my local Costco to see if they have these the next time I stop by.
My other favorite was a bit more unusual — a savory yogurt from Fage. Fage was debuting their new Crossover line at the show. The yogurts come in the now familiar divided pack with yogurt on one side and toppings on the other. Most of the eleven flavors in the line are sweet, but they also have four savory flavors — carrot, tomato, olive and my favorite Coconut Curry with Cashews. I’ve seen a lot of savory yogurts at this show in the past few years but I often have a hard time finding them in stores. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on these more easily!
Peanut Butter and Co. were showing off these individual peanut butter dipping cups. The chocolate flavor was rich and delicious and would be great tucked in a lunch box with apple slices or pretzel sticks (if your school allows peanuts, of course).
Another great lunch box item I spotted were these fruit gel pouches from Zellee Organic. My kids both loved the samples I brought home and not only are they vegan, they are also free of the eight major allergens. Bonus: no added sugar.
I’m not generally a big fan of coconut water, but I really enjoyed this new beverage from Harmless Harvest: Harmless Coconut Probiotics. This drink is made with coconut water and meat along with probiotic additives and organic fruit. It reminded me of a drinkable yogurt.
My favorite trend I spotted at the show was edible cookie dough tubs! These little containers are filled with eggless, safe-to-eat dough that’s not meant to be baked. I tried several different flavors from a two or three brands and they were all great. The snack sized containers would be a nice lunch box surprise.
Another new-to-me item was Brazilian cheese bread made by Brazi Bites. Warm a few up in the morning and tuck into a lunch box.
Last but not least, we have a whole apple in an individual serving bag. Huh.
And before I sign off, I’m going to show you a beautiful picture of Wonder Woman made entirely from Jelly Belly jelly beans! Have a great weekend!