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Top 10 Places for Snacks on the Fly

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Everyone is busy these days with barely enough time to think about grabbing a snack on their way out for the day. Luckily Tropical Foods signature snack filled cups, Grabeez®, are not only portable and convenient, but also filled with delicious snacks. Our newest additions to the Grabeez® line: Sweet Caroline®, The Big Cheese®, and Firecracker Hot & Spicy®, offer the perfect snack for those who have a sweet tooth, someone who wants a savory, crunchy snack, or those who prefer a spicier snack. These portable snacks are perfect for so many different occasions since you can easily grab your favorite flavor and reseal the lid for multiple snacking excursions. Here are our favorite Top 10 Places for Snacks on the Fly:

1. Sporting Event
From your favorite professional sports team to your kid’s little league game, snacks are a must. Cheer on your favorite team with your favorite Grabeez® in hand. We suggest Buffalo Nuts® paired with a cold one.

2. Beach Day
Days spent at the beach can be some of the most fun days ever, but they can also be exhausting. After lugging all of the beach chairs, toys, and cooler down to your beach spot, you might be too tired to head back for lunch. Banana Split Grabeez® screams summer and you can just reseal the lid until you’re ready to snack again.

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Fruity-Tooty Recipe

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RECIPE NAME
Fruity-Tooty

CHEF
Johnson & Wales Senior Michael Daniel

PREPARATION TIME
20 minutes

COOKING TIME
1 Hour 10 Minutes

SERVING SIZE
6-8

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Mix Up Your Salads

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One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier. We see it again and again each year. Gyms packed January 2nd and calories being counted. Now that we’re almost to the end of January, the gyms have slowly gotten back to normal and people are bored with the same healthy eating. How many salads can a person eat before your taste buds crave something more? To keep you on the healthy living path, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Tropical Foods salad toppers.

First things first, join the trend of the mason jar salad. The dressing sits on the bottom, with veggies, fruit, nuts and greens filling up the rest. It offers layers of healthy eating and makes food preparation for the week a breeze. We are going to focus on the different kinds of nuts and snack mixes to add to your salad for maximum flavor. Nuts can often fill the crunch craving of a crouton, but in a healthier way. They also deliver a punch of fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients to the meal. Here are five of our favorites for your next week of salad lunches:

  1. Almond Slices and Walnut Pieces
    Traditional salad toppings, almond slices and walnut pieces can add that much-needed crunch without a ton of added calories.
  2. Buffalo Nuts®
    Who wouldn’t rather be eating a buffalo wing than a salad? Now, you can have all the same taste without all the mess. These buffalo-flavored peanuts add some bold flavor to your salad that will instantly make your lunch more exciting. You can even add Buffalo Nuts with Ranch or Buffalo Nuts with Blue Cheese for the flavors of your favorite salad dressings without all the fat.
  3. Fiber First®
    This nut and fruit snack mix gives you the best of both worlds with a salty and sweet taste. Made with roasted peanuts, almonds, dried apricots, pineapple, dates and raisins, there is a ton of flavor that would be perfect with some greens and a light vinaigrette dressing.
  4. Diet Delight®
    Diets don’t have to be boring. By adding the Diet Delight snack mix to your salad, it’s a great mix of crunchy nuts (roasted almonds and cashews), seeds (sunflower and pumpkin) and a little sweet (raisins).
  5. Wild about Wasabi®
    When you are looking for a salad with maximum flavor, try an Asian-inspired flavor profile and add this mix made of wasabi soy sauce cashews, wasabi green peas, and almonds.

There are a limitless amount of salad combos if you feel like getting creative. Peek around on our full list of snack mixes to make your next lunch more delicious.

Photo Credit: Beth / Eat Within Your Means / Via eatwithinyourmeans.com

 

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2015 Flavor Trends

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We’ve already predicted our Top 5 Food & Eating Trends for 2015. (CLICK HERE if you haven’t read yet!)  We all know snacking is going to continue to rise each year and 2015 is on track to be one the biggest years yet. As with traditional meals, consumers are looking for maximum flavor and taste in snacks. Flavor innovation is on the rise and new products are always in demand. With 82% of people saying they’re open to trying new flavors (Mintel, 2014), let’s look at some of the flavor trends for 2015. The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), shared what flavorists, chefs and trendspotters predict consumers will be seeking out in the coming year. These include:

Sweet + Heat: Spicy snacks continue to grow in popularity, partially attributed to Millenials’ love for bold and spicy flavors. Sriracha is a huge flavor trend we saw last year that will continue to be incorporated into other products. Spicy is even being found in the beverage category with jalapeno- flavored items to choose from. Tropical has always had a healthy mix of sweet and bold products. The perfect example of this trend would be our Sweet Heat snack mix.
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Because we all have a sweet tooth …

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Throughout the decades, candy has played a prominent role in the food and beverage industry. In the 1960’s, Sugar Daddy, Boston Baked Beans, and Bazooka bubble gum were among the most popular (and of course who can forget the comics on the wrappers of Bazooka. As the years continued, and technology advanced, the candy industry took off like a rocket.  Jelly Bellys were the go to movie snack in the 70’s while they were enjoying first Star Wars movie. Or, you may have been chewing away on your favorite flavor of Bubble Yum like John Travolta’s character in Grease. The 1980’s brought a decade long fixation with Skittles and ‘Tasting the Rainbow,’ as well as introducing the newest flavor profiles with Sour Patch Kids gummy candies- proving that candy doesn’t have to just be sweet, they can be sour as well! The new trend of sour candies continued on into the 90’s with the increasing popularity of Sour Patch Kids, Warheads and Sweet Tarts. Rolling into the new millennium, candy lovers are craving salty and savory candies like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut M&Ms. With flavor preferences continuing to change, Tropical Foods has a candy that will satisfy any candy craving that your customers desire. Here is a list of the Top 10 candy items:

  1. Snickers candy bar
  2. M&M Peanut candy bar size
  3. Jelly Belly Assorted, bulk
  4. M&M Plain, bulk
  5. Hershey Miniatures, bulk
  6. M&M Plain candy bar size
  7. Mars Madness, bulk
  8. Hershey Hodge Podge, bulk
  9. Sour Patch Kids, bulk
  10. Gummy Bears, bulk
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