Linda Gassenheimer is an award-winning author of several cookbooks, most recently, The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook and The Flavors of the Florida Keys. Listen to her FoodNewsAndViewsPodcast on all major sites. She writes the syndicated newspaper column “Quick Fix.” DinnerInMinutes.com.
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This summer’s Fancy Food Show was the largest one ever, with more than 2,700 companies and 80 countries represented. Here are my favorite finds…
Coconut Cashew Butter from The 3 Nuts is a cashew nut butter with the flavor of coconut. Use it instead of peanut butter in a sandwich. $10 for an eight-ounce jar. The3Nuts.com
Maca Maple Superfood+ Cashews by Navitas Naturals are cashews with a praline coating made from maple syrup and maca powder. Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, grows in the foothills of Peru. The result is a tasty, sweet snack. $6.99 for a four-ounce package. NavitasNaturals.com
Agave Quinoa Sesame Chocolate Bar by Jcoco Chocolates. Quinoa, a superfood high in protein, is puffed and coated with blue agave, mixed with toasted sesame seeds and added to chocolate for a sweet and salty flavor. $7.95 for three one-ounce bars, $2.50 for a one-ounce bar. JcocoChocolate.com
Smoked Chocolate Chips by Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery. The smoked flavor enriches the chocolate. Use in chocolate chip cookies, or sprinkle on ice cream. $15 for a seven-ounce jar. GetYourHotCakes.com
Perky Jerky is made from top round beef or turkey breast. Unlike many jerky products, the meat is soft and there are no nitrates, preservatives or added MSG. $4.99 for 2.2 ounces. PerkyJerky.com
Pork Clouds by Bacon’s Heir has reinvented the salt-cured pork rind. It is made by melting the fat off pork skins and then frying them in olive oil and seasonings. They’re a light, crisp snack that can be used for scooping dips or as croutons on a salad. $12 for six 0.7-ounce bags. BaconsHeir.com
HORS D’OEUVRES AND SAUCES
Cauliflower Mousse by Aux Delices des Bois is a creamy, sliceable mousse made with a mixture of cauliflower, carrots, haricots verts, red pepper, butternut squash, caramelized onions, herbs and Provolone cheese. Serve with crackers. $7.99 for five ounces. TransAtlanticFoods.com
Triple Ale Onion Savory Spread from Wozz! Kitchen Creations is sweet and savory. It’s made with artisan ale and caramelized onions. Great on crackers or sandwiches. $10 for a 13-ounce jar. WozzKitchenCreations.com
Sriracha Horseradish Sauce by Terrapin Ridge Farms adds horseradish to the traditional spicy red sriracha sauce for an extra punch. Sriracha is made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar and other spices. Use the sauce on sandwiches, in potato salad and coleslaw, and to add zing to tuna salad. $8 for an eight-ounce jar. TerrapinRidge.com