Have you had a snack today? Maybe multiple? If so, you're in the majority of consumers that snack throughout the day. In fact, a study by The Hartman Group found that 91% of consumers snack multiple times a day, with 8% of people replacing a traditional meal with a snack.*
We have become a nation of snackers, eschewing the traditional three-meal-a-day plan for mini-bursts of satiety through sweet, savory and salty snacks. Fueling the snacking craze is consumers' desires for convenient and better-for-you options. Potato chips are still popular, but so too are honey-roasted nuts, protein bites and food bars.
In these snack foods, developers are focusing on more than taste. They are looking at each ingredient and the functional benefits they impart, from protein to satiety to good fats. These snacks also are using honey as both a flavor, sweetener and functional ingredient to bind nuts and seeds together.
Honey's use in snack foods delivers all-natural flavor and a pure source of energy. It also capitalizes on these three trends.
Next time you go to the supermarket, check out these great made with honey snacks.
Madagascar Vanilla Almond & Honey Bar, This Bar Saves Lives
This nut- and seed-dense bar uses honey to bring the ingredients and the flavor together. Plus, every time you buy one of these bars, the company gives a bar to a child in need. That's snacking we all can feel good about!
Ricotta Cups - Wildflower Honey, RifRaf
Consumers are used to snacking on cottage cheese, but this Brooklyn, NY-based company is trying to make ricotta a popular snacking option by blending it with wildflower honey. Each ricotta cup contains 250 calories and 10 grams of protein.
Superfood Bites - Wild Blueberry and Honey, Urban Foods
This sweet snack offers consumers a better-for-you option without sacrificing flavor. In this snack, blueberry and honey drive the flavor and quinoa, chia, flax, seeds and oats provide the texture.
Perfect Kids Peanut Butter Cookie, Perfect Bar
This refrigerated cookie bar uses honey and refrigeration to extend the shelf life of the product while eliminating artificial preservatives. Formulated just for kids, the bar features peanut butter, honey, oats and "hidden" vegetables to give kids great taste and nutrition.
Kind Kids Chewy Honey Oat, KIND Snacks
This kid-friendly bar marries cinnamon and honey for a delicious, chewy snack. Kids will love the flavor and parents will love the lack of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.