Day 2 at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2016 was chock-full of brands moving the dial on flavor. Our taste buds went on a ride after sampling cooking and finishing sauces spiked with masterfully crafted spices, beer blended with tea and fruit juices, and quite possibly the best chocolate chip cookie we've ever tasted. Here, find a few of our favorites.
Salt of the Earth Bakery The Cookie
I don't know if this cookie from Salt Of The Earth is brand new. But it's definitely worth ample recognition thanks to its soft, perfect texture and delicate saltiness from Maldon sea salt.
Cafe Spice Stir 'N Cook Sauces
Another example of the "speed scratch" trend, Cafe Spice's tasty cooking sauces take the guesswork out of whipping up Indian meals. Just use to simmer meats, tofu or vegetables, or in stir fries.
The Zen of Slow Cooking Spice Blends
New company The Zen Of Slow Cooking crafts spice blends that make slow-cooker meals even easier. Available in an array of formulations including Coq Au Vin, Indian Dal, Moroccan Tagine and even Mulling spices. Plus, the company is committed to employing adults with disabilities.
Treehouse Chocolate Spiced Drinking Chocolate
Treehouse Chocolate's rad drinking chocolate is a beautiful, spicy infusion. We especially love how founder Aaron Koch sources organic cacao from direct from farmers.
Eating Evolved Banana Cream Coconut Butter Cups
These delicious coconut butter cups are crafted by Eating Evolved, and the newest SKU lends a toothsome organic banana punch. Also contains organic cacao, organic cacao butter and organic coconut sugar!
Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Salted Honey
Bushwick Kitchen taps into consumers' affinity for all things sweet and salty with their new Bees Knees Salted Honey, made with wildflower honey from Hudson Valley and sea salt. It's a lovely addition to the brand's existing line of spice-infused honeys. All packaged in bottles for easy drizzling.
Owl's Brew Radler Jam Shandy
Owl's Brew taps into the seemingly endless market for craft beer with a line of radlers—tea- and fruit-infused beers. This flavor, Jam Shandy, consists of amber ale blended with brewed black tea, hibiscus extract and strawberry. Owl's Brew partners with a craft brewery to make their very own amber ales and wheat beers for this summery, lower-in-alcohol beverage.
Artisana Organics Cashew Cacao Spread
Here, organic cashews, roasted cacao nibs, coconut sugar, palm oil, organic vanilla, sunflower oil and more are whipped into a delicious topping or spread. Way to go, Artisana Organics!
Throw this takeaway mini packet of Bellucci extra virgin olive oil into your lunch bag to drizzle over salads or baguettes. Sourced consciously from family farmers, we also love Bellucci for being a fully traceable product. Learn online exactly where the olive oil in your bottle comes from.
These refrigerated noshes from Wella Bar are super cool! Their unique texture and sweet (but not too saccharine) flavor makes them a joy to eat, and 15 grams of protein per bar makes them a satiating option. The ingredient list is impressively clean, too: USDA Organic peanuts, honey, milk protein, egg whites, nonfat dry milk, coconut oil, almonds and pure vanilla. Also available in this miniature version.
Coffee Blocks Better Butter Coffee
New brand Coffee Blocks makes the Bulletproof Diet easier to adhere to with this packet of nutritious add-ins like clarified butter from grass-fed cows, organic virgin coconut oil, organic egg yolk, organic vanilla and instant coffee. Each packet contains 210 calories of good-fat tastiness that will keep you full until lunch. Just add to hot water, stir vigorously and you're set.
Eden Instant Organic Miso Soup
Made with a unique combination of freeze-dried ingredients like organic short grain rice, lake salt, koji, kuzu, organic tofu and organic green onions, this nuanced soup is the ideal antidote to frigid nights and afternoon sniffles. Eden is the perfect brand to create this classic, brothy soup.
Nature's Nate Honey Pure Maple Syrup
Honey is good. Maple syrup is good. Vanilla bean is good. When all three combine you get a heavenly sauce perfect for drizzling over waffles, pancakes, ice cream and more. We love how Nature Nate's fuses two sweet sauces and spikes them with a delectable vanilla infusion. A truly gourmet product that rocks.
34 Degrees Chocolate Sweet Crisps
I don't know what's better--the knowledge that I can eat an entire serving of 34 Degrees' new chocolate crisps for just 60 calories, or the thought of topping them with unique combinations of sweet and savory ingredients (I'm thinking whipped cream with smoked coconut chips). Also available in a sweet new vanilla flavor.
Brooklyn Dehli Achaar
"Achaar" is the Indian name for "pickling," and Brooklyn Delhi knows a thing or two about forging this tart, sour flavor into beautifully balanced relishes and sauces. We especially love this Rhubarb Ginger Achaar, made with local rhubarb, green chilies, lemon, black mustard seeds, fenugreek and more.