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September 2016 | | 51 2016 Editors' Picks Food c innabon Frosting Filled Muffin & Marble Pound c ake $5.99 Want to create some excitement in the in-store bakery? Create a convenient yet decadent confection that's co-branded with a consumer favorite. CSM Bakery Solutions wins on all counts with two of its latest releases: a frosting-filled muffin and a marble pound cake, both boasting the popular cinnamon roll flavor profile of Cinnabon. The muffins, offered in packs of four, are stuffed with cream cheese frosting and topped with cinnamon streusel. Meanwhile, the cake, lavished with cinnamon and sour cream, is ready to take home. They're decidedly not better-for-you, but they make for a nice splurge that's sure to drive traffic to your bakery department. c obblestone Bread c o. r ight s ize Loaves $2.47-$2.99 Households are trending smaller: singles, single parents, couples without kids. As a result, the good ol' family-size loaf is going ba result, the good ol' family-size loaf is going bad before many have had a chance to finish it. Flowers Foods scores with Right Size Loaves, sold under its Cobblestone Bread Co. brand. We enjoyed the taste and texture — and on- trend goodness — of the aptly named Knead for Seed. Also, the Brooklyn Rye was just perfect for one of our tasters, who's the only rye bread fan in his house. c ombos Baked s nacks s weet & s alty c hocolate Fudge Pretzel $2.29 The sweet-and-salty trend shows no signs of slowing down, and hybrid snacks continue to land on grocery store shelves. One of the latest is the newest variety in Mars' Combos line: Sweet & Salty Chocolate Fudge Pretzel offers a crunchy pretzel shell filled with creamy fudge. We enjoyed the marriage of flavors and think it's a great follow-up to Mars' earlier launch of Combos pretzels with caramel crème and vanilla frosting. c runchies Freeze d ried Beets $4.99/resealable pouches; $1.69/single-serve pouch www.crunchies Not all single-ingredient freeze-dried products work, primarily for textural reasons. But the process works magic on dense beets, which retain their antioxidants and taste, but deliver the added benefit of crunch. For beet lovers — and we know not everyone is one — they make a great on-the-go snack or crunchy, colorful and healthful addition to salads and other dishes. Beets are the first foray away from freeze-dried fruit for Crunchies Natural Food Co., which also works its magic on berries, bananas and pineapple.

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