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SEP 2016

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84 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 2016 Editors' Picks Food t icklebelly icklebelly c akebars akebars $4.99/4-pack www.ticklebelly.com We thought these new cake-on-a-stick treats were really neat. They're right on trend for portion control, personalization and sensible indulgence. With no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, Ticklebelly Cakebars are enveloped in a sweet confectionary coating and sprinkled with delicious toppings. At less than 150 calories a bar, they come in Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies n' Cream, and Salted Caramel Shortbread varieties, as well as seasonal flavors, all presented in cleverly designed packaging. t rident White Bubble Gum $1.29 www.mondelezinternational.com Functional foods are trending, and that functionality has extended to confections with Trident White Bubble Gum, the latest from the legacy brand of chewable treats. Maker Mondelez International says that chewing this gum whitens teeth in as little as four weeks. While we didn't chew it constantly for that duration, our tasters found the gum pleasant and refreshing (as well as a nice break from consuming all of the calories required to judge this contest). We'll look forward to the bonus of its teeth-whitening prowess. Way Better Nacho c heese c hips $3.49 http://gowaybetter.com We're already fans of Way Better's line of chips made from sprouted grains (sweet chili, anyone?), so we were thrilled to see this latest entry. It's definitely a winner — Way Better scores with this more traditional tortilla chip flavor profile, delivering tangy cheesiness with a little kick at the back end. Gluten-free and non-GMO certified, the chips are rife with seeds that contribute to a delightfully rustic texture and a satisfying crunch.

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