While a protein-packed cinnamon roll might seem unusual, it’s simply part of a new sweet-snack evolution that marries function with fun. With an eye on that healthy halo, consumers are mandating suppliers steer new-product innovation more toward real ingredients, natural sweetening agents, protein and portion control—all in core convenience offerings such as breads, biscuits, cookies, cakes, pastries, rolls and pies.
“More people are seeking indulgence in sweet snacks but wanting indulgence via single-serve options with real ingredients,” said Eric Richard, education coordinator for Madison, Wis.-based International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association.
Natural sweeteners such as stevia have added credibility to soft drinks, while dark chocolate rich with antioxidants has done the same for confections. So why not packaged sweet snacks? Case in point: Berwick, Pa.-based ingredients manufacturer Ingredion recently developed a prebiotic fiber to help bakeries reduce sugar in baked goods. It’s just the first in a line of similar developments.
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