Snack Watch: 7-Eleven Franchisee Trade Show

Chips, cookies, energy shots, jerky and more new products coming to shelves

VILLA PARK, Ill. -- Consumers come to convenience stores to fuel up in more ways than one: Yes, the car gasoline tank may need a few gallons of unleaded, but customers just as often need a boost for the bodies.

The recent 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland Trade Show offered a glimpse at new pick-me-up products that are coming to shelves of the largest convenience store chain in the country.

Below, we take a look at a few that caught our intrepid reporter’s eye.

Spike Energy Shot

Spike brings a literal double shot of power with a 4.26-fluid-ounce energy shot that promises “hardcore all-day energy.” Actually a two-serving package, the no-calorie, no-carb, no-sugar dietary supplement is available in two flavors: Original and Orange Gold.

Gatorade Protein Bars

PepsiCo’s Gatorade is making a splash into the nutrition-bar segment with Whey Protein Bars. Available in Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Caramel, each bar contains 20 grams of protein.

Dorito's Jacked test flavors, Munchies Snack Mix

The Frito-Lay side of PepsiCo brought two new items to the table display. Dorito’s “test flavor” Jacked line extensions will let consumers pick the next permanent addition to the corn-chip product line. Meanwhile, the Munchies line of snack mixes now includes Dorito’s Lime & Chili and Frito’s Honey Wasabi BBQ.

Pringles Tortillas

Kellogg Co.’s Pringles Tortilla chips are now available in three flavor varieties: Truly Original, Southwestern Ranch and Nacho Cheese.

Slim Jim Bacon Jerky

ConAgra Food’s Slim Jim is getting the bacon treatment. Its new Bacon Jerky is available in Maple Favored Bacon and Hickory Smoked Bacon flavors.

Pillsbury Cookies, Chex Chips

General Mills’ Pillsbury Dough Boy is bringing ready-to-eat cookies to the party. The mini cookies are available in Chocolate Chip and Snickerdoodle varieties. On the salty-snack side, General Mills also introduced four flavors of Chex Chips: Cinnamon and Sugar, Cheddar Jalapeno, Wasabi, and Caramelized Onion.

Champion Energy Shots

Champion Energy promises improved mental focus, increased stamina, increased endurance and heightened performance, all at a lower price than other energy shots. Available in Tropical Punch and Blue Raspberry.