How to Satisfy Your Snack Attack

New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, NY, NY | 06.12.2013 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media Everyone snacks, whether to stave off hunger pangs until the next meal, to fuel up during a hectic schedule, to pamper oneself during evening activities, or to relax before sleeping at night. On June 12th, members of the media headed to the New York Marriott Marquis for the Editor Showcase Snack Attack, an annual brand-to-press networking event at which snack brands exhibit their latest and most innovative products. Produced by experiential marketing and event production agency, Fast Forward Events, the 2013 Snack Attack featured 35 to 40 brands showcasing a variety of delectables, from sweet to salty, from crunchy to creamy, and from nutritious to decadent. (Left: Megaload Chocolate peanut butter cups topped with cookies and candy-coated chocolate bits.)

In the "plucked-whole-from-nature" category, there were several delicious offerings. National Peanut Board and U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council showcased their products whole and fresh, while Avocados from Mexico served deviled eggs filled with pureed avocado, demonstrating the versatility of the product.

Bare Snacks' line of baked Bare Fruit Apple Chips from Washington State were positively delicious and leave you feeling satisfied. At 45-50 calories per 1 oz. serving, you can enjoy Cinnamon, Fuji Red, or Granny Smith Apple Chips. They contain no cholesterol, gluten, or added preservatives, but are big on taste. We've already replenished my supply several times.

If you love vegetable-based snacks, try Garden Lites Veggie Muffins. At only 120 calories, each muffin provides 5 grams of fiber, with flavors like Zucchini Chocolate and Carrot Berry. Garden Lites also produces creative veggie soufflés including Southwestern, with rice, beans, and chipotle spices; Pizza, with a brown rice and cauliflower base, seasoned tomato sauce and cheese; Butternut Squash; Cauliflower; and many more.

For those with a sweet tooth, Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares made with 100% natural whole grain oats and Nature Valley Protein Granola (10g of protein per serving) will hit the spot. And chocolate lovers, listen up: Though long a fan of Skinny Cow ice cream snacks, we've now been introduced to Skinny's new line of chocolate candy: Divine Filled Chocolates (130 calories per package of 3) are filled with caramel or peanut butter creme and are seriously indulgent. Skinny also makes Dreamy Clusters and Heavenly Crisps. For over-the-top indulgence Megaload Chocolate serves up packaged chocolate cups filled with peanut butter or caramel creme and topped with cookies, butter crunch, candy-coated chocolate pieces, or chocolate-coated pretzels. One of these chocolate cups is all you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Other samples we enjoyed were Farm Rich great-tasting snacks, appetizers, and breakfast foods made with 100% real ingredients, and products by The Laughing Cow --Light Wedges and Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spreads with 1/3 Less Fat. Both are delicious on crackers and bagels. On the drink front, we enjoyed Keurig Brew Over Ice K-Cup Packs and the retro-themed FIZZIES Drink Tablets, perfect for cocktails. Hydro Flask showcased their brightly colored, vacuum-insulated flasks for hot and cold beverages.

For more information, please visit: Editor Showcase.