Fancy Food Show 2011: Sara Moulton's Top Picks

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57th Fancy Food Show

Fruit Snacks Fruit snacks, little Gummi-like treats geared toward kids, were all over the place. But my favorites were these because they actually tasted like the fruit they were supposed to and not some sugared version of them. Buddy Fruits Pure Fruit Bites are great because they have no artificial colors or flavors, are 100 percent fruit, and you can pronounce and recognize everything in the ingredient list. We have three of their four flavors here: orange, pomegranate /acai and raspberry.

Gluten Free

Gluten Free isn't new, we've been seeing it for years at the Fancy Food Show. But what is new is how good it has gotten. When you take the gluten out of a baked good, you often have to sacrifice texture and flavor … and these gingersnaps by Lucy's really don't skimp on either of those.

You wouldn't even know they're gluten-free. Another delicious contender that really blew the entire judging panel away was the BASIL Pesto Parmesan Crisps by Kitchen Table Bakers. They are made entirely of cheese and, gosh, they're good.

Cherry

Every year it seems as though there's a new "it" fruit. Pomegranate, blueberry and acai are all still going strong, but the most recent contender is an "oldie but a goodie." Cherry is back. I saw it in drinks, jams, syrups; everything.

I especially liked this cherry concentrate from Cherry Bay Orchards. This pouch has the juice of more than 60 tart cherries pressed into it. Mix it into lemonade, soda, smoothies. Try it on yogurt, ice cream, etc.

Bourbon

The spirit that has taken the cocktail world by storm is now invading food items from barbecue sauces, to marinades, to even sugar. This is Bourbon Smoked Sugar by Bourbon Barrel Foods in Kentucky (it can't be called "Bourbon" unless it's from Kentucky). And this is a raw sugar that is smoked using old bourbon barrels. It's a really interesting taste, and is a great finish to fruit crisps, pies, cookies and cocktails.

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