Flavor of the month

See if you notice yourself following any of these so-called trends this month, which is National Snack Food Month. Packaged Facts, a market research firm, says consumers can expect to see more peppercorn in snacks such as chips and crackers, more use of fresh figs as an alternative to apples and berries, and a revitalization of that protein-packed nut, the pistachio. Whole Foods, meanwhile, predicts more people will turn to potato alternatives (which is blasphemous, really): puffed pasta bow ties, seaweed fava bean chips, parsnip, and Brussels sprout chips. Now if snack makers could just come up with potato-flavored Brussels sprouts, then they’d be on to something.

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