March 10, 2018
I’m exhausted. Long show hours plus less than accommodating accommodations have left me empty and headed to the airport early Saturday. Before a long day of travel ahead and a much needed break on Sunday, I leave you with a final report of a few of my favorite products from Natural Products Expo West.
Straus Family Creamery – Organic Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
I didn’t have a lot of ice cream samples at the show, but this one really stood out. The flavors were spot on. The raspberry perfectly tart, the chocolate exquisitely bitter and sweet. I also learned a little bit about the company’s founder. Great story and a great product.
The Wine RayZyn Co. – MerlayZyn
One of the truly unique products I saw at this year’s show. Even better, it’s so simple. Dried wine grapes. Think raisins with a crunch. The crunch comes from the seed that provides the perfect amount of texture and bite to transform a simple snack into something so much more.
My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream – Salted Caramel Mochi
As I wrote about earlier this week, I had my first experience with mochi at this show. It was delicious. My second experience; even better. This salted caramel treat was about as perfect of a dessert as you can buy at a supermarket.
World Peas Brand – Peatos
The first snack I tasted at Natural Products Expo West, and it stood up throughout the show. Upon reflection, it wasn’t the best thing I ate, but it was the best healthy version of an unhealthy snack I’ve had in ages.
SOMA Kombucha – Pear-Fennel Jun Kombucha
I’ve had quite a few types of Jun (Kombucha with honey instead of sugar) and found the sweetness to be a great balance to the acidity of these products. This take added pear and fennel flavors, which married amazing well with base Jun. This was a perfectly balanced beverage.