Snackmania Takes Over America

By: Kaydee Ambas · March 22, 2023 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Snacking Habits

Even as the pandemic continues to recede, “snackmania” still has a hold on many Americans.

Nothing complements working from the couch like a bag of pretzels or chips, leading to a boom in snack sales during stay at home orders

But apparently, this snacking habit has been tough to break. Snack sales rose about 12% last year, and candy and chocolate sales came in just under that, rising by more than 11%.

What’s Cooking?

Food manufacturers have taken notice of America’s increased appetite for snacks and are pumping out tons of experimental new flavors in an attempt to satisfy it.

Major snack-makers like Mondelez (MDLZ), Kellogg’s (K), and PepsiCo (PEP) are pulling out all the stops to try and satiate Americans’ snack cravings. A few examples of new and ~interesting~ snack options include:

•   Cocoa Puffs popcorn

•   Dr. Pepper-flavored cotton candy

•   Reese’s-dipped Animal Crackers

•   Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bugles

•   Miniature Twinkies

And that’s just in addition to America’s already-crowded lineup of absurdly popular, albeit slightly absurd, novelty snack options.

Please Snack Responsibly

With all of these new experimental snacks on the market, we aren’t sure what will spike higher: corporate profits or America’s blood pressure.

It’s important to remember that the vast majority of processed food contains heavy amounts of sugar and additives. Not only can this lead to increases in blood pressure and heart disease, but sugar can quite literally be addictive. Trying new snacks can be exciting and delicious. But like with most things, it’s best done in moderation.

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