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by Allen J. Sheinman | September 17, 2010
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1. Chips and dip 2.0: It's the chips that have gone more radical, e.g., falafel and pretzel morsels, along with offbeat brands like New York Style Risotto Chips and Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed Snacks. As for the dips, they're healthier and spicier.
2. Small and sensational: Under the premise that grazing is the new snacking, we're talking sliders at Stake ‘n Shake and Big Mac Wraps at McDonald's.
3. The drink shift: Health is the theme, as in exotic teas, fruity organic waters, carbonated fruit concoctions and antioxidant smoothies.
4. Going nuts: Smokehouse Almonds, Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters, glazed nuts from Sahale Snacks, smoked nuts, mixed nuts -- right now it's all nuts.
5. The low-hanging snack: That's how the Food Channel refers to fruit, preferably locally sourced and a bit out of the ordinary (mangos, kiwi, goji berries).

Source: The Food Channel, foodchannel.com

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