Hummus Busts, Salted Caramels, and Faux Caviar

Last week’s Fancy Food Show brought thousands of retailers to New York City’s giant Javits Center. The event is the East Coast counterpart to the wintertime Fancy Food Show on the West Coast that our own Miriam Wolf describes as “a bacchanal of chocolate, hot sauces, olive oils, cheeses, olives, and all manner of high-end packaged food products.”

This time around, the edible spectacle included 100-pound hummus sculptures of presidential candidates at the Sabra table, perhaps leading Slashfood to list Sabra’s newly launched Peppadew hummus among its favorite Fancy Food finds.

Epi-Log’s favorites included Zukay Live Foods’ probiotic condiments, particularly the Garlic Dill Relish and Mild Salsa Viva. Blogger Heather Tyree also had some less healthful picks—such as Das Caramelini’s “sinfully delicious, rich, buttery bite-size caramels,” which are topped with fleur de sel, and Mari’s Brownies, which “come in a host of all-natural flavors, including Caramel Sea Salt, Coconut, and Thai Coffee.” (It’s hard to say whether the salt-and-caramel combo was a trend at this year’s food fest, or if the Epi tasters are just big fans of salty sweets.)

As for the Worst in Show awards, the Epi-Log gave a big thumbs down to Caviar Dreams’ seaweed caviar, describing it as “healthy, all natural, and sustainable,” but mild in flavor and mushy in texture. However, one commenter (who may or may not be a Caviar Dreams publicist masquerading as an Epi reader) claims, “Everyone who truly knows what caviar is all about and tasted the product absolutely loved it.”

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