Wanna Snack On Reese’s And Hershey’s? You Can (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

Hershey’s is looking to reach into the snacking world in more ways than just candy bars. Can you blame them? Their newest endeavor includes snack foods that look oh-so-tantalizing.

Brand Eating reports that Hershey’s has launched a new Cookies ‘N’ Creme flavor of snacks called Crunchers. There is a new Reese’s flavor of the snack as well.

The Cookies ‘N’ Creme Crunchers are bite-sized clusters of chocolate cookies and graham wafers covered in white creme, and the Reese’s variety is made up of mini peanut butter chips, rice puffs and peanuts, all covered in the 100 percent necessary milk chocolate.

The term “snackfection” was coined by Hershey’s, according to Food Dive. It is meant to be the name of an innovative move to combine snack foods and confections. Basically, it makes snacking on chocolates and sweets more acceptable, which is always all right with me.

Snacks that are part of this integration will likely feature a combination of sweet and salty flavors, and crunchy and smooth textures. Crunchers aren’t the first product line that Hershey’s has launched under the “snackfection” brand. barkTHINS are part of the new chocolate-snack culture, and they are delish. They feature a mix of chocolate with items like coconut, pretzels and almonds.

Then there’s the Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe, which adds crunchy rice crisps and hazelnut centers to the regular Hershey’s Kisses that we’re used to seeing. Those sound much more satisfying.

This innovative idea is expected to stick with audiences, since the demand for snack foods is quickly growing, and the demand for chocolate is pretty much always high. Let’s face it: Crunchy and salty just combines so well with sweet and smooth, especially when we’re talking about chocolate (which, in my mind, goes well with basically everything).

So, check for the new Cookies ‘N’ Creme and Reese’s Crunchers that are newly launched. They’re sure to be a great addition to your snacking portfolio. Grab some barkTHINS and Kisses variations to fully satisfy your snackfection cravings, and keep an eye out for even more items from this line! If the snackfection movement truly sticks like we think it will, there should be plenty more to look forward to!

Sources: Brand Eating, Food Dive / Photo credit: Andy Melton/Flickr, Q/Brand Eating

Tags: Crunchers, Hershey's, reese's, Snack Foods, Snackfection
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Turns Out You Crave Snacks When Sleep Deprived

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You may have noticed a pattern in your snacking; you probably do it most when you haven’t had a lot of sleep. It turns out that now there’s actually science to back up your suspicions.

Science News reports that researchers at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual meeting in March presented findings that suggest a link between sleep deprivation and an increased sensitivity of the brain’s reaction to food smells. This leads to people who don’t get enough sleep feeling more drawn to snacks.

In the study, adults who only got four hours of sleep rather than the recommended seven to nine hours inhaled both food-type smells and nonfood-type smells while under MRI scans. Food smells consisted of snacks like potato chips and cinnamon rolls, while fir trees were used as a nonfood smell.

This same experiment was held weeks later with the same participants after they’d gotten a full eight hours of sleep. The resulting statistics showed a spike in brain activity for the food smells when the participants were sleep deprived. Much more so than when they’d gotten enough sleep. There was no spike at all in brain reactions to nonfood smells.

Although there’s more research to be done, these results do go hand-in-hand with something we’ve suspected already. According to Zawya, another study, led by King’s College London, found that sleep-deprived people consumed more calories the next day than those who got enough sleep. The calorie equivalent to the average amount of extra calories consumed is comparable to about four and a half slices of bread. That’s a lot of calories if you’re doing it on a consistent basis!

Health risks associated with eating this many more calories per day include obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and more. It’s clearly not a sustainable or healthy lifestyle choice.

Dr. Irshaad Ebrahim, consultant and medical director of The London Sleep Centre, said of the U.K. study: “Sleep deprivation may cause overeating by altering certain hormones that play an important role in controlling appetite and satiety.”

“In a properly functioning brain, the two hormones are released on and off to regulate normal feelings of hunger. Sleep deprivation can, however, alter Ghrelin and Leptin levels. The effects of sleep loss on appetite seem to be most powerful in the late afternoon and early evening, times when snacking has been linked to weight gain.”

Although this subject continues to be studied, it’s probably safe to say that getting enough sleep matters a lot more than you probably thought. Time to take it more seriously!

Sources: Science News, Zawya / Photo Credit: Little Debbie/Instagram

Tags: Not Enough Sleep, sleep, sleep deprivation, Snack Foods, snacks, Sweets
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Philadelphia Cream Cheese Launches Cheesecake Cups (Photos)

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese was already a brand favorite, but now they’re just showing off. I don’t mind, though. Who wouldn’t want these new single-serve cheesecake snacks?

According to Brand Eating, Philadelphia Cream Cheese is expanding into the dessert world with the launch of their new Cheesecake Cups.

The dessert cups come in four different flavors: Cheesecake with Strawberries, Cheesecake with Milk Chocolate Sauce, Cheesecake with Cherries and Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Sauce. So much for working on my summer figure. I’m ready for some cheesecake!

Chewboom reports that the cups offer a creamy cheesecake base covered with each of the toppings (fruit, caramel or milk chocolate), all in pre-portioned dessert cups. All four flavors sell for a suggested retail price of $2.99 for a two-pack of the 3.25-ounce cups.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Philadelphia brand is also expanding into the snacking world. Isn’t it great that cream cheese is such a versatile item?

The new snack product is called Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dip, and it comes in four flavors as well: Strawberry Cream Cheese Dip, Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Dip, Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Dip and Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip, all served with Multigrain Bagel Chips.

The Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese Dips offer either the sweet or savory flavor (whichever your palate prefers) with the small crunchy bagel chips for the suggested retail price of $1.99 for the 2.5-ounce serving.

Both new Philadelphia Cream Cheese products (or should I say all?) are available at retailers nationwide, so keep an eye out for them during your next trip to the grocery store. That is, unless you’re working on that summer bod. Then you should probably try and wait to see if there will be any whipped or fat free varieties coming our way. Wouldn’t that be a scrumptious idea?

Sources: Brand Eating, Chewboom / Photo Credit: Philadelphia Cream Cheese/Instagram, Philadelphia Cream Cheese via Chewboom

Tags: Bagel Chips, cheesecake, dessert, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Snack Foods
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