9. Hip chicks
Ahead of the event, NCA representatives predicted chickpeas would be a hot ingredient in many new products at this year’s show. They were right on target—garbanzo beans starred in all sorts of products found in several Sweets and Snacks booths. Many were savory, like Biena’s roasted chickpeas and Hippeas chickpea puffs—but interestingly, a number of companies are beginning to get bolder and put the humble legumes in sweet coatings, like chocolate.