The Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation (sofi) Awards are a big deal in the $US109 billion specialty foods industry.
Out of over 2,715 edible entries, only 32 took home trophies during the sofi Awards ceremony at the 61st Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest specialty food trade event held in New York City.
From sweet and spicy chickpea chips to a Sicilian spin on Nutella, we had the honour of tasting some of the winners.
Homemade with sharp cheddar cheese and fresh chives (and a hint of cream cheese!), this buttery biscuit is the ultimate Southern comfort food. It's crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and completely sinful.
Learn more about Callie's Charleston Biscuits.
This rustic blue cheese hits the palate with layers of earthy, umami flavour that builds to a salty, caramel-like finish. Even people who don't like blue cheese will fall for this fudgy, mild cheese.
Learn more about Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company.
Each bite of this buttery candy delivers dark chocolate-covered toffee, black licorice, star anise, and back Hawaiian lava salt. It's a total flavour bomb. And don't worry, the licorice is very subtle.
Learn more about Laurie & Sons.
White and Vine combines white tea, pomegranate, lemon peel, and watermelon for a tasty tea mixer that complements vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey, wine, or beer. The watermelon adds a slight sweetness that's absolutely divine.
Learn more about Owl's Brew.
A refined take on French remoulade, Sir Kensington's Special Sauce combines paprika, a hint of mustard, and crunchy pickles for a tangy flavour. I tried it with a warm tater tot.
Learn more about Sir Kensington's.
Ice cream will never be the same for me without Coop's sweet and salty caramel sauce. Made with caramelised cane sugar, there's no corn syrup in this smooth and velvety sauce.
Learn more about Coop's.
Pour it in coffee, over pancakes, or take a few sips to savour the taste -- it's that delicious. Chefs like Crown Maple Syrup for its versatility, we like it for its smooth texture and sweetness.
Learn more about Crown Maple.
Claiming a spot in the top one per cent of teas in the world, Tea Forté's vanilla pear brew is meant to be sipped like a fine wine. A natural sweetness is brought out by the two flavours, so there's no need for sugar.
Learn more about Tea Forté.
This sounds weird but it's actually delicious. The sweet pumpkin blends with the kale to form the perfect fall/winter sauce. It's as good on a toasty piece of Italian bread as it is over fettuccine.
Learn more about Sauces 'n Love.
Inspired by Thai dipping sauce, these chickpea chips combine sugar, red chilli, and sautéed garlic to set your mouth on fire in the best way possible. Eat them plain or dip them in cool guacamole.
Learn more about Maya Kaimal.
Tate's cookies are thin and crispy with a chewy center. Since the popular Ginger Zinger was out of stock, we tried the 2013 award-winning Whole Wheat Dark Chocolate cookie, which was fabulous.
Learn more about Tate's Bake Shop.
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