Vitalicious 100-calorie Vitabrownie
Company: Vitalicious Inc., New York
Introduced: May
Distribution: National mass market, specialty supermarkets and natural food specialty stores
Suggested Retail: $5.49 for a box of four 2-oz. brownies
Ingredients: Water, whole-wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, egg whites, maltitol, chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, butterfat, soy lecithin added as an emulsifier, vanilla), cocoa (processed with alkali), soy fiber, inulin, dried honey, erythritol, wheat gluten, wheat protein isolate, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), natural flavors, lecithin, sea salt, xanthan gum, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, iron, biotin, Vitamin A, zinc, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, folic acid, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6.
FYI: Comfort foods are healthy with the new 100-calorie VitaBrownie from Vitalicious. It has just one-third of the calories and sugar that you’ll find in conventional brownies and is packed with 15 vitamins and minerals. What’s more, each brownie contains 6 gm. of fiber — equivalent to one cup of broccoli or nearly two apples!
DOVE Premium Cookies
Company: MasterfoodsUSA, a division of Mars Inc., Hackettstown, N.J.
Introduced: June
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail: $2.99 for an 8- to 15-count box of cookies
Ingredients: (Beyond Chocolate Chunk cookies): Enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, milk fat, lactose, chocolate processed with alkali, soy lecithin, PGPR, natural and artificial flavors), sugar, palm oil and hydrogenated cottonseed oil, semisweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, milk fat, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavors), butter. Less than 2% corn syrup, molasses, egg powder, baking soda, salt, leavening (ammonium bicarbonate), vanilla extract.
FYI: New DOVE premium cookies are decadent to the max. Each cookie is unique, dipped in silky smooth, decadent DOVE chocolate comes in two indulgent varieties: Classic Chunk and Contemporary. The Classic Chunk line includes Beyond Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Walnut Rendezvous and Chocolate Walnut Oasis flavors. The Contemporary line features Milk Chocolate Moment, Mint Chocolate Serenade and Toffee Chocolate Tango. Truly a feast for the eyes and the stomach, DOVE cookies will have consumers taking the time to savor each luscious bite.
Nabisco KidSense Fun Packs
Company: Kraft Foods Global Inc., East Hanover, N.J.
Introduced: March
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail: $2.69 for a 4.62-oz. box of six individual snack pouches
Ingredients: (Teddy Grahams Cubs): Enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), folic acid), graham flour, sugar, expeller-pressed oleic safflower oil, honey, calcium carbonate (source of calcium), salt, baking soda, cinnamon, soy lecithin (emulsifier).
FYI: Nabisco’s latest better-for-you snacking innovation is sure to keep kids and parents happy. New KidSense Fun Packs come in three favorite varieties — Teddy Grahams Cubs, Kraft Cheese Nips Sport Crisps and Smilin’ Ritz Bits — reformulated to provide 3 gm. of whole grains and calcium. The snacks contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners or trans fat and have only 100 calories per serving.
Nature Valley Healthy Heart Granola Bars with CoroWise
Company: General Mills, Minneapolis
Introduced: June
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail: $2.89 for a box of five 1.4-oz. bars
Ingredients: (Nature Valley Healthy Heart Granola Bar Oatmeal Raisin): Rolled oats, high-maltose corn syrup, barley flakes, raisins, crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, malt extract, salt, mixed tocopherols [preservative]), honey, fructose, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, plant sterols, canola oil, maltodextrin, soy lecithin, salt, natural flavor, cinnamon, baking soda, sunflower meal, almond flour, peanut flour. Mixed tocopherols added to retain freshness.
FYI:  Keep your ticker in tip-top shape with new Healthy Heart Granola Bars with CoroWise plant sterols from Nature Valley. Plant sterols are clinically proven to reduce cholesterol in as little as four weeks, and studies have shown that they may reduce the risk for heart disease in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Each wholesome bar contains 0.4 gm of CoroWise plant sterols and is a good source of whole grain and fiber. The bars are available in two varieties. Oatmeal Raisin features whole-grain oats and plump juicy raisins, and Honey Nut marries the flavors of honey-sweetened granola with crunchy California almonds.
Nutrabella Bellybar
Company: Nutrabella, San Mateo, Calif.
Introduced: July
Distribution: National grocery stores, parenting boutiques and specialty retailers
Suggested Retail: $2.49 for a 1.59-oz. bar
Ingredients: (Berry Nutty Cravings): Brown rice syrup, soy crisp (soy protein isolate, rice flour, calcium carbonate), toasted oats (rolled oats, honey, soybean oil), sweetened cranberries (cranberries, sugar, sunflower oil), almonds, soy nuts (soybeans, sugar, natural flavors, sunflower oil, salt, caramel color), sweetened blueberries (blueberries, sugar, sunflower oil), nonfat milk powder, palm kernel oil, milled flaxseed, natural flavor.
FYI: Mommies-to-be have a better-for-you snack with new Bellybars from Nutrabella. While it’s not pickles and ice cream, each chewy bar is packed with protein, iron, folic acid, calcium, B6, vitamin E, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Three varieties including Mellow Oat, Berry Nutty Cravings and Baby Needs Chocolate are sure to please baby-on-boarders. Mild-flavored Mellow Oat features toasted oats, crisp rice, almonds and graham cracker pieces. Berry Nutty Cravings offers cranberries, almonds and blueberries in a chewy toasted oat base. Baby Needs Chocolate is a delicious blend of crisp toffee, real milk chocolate chunks, almonds and cocoa powder mixed with toasted oats.
PowerBar Pria Complete Nutrition Bar
Company: PowerBar, Berkeley, Calif.
Introduced: April
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail: $1.49-$1.59 for a 1.58-oz. bar
Ingredients: (Chocolate Mint Crisp): Soy crisps [soy protein isolate, tapioca starch, salt, chocolatey coating (sugar, fractionated palm kernel oil, alkalized cocoa, soy lecithin, vanilla), maltitol syrup, inulin, roasted soybeans, glycerin, alkalized cocoa, peanuts, soy protein isolate, natural flavors, almond butter, salt, nonfat milk, xanthan gum, sucralose. Minerals: calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, magnesium oxide, ferrous fumarate, zinc oxide, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, chromium chloride, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, sodium molydate. Vitamins: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Vitamin E acetate, pantothemic acid (calcium pantothenate), Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin A (beta carotene), Vitamin B1 (thiamine mononitrate), folic acid, biotin, Vitamin K1, Vitamin B12.
FYI:  New vitamin-packed Pria Complete Nutrition bars deliver a balanced blend of nutrition that is formulated just for women. The crispy-textured bar combines moderate levels of carbohydrates and protein with 5 gm. of fiber and 23 essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, folic acid and iron. Try each crispy variety: Chocolate Peanut Butter Crisp, Chocolate Mint Crisp and French Vanilla Crisp.
Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets Subs
Company: Nestle Hand-Held Foods Group, Englewood, Colo.
Introduced: May
Distribution: National
Suggested Retail: $2.99
Ingredients: (Lean Pockets Subs Meatballs & Mozzarella): Unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid), water, cooked meatballs (pork, beef, water, textured vegetable protein [soy protein concentrate and/or soy flour, caramel color], seasoning [spices, dehydrated garlic, soybean oil], salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, caramel color, may contain: Soy protein concentrate, beef base [roasted beef and concentrated beef stock, salt, hydrolyzed corn gluten, soy, corn and wheat protein, corn oil, sugar, natural flavoring, dried whey, caramel color, autolyzed yeast extract], beef flavor [contains salt], low-fat mozzarella cheese ([pasteurized part skim milk, cultures, salt, enzymes], non-fat milk, modified food starch*, *ingredient not in regular mozzarella cheese), tomato paste, contains less than 2% of: Partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sugar, seasoning (salt, sugar, spices, dehydrated Romano cheese [Romano cheese (made from cow’s part skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes), sodium phosphates], dehydrated garlic, parsley flakes), modified food starch, wheat gluten, dried whey, salt, yeast, dough conditioner (calcium sulfate, salt, soy flour, dextrose, sodium stearoyl lactylate, wheat flour, contains 2% or less of garlic powder, tricalcium phosphate, enzymes, ascorbic acid, L-cysteine monohydrochloride), methylcellulose, Romano cheese (made from part-skim cow’s milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes) dried egg yolks, yeast food (monocalcium phosphate, corn starch, salt, ammonium sulfate, ascorbic acid, wheat starch, azodicarbonamide and tricalcium phosphate).
FYI: Fall in love with the hot, fresh-baked, sub-shop taste of deli sandwiches right from your microwave! New Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets Subs are convenient, hand-held sandwiches that “bake” in less than two minutes. Each sandwich is stuffed with delicious ingredients encased in a soft, chewy bakery loaf.