Snack Food Technology

Snacks can be considered as tasty, savory, or sweet foods eaten at nonmeal occasions. Indeed, Snack World's 1987 Consumer Attitude Survey indicated that salted snacks are most often eaten while watching television, at parties, or between meals (1). With the trend today toward grazing, the boundaries of snack foods are being broadened. In such a view it is possible to consider the influx of finger foods and microwaveable items such as dough enrobed meat and cheese, pizza, and hot dogs as snacks. Snack Food magazine (2) includes the following categories: candy, cookiescrackers, frozen pizza, and snack cakes-pies, along with such traditional salted items as potato chips, tortilla chips, nuts, pretzels, popcorn, granola items, dried fruit, extruded snacks, and meat snacks in its annual review of the snack food market. While a strong case can be made for including all of these items, only the technology for potato chips, tortilla chips, popcorn, pretzels, extruded items, and meat snacks will be considered in this overview due to space constraints.

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