Health-conscious consumers may have a better idea of what gummy snack to buy when they come across gummy dummies, stuffed toys, or chocolate covered ice cream bars.
The new line of snacks, called “dummy” foods, offer consumers an alternative to the processed junk food popular with kids, says the American Heart Association.
The group, which promotes heart health, says there are now more than 30 types of “dummies,” including a “Dummy Crunch,” a “Ice Cream Snack” and a “Gummy Treat.”
It’s no surprise that the new line is marketed as healthier because of its healthy ingredients and low sugar content, says Sarah Eagan, a nutritionist and health expert with the Heart Institute.
“There are plenty of foods that contain sugars and dairy and are not as healthy,” she says.
Eagan says consumers need to be mindful about what kind of foods they choose to eat and to monitor their weight and waistline when they eat them.
“The whole point of this is to keep healthy food choices and snacks on the table,” she adds.
“When we eat them, we’re making healthy choices.”
Consumers can also expect to find gummy treats and other treats to make into treats when they visit the grocery store, as well as other “dummys” that have a similar flavor profile to those on the market.
But if they don’t have kids around, they can still try a few of the new snacks.
A variety of brands are available, including the Doritos Cheesy Dummy, which is made with “cheese,” butchers cheese, and chocolate.
Also popular is the “Gummies, Dummies, and Cheezes” line of treats that has a mixture of powdered and granular ingredients, including chocolate chips, peanut butter, and candy.
The treats are sold at convenience stores, drugstores, and health food stores.
“It’s really not a new concept,” Eagan explains.
“But people are more likely to try a new variety that’s a bit healthier and a bit different, and a few that may be a little more healthy.”