Food Trends Keep Happening; Munch With The Bunch Lip-Smacking Nestle Crunch

 NOSTALGIC NOSHING: Trend #1: Late one night in 2011, Nestle Crunch marketing manager Cherry Joh was brainstorming new variations on her brand's iconic candy bar when she struck confectionery gold: adding the beloved flavors of Girl Scout Cookies.

 Two years later, Nestle's launched three types of Girl Scout candy bars: Peanut Butter Creme, Caramel & Coconut and Thin Mints. Were they a hit? During a presaleon Facebook, 3,000 boxes were sold in 24 hours.

M&M's now share a bag with costars like mini cookies, mini pretzel twists, and roasted almonds. It took months to develop the right balance of flavors and textures in the three snack mixes, which feature milk chocolate, dark chocolate,or peanut M&M's.

Vlasic also sought to tap into nostalgia with its line of Farmer's Garden Pickles, which are packed without preservatives or artificial flavors and sold in mason jars for an old country look. "Like grandma used to make," says Andy Reichgut, senior vice-prez of marketing. Among the new (old) touches: cloves of garlic, carrot slices, and red pepper strips.