"Food manufacturers know Americans are snacking more, and they're busy pumping out irresistible new junk — er, snack — foods … An explosion of new products is generating buzz and profits for food makers, and surprise and delight for shoppers — but helping make Americans unhealthier."
Among the "big trends" cited by Axios:
"Miniatures proliferate: Frito-Lay introduced fun-sized versions of Doritos, Cheetos and SunChips. Hostess Bouncers are a new line of bite-sized Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Donettes.
"Heat is hot: The Flamin' Hot Cheetos empire recently expanded with a new flavor called 'tangy chili fusion.'
"Mashups multiply: The popularity of co-branding has brought us Reese's Dipped Animal Crackers, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bugles and Morningstar Farms' plant-based Chik'n Fries coated with Pringles.
"Breakfast all day: CinnaFuego Toast Crunch snack mix, cereal-flavored popcorn and Lucky Charms S'mores.
"What's next: In case making a grilled cheese is too tough, 'Grilled Cheesies' — a grilled-cheese sandwich made with Kraft Singles that kids (or adults) can microwave for 60 seconds — debuts later this year."
- KC's View:
The idea that making a grilled cheese sandwich is "too tough" is yet more evidence of the decline of western civilization.
I'm not saying that everybody ought to be able and/or willing to make a grilled cheese sandwich like in the movie Chef. But it ain't that tough.