As lime goes by

The grocery business is a parade of flavor bandwagons, so Mr. Tidbit can't help wondering whether, in spotting two new lime-flavored entries, he's spotted a trend in the offing.

Pepperidge Farm has added a Key Lime version to its three-layer cakes. And Kozy Shack, whose "limited edition" Chocolate Covered Strawberries Pudding Mr. Tidbit mentioned two months ago, has a "limited edition" Key Lime Pudding. As was the case with Chocolate Covered Strawberries Pudding, Mr. Tidbit doesn't know how limited the edition is -- when the pudding press will stop rolling out copies of Key Lime.

Crisp or ... not?

Do you want a fruit-filled snack -- but not want a Pop-Tart, a fruit-and-cereal bar, a fruit roll-up or fruit? Then maybe you want Nabisco's new Newtons Fruit Crisps, stocked (at the store where Mr. Tidbit found them) with the cookies. Each item (about one-third the size of a Pop-Tart) is a thin layer of gummy fruity filling (Mixed Berry or Apple Cinnamon -- "natural flavor with other natural flavors") between two thin, crisp wafers. There are two in a 1-ounce pack, eight packs per box. Although not designed as Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs, the two Fruit Crisps in a pack are a 100-calorie serving; each has 2 grams of fat.

Then there are new Honey Maid Delight Bars, packaged as one of Nabisco's 100 Calorie Packs -- each of the six 0.98-ounce bars in a package has 100 calories and 3 or 31/2 grams of fat. Each consists of a not-crisp graham-crackery base, topped with a layer of cheesecakey or chocolatey stuff (both varieties are artificially flavored). At the store where Mr. Tidbit saw them, they were stocked with the breakfast bars.

AL SICHERMAN