Snack Foods

Food texture analysis instruments for measuring the properties of snack foods such as chips, cookies, nuts, pretzels, snack & granola bars and crackers.

Texture Analyzers and analytical instrumentation for testing and measuring the textural and physical characteristics of snack foods.


TA-11 1.5" diameter cylinder probe.


Texture Technologies has helped dozens of snack foods companies to develop test methods and fixtures for quantifying the attributes of chips, cookies, crackers, nuts, pretzels, and other snack foods. These methods have often migrated very well into companies that manufacture those products and, as a result, snack food manufacturers worldwide have standardized their food product testing using the Stable Micro Systems family of Texture Analyzers.

Additionally, Texture Technologies has developed a number of probes and fixtures that assist snack food manufacturers in analyzing the texture of their consumer packaged goods including acoustic testing, multiple puncture rigs, multiple shear rigs, three-point bend tests, cut tests, crunchiness fixtures, tortilla and film rig, and a chip rig. Our extensive testing experience in the snack industry has given our staff the capability to recommend test methods that are suitable for the textural attributes that are important to customers.

The Stable Micro Systems’ family of texture analysis texture analysis instruments is extremely easy-to-use and very flexible, providing accurate and reproducible snack food testing results. The TA.XTPlus, TA.HDPlus, and TA.XTExpress Texture Analyzers are simple to calibrate and easy to validate. These Texture Analyzers are used extensively throughout the snack foods industry in manufacturing facilities, research & development environments, and academic settings worldwide.

Most textural analysis parameters can be easily quantified with the TA.XT Texture Analyzers and Exponent software programs and some attributes can only be measured with our instruments. Some of the many parameters that our product testing equipment can analyze include crunchiness, crispness, brittleness, hardness, fracturability, shelf life, packaging effectiveness, and many other characteristics which are extremely important to the snack food industry.