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Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s New Cinnamon Bun Cookies Just Landed On Our Radar

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I love cinnamon buns as much as the next guy, but the dessert roll is so rich sometimes its tough to finish a single one, even if you started your attempt with a massive craving.

Trader Joe’s has found a way to capture the essence of the lauded cinnamon bun and package it into something a little more snackable.

Junk Banter discovered these new Cinnamon Bun Cookies sold at their local Trader Joe’s and trust our interest is piqued.

The snacks are described as soft baked cinnamon and brown sugar cookies that sandwich together with a cinnamon bun-flavored creme filling.

It looks like Trader Joe’s checked off all the boxes for a proper cinnamon bun snack, though Junk Banter says they went a little too heavy on the spices and chewiness. You can find these at your local Trader Joe’s snack aisle and give them a try for yourselves.

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Recipes

Behold The Seafood Crunchwrap We Never Knew We Needed

As far as seafood goes, shrimp is one of the most versatile bounties from the ocean. You can do so many things with it… like make a crunch wrap. 

Yes, Foodbeast is back at it again with another recipe challenge. This time, you guessed it, the team is using shrimp as the main ingredient. 

The star of this batch was pretty tough to pick, but we have to applaud Foodbeast Oscar (@oscaroni) for his Shrimp Ceviche take on a Taco Bell Crunch Wrap. 

“It was mostly because Taco Bell was in the headlines since they were removing a lot of their menu items, and I couldn’t get that out of my head,” Oscar explained. “I wanted to make something with ceviche because it’s super simple and quick to make.”

But what item would pair best with some ceviche?

“Normally, [ceviche] goes on top of a tostada, and with Taco Bell in mind, I remembered that their Crunchwrap has a tostada in the middle, so it just kind of happened.” 

The result was this fantastic Crunchwrap we can’t wait to try making ourselves. 

Other Foodbeast’s participating in this Shrimp Recipe Challenge include Kimberly (@Dandy.Eats), Adam (@OmnivorousAdam), Costa (@Constantine_Spy), and Jem (@JemSanTheFoodGod). 

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Packaged Food

Kraft Kicks Off Fall With Pumpkin Spice Mac & Cheese In Canada

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As summer comes to an end, everyone is gearing up for the fall season and, with that, comes the infamous Pumpkin Spice-themed foods and drinks. Yep, it’s that time again, folks. 

This year, however, Kraft Dinner is offering Canadians a new take on the seasonal flavor in the form of a Pumpkin Spice Macaroni and Cheese dinner box. 

Made with the same cheese powder base many of us grew up on, the new mac and cheese adds the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. The result is a spicy and cheesy dinner treat.

Those all about pumpkin spice can sign up for a waitlist, and 1,000 lucky Canadians will be able to get their hands on a box of the new mac as well as some swag for free. 

Everyone else, it seems, will have to wait until October to try it out. 

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Packaged Food

Trader Joe’s Adds New PB&J Snack Sticks

We’re always on the lookout for sweet snacks when visiting our local Trader Joe’s. It feels like something new pops up practically every week.

This week, Foodbeast @bookofelie spotted a new confection in the snack aisle he had to try. It’s definitely one for the PB&J fans out there.

Called Trader Joe’s PB&J Snack Duos, the new snack features peanut butter filled wafer sticks, which you can dip into a pool of raspberry fruit jelly.

They’re kind of reminiscent of the Ritz Cheese and Crackers snacks, so fans of those are in for a treat with this new snack at Trader Joes’s.

You can find these boxes now at your local Trader Joe’s. Each box comes with six-packs of wafers and jelly.

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Alcohol

Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter Beer Exists

Photo courtesy of @thesnacksoflife

Speculoos Cookie Butter has easily become one of Trader Joe’s most popular items in the past decade. The cookie-flavored spread pairs with so many things that sometimes we can’t help but throw it on whatever we have in the fridge.

Snack blogger @TheSnacksOfLife spotted a new twist on the iconic Cookie Butter at her local Trader Joe’s: Speculoos Cookie Butter Beer.

An alcoholic take on the cookie spread, the new cookie butter beer is described as an Imperial Golden Ale with toasted coconut, vanilla beans, and other natural flavors. Each bottle boasts a 5.5% ABV.

From the looks of it, you can find the Cookie Butter Beer in the alcohol section of your local Trader Joe’s. Guess where I’m headed after work?

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Alcohol Packaged Food

Auntie Anne’s Teamed Up With Samuel Adams To Create An Oktoberfest Home Kit

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This year many of those who enjoy celebrating Oktoberfest may be stuck at home to limit the spread of COVID-19. Sucks, yes, but hopefully things get better this time next year.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the upcoming holiday, however.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has announced they’re teaming up this year with Samuel Adams beer to create an Oktoberfest At Home experience.

The collaboration brought forth an Oktoberfest kit that features Oktoberfest-inspired recipes, an Auntie Anne’s DIY Pretzel Kit, Samuel Adams OctoberFest brews, and themed apparel from steins to hats and lederhosen.

To set the mood, you can stream a “Prost from Home” playlist that features authentic Oktoberfest tunes.

You can order the Oktoberfest kits at GiveThemBeer.com. Availability is only while supplies last.

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Plant-Based

IKEA Japan Serves Up New Meatless Katsu Curry

Photo courtesy of IKEA Japan

When I think of IKEA, my first thought lands on those juicy Swedish Meatballs swimming in rich gravy. The furniture itself, an afterthought. Not too long ago, I discovered that my local IKEA offered a vegan alternative to those meatballs, and they were phenomenal. 

That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that the furniture company is embracing plant-based alternatives even across the globe. 

IKEA locations in Japan have now released a brand new plant-based katsu curry, reports SoraNews 24

Dubbed “Born of the Field” Plant Katsu Curry, guests will find not a single morsel of meat within the curry dish. The katsu is made from a mix of soybean and other plant-based ingredients. It’s topped off with a creamy vegetable curry and served with a side of rice. 

The new menu item’s idea was to create something more sustainable and have a less environmental impact than regular meat. If IKEA Japan’s foot traffic is anything like the US’, it can definitely go through a lot of meat. 

IKEA Japan has also added an entire menu designed around a plant-based motif. This includes rolled cabbage, plant kebab salad, veggie wraps, vegan cheese dogs, and plant-based chocolate mousse. 

Customers can find the new plan-based Katsu Curry at all IKEA Japan locations across the country. 

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Alcohol Drinks Restaurants

Red Lobster x MTN DEW Collab Reveals ‘Dew Garita’

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Two iconic brands are coming together in a pretty outlandish way. This week, Red Lobster has announced a partnership with PepsiCo. The first result of that collaboration? A MTN Dew cocktail served at Red Lobster Restaurants. 

Yep, that’s right. 

Called the DEW Garita, the alcoholic beverage is said to pair nicely with the restaurant chain’s iconic Cheddar Bay Biscuits. 

While Red Lobster hasn’t revealed exactly what’s inside the cocktail, deeming it top-secret in a statement, it kind of fits the spirit of MTN Dew itself. You don’t really know what’s in it — and you kind of don’t want to know — but it tastes pretty good nonetheless.

Hopefully, that includes tequila, though. 

Fans of Red Lobster or MTN Dew can find their new collaborative drink in restaurants sometime this fall.