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Pop Tarts’ Newest Flavors Are Based On Iconic Fruit Desserts

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Nostalgia has been the name of the flavor game for a while now, with flavors like Key Lime Pie that call to our childhoods and vacations buzzing all over the market.

Pop Tarts is playing into that with their newest lineup of toaster pastries, all of which are inspired by some of the most iconic fruit desserts in the United States.

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The three legendary sweet treats that Pop Tarts is beckoning to are the banana creme pie, lemon creme pie, and peach cobbler. Diner and comfort food classics alike, Pop Tarts is hoping that biting into one of these fresh out of the toaster evokes some nostalgia and memories.

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All of these Pop Tart flavors will be coming out in June 2021, meant as a refreshing way to start your mornings or grab a snack in the summer time.

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The Peach Cobbler and Lemon Creme Pie varieties will be sold in packs of 8 at a suggested price of $2.89. Banana Creme Pie will come in a larger pack of 16 at a suggested price of $3.68, indicating that Pop Tarts thinks that will be the flavor that cracks off this summer.

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Trader Joe’s Launches Their Version Of TIM TAMS, An Iconic Aussie Snack

One of Australia’s most iconic snacks, the Tim Tam, is getting a tasty tribute from Trader Joe’s.

The grocery store’s newest in-house product is Aussie-Style Chocolate Creme Sandwich Cookies, which, according to the product label, are inspired by a popular snack from Australia. A Trader Joe’s associate confirmed to Foodbeast that their inspiration is the iconic Tim Tam.

For those not in the know, Tim Tams were created in Australia by biscuit company Arnott’s. They consist of a chocolate creme filling, chocolate sandwich cookies, and an encasing of more chocolate on top.

Trader Joe’s version hits all of the marks when it comes to matching that cookie. It also has a slightly sweeter taste, and a little richer chocolate flavor, upon trying them.

The best things to do with these Tim Tam replicas is to bite off part of the end on either side, then drink through the cookie sandwich as if it were a straw. The “Tim Tam Slam,” as it’s called, goes best with coffee or hot chocolate.

With Trader Joe’s making their own version, a lot more people are gonna to get know the Slam and transform their coffee drinking experience.

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EVERYTHING BAGEL Ice Cream Is Jeni’s Newest Flavor

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Everything Bagels are one of the quintessential flavors, and go absolutely great with a schmear of cream cheese.

Since they’re paired with dairy already, ice cream maker Jeni’s decided to make the bold jump from sweet to savory and attempt an Everything Bagel Ice Cream.

Made with a salty sweet cream cheese base, all of the flavors you would expect on top of the iconic bagel are present. That includes poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onions, and garlic.

Putting garlic in ice cream isn’t anything new, as folks at the legendary Gilroy Garlic Festival would tell you. Everything Bagel is also a hype flavor getting turned into spices, chips, and more, so it makes sense that folks in the food industry want to capitalize on it.

It’ll be intriguing to see if the flavor of onion mixes in, and if all those can combine with cream cheese in a traditionally sweet treat.

Jeni’s new Everything Bagel Ice Cream is available now in pint form on its website for nationwide shipping, as well as in Jeni’s scoop shops. It will also be sold in scoop form out of the stores on February 6th.

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New Klondike Milkshakes Can Be Drunk Straight From The Freezer

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Klondike is known for their chocolate covered ice cream bars, but they may have just changed the frozen foods game with some brand new, on-the-go milkshake pouches.

These Klondike Shakes work similar to the squeezable fruit purees, applesauces, or smoothies you might have seen pop up in the refrigerated section of a grocery store. These pouches have a twistable cap that you crack off and then squeeze to drink.

The key difference here is that Klondike’s is ready to slurp on straight from the freezer, meaning that you don’t have to grab ice cream or blend anything together if you’re craving a milkshake. Sure, you could just freeze the smoothie pouches in the refrigerated section, but they would turn to essentially ice and not have that smooth consistency.

Klondike’s squeezable milkshakes will be hitting stores nationwide in February 2021. You can get them in chocolate or vanilla flavors, and a pack of six will go for about $5.99.

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Hidden Valley Ranch Now Has A Dairy Free Option

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Ranch dressing is known for having buttermilk and not being friendly to those with dairy or lactose issues.

That doesn’t have to be a hindrance to those wanting to sample ranch anymore, however, as Hidden Valley Ranch just announced a dairy-free version of their iconic condiment.

As the most ubiquitous bottle of ranch out there, this makes the dressing way more accessible to those who couldn’t consume it before, and makes it an option for those on lactose-free, vegan, or flexitarian diets.

Hidden Valley Ranch normally contains egg yolk and buttermilk in it, according to information on the brand’s website. This new plant-based version swaps those out for soy protein isolate. The company also claims to have no animal-derived ingredients in the new Plant Powered Ranch.

Bottles of the plant-based Hidden Valley Ranch will be available in stores nationwide starting in April 2021. A 12 ounce bottle comes at a suggested price of $3.49.

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Pokémon Cereal Makes Comeback After 20-Year Hiatus

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While Pokémon is extremely popular around the world, you won’t find too many food products featuring the pocket monsters inside the United States. A lot of products, including cereal, Heinz Ketchup, and Eggo waffles were introduced back in 2000, but have all been discontinued since. Outside of a couple of food releases in 2009, Pokémon hasn’t seen much of a resurgence in your local grocer’s aisle.

For Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, however, General Mills has teamed up with the titular fictional universe to create a special new Pokémon cereal.

The new “Berry Bolt” breakfast box features red and blue berry-flavored corn puffs, alongside yellow marshmallows that feature the franchise’s figurehead, Pikachu.

Pokémon is celebrating its 25th year of getting folks to obsess over catching fictional monsters in 2021, so this may be just the first food product we see featuring Pikachu and other characters as the year progresses.

For now, however, you can find the brand new Pokémon cereal at grocery retailers nationwide.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese Goes Gluten-Free To Close Out 2020

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The gluten-free and Celiac disease communities just got a second hit of good news to cap off 2020. In addition to gluten-free OREOs launching at the start of next year, gluten-free Kraft Mac & Cheese is now available in stores nationwide.

Kraft made the pasta using brown rice and corn, and tailored the blend to meet the FDA’s standards for gluten-free. This means that the ingredients used to make the mac and cheese do not come from gluten-containing grains (ie. wheat), or are processed to remove gluten to the point where there is less than 20 parts per million of gluten in the final cheesy pasta.

The mac also retains the original’s consistency and cheesy flavor, meaning that gluten-free consumers should be getting a comparable experience to those who’ve been eating Kraft’s mac for years.

With two of the world’s most ubiquitous brands moving to add gluten-free versions of their signature products, accessibility to these types of foods just became a whole lot easier.

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Beyond Meat To Debut ‘Extra Juicy’ and ‘Lean’ Varieties in 2021

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In a move to further position themselves as a grocery store alternative to ground beef, Beyond Meat is taking a page out of the beef industry’s playbook. They’re going to start selling blends of their plant-based product that vary based on fat content.

The new forms don’t have official names yet, but one is being touted as the “brand’s juiciest patty” while the other is described as the company’s “most nutritious patty yet.” To differentiate, you could almost think of them as “Extra Juicy” and “Lean.”

In terms of ground beef varieties, you could consider Beyond Meat’s regular version to be standard ground beef, “Extra Juicy” to be like 80/20 or Extra Fatty, and the “Lean” one to be like a 96/4 blend of beef.

The “juiciest patty” form still has 35% less saturated fat than 80/20 ground beef, while the “most nutritious” form has 55% less saturated fat than 80/20 ground beef.

For context, Beyond Meat’s current iteration has 5 g of saturated fat per quarter pound, and 80/20 ground beef has about 8 grams of saturated fat per quarter pound. The “juiciest patty” form should have slightly more fat than Beyond’s standard product. Meanwhile, the “most nutritious form,” at 55% less saturated fat than 80/20 beef, would have slightly less than 4 grams of saturated fat per quarter pound based on Beyond’s claims.

Some folks will be sampling the new varieties in a sold-out tasting event in Los Angeles later in 2020. As for everyone else, they can expect to find the new options in stores in early 2021.