Vegan Foodbeasts and partakers in plant-based products rejoice! Recently potted by @traderjoesaficionado a couple days ago were bags of plant-based chicharones labeled as Spicy Porkless Plant-Based Snack Rinds.
According to TraderJoes.com, this new product is “made from rice meal, pea protein, and pea flour and seasoned with paprika, cayenne, and a pinch of habanero pepper powder, TJ’s Spicy Porkless Plant-Based Snack Rinds are vegan, gluten free, and kosher-certified.”
With the 2020 Olympic Games, delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, just mere weeks away, many brands are gearing up by debuting exclusive Team USA or Olympics-related treats.
Snack giant Nabisco has signed on as the official cookie and cracker sponsor for Team USA, and as such, has debuted a variety of patriotic products to support the competing athletes.
Chief amongst these is the Team USA OREOs, which get a custom emblem treatment. The USA flag and the Olympic rings are embedded into each cookie sandwich, which is filled with red, white, and blue cremes, alongside popping candy.
Ritz, another Nabisco brand, isn’t changing anything up about the crackers, but is selling them in a custom Team USA sleeve.
As for Chips Ahoy!, also made by Nabisco, their cookies will feature red, white, and blue candy chips, in addition to classic chocolate chips.
All of these products are now being sold in stores for a limited time, and we’re just an Olympic fanfare away of being ecstatic for the Games of the 32nd Olympiad to start on July 23rd.
Lay’s is introducing a trio of new potato chip flavors to kick off the 2021 summer season, and they’re continuing the pattern of chile mango flavors we’re seeing from big brands this year.
Following the launch of a Mangonada at Baskin Robbins, Lay’s is doing their own spicy, fruity variety with a bag of Chile Mango chips. There’s not much other detail on the spice blend, but while Tajin was at the core of Baskin Robbins’ collab, they appear to be sitting this one out.
The other flavors that Lay’s is bringing to the table this summer include Wavy Jerk Chicken and a Summer BLT. The Jerk Chicken version promises “spicy, sweet, and smoky jerk flavor,” while the Summer BLT chip has lettuce, tomato, and bacon seasoning on it.
All three flavors are limited-edition batches for the summer, and are launching this week across grocery stores nationwide.
While the Chile Mango calls our name the loudest, and shows evidence of a budding flavor in the big food game, the other flavors are equally enticing.
90’s kids are sure to recognize Otter Pops as a nostalgic, cold treat that you would eat during hot summers to cool down. The company who makes them, Jel Sert, is still going strong, and just teamed up with Coca-Cola brand Powerade to make a more hydrating version of those frozen treats.
Called Powerade Sports Freezer Bars, this take on the Otter Pop is being targeted towards athletes and those looking to stay hydrated nationwide.
Each of the Powerade “Otter Pops” contains Powerade’s ION4 electrolyte solution, which is packed with minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Many of these are known to be lost during sweat, so having them in something you consume to stay hydrated helps recover those nutrients.
There’s also a few B Vitamins present in these frozen bars, including Vitamins B3, B6, and B12.
Jel Serts’ partnership with Powerade is now available in stores nationwide, and comes in recyclable packaging.
In the United States, the plant-based giants we think of are Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. While these titans specialize in the vegan beef category (Beyond Meat does make a pork sausage substitute, however), a third titular vegan brand is finally hitting US shores after years of hype abroad.
Called OmniPork, this plant-based SPAM and pork substitute was created by Right Treat, a vegan brand under the Green Monday group (Right Treat changed their name to OmniFoods in 2020). Green Monday is a global organization based in Hong Kong advocating for a sustainable future of food, and OmniPork is one of the key ways they’ve been spreading awareness.
OmniPork comes in a few varieties: Luncheon (their take on vegan SPAM), Strip, and a plant-based ground meat. While they make some of their own grocery store products, like frozen dumplings or rice dishes, you can also find it at fast food chains like Taco Bell and McDonald’s in Asia, Australia, and the UK.
For those wondering what’s inside OmniPork, it’s made with a blend of shiitake mushroom, pea, non-GMO soy, and rice. OmniPork claims to have 68% less calories than regular pork, while touting other nutritional benefits like calcium, iron, and fiber.
The brand also touts itself as cruelty-free and an alternative to consuming pork, which is the most consumed meat in China by far (65%). In the USA, about a quarter of the meat we consume comes from pigs.
Eating plant-based meats isn’t necessarily meant to be “healthier,” but what OmniPork does provide is a way to enjoy the flavors and textures of pork while eating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly diet.
OmniPork’s USA debut will happen on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2021, with 8 restaurants getting the honor of serving up the vegan pig first.
In Los Angeles, you can find OmniPork at renowned spots like CHIFA, RiceBox, Little Fatty, MANEATINGPLANT, and Ramen Hood. San Francisco will get OmniPork from Chef Reina and Shizen, while Tane Vegan Izakaya and GOEN in Hawaii will also serve up meatless pork dishes using the product.
The restaurants will have all of their dishes available via delivery as well, and the overall launch is a sneak preview before OmniPork hits grocery stores nationwide this coming summer.
OmniPork’s launch in the USA is monumental for multiple reasons. First, Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat now have a third oligarch in plant-based meat to compete with, and OmniPork’s existing relationships with fast food brands will help it proliferate quickly in the restaurant scene.
Because of its well-established name in Asia, Australia, and the UK, OmniPork also comes with a lot of global street cred, with the USA launch being the latest step on its quest to bring a more sustainable future of food.
As OmniPork continues to grow, we should see plant-based pork offerings of all different kinds pop up across the USA. Personally, I’m rooting for a vegan McRib.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.