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Trader Joe’s Vegan ‘Cheesecake’ Is A Dairy-Free Game Changer

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One of the most significant letdowns of lactose intolerance is not being able to fully enjoy desserts such as cheesecake without it doing a number on your insides. Trader Joe’s newest dessert entry, however, has just the fix for that cheesecake desire.

The supermarket chain has released a new cheese-less cheesecake that can be found in the frozen food aisle of your local Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s Cheese-Less “Cheesecakes” are made with lima beans, coconut oil, and konjac to create the palatable vibrance that one would find in a single bite of cheesecake. The dessert is finished with a crust of oats and graham flour, resulting in a completely vegan dessert.

You can find this new take on cheesecake at participating Trader Joe’s locations. Each box comes with two cakes.

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Culture Fast Food Packaged Food Restaurants

Could Macaroni And Cheese Be The Next Big Breakfast Food?

Macaroni and cheese has long been a favorite comfort food in the United States. Boxed mac dinners, scratch made, it’s all been a tasty pasta dish that we’ve loved to tuck into for dinner, lunch or a quick snack.

As the pandemic has ravaged across the nation, however, data has begun to suggest that mac and cheese has also become a bigger part of our breakfast routine.

Kraft, for example, conducted a survey amongst 1,000 adults and found that over half of them had given their kids mac and cheese for breakfast more often during the pandemic.

Data from Tastewise, an AI platform that analyzes patterns around food on the internet, has also found mentions of mac and cheese for breakfast or brunch climb by 50% over the past year.

Foodbeast has also taken notice of some mac and cheese breakfast items that have popped up in various restaurants. The Southern California chain Breakfast Republic, for example, has a skillet of breakfast mac, topped with eggs and bacon, on their menu.

Other restaurants, like The Row in Nashville, Homeroom in Oakland, and Ritual in Houston, also carry similar items in their list of breakfast offerings, whether it be on their regular menu or as a special.

So, could macaroni and cheese be starting to grow in popularity as a breakfast item? The above definitely suggests otherwise, even if other data indicates that a majority of folks haven’t heard too much of it yet.

Foodbeast has been surveying some of our own audience, and across over 1,400 people asked on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, only about 38% had heard of or tried a breakfast mac and cheese dish before. Additionally, data from Tastewise notes that of over 500,000 restaurants in their set, no more than a few hundred have the item somewhere on their menu.

This means that there’s plenty of room for breakfast mac to catch on, should people desire it. Personally, I wouldn’t mind digging into a few bowls of it with some oozy eggs for breakfast.

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Grocery Packaged Food What's New

Cheetos Mac And Cheese Boxes Are Now Available At Walmart

The boxed mac and cheese shelves of grocery stores just got a new competitor, as Cheetos has officially entered the fray.

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The new boxes of Cheetos Mac N Cheese use the proprietary Cheetos seasoning and come in three flavors: Bold and Cheesy, Cheesy Jalapeno, and Flamin’ Hot.

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They’re the latest in a line of several Cheetos products that have shown up in both fast food and grocery stores in recent years, ranging from Cheetos Popcorn to boxes of frozen Mac N Cheetos, and even Cheetos-topped fried chicken sandwiches at KFC.

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You can pick up these boxes at Walmart stores nationwide, and they’re also available for order online through Walmart.

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Cheetos plans to roll them out to even more retailers in 2021. They’re available in a box or single cup format at a suggested retail price of 98 cents, putting it on par with longtime standards in boxed mac and cheese like Kraft when it comes to cost.

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Packaged Food Sweets

S’MORES BITES From Sun Maid Are Made For Summer Snacking

For the majority of my life, I’ve always associated Sun Maid with raisins. Not such the case anymore, as the brand has expanded their offerings beyond their iconic raisins.

Sun Maid has launched a line of “Bites” that encompass a variety of sweet snacks you can enjoy on the go.

One of the most notable new additions are S’mores Bites, which include graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate, and raisins packed into a bite-sized morsel.

It’s essentially like cramming a campfire experience into a 6-oz bag. You can buy these new Sun Maid Bites now at Meijer stores as well as Amazon.

Other Bite additions include PB&J, Birthday Cake, and Banana Split all containing raisins.

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Grocery Packaged Food What's New

Takis and Totino’s Just Dropped a Cheesy Snack Bites Collab

The worlds of spicy Takis chips and cheesy Totino’s pizza rolls are combining for a new fiery and gooey snack.

The two iconic snack brands have teamed up to make Totino’s Takis Fuego Mini Snack Bites. It’s not exactly a pizza roll (no pizza sauce, just mozzarella cheese inside), but the outside packs a citrusy punch of heat with Takis Fuego seasoning.

For those who have devoured plates of both while snacking, it’ll be an interesting mix of flavors, textures, and nostalgia to see these come out of the microwave or toaster oven (which is recommended for those who want the crunch of Takis to go with that heat).

They could also make an intriguing, spicy alternative to regular pizza rolls for those craving a bit of heat.

You can find these fiery hot and cheesy bites at retailers nationwide. A pack of 60 goes for $5.

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Packaged Food Sweets

New POPCORN Flavored M&M’s Are A Movie Night Game Changer

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One of my favorite movie theater snacks is dumping a bag of M&M’s into a hot buttery bucket of popcorn. The warm butter melts the chocolate over the popcorn and blends the two flavors and textures into a taste so delicious it can get you through any movie.

While theaters don’t appear to be an option these days, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the taste from home.

M&M’s newest offering combines the two concession stand favorites into a single bag: M&M’s Chocolate Popcorn.

The candies feature a popcorn-flavored shell with a milk chocolate center.

You can find them now nationwide in grocery candy aisles through Halloween.

Imagine dumping a bag of these into some hot microwave popcorn. Might try that the next time I watch a movie at home.

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Fast Food Packaged Food

Dunkin’ Caffeinated Cereal Is Arriving At Stores This August

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I’m going to be real honest here. It’s pretty tough to enjoy a hot cup of coffee while eating a bowl of cereal. Often, I’ll have to choose between the two leaving me either hungry or caffeine-deprived.

Perhaps knowing my plight, Post Cereal has engineered a way to bridge the two worlds in the form of new Dunkin’-inspired cereals that have caffeine.

Dunkin’ Caramel Macchiato and Mocha Latte, two of Dunkin’s most fan-favorite flavors of coffee, will soon be available as cereals, marking the first-ever collaboration between the two brands.

Post’s Dunkin’ Caramel Macchiato cereal features crunchy cereal pieces and caramel-swirled marshmallows, while the  Mocha Latte cereal features a hint of chocolate and latte-swirled marshmallows. Both bowls of cereal contain the caffeine equivalent of 1/10th of a cup of coffee.

The new cereals will be rolling out to grocery retailers nationwide in August.

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Alcohol Packaged Food

Cheez-It Wine Box Pairs White Cheddar Crackers With Rosé

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Last year, Cheez-It launched a limited-edition Original Cheddar and House Wine Red Wine box that will let you snack on the iconic crackers while pairing it with some box wine. The collaboration sold out in minutes and fans were left eating crackers, and drinking wine in separate containers like veritable chumps.

Those fans need not worry, as the annual pairing is back with a White Cheddar twist.

This year, Cheez-It is launching a White Cheddar & House Wine Rosé box that you can order through Original House Wine. Pairing White Cheddar Cheez-Its (arguably the superior Cheez-It) with House Wine Rosé.

The limited-edition Cheez-It White Cheddar & House Wine Rosé will be available online for $29.99 at OriginalHouseWine.com, starting at 2 p.m. EST on July 23 and will be available while supplies last.