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Goldfish Goes Big With New Mega Bites

Pepperidge Farm hit it big with their iconic Goldfish snacks, but their newest iteration hits it big literally. Introducing Mega Bites, large, crispy version of the OG Goldfish.

New Mega Bites are touted to be 50 percent larger than the original Goldfish snacks. And since it’s so much bigger, that means this reboot is a whole lot more cheesy. The new Mega Bites are hitting retailers in two new flavors: Sharp Cheddar and Cheddar Jalapeńo.

Mega Bites are now available nationwide for $2.69 for a bag.

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Lay’s Launches New Layers

Lay’s is kicking off 2022 by adding what it calls a “multi-dimensional” take on its OG potato chip. Dubbed Layers, the new snack from Lay’s claims to be crunchier than regular potato chips and has, well, layers, of flavor in it.

The new snacks are hitting shelves in two layers — Sour Cream & Onion and Three Cheese, which is made up of cheddar, parmesan, and gouda.

Having tried the new Layers myself, they do live up to the claim of amped up crisp and crunch, which helps the next level chips stand out in the grocer’s aisle.

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Legendary Music Producer Jermaine Dupri Launches Plant-Based Ice Cream Brand

As a lifelong fan of hip hop, the little kid in me would be amazed to see how far the culture has come. It was rare to see a hip hop figure expand their brand outside of music back in the days. RUN DMC, who basically reignited the Adidas cool factor with their love of the Shell Toe, were the first hip hop act to land a deal with a major sneaker brand. In subsequent years, as the genre gained popularity, many notable artists would follow suit. The rapper/sneaker combination had become commonplace. 

Alcohol is another business venture hip hop acts have frequently pursued. Once upon a time, alcohol brands would receive free endorsement from music videos, but that was simply because everybody liked a particular brand. That type of free endorsement famously ended in 2006 when the managing director of popular champagne Cristal expressed prejudiced sentiments regarding its use by rap acts. The highly publicized statements threw fuel on the entrepreneurial gas of hip hop.

Since those days, hip hop has expanded beyond mere sneakers and alcohol, as rappers and artists have even begun to move into the food space in recent years. One legendary figure of hip hop culture that’s stepping in that direction is famed music producer Jermaine Dupri.

With a solidified discography, it makes sense Dupri would have his sights set on exploring another space. His newly launched plant-based ice cream brand JD’s Vegan is here to do just that. As a practicing vegan for 15 years, Dupri wanted to share the benefits he’s experienced with others. Many people are interested in healthier alternatives, but need something familiar to help them take further steps. 

To help realize this dream, Dupri teamed with international dessert legend, Malcolm Stogo. Stogo has helped major ice cream chains around the world for over 25 years. The collaboration resulted in a coconut-based ice cream, with the initial offering available in three Atlanta-inspired flavors; Welcome to Atlanta Peach Cobbler, Apple Butter, and Strawberry Sweetheart. Check out the descriptions below for a taste:

  • Strawberry Sweetheart ($6.47) – creamy dreamy strawberry puree swirls and real strawberry chunks dipped into a velvety cloud of coconut cream will be your new sweet romance
  • Welcome to Atlanta Peach Cobbler ($6.47) – fresh cut slices of golden peaches and crumbled cobbler will make you feel the warm summer sun of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Apple Butter ($6.47) – delicious crisp apples are whipped into a fine buttery spread then stirred with a toasted cinnamon streusel crumble

You can now purchase JD’s Vegan ice cream at all participating Walmart locations. Additional flavors are Key Lime Pie, Chocolate My Way & (404) Cookies & Cream are also available.

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TSUMo Reimagines Your Favorite Snacks With A Cannabis Kick

TSUMo, a team of self-proclaimed ‘savvy-snackers’ and ‘cannabis scholars’, have made it their mission to create snacks that send you on a nostalgic high. To achieve this, they’ve taken some of our favorite childhood snacks and infused them with cannabis. 

Now you can indulge in an elevated snacking experience the next time you get a craving. TSUMo’s latest round of cannabis-infused treats like Fiery Hot Cheese Crunchers, Salsa Verde Mini Tortilla Rounds, and Zesty Ranch Mini Tortilla Rounds are a great addition. 

Fiery Hot Cheese Crunchers are like crunchy Hot Cheetos, while the Zesty Ranch and Salsa Verda Mini Tortilla Rounds will give chips and dip and whole new meaning. Sure to keep your yule lit for the next 12 days of Christmas, each bag packs 10mg of THC. You can grab some today by visiting their website.

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Doritos Unleashes Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch

Cool Ranch Doritos has long lived as a classic, untouched and unfettered for decades. Never did we think Cool Ranch would ever heat up your local grocer’s aisle — until today.

Doritos has just announced that Cool Ranch will be joining their already robust Flamin’ Hot lineup. On paper, the joining of two iconic and ultra popular snack flavors is sure to be a banger. The actual flavor of the chips should be interesting as each flavor is in such stark contrast from one another.

Doritos Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch will be unleashed just in time for the new year at your local retailer and grocer. The chips will be available in 9.25oz bags for $4.79 and 2.75oz bags for $2.19.

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Style Icon Kerwin Frost Partners With 7-Eleven To Create The Ultimate Snack Uniform

Photo: Vijat Mohindra

Snacking has been around since the beginning of time. I’m sure our Cro-Magnon OGs were munching heavily on wild berries while gathering, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few were secretly tucked away in their fur pelts. 

Since those days, our love for snacking ‘round the clock has evolved our means of consumption. Gathering now consists of walking a couple blocks to your local convenience store, which is essentially a snacktopia. Luckily, you can now get your munch on sans sabretooth attack.

When it comes to convenience stores, 7-Eleven tops the list as not only the first of it’s kind but also the most widely known. If I said there is a 7-Eleven every 5 blocks in every city in America I’d only be a pebble’s throw from the truth. 

Photo: Vijat Mohindra

With a pulse on youth culture, 7-Eleven smartly teamed with fashion and creative force Kerwin Frost to create The Snack Attack Uniform. Known for his quirky yet utilitarian designs, works of his tend to promote a sense of playful stylishness. The Snack Attack Uniform is no different, it comes in pink and green, and was made to ensure all your munchie needs are met. 

Photo Provided By: Vijat Mohindra

The uniform consists of Kerwin’s Snack Attack jacket, pants, and glitter tee shirt, which all can be worn together or separately. Equipped with a total of 18 pockets, the jacket comes with 7 while the pants have an audacious 11. Someone understood the assignment. Each pocket comes filled with one of Kerwin’s favorite 7-Eleven selects:

  • Kerwin’s Snack Attack Jacket:
  1. 7-Select Apple Snack Pie
  2. 7-Select Strawberry Cheesecake Snack Pie
  3. 7-Select Madeleines
  4. 7-Select Crispy Rice Treat
  5. 7-Select Replenish Guava Splash
  6. 7-Select Fried Pork Rinds
  7. 7-Select Gummi Bears
  8. 7-Select Gummi Blue Sharks
  9. 7-Select Trail Mix
  10. 7-Select Gummi Peach Rings
  11. 7-Select Gummi Fun Bugs
  • Kerwin’s Snack Attack Pants:
  1. 7-Select Sour Watermelon Wedges
  2. Kerwin’s Snack Party Mix Popcorn
  3. 7-Select Go!Smart Energy Shot (Assorted Flavors)
  4. 7-Select Fiery Hot Flavored Potato Chips
  5. 7-Select Chips or Pretzels (Assorted Flavors)
  6. 7-Select Caramel Flavored Popcorn
  7. 7-Select Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
Photo: Vijat Mohindra

Of course I had to ask Kerwin what his top three snacks were, to which he humbly replied,  “Not to be biased, but my favorite has to be my limited-edition Kerwin’s Snack Party Mix Popcorn. It’s made with white chocolate popcorn, candied chocolate pieces, cinnamon toasted cereal and chocolate cake mix – plus the party mix snack comes in a canister I designed.” That’s right, the cherry on top of this is a specially curated popcorn mixture in a container of his own design. The other two snacks that received shoutouts were the 7-Select Buffalo Chicken Flavored Chips and the 7-Select Gummi Peach Rings.

As the year is nearing a close and with the Super Bowl right around the corner, there will be lots of binge-time for snacking. To take your munching up a notch, head here and grab one of Kerwin’s limited edition 7-Eleven Snack Attack Uniforms for $280.

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Ben & Jerry’s Collabs With Chance the Rapper For New Flavor

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Ben & Jerry’s has tapped in with Chance the Rapper to debut a new flavor, Mint Chocolate Chance ice cream and non-dairy frozen dessert.

Mint Chocolate Chance takes inspo from Chance the Rapper’s own childhood mixture and incorporates fudge brownie pieces in a cool mint ice cream or sunflower butter-based non-dairy dessert. Both iterations are locked in to hit nationwide in the first quarter of 2022 for $4.99 to $5.49 per pint.

What’s even better is that a portion of proceeds will benefit Chance the Rapper’s non-profit, SocialWorks, which has a goal to invest in youth through the arts, education and civic engagement with programming that focuses on education, mental health, homelessness and performing and literary arts. 

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Two New OREO Flavors Are Coming in 2022

Come January 2022, our local stores will be stocked with two new OREO flavors: Toffee Crunch and Ultimate Chocolate.

Ultimate Chocolate OREOs are a limited edition flavor and will feature a triple layer of chocolate cremes, while Toffee Crunch will be a permanent addition to the OREO roster and has toffee-flavored creme with sugar crystals sandwiched between OREO cookies.

Both flavors will start popping up on shelves around the beginning of January for $4.29, so OREO fans need to keep watch.