Hit-Or-Miss Packaged Food

Cinnabon Launches Frozen Breakfast Line Including Chicken Biscuit

Photo courtesy of Cinnabon

When I think of Cinnabon, I think of those mall food stalls that deliver a euphoric dose of cinnamon butter smell particles as I walk past on my way to the movies. While movies aren’t happening any time soon, Cinnabon is hard at work expanding their offerings past concession stands and straight onto your breakfast table. 

The brand just announced its first-ever line of frozen breakfast items that cover both the sweet and savory sides of everyone’s favorite meal. 

Photo courtesy of Cinnabon

Six new items are set to drop simultaneously, each with Cinnabon’s own signature style of flavor: Caramel Pecan Ooey-Gooey Rolls, Frosting Filled CinnaPastry, Frosted CinnaSweet Swirls, CinnaBiscuit Chicken Sandwich, Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage Bites, and CheddarRoll Sausage & Egg Sandwich.

The new breakfast line is now available nationwide in the breakfast aisle of your local grocer’s frozen food section. I wonder if I can piece them all together and form some kind of Cinnabon breakfast Megazord. 

Probably shouldn’t. 

Packaged Food Sweets

Eggo Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes Arrive This Fall

Photo courtesy of Kellogg’s

Eggo has come a long way since their plain buttermilk frozen waffles, and we’re all for it. Not too long ago, I discovered their new Belgian-style waffles in the frozen food aisle and was pretty hooked with a variation. 

Well, Kellogg’s brand is churning out a new flavor in the weeks to come in Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes. Yes, Eggo now does frozen pancakes, and this latest batch is flavored like your favorite holiday cookies. 

Eggo announced new limited-edition seasonal pancakes you can make in a toaster: Pumpkin Pie and Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes

Both Eggo Pancakes capture their namesakes’ flavors and seasonal nostalgia and only take seconds to cook up in the toaster. 

While the Pumpkin Pie Pancakes are already available in freezer aisles nationwide, you won’t find the Gingerbread Cookie Pancakes until November. 

That’s fine — anticipation’s half the excitement of taste. 

Packaged Food Sweets

Pop Tarts Ice Cream Bars Are A Sweet And Refreshing Reality

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts are hands down my favorite flavor when it comes to choosing from the lineup. I imagine many will be delighted to see that flavor and texture transition over into ice cream bar form. Yes that’s right, Pop Tarts ice cream bars are a thing now and we’re all for it.

Partnering with Good Humor, the two brands created a new Pop Tarts Brown Sugar Cinnamon Frozen Dessert Bar. Put that sweet image in your mouth and nibble on it.

The bar features creamy vanilla flavored frozen dairy with a rich cinnamon core. It’s then topped with a coating of brown sugar cinnamon crumbles to create a crunchy, creamy bar.

Sounds kind of perfect, especially now that summer is quickly approaching.

You can find them now at available grocery retailers nationwide. Makes me wonder if they’ll ever do a s’mores flavor?

Packaged Food

We Tried These Vegan Frozen Burritos And They Were Surprisingly Delicious

My diet throughout high school consisted of frozen burritos and Cactus Cooler. While frozen burritos are still very much part of my adult diet, going in on all that meat and cheese more than once a week really weighs down on a person.

At ExpoWest, we discovered Alpha Foods‘ vegan burritos.

The burritos are made with 100 percent plant-based proteins that’s completely vegan. Available in four flavors (Mexicali, Philly Sandwich, Chick’n Fajita, and Pizza), each burrito is high in plant protein, cholesterol free, and non-GMO.

A completely vegan alternative for the meaty burritos we once would dig out of the freezer aisle, Alpha burritos piqued our curiosity, as some of us are now trying to stick to more plant-based consumption.

We tried some at the Foodbeast office and here’s what some of the team had to say about the Alpha burritos.


I was genuinely surprised, I didn’t expect the flavors to get that close to real pizza and Philly cheesesteak. When it came to the Philly cheesesteaks, the flavors were spot on but I could kinda tell it was vegan.


Didn’t taste like a Philly cheesteak, but the flavors and the texture were good enough to make me want more. Lighter than what I expected, and had a good fresh kick to it.


I’d fuck with this if I were vegan. It didn’t exactly scream ‘Philly Cheesesteak’ to me, but the flavor was still good.


It was good, surprised it was vegan. It was also heartier than I anticipated. I only ate half of one and I’m pretty content.

As far as frozen burritos go, the consensus seemed to be that they tasted pretty good. Sure, some of us were able to tell they were vegan, but if you’re trying to stick to a plant-based lifestyle, Alpha Foods might just be what you need to recapture the flavor of regular meat and cheese-based burritos.

You can find the nearest grocery retailer that carries the Alpha burritos here.


US Stores To Sell DIY Phở Kits From All-Natural Food Company


Photo: John Lucas/Edmonton Journal

No more long lines. No more treks to your not-at all-close-to-you-but-totally-worth-the-trip ph spot. The glasses-steaming, miraculous cure-all soup is coming to your refrigerator, all thanks to Canyon Creek Food Company.

You probably haven’t heard of Canyon Creek since it’s a food processor and distributor based in Canada. And when was the last time you remembered things about Canada? While you’ve tormented yourself trying to reconcile the country’s contradictory offerings to the world (re: Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling), Canyon Creek has cranked out tons of all natural, preservative-free soups. They’re ready to up Canada’s ante by releasing their Vietnamese Ph Bò Viên Soup in Los Angeles, California.

The company’s first baby steps into the US bring a fresh soup kit containing broth, meatballs, fresh noodles, sriracha chili sauce and hoisin sauce. Sure, it’s BYOHV (Bring Your Own Herbs and Veggies), but this kit shrinks down the typically day-long process of cooking ph.


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Certified organic by Quality Assurance International, Canyon Creek’s products are taking convenience out of cans and Lean Cuisine boxes, and giving you some semblance of control. Think of their kits like Lunchables for adults who are allowed to use the stove. Instead of chemicals and a day’s worth of calories and sodium, however, you’re following a recipe with pronounceable ingredients.

Though transparent about their food, the company is pretty tight-lipped about the major retailer who’s made their US debut possible. Their social media profiles hint at a Costco partnership,  so you’ll likely find their kits at your local bulk store. The Los Angeles launch is meant to build brand awareness, but their ph kits should reach your neck of the woods within a few months.

Considering Canyon Creek also makes a bevy of sauces and solid entrees, we’re hoping this phở lives up to the hype. If it does, it might be time to learn another line of “Oh, Canada.”


More Than 1 Million Pounds of Pretzel Dogs Recalled, Said Nothing About Containing Soy


Those with soy allergies and an inherent love for pretzel dogs, brace yourselves. The US Department of Agriculture just announced a recall of nearly 1.2 million pounds of pretzel dogs for not listing soy as one of their ingredients.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered during a routine labeling review that while the frozen snack contained the common allergen soy lecithin, it was nowhere to be found on the box labels. Because of this, approximately 1,196,669 pounds of pretzel dogs will be recalled because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Consumers should note the production dates between February 14, 2014 and November 14, 2014. The pretzel dogs were sold under a variety of different names and packaging listed below and have the establishment number “EST. or P-34073” inside the USDA mark.

• Auntie Anne’s All Beef Classic Pretzel Dogs
• Auntie Anne’s Fundraising Pretzel Dogs
• West Creek Black Angus Beef Pretzel Dogs
• Kunzler Pretzel Dogs
• Kunzler Turkey Pretzel Dogs
• Berks All Beef Pretzel Franks
• Nathan’s Famous Pretzel Dogs
• City Line Foods Pretzel Dogs

Auntie Anne’s mall and airport pretzels are said to be unaffected by this recall. There have yet to be any reports of illness or reactions to the recalled products.

H/T Consumerist


Packaged Food

Japan has Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Topped with Real Gold and Silver Flecks

Japan-Opera-Ice-CreamHäagen-Dazs Japan is taking a walk on the classier side of the tracks with their new Opera and Antoinette flavors. Said to be inspired by French history, the soon-to-be-released flavors are both topped with gold and silver, presumably the edible variety. Though, hey, we’re not picky.

The Antoinette will be released in Japan this December. It contains red wine ice cream made with Bordeaux, topped with red wine sauce and flecks of silver leaf. Edible silver flecks are typically made of pure silver.

Ice cream connoisseurs will remember that Opera has been in and out of the market since 2011. It’s comprised of butter and coffee ice cream with almond cookie spacers, then topped with chocolate sauce and gold leaf specks, usually formed from 23-karat gold.

As some of you may know, edible gold and silver have no taste. The flecks just give the ice cream decadent sparkle.

The two ice cream flavors will be on sale in Japan on Dec. 9. Both varieties will be available at all participating convenience stores for 432 yen ($3.95 US).

H/T Rocket News 24

Packaged Food

Bloggers get Duped by ConAgra

Recently, ConAgra, North America’s largest packaged food company dun goofed! in the execution of their newest marketing strategy. They hired PR firm Ketchum to host an event, where bloggers in New York would be invited to attend a fancy dinner prepared by celebrity chef and host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off,” George Duran at an underground restaurant.

However, bloggers were livid when they discovered that the “unexpected surprise” promised on their invitation turned out to be somewhat of a hoax when the fancy gourmet meal that diners thought they were eating was actually Marie Callender’s Three Meat and Four Cheese Lasagna, a frozen line from ConAgra foods.

ConAgra hoped this blind tasting would provide them footage for promotional videos on Youtube and its Web site, and for food bloggers to generate a good buzz by saying something along the lines that they were “pleasantly surprised” like similar marketing strategies done by Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Folgers Coffee. Obviously things didn’t go according to plan and unfortunately it has caused ConAgra and Ketchum to receive negative press than positive press.

Many bloggers such as Suzanne Chan, founder of Mom Confessionals, angrily went home and posted that “Our entire meal was a SHAM!”

Unlike the everyday consumer that these companies have used as guinea pigs, bloggers are not ones to be messed with. Food bloggers, especially, have high expectations for the quality of their food and have no fear in letting the public know exactly what’s up. 

But as a blogger, I don’t think I think I would get upset over the situation. I would however, feel kind of stupid that I’ve been tricked. I’m sure I would enjoy the meal none the less, and gone home thinking there’s no such thing as a free lunch after all.