Packaged Food

We Dig It: Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds Taste Like Cupcakes


We got a chance to test out the new seasonal Planters line and were pleasantly surprised by the palatable taste. With everything from vile Pumpkin Pie Vodka and questionable Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles (among other things), we were wary to say the least.

However, lo and behold, the Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds are a seasonal Pumpkin-flavored treat that doesn’t make you want to gag. In fact, we wanted more. While the general response for the Winter Spiced Mix was, “I’m not mad at it,” the Pumpkin Spice Almonds were absolutely exquisite. They were like munching on crunchy pumpkin pie cupcakes, while still retaining the nutty flavor. Think a nutmeg, cinnamon cupcake minus the mounds of icing.

Hmm…possible clutch ingredient for a holiday recipe? Stay tuned.


Packaged Food

Kraft Foods to Launch 70 New Products in 2012

Ready to graduate from your daily Easy Mac, Lunchables and Capri Sun diet? Kraft Foods, the brand behind dozens of your favorite supermarket food items, is updating their line-up by launching more than 70 brand new products in 2012.

Kraft’s newest products for next year will have you covered from breakfast to dinner. The creation of these products are a result of consumers who are looking for easy meal solutions with new flavor combinations. Barry Calpino, Vice President of Kraft Foods states, “Americans are having more interactive experiences with food and want the opportunity to do some of the cooking themselves. With global influence and the merging of different cultures, consumers are open to new flavor combinations. Being able to customize the flavor and texture to enhance the end dish is important and Kraft Foods is delivering.”

The result? Kraft is offering convenient dinner kits, such as their Kraft Fresh Take, Kraft Sizzling Salads Dinner Kit, and Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit. Each kit features a unique flavor combination and allows consumers to add their own chicken, pork or fish and finish creating their meals in less than 20 minutes.

Breakfast and lunch items are also expected to feature more “better-for-you” options. belVita Breakfast Biscuits, Kraft Milkbite Milk and Granola Bars and Philadelphia Cooking Creme will provide consumers with more health-conscious options for breakfast on-the-go, or at home. The biscuits (which are a European favorite) are baked with whole grains, while the granola bars are said to deliver an 8-oz glass of milk’s worth of calcium.

Be on the lookout for more varieties of Lunchables next year, such as a Ham & American Cheese Flatbread Sandwich with applesauce, Turkey & Cheddar Flatbread Sandwich with applesauce, and BBQ Chicken Dippers with pineapples. Lunchtime and snack items from Kraft also include SnackWell’s Cinnamon Creme Drizzles Caramel Popcorn, Peanut Butter Flavored Pretzels, Planters Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread and Stride Spark Kinetic Berry Sugar Free Gum.

Is that Capri Sun in your pocket not keeping you energized throughout the day? Kraft is also introducing Crystal Light Energy Powdered Drink Mix in Citrus, Grape, and Peach Mango flavors to keep you alert throughout your day.

To finally top things off, Kraft will also offer Gevalia Kaffe Coffee, Philadelphia Indulgence Spreads and Toblerone Tobelle for consumers who want to indulge themselves in a land of rich, bold world of flavor and decadence. The unique chocolate spread shares the creamy texture of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, while the rich taste of Gevalia was only previously available as a delivery-only item.

From breakfast to dinner, with snacks, drinks and dessert all mixed in-between, it looks like Kraft Foods will have a good year when 2012 rolls around. With more than 70 new products waiting to hit the shelves, Kraft’s got all of your bases covered.

Packaged Food

Kraft Foods Announces Recall After Metal Wires Found in Multiple Velveeta Products

This past Friday afternoon, Kraft Foods Global Inc. announced a voluntary recall of approximately 137,000 cases of its Velveeta Shells & Cheese as well as their Velveeta Rotini & Cheese products distributed throughout the United States. The cause of the scare? The “possible presence of small, thin wire bristle pieces.”

While no injuries have been reported, the press release asks you to identify any possible Velveeta products in your pantry and return them for a refund or exchange. Here are a list of products involved in the recall:

  • – Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Microwaveable Cups, 2.39 oz. cup, best when used by 16 MAY 2012 (UPC 2100002322)
  • – Velveeta Shells & Cheese Original Original Four Pack Microwaveable Cups, 4 x 2.39 oz. cup, best when used by 24 APR 2012 to 16 MAY 2012 (UPC 2100002339)
  • – Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Microwaveable Cups, 2.19 oz. cup, best when used by 25 MAR 2012 to 30 MAR 2012 (UPC 2100002323)
  • – Velveeta Shells & Cheese Made with 2% Milk Four Pack Microwaveable Cups, 4 x 2.19 oz. cup, best when used by 29 MAR 2012 to 12 APR 2012 (UPC 2100002946)
  • – Velveeta Rotini & Cheese Broccoli Microwaveable Cups, 2.44 oz. cup, best when used by 29 APR 2012 to 14 MAY 2012 (UPC 2100002318)

Don’t eat metal wires people, return the products if you have them. Eeesh. First the Cantaloupe Recall, now this?! What a busy couple weeks for bringing products back to stores. [FDA]

Packaged Food

Wheat Thins Launches New ‘Smoky BBQ’ Flavor


Kraft Foods and Nabisco recently sent the latest Wheat Thin Variety to the FOODBEAST office, Smoky BBQ. This product joins the diverse Wheat Thin flavor ranks including Sundried Tomato & Basil, Ranch and Multigrain in addition to the Chiptole Pepper and Cinnamon Kick of the Crunch Stix variety. While the BBQ flavor alone isn’t too revolutionary, the combination of the BBQ flavor with the classic wheat thin is proving to be addictive. Smoky BBQ Wheat Thins will officially hit stores on September 19th.

BBQ Smoky Wheat Thins