The gluten-free and Celiac disease communities just got a second hit of good news to cap off 2020. In addition to gluten-free OREOs launching at the start of next year, gluten-free Kraft Mac & Cheese is now available in stores nationwide.
Kraft made the pasta using brown rice and corn, and tailored the blend to meet the FDA’s standards for gluten-free. This means that the ingredients used to make the mac and cheese do not come from gluten-containing grains (ie. wheat), or are processed to remove gluten to the point where there is less than 20 parts per million of gluten in the final cheesy pasta.
The mac also retains the original’s consistency and cheesy flavor, meaning that gluten-free consumers should be getting a comparable experience to those who’ve been eating Kraft’s mac for years.
With two of the world’s most ubiquitous brands moving to add gluten-free versions of their signature products, accessibility to these types of foods just became a whole lot easier.
With the holiday season speeding towards us like a California Governor to the last Turbo Man figure, we’re strapping on and enjoying all the new seasonal sweets that are hitting the snack aisles.
One that’s particularly noteworthy is M&M’s debuting their new White Chocolate Sugar Cookie candies. The limited-edition holiday flavor features a white chocolate, sugar cookie-flavored shell with a crispy center.
For fans of either the rich textures of white chocolate or the buttery crunch of sugar cookies, this sounds like the perfect holiday amalgam.
You can now find the new M&M White Chocolate Sugar Cookie candies in stores nationwide and online at MMS.com.
Depending on where you shop, an average bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing can cost about $3-$4. You’re probably restocking on it once a month or so, meaning that after 5-6 years, you could spend $1000 on ranch alone.
If you found yourself being described in the above paragraph, consider this fridge that comes with a “lifetime supply” of Hidden Valley Ranch an absolute discount. If you heard someone you know being described, it could be a mind-boggling gift for them.
For the holidays, Hidden Valley Ranch has created a fridge bundle that chucks in a huge shipment of ranch that covers you over at least the next few years, if not longer.
The 24-inch fridge has plenty of room to stock whatever you want inside, but it also comes with a massive stockpile of ranch dressing. For $900, you get a significant quantity and variety of Hidden Valley Products delivered.
This includes a full case of Secret Sauce, a case of Hidden Valley Ranch blasted, a case each of Fiesta Ranch and French Onion Dips, plus 2 cases of the OG ranch dressing. That’s just in the first year, and you’ll also get 25 bottles of different flavors of ranch delivered each year through 2024.
To cover you beyond that, the purchaser will receive a $600 cash or gift card payout in 2025 to get ranch beyond that timeline.
This gift bundle is extremely limited, as only three of them are available to purchase for the holiday season. If you’re gonna go in on this, you’ve got until December 31st or when three units sell (whichever comes first) to do so.
For those looking to gift something not as extravagant, there are also customizable ranch bottles, paraphernalia, and even dog toys up for sale on Hidden Valley Ranch’s website.
The best thing about a nice, warm cinnamon roll is arguably the divine cream cheese frosting slathered on top like a silk sheet on a tropical summer night.
For the first time, Cinnabon is now taking their famous frosting and selling it by the pint for fans to use how they see fit.
Cinnabon’s signature frosting will elevate practically any baked good you’re planning to make for the holidays, or if you’re anything like me, it will be utterly delicious paired with some black coffee and ruffled potato chips.
Hey, don’t judge me.
The limited-edition 13-oz Signature Cream Cheese Frosting pints are available nationwide at participating Cinnabon mall bakeries and food delivery providers for $5.99. You can find your nearest Cinnabon bakery store by peeping Cinnabon.com/locations.
There have been many innovative pizzas from LA-based Rose City Pizza in the past few years, but their latest creation may very well be my favorite yet.
The viral pizzeria behind the Birria, Elote, and Al Pastor Pizza has now added a Popcorn Chicken Pizza to the menu and its gangbusters.
Inspired by the immensely popular snack found at Taiwanese boba shops, the new Popcorn Chicken Pizza takes breaded chicken thigh pieces and fries them along with Thai basil. For the pizza base, a simple rainfall of mozzarella cheese is met with a dash of five-spice. Once the chicken joins the pie, it’s drizzled with a unique Thai Basil aioli made in house and topped with the crispy fried basil leaves.
Our own Constantine Spyrou recently tried it and had this to say about the new addition:
“It was bomb,” young Spyrou told us. “The chili oil and the Thai basil aioli combine to give it some punchy flavor. The five-spice adds a nice undertone to everything.”
He also added this was one of the best things he’d eaten in 2020 and a great take on popcorn chicken in pizza form.
High praise, but honestly, I agree 100 percent.
You can find the Popcorn Chicken Pizza now on the Rose City Pizza menu. Other notable pies include the ever-viral Birria Pizza, Al Pastor Pizza, Elote Pizza, and Manila Sunrise Filipino Breakfast Pizza.
In a move to further position themselves as a grocery store alternative to ground beef, Beyond Meat is taking a page out of the beef industry’s playbook. They’re going to start selling blends of their plant-based product that vary based on fat content.
The new forms don’t have official names yet, but one is being touted as the “brand’s juiciest patty” while the other is described as the company’s “most nutritious patty yet.” To differentiate, you could almost think of them as “Extra Juicy” and “Lean.”
In terms of ground beef varieties, you could consider Beyond Meat’s regular version to be standard ground beef, “Extra Juicy” to be like 80/20 or Extra Fatty, and the “Lean” one to be like a 96/4 blend of beef.
The “juiciest patty” form still has 35% less saturated fat than 80/20 ground beef, while the “most nutritious” form has 55% less saturated fat than 80/20 ground beef.
For context, Beyond Meat’s current iteration has 5 g of saturated fat per quarter pound, and 80/20 ground beef has about 8 grams of saturated fat per quarter pound. The “juiciest patty” form should have slightly more fat than Beyond’s standard product. Meanwhile, the “most nutritious form,” at 55% less saturated fat than 80/20 beef, would have slightly less than 4 grams of saturated fat per quarter pound based on Beyond’s claims.
Some folks will be sampling the new varieties in a sold-out tasting event in Los Angeles later in 2020. As for everyone else, they can expect to find the new options in stores in early 2021.
For those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance issues, finding snacks that cater to those diets on the shelves is difficult, and may even come at a slightly steeper price. Studies have shown that gluten-free snacks can often cost significantly more than their counterparts.
Such snacks are about to get a lot more accessible though, as OREO, one of the largest cookie brands globally, is releasing their own line of gluten-free treats.
Available in standard and Double STUF variety, both sets of cookies will come certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), one of the most trusted and widely accepted standards worldwide. While they have no regulatory or enforcement authority, the set of audits companies have to go through to receive this certification are stricter than the rules set for “gluten-free” definitions by the FDA, the EU, and other governing bodies.
This ensures that for those who have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, these cookies should provide minimal risk. It also gives OREO a whole new market of customers to purchase their cookies.
Gluten-free OREOs will arrive in markets starting in January 2021.