The 8 Best Breakfast Items We Bought in 2022

published Dec 21, 2022
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Is 2022 the year we all became breakfast people? Starting the day with a filling meal has never been easier or more enjoyable, thanks to the many new and returning breakfast items that hit shelves this year. We saw minimal-effort mixes and maximal-flavor ingredients, including an oh-so-creamy animal-free cream cheese and a coffee creamer that tastes like cinnamon rolls.

As we count down to 2023, we’re taking a look back at the groceries that made our mornings brighter (even on a cloudy day!). These are the breakfast buys we stashed in our pantries, fridges, and freezers in 2022.

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1. Mi Rancho Organic Artisan Corn Tortillas, $2.89 for 8.46 ounces

If you’re picky about tortillas, this pack from Mi Rancho is for you. They feature a blend of corn and wheat and are a little spendier than most of the other tortillas on the shelf — but they’re worth the splurge. Char one over your gas burner and stuff it with scrambled eggs, sautéed zucchini, and hot sauce for a quick and absolutely delicious breakfast. Switch or, should we say, tear things up and turn these extra-tasty tortillas into a skillet of migas.

2. Evergreen Frozen Mixed Berry & Almond Mini Waffles, $6.69 for 9 ounces 

These mini waffles from Evergreen stood out from the crowd. For one, they come in this bold-faced bag. Tear open the packaging, and you’ll find a lot of flavor packed in their roughly 3×2-inch rectangles. They’re dense and sweet and studded with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Bonus: They contains just 12 ingredients (a third of which are berries).

3. Betty Crocker Just-Add-Water Muffin Mixes, $1.25 for 6.5 ounces

Betty Crocker strikes again with these instant muffin mixes. Available in chocolate chip, triple-berry, and banana nut flavors, this mini mix makes six muffins. And at $1.25, that comes to 21 cents per muffin — a steal, considering the price of butter alone this year. All you need is water or milk for a freshly baked muffin in minutes. Pro tip: Freeze the extras and reheat them for future breakfasts or midday snacks.

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4. KIND Dark Chocolate Almond Cereal, $7.99 for 10 ounces

Ah, cereal. It’s quick and easy, and, with the right mix of ingredients, can be satisfying and filling. Enter: KIND Dark Chocolate Almond Cereal. Toasted almond slices, dark chocolate chunks, and flakes made from a variety of wholesome grains (oats, sorghum, and brown rice) combine forces to bring you spoonfuls of enjoyment. The nuttiness from the almonds combined with the flakes (including cocoa!) and bits of chocolate make each subsequent bite only more delightful.

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5. Organic Valley Feta and Chives Egg Bites, $3.99 for 4.2 ounces 

A low-lift, savory, portable, and protein-packed breakfast? These Organic Valley Feta and Cheese Egg Bites require just a little bit of prep before they’re ready to eat: 60 to 90 seconds in the microwave, to be exact (unless you like your bites on the cool side, in which case, peel open the lid and have at ’em). Look for these heat-and-eat bites in the refrigerator section on your next shopping trip.

6. Modern Kitchen Animal-Free Cream Cheese Spread, $8.69 for 8 ounces

In a blind taste test, you’d probably never know these Modern Kitchen Animal-Free Cream Cheese Spreads contain zero (yes, zero) dairy. To mimic that classic cream cheese taste and texture, Modern Kitchen uses a plant-derived whey protein from its partners at Perfect Day. There is no plain flavor; instead the company offers a trio of savory, spicy, and sweet options, including Spring Onion and Chive, Harissa Pepper, and Strawberry. Any of which would be great on a toasted bagel, if you ask us!

7. Marge Granola Blueberry Almond Flax, $47.29 for 5 pounds at Marge Granola

Warning: Marge Granola is so good, you may start ordering it in five-pound pillow packs. It has crisp toasted oats and locally sourced dried fruit that retains its plumpness, and is just sweet enough (a favorite flavor, Blueberry Almond Flax, only has 2 grams of sugar for 1/3 of a cup). It’s also wildly fresh. The small Seattle-based company bakes everything each week in its small bakery and according to Chief Granola Officer (we know!), Kyle Stembaugh, many of the online orders ship just after the granola has been cooled and packaged.

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8.  Purnell’s Old Folks Medium Country Sausage Patties, $11.17 for 24 patties

In our side-by-side taste test, these sausage patties were crowned the uncontested winner. (It wasn’t even close.) The meat-to-fat ratio is spot-on, making the sausages succulent and juicy without being overly greasy. The flavor is savory and well-seasoned. The sausage relies on pork and a mixture of a few spices for flavor, making it ideal as a breakfast side, breakfast sandwich stacker, or as a base for sausage gravy.

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9. Califia Farms Cinnamon Roll Oat Creamer, $4.59 for 25.4 ounces

Flavored coffee fans, perk up! Califia Farms has been on top of the alternative-milk revolution in recent years, and the company really outdid itself with its new Cinnamon Roll Oat Creamer. Sweet, thick, and rich when poured into your morning brew, this will be your new favorite way to enjoy the taste of cinnamon rolls!

Did your favorite breakfast find make the list? Tell us about it in the comments.