The 5 Best New Frozen Groceries We Tried This Year

published Dec 6, 2021
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Whether you were on the hunt for easy appetizers, dinner shortcuts, or crowd-pleasing air fryer snacks, the freezer section was, dare we say, the hottest place in grocery stores this year. (In a cool way, of course). There were new heat-and-serve items galore and loads of frosty treats. We tried as many new freezer finds as we could, and we loved every bite.

The best of the best? Well, that’s this list right here! These are the five very best new frozen groceries we tried this year.

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1. Mason Dixie Breakfast Sandwiches, $3.99 for 4.7 ounces

If there’s a better way to start the day, we haven’t found it. Here, you’ll find a perfectly cooked egg and savory sausage patty sandwiched between a buttery and flaky biscuit — and it’s ready in as little as 90 seconds. Breakfast sandwiches always taste like the weekend — no matter what day of the week it happens to be in reality. And couldn’t we all use a few more Sunday-morning vibes in our everyday lives?

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2. Purple Carrot Maple Chipotle Veggie Bowl, $6.65 for 10.75 ounces

Frozen vegetables are a year-round staple; their convenience, affordability, and long shelf life spans all seasons. And this veggie mix, with ​​Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, red peppers, and leafy greens (kale, chard, and spinach) features seven in one handy package. The sweet-meets-savory sauce is vegan and full of flavor. Use this as a dinner side or just eat it up for lunch.

3. Talia di Napoli Margherita Pizza, $125 for 8 pizzas

While there’s no shortage of frozen pizza choices at the grocery store, more and more options seemed to pop up in 2021, including these handmade pies from Naples. The ingredients — fine 00 flour, olive oil from Puglia, and tomato sauce and fior di latte mozzarella from Campania — and cooking methods all meet the requirements of Neapolitan pizza, but it doesn’t get the official nod from the designating body because they don’t recognize frozen pizza. But … we’re giving it our official nod!

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4. Tattooed Chef Organic Riced Cauliflower Stir-Fry, $5.49 for 12 ounces

The cauliflower renaissance has been well underway for a few years (the veggie’s mild flavor and pale color make it a great stand-in for the usual starches like rice and potatoes). This brand has taken riced cauliflower a step further, tossing the cauliflower crumbles with peas, corn, and bell peppers to create an easy stir-fry base. The package even comes with a savory sesame-ginger sauce. Serve it along with your protein of choice for an easy weeknight dinner.

5. Turkey Hill Vanilla Bean & Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches, $3.97 for 16 ounces

Whoever at Turkey Hill decided that the cookie in these sandos should be a double chocolate chip cookie instead of just a regular chocolate chip cookie should be put in charge of all R&D immediately. ​​The cookies are studded with just the right amount of mini chocolate chips, giving every bite a satisfying crunch. Paired with creamy vanilla ice cream, it’s sweet, but not too intense. It’s a frosty treat that also defies any seasonal slant.