The 8 Best New Groceries to Hit Shelves This December
As a Sagittarius, December is naturally one of my favorite times of year. It’s not just my birthday I get excited about, but also all the festiveness. It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate — December is the perfect time to rest, gather with friends and family, and get cozy around a shared meal. I love the comfort foods we gravitate to in winter, too: hot cocoa, warm cookies, and cinnamon-kissed desserts and drinks.
The new grocery items arriving in December reflect this time of year. The best and most exciting include holiday-inspired drinks and eats (Coquito! Holiday Nog cookies! Eggnog-flavored yogurt!) and nostalgic takes on classic snacks. Of the dozens of new bites (and sips) hitting shelves this month, these are the eight I’m most excited about.
1. Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Holiday Nog Cookies
I am continuing to take eggnog in all forms, including cookies. Pepperidge Farm’s limited-edition holiday nog cookies are crunchy and gently spiced, almost like a cinnamon-dusted shortbread but not quite as buttery as the dog-shaped ones typically found this time of year. The wreath, candy cane, and tree designs on each cookie feel extra festive and its not-too-sweet flavor makes one the perfect accompaniment for a steaming mug of coffee.
Buy: Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Holiday Nog Cookies, $3.92 for 6.4 ounces at Walmart; also available at retailers nationwide
2. Drink Candela Coquito Gift Set
If you’re still at a loss of what to get a cocktail-loving friend for the holidays this year, let me put this coquito gift set from Candela on your radar. Coquito, Puerto Rico’s take on boozy eggnog, is full of notes of cinnamon, coconut, and vanilla. This set differs from last year because it now includes coquito creme liqueur as well as a bottle of Candela’s honeyed Dominican spiced rum. It also comes with four shot glasses, which makes dispersing sips of coquito even easier.
Buy: Drink Candela Coquito Gift Set, $49.99 per Gift Set at Candela
3. Goldfish Sour Cream & Onion Crisps
Goldfish’s foray into chips is an astounding success. The signature fish shape is still intact but instead of flat, cheesy crackers, the crisps are light and puffy, shattering far more easily than the original formula. This makes for an enjoyable crispy texture that’s akin to thinly sliced potato chips. There are three new flavors: salt and vinegar, sour cream and onion, and cheddar. Sour cream and onion is by far my favorite; there is a robust allium flavor that’s mellowed out by tangy sour cream.
Buy: Goldfish Sour Cream & Onion Crisps, $3.52 for 6.25 ounces at Walmart; also available at retailers nationwide
4. Nestlé Carnation Zero Sugar Original Coffee Creamer
When I was growing up, my family’s pantry was always stocked with cans of Carnation evaporated milk for Thai iced tea and coffee — so it only makes sense that Nestlé Carnation would develop a coffee creamer. This creamer, although sugar-free, boasts a sweet cream flavor that doesn’t have an artificial sweetener aftertaste. The viscosity is ideal, too: thick enough to feel indulgent and creamy, but not too thick that it alters the sipping pleasure of a cup of coffee. I will definitely reach for this for my morning cup.
Buy: Nestlé Carnation Zero Sugar Original Coffee Creamer, $2.99 for 32 ounces at Walmart
5. Avec Fuji Apple and Cardamom Premium Carbonated Drink
Winter is fast approaching, but I’m not giving up fall flavors anytime soon. This new Avec can, which is made in collaboration with Yes! Apples (a network of upstate New York apple farmers), tastes like grown-up apple juice in the best way. It’s pleasantly tart and balanced with notes of cardamom, tarragon, and lemon verbena. The slim cans somehow feel more adult, too. If you want a non-alcoholic and sparkly alternative to holiday drinking this year, pick up a case of this.
Buy: Avec Fuji Apple and Cardamom Premium Carbonated Drink, $36 for 12 (8.45-ounce) cans at Avec; also available at Wegmans and Sprouts
6. Chobani Spiced Holiday Nog
I am an eggnog enthusiast and proud of it. One thing I will say about eggnog, however, is it can, at times, be too viscous and cloying. This is where Chobani does everything right with its holiday-inspired yogurt: The yogurt isn’t too thick and stodgy, while the flavor strikes the perfect balance between sweet and naturally tart. The addition of nutmeg makes it feel even more like the festive holiday drink.
Buy: Chobani Spiced Holiday Nog Greek Yogurt, $1.59 for 5.3 ounces at Kroger and other retailers nationwide
7. Red Bull Pear Cinnamon Winter Edition
Pear is the most prominent flavor in this winter-edition Red Bull. It’s juicy and sweet with just a hint of cinnamon that follows the initial fruity flavor — almost like a poached pear in energy drink form. Although I’m partial to coffee and tea for a kick of caffeine, I could see this Red Bull also working as an excellent mixer for holiday-themed cocktails.
Buy: Red Bull Pear Cinnamon Winter Edition Energy Drink, $7.49 for 4 (8.4-ounce) cans at Target; also available at Kroger, Walmart, and more
8. Zack’s Mighty Rolled Tortilla Chips Chile Lime
Zack’s Mighty tortilla chips are made with regenerative corn and an ingredient list that is easy to follow. Beyond the company’s commitment to sustainability, the chip itself has no faults. The chile lime flavor boasts ample heat and the right amount of zippiness. It’s rolled into neat cylinders, providing a satisfying crunch. Although the chips are sturdy enough to stand up to queso and guacamole, they are great to snack on as is.
Buy: Zack’s Mighty Rolled Tortilla Chips Chile Lime, $4.99 for 7 ounces at Whole Foods; also available at Thrive Market, The Fresh Market, and Wegmans
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