Frozen Cottage Cheese Bars, Kombucha Concentrate, Artichoke Chips, and 12 Other New Groceries We’re Super Excited About
There are obvious trends at any major trade show, and 2019’s Summer Fancy Food Show was no different. It just ended on Tuesday and we saw a lot of the trends you’d expect: tons of jerky (of the meat and vegan variety), CBD-infused treats, plant-based snacks, probiotic everything, etc! We also saw lots of stuff that we didn’t think to expect. And so here, we go — these are the finds that were the most surprising and/or have us the most excited to hit up the grocery store.
Note: Some of these are out already and some will be on shelves in the next few months.
If you like speculoos, you’ll love this stuff. It’s got the consistency of a nut butter … only it’s made from granola! So it’s spreadable granola (the world’s first!) and it’s vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, allergen-friendly, and school-safe. Use it instead of peanut butter or just eat it out of the jar. The original flavor has a sweet cinnamon flavor and the chocolate one tastes, well, chocolatey.
2. Rao’s Italian Style Tomato Basil Soup
Rao’s literally makes the only jarred pasta sauce Kitchn editors will buy. So, when we learned the brand was launching a line of soup, we knew it was gonna be hot. (Get it?) We liked the Tomato Basil option the best (maybe because it’s basically their pasta sauce in soup form?) but that’s not to say we didn’t also love the Italian Wedding Soup or the Vegetable Minestrone.
Remember that brief moment in time when you could buy green ketchup for no good reason? Well, now you can buy PINK ketchup. It’s pink because it’s made with beetroot and, while it has a tangier, slightly different taste compared to regular ketchup, it still definitely tastes like ketchup. Use it on a burger, fries, scrambled eggs, and even mac and cheese. While you’re shopping, check out the brand’s mayo options, too.
4. Cynara Artichoke Chyps
We have so many chips in the world, it’s hard to believe that we didn’t have chips made from artichoke leaves until now. They’re like kale chips — only made with fresh artichokes (and sunflower oil and salt).
From one of the major brands that’s helping to popularize cauliflower pizza crust, we present to you these better-for-you frozen chicken tenders. The “breading” is veggie-forward (cauliflower) and gluten-free (rice flour and brown brown rice flour). The tenders are flavorful — the Spicy-ish Chicken Tenders are perfectly named! — baked, and way more moist than you’d expect.
6. Speka Cottage Cheese Bars
Instead of an ice cream bar, perhaps a cottage cheese bar can hit the spot the next time you’re craving a cool treat? That’s right. We said COTTAGE CHEESE. Each bar is just 140 calories, has 7 grams of sugar, and 4 times the protein. We almost passed on trying these but we’re so glad we gave them a shot because there’s really no good way to describe them. They’re ice cream-y, kind of chewy, and not at all cheese-like. There are three flavors (vanilla, salted caramel, and Greek yogurt) and they can be eaten right out of the fridge or freezer. Go for the vanilla.
Soda Press Co is an Australia-based company that’s teamed up with SodaStream to make all sorts of soda syrups for at-home use. We were meh about it until we saw the Kombucha Syrup. It’s the world’s first shelf-stable organic kombucha concentrate and has more than a billion live probiotics per serving. Just keep the opened jar in your fridge and add a splash to a glass of seltzer for instant ‘buch. No scoby required.
Want some sous-vide chicken without having to learn how to sous-vide on your own? That’s where Butcher’s comes in! The brand sous-vides chicken for several hours in order to deliver tender, juicy white meat that’s ready to eat right out of the package. The three options include Salt & Pepper, Chile Limon, and Lemon Pepper.
We’ve seen hemp milk in the unrefrigerated non-dairy mylk section of the grocery store before, but we didn’t expect to see it in plant-based creamers. Guess it’s not that surprising — we just hadn’t thought of it! Elmhurst did, though! There’s Original, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Golden Milk will be coming soon.
10. Blender Bombs
Founder Helen Hall started making Blender Bombs to help her lose the 30 unwelcome pounds she gained while in college. She’d drop one in the blender and realized that her smoothies would keep her feeling full for hours. Now she has a whole line and suggests plopping the “bombs” into smoothies or eating them straight as a snack.
Kitchn’s Managing Editor is obsessed with New Barn’s almond milks and she got a lot of her fellow staffers hooked, too. Now, the brand is coming out with with a plant-based butter that’s so new, they didn’t even have packaging to show us. But we did get to eat the butter and you wouldn’t even know there isn’t any dairy in it.
12. Wild Planet Skip Jack Wild Tuna in Olive Oil
It’s hard to tell by this photo, but the tuna pieces in these jars are giant. Unlike with cans, you can open them up and have a few chunks and put them back in the fridge (although the Skip Jack is so good, you might want to eat the whole jar at once). For what it’s worth, Wild Planet got our vote in our Grocery 100 list for the best tuna, thanks to taste and sustainability.
13. Good Catch Fish-Free Tuna
Of course there was also plant-based tuna. The stuff in these pouches tasted just like real tuna! But there’s not a single flake of fish involved. (It’s all made with a protein-rich blend of six legumes including peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans, and navy beans.) Look for the pouches at Whole Foods and Thrive Market.
14. Chevoo Spreadable Goat Cheese
Fun fact: We spotted some Chevoo cheese in a recent episode of Big Little Lies (it was in Madeline’s refrigerator!). Another fun fact: The brand is coming out with spreadable goat cheese! We loved all three flavors, but if we had to rank them in order it’d go Creamy Black Truffle, Zesty Citrus & Honey, and Country Herb & Garlic. In non-spreadable form, Chevoo now has Fennel Pollen & Orange marinated goat cheese, too.
15. From The Ground Up Butternut Squash Pretzels
We’ve been seeing lots of veggies in snacks, but this was the first time we saw butternut squash make an appearance. These pretzels are made of butternut squash and cassava.
Which of these are you most excited to try? Vote in the comments below!