The Best New Groceries to Hit Supermarkets So Far This Year
January is not just the month of new resolutions. It’s also the month that seemingly all food brands launch new grocery store products (some that may help and some that may hinder your potential resolutions).
Because there were so many great new foods and drinks to try, it was extra hard to pick favorites this month. But I managed to do it. (I’m nothing if not dedicated!) Next time you’re at the grocery store, it’s worth some extra browsing to check out all the new products yourself — here are six to get you started.
1. Cheetos Popcorn, $3.99 for 7 ounces
Turns out, Cheetos dust doesn’t just belong on Cheetos — it makes a great popcorn topper. Sure, if you were tasting Cheetos Popcorn blind, you may think you’re just eating typical cheddar popcorn, but if you really focus, you’ll realize it has that classic, delightful fake cheese taste. Plus, the popcorn dyes your fingers bright orange in a way that only Cheetos can.
2. Smartwater Still Flavors, $1.99 for 700 ml
If you’ve got something along the lines of “drink more water” on your list of resolutions, Smartwater Still Flavors are here to help. The subtly-flavored waters come in Watermelon Mint, Cucumber Lime, Pineapple Kiwi, and Strawberry Blackberry — all flavors that taste like something you’d drink at a spa. Watermelon Mint, which I thought would be my least favorite, turned out to be top on my list, but all four are flavored just enough to taste fruity, while still being super hydrating.
3. Banza Plant-Based Mac & Cheese, $21.99 for six boxes
I’m a long-time Banza fan, so believe me when I say that this is their best product yet (their rice is a close second). My personal favorite was the Shells + Classic Cheddar (there’s also Elbows + Classic Cheddar and Shells + White Cheddar) because it genuinely tastes like the mac and cheese we all grew up with, but with way more protein and fiber, and fewer carbs. Even if you haven’t loved alt pastas in the past, I’d recommend giving this mac a go — every time I’ve made it, I’ve eaten the entire box.
Note: This stuff is different than Banza’s other Mac & Cheese because the sauce is dairy-free and made from sweet potatoes, nutritional yeast, pumpkin powder, and more.
4. Crystal Farms Cheese Wraps, $4.99 for six
From the second I laid eyes on these, I knew they’d be a winner. Each wrap is just a large round piece of cheese that’s meant to be used in place of a tortilla or flatbread. Brilliant. They’re great for anyone who’s on a keto or low-carb diet, or for anyone who just loves cheese (*raises hand*). The wraps are thick enough that they don’t tear easily, but thin enough that the cheese doesn’t totally overpower whatever’s on the inside.
5. Life’s Grape Vine-Dried Grapes, $9.99 for 10 ounces
In my opinion, raisins are long overdue for a rebrand. Also in my opinion, there’s no better way to rebrand something than by covering it in peanut butter. The dried grapes themselves are way juicier and sweeter than typical raisins, making these PB&J bites a delicious sweet treat, whether you like raisins or not.
6. Ben & Jerry’s Netflix & Chilll’d, $5.99 per pint
This pint hit shelves and social media last week, and I’m pleased to tell you that besides having a catchy name, it’s actually really good, too. The huge brownie chunks are rich and moist and pair super well with the peanut butter — but the real star is the pretzel swirls, which add a bit of salty flavor to the otherwise sweet dessert. Whether you choose the dairy or non-dairy variety to eat while you Netflix, you won’t be disappointed.
Have you found any great new groceries this month? Tell us about them in the comments below!