Whether the temps are heating up or you’re simply trying to manifest them into existence, spring is nearly upon us—and so are shelves and shelves of new treats hitting stores (and the web). We’ve scoured the market to uncover what foods and drinks are worth a closer look, from Cheesecake Factory’s new ice cream bars to a TikTok-trendy take on coffee salt (which, yes, is a thing). Here’s what to look out for this season.
The 23 Coolest New Foods & Drinks You Can Buy This Spring
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Hello Fresh keeps bringing the pop culture collabs, and we're here for it. The latest is tied to the May 5 release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 3. If you sign up for Hello Fresh, you can choose from one of six meals inspired by the series, ranging from crispy Orloni-style tilapia tacos to "Galaxy Greens" ricotta ravioli.
You don't have to be a Hello Fresh member to take advantage of its other offering—snack boxes that let you make a swicy take on peanut butter energy bites, called Zarg Nut Bites, and Mango Milky Fizz drinks, which taste a lot like a mango riff on a virgin piña colada. However, you will have to have fast fingers: The first set of boxes sold out one minute after launching. Visit HelloFreshAdventure.com right at noon ET on April 24 and May 1 for your chance to snag one.
Just when you thought Oreo had run out of desserts to reimagine as sandwich cookies, boom! The brand unveils Blackout Cake Oreos. Hitting stores this April, these triple-decker treats feature a chocolate cookie topped with chocolate cake-flavored creme, topped with another cookie, which is covered in dark chocolate cake-flavored creme, crowned with (you guessed it) another chocolate cookie.
Dubbed a "love letter to California," Sweetwater's new Gone Trippin' IPA seems made for summer vacations (or backyard cookouts any night the weather rises above 60 degrees). Its bitter notes are balanced out with its malty flavor and pine and citrus aromas, and it features a dry, crisp finish.
4. Tank Sauce
OK, so you won't find this in stores—it's sold online for now—but editors loved the tangy, chipotle-forward flavor of Tank Sauce that we needed to share it with you. Made by three Minneapolis-based barbecue aficionados, the Southwestern-style barbecue sauce is sold alongside a smoky dry rub, and all proceeds benefit Art Buddies, a nonprofit that provides a creative outlet and mentorship opps to Twin Cities schools.
The drink that became a viral sensation is now bottled and ready to grab on the go while you pick up your cereal and toilet paper. That's right—you can now find Starbucks's famous Pink Drink (a blend of coconutmilk and strawberry, açaí and other fruit juices), as well as relative newbie, the Paradise Drink (a tropical blend of pineapple, passionfruit and coconutmilk) in grocery stores everywhere.
Looking for a new twist on your partner’s birthday cake? And maybe a shortcut, since you’ve got enough to plan for the big soiree? Look no further. Pillsbury’s latest premade frostings include Coffee—a coffee and cream flavor, which the brand recommends pairing with chocolate cake—and Caramel Latte, which might remind you of a certain Frappuccino, thanks to its espresso and sweet, butterscotch-y notes. Find them in grocery stores starting this month.
Note: A preschooler who snubs even the tiniest hint of basil on her pizza devours Milton’s cauliflower crust pies without hesitation. Its latest riff, hitting Costco stores this spring, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser: It’s topped with grilled chicken and garlic. If you can’t get your hands on this flavor, reach for the uncured pepperoni—its savory and salty notes liven up the mellow-yet-crisp cauli crust.
You know Halo Top for its lower-calorie, higher-protein ice cream; now, the company is expanding into baking mixes, which they say have one-third of the calories of the competition. Keep an eye out for fudge brownie and peanut butter chocolate chip cookie mixes at Walmart and Kroger.
Ever sipped a Pepsi and thought, gee, I wish this were sweeter? No? Well, the universe has gone all Steve Jobs on you and is giving you what you didn’t know you’d want, with the release of Peeps marshmallow-flavored soda. It’s just the Easter basket addition to get everyone talking, though apparently you can’t legally call it Peepsi (bummer).
Cheesecake Factory stans, a whole new temptation faces you, and you don’t even have to sift through CF’s 298-page menu to find it: cheesecake-flavored ice cream bars. As if that weren’t enough, they’re covered in a milk chocolate, crunchy cookie coating to really take things to the next level.
You don’t have to wait until Girl Scout cookie-selling season to get that chocolate-mint flavor…and add it to everything. This mix, found at Sam’s Club, is designed to be mixed into brownies, cupcakes and cookies, but it can also be used atop yogurt, oatmeal and ice cream. (As hardcore salty sweet fans, we’re envisioning sprinkling it on our next batch of popcorn.)
First people put butter in coffee, now salt? The TikTok trend has actually been around for ages, with people sprinkling a tiny bit of salt into their java to reduce bitterness. Chamberlain Coffee teamed up with OSMO Salt to release three flavored salts designed for your morning brew: hazelnut, caramel and cinnamon bun. Use it sparingly—a little goes a long way—but it also works wonders for adding a little flavor to your coffee while calming down a harsh brew.
You could make your own granola from scratch, but that requires turning on an oven and all that. Target’s latest riff features a seasonal spin on the yogurt parfait staple, with freeze-dried blueberries, almond slivers and oat clusters seasoned to taste like shortbread cookies.
If you love the taste of honey but are trying to adhere to a vegan lifestyle, check out this cashewmilk-based yogurt. What it lacks in the tang of traditional yogurt, it makes up for with its creamy consistency, and bee-free take on honey flavoring. It’s mellow, yet it’s still packed with probiotics (namely, S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, L. Lactis and L. Plantarum).
Jeni’s and Ted Lasso aren’t the only ones introducing a new take on cookie-studded ice cream; Oreo is expanding its lineup of frozen treats with this creamy, mint variety. (As you might have guessed, it’s swirled with crumbled bits of the classic sandwich cookie.)
Your go-to frozen eggplant parm brand is now offering jarred sauces in four varieties: marinara, tomato basil, roasted garlic and spicy marinara. Each jar clocks in at under $5, and they’re only sold at Walmart. Just don’t tell nonna you’ve found a shortcut for your Sunday gravy routine.
We know, we know—cookies with zero grams of sugar, 1 gram of net carbs and 7 grams of protein per serving sounds like a recipe for gastronomic sawdust. But, after trying them firsthand, we can honestly say: There really is no chemical aftertaste, and the chocolate-to-crème-filling ratio is solid. It’s a little drier than your typical cookie, but we didn’t feel like we were missing out.
Ben & Jerry's
Have your pie and a la mode it, too. Ben & Jerry’s latest flavor is for serious chocoholics: We’re talking milk chocolate ice cream swirled with chocolate mousse and chocolate cookie bits. It’ll remind you of a trip to the diner, minus the greasy spoon and weak coffee part.
You're trying to get more protein into your diet, but it's Peeps season, and the heart wants what it wants. Now you can combine the two, thanks to this marshmallow-flavored protein powder. Each serving provides 25 grams of protein, and it's low-lactose.
This nostalgic flavor is undeniably cozy. (Think banana, molasses and spices, enrobed with sweet frosting and bursting with the aroma of freshly baked 'nana bread.) As if that wasn't warm-and-fuzzy enough, they launched alongside a limited-time Pop-Tartigan sweater, each which come with a box of the new flavor. There are only a few dozen available, dropping on March 31 and April 4, so we'd act fast if we were you.
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