The Coolest New Foods & Drinks Hitting Stores Right Now (to Pull You Through the Winter Gloom)

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Ah, winter: The days are short, the air is knuckle-achingly cold—we need something fresh to pull us through. At least that’s the impression you’d get if you wandered your local grocery store, as all kinds of new products are hitting supermarket shelves. What are some of the most interesting finds to have on your radar? So glad you asked. These 13 new foods and drinks will liven up even the gloomiest day. Promise.

Peanut butter fans, sit down and practice your deep breathing. Reese’s is launching a whole line of ice cream sandwiches, cone cups and chocolate-covered bars inspired by the classic candy. Managing editor Catrina Yohay sampled them recently, and she can attest that they “perfectly balance the chocolate-peanut butter combo without being too salty or sweet.”

You’re trying to eat healthier, starting with the most important meal of the day. In that case, check out Kellogg’s newest riffs on Special K. Its High Protein variety comes in a chocolate almond flavor, and it boasts the most protein per serving the brand has ever offered (20 grams per cup). Meanwhile, Special K Zero is cinnamon-flavored, keto-friendly and features 18 grams of protein, 2 grams net carbs and 0 grams added sugar in each 1-cup serving. Not too shabby.

Dolly Parton’s cake mix line sold out in 15 minutes flat when it launched last year, sparking interest in even more of the “Jolene” singer’s recipes. Well, Dolly listened, and in the next few weeks, you’ll be able to buy Duncan Hines-produced mixes for her take on cornbread, biscuits (uh, have you seen how tall and fluffy those look?!) and both fudgy and caramel turtle brownies. Just be prepared to act fast, given how quickly her initial launch disappeared.

We got on board with Clevr’s healthier take on lattes after everyone from Oprah to Meghan Markle raved about them, but we’re most excited about its latest launch: the Mocha Superlatte. There’s cacao, for a mood boost (and, you know, flavor), but the drink also contains MCT oil—a healthy fat—and adaptogens that are supposed to reduce stress. Any excuse to down cocoa is a win in our book; the purported health benefits make for a nice bonus.

Cereal that’s supposed to help you sleep better?! That’s right. Post’s new launch, Sweet Dreams cereal, is designed to be a before-bed treat, featuring vitamins and minerals (like zinc, folic acid and vitamin B) to support melatonin production, as well as herbal blends of lavender and chamomile to help relax you. It’s available in two flavors—Blueberry Midnight and Honey Moonglow—which seem pulled from a Goop newsletter. You’ll have to try them firsthand to see whether they work for you.

Inspired by the classic lunchbox treat, this vegan dessert features a non-dairy oatmeal crème pie base studded with gluten-free oatmeal cookies and marshmallow swirls. Our editors were amazed at how much it mimicked the childhood sweet: Every layer of flavor shines through in this creamy—not icy—treat, which we’ve been devouring no matter the temperature outside.

Just when you thought Peeps couldn’t come out with a new twist on its marshmallow bunnies and chicks, the brand drops Dr. Pepper-flavored treats on us. You’ll only be able to find them at Walmart, so keep your eyes peeled.

8. Tabitha Brown’s Vegan Snacks

Tabitha Brown/Target

Tabitha Brown got us all hooked on carrot bacon, and now the cookbook author/influencer/entrepreneur has launched a line of vegan-friendly snacks, spreads and dips at Target. Your sad desk lunch is about to be turned upside down, thanks to sides like Tab’s Vegan Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Organic Popcorn and Vegan Jalapeño Lime Hummus.

You have to serve Buffalo chicken dip and all kinds of wings at your Super Bowl party, sure, but in honor of Rihanna’s half-time performance, maybe you need to bust out a pint of her ice cream? The singer partnered with Madison Brown to create a twist on Neapolitan ice cream—this version features vanilla and strawberry ice cream with ribbons of chocolate crunch throughout it. Plus, 100 percent of the proceeds from every sale are donated to Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, which supports climate justice initiatives in the U.S. and Caribbean.

The cereal you graze on all day just got a snackable makeover. Sold in a resealable bag, these honey- or blueberry-flavored chips are designed to be eaten on their own, dipped in yogurt or topped with peanut butter or Nutella for a quick, mid-day snack.

11. Jones Soda Co. Key Lime Pi

Jones Soda Co.

Have your pie and uh, drink it too? That’s the thought with Jones Soda Co.’s newest launch, available starting January 23. It's a sweet-tart soda with a graham cracker-like finish, according to the brand, making it an all but guaranteed conversation starter at your next dinner party (or when you feel like livening up a dreary Monday).

Tate’s Bake Shop is known for its crispy chocolate chip cookies, and now they’re getting way more decadent. This version coats cookie pieces in dark chocolate and tops them with sea salt, and we cannot be trusted to sit within 12 feet of a bag.

Friends may have aired its final episode in 2004, but nearly 20 years later, its fandom lives on—and now extends to coffee creamer. Inspired by the show’s Manhattan Mocha, the creamer is a mix of (any guesses?) hazelnut and mocha, providing a cocoa-y, nutty upgrade to your morning coffee.

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Candace Davison

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Candace Davison oversees PureWow's food and home content, as well as its franchises, like the PureWow100 review series and the Happy Kid Awards. She’s covered all things lifestyle...
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