Hot cocoa, gingerbread and peppermint flavors prevail in seasonal innovation.
LesserEvil Healthy Brands, LLC rolled out four seasonal flavored products across its snacks line.
The Gingerbread Cheesecake Mini Cookies are keto-friendly, soft-baked treats made with almond flour, butter, coconut sugar and cream cheese. The grain- and gluten-free cookies contain 100 calories per serving.
The Dark Chocolate & Himalayan Pink Salt Organic Popcorn features air-popped popcorn made with evaporated cane sugar, coconut oil, brown rice syrup and dark chocolate seasoning. Containing 110 calories per serving, the popcorn is USDA certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and kosher.
The White Chocolate & Matcha Organic Popcorn contains non-GMO popcorn, coconut oil, white chocolate and matcha seasoning. The vegan treat contains 110 calories per serving and is USDA certified organic, gluten-free and kosher.
The Gingerbread Grain Free Paleo Puffs are made with organic cassava, coconut flour, sweet potato and organic gingerbread seasoning. Containing 130 calories per serving, the snacks are USDA certified organic, non-GMO, certified paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, vegan and kosher.
Endangered Species Chocolate added a new chocolate bar flavor to its line of seasonal offerings. The Fudgy Peanut Butter + Milk Chocolate bar is the company’s take on a buckeye dessert treat made with natural peanut butter wrapped in fair trade-certified 48% cocoa milk chocolate. The new variety joins returning holiday bars Caramel Spiced Apple + Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Crunch + Dark Chocolate.
Danone North America debuted two new seasonal offerings. New limited-edition Silk Almond Dark Chocolate Peppermint Creamer is Non-GMO Project verified and blends mocha, peppermint and almond milk. New International Delight Caramel Waffle Cookie Coffee Creamer features the flavor of caramel atop a toasted waffle cookie.
Stuffed Puffs unveiled its first seasonal flavor of filled marshmallows: Chocolate Peppermint Bark. The treat features cocoa marshmallows stuffed with pink peppermint and a white chocolate flavor.
To celebrate the holiday season, Kellogg Co. began offering new Kellogg’s The Elf on the Shelf Vanilla Candy Cane Cookie Cereal. The limited-edition cereal features red star pieces sprinkled with white crunchlets intermingled with red and white swirled mini marshmallows.
Lily’s Sweets launched three new chocolate bars for the holidays: Gingerbread Milk Chocolate Style, Mocha Hot Cocoa Extra Dark Chocolate and Peppermint White Chocolate Style. The limited-edition bars are sweetened with stevia.
New from Elmhurst 1925 are three seasonal plant-based creamers: pumpkin spice, apple pie spice and gingerbread. The vegan creamers each are made with six ingredients, including hemp cream and whole grain oats, and contain 20 calories or fewer and no more than 1 gram of sugar per serving. Elmhurst creamers are certified vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, dairy-free and OU kosher.
Kellogg Co.’s RXBAR business launched a new limited-edition pecan RXBAR made with egg whites, cashews, pecans, dates and cinnamon. The bar provides 12 grams of protein and contains no added sugar.
McKee Foods Corp. launched Little Debbie Cinnamon Spiced Hot Chocolate Mini Donuts.
The new donuts feature hot chocolate flavored cake donuts rolled in a mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon spices. The donuts will be available from December through late February in a 7.74-oz bag at a suggested retail price of $2.19.
“The chocolate and cinnamon is a wonderful flavor combination, reminiscent of steaming mugs of hot chocolate with cinnamon sticks,” said Erica Harrison, product manager at Little Debbie. “They bring a little bit of comfort to cold winter days.”
Hostess Brands, LLC announced four holiday-themed products. Mint chocolate flavored Twinkies are made with chocolate sponge cake and filled with mint flavored crème. Hostess Holiday CupCakes feature the brand’s classic frosted yellow cake with a crème filling, topped with holiday sprinkles and a green squiggle. SnoBalls are back, featuring a coconut and marshmallow covered chocolate cake with the brand’s crème filling.
Hot cocoa and marshmallow flavored Donettes are chocolate cake mini donuts with a marshmallow flavored glaze.
Ferrara Candy Co., a company related to The Ferrero Group, introduced seasonal spins on classic candies and cookies for the holiday season.
SweeTarts Ropes got a merry makeover with new SweeTarts Twisted Holiday Punch Ropes. The fruit-flavored treats feature red and green ropes with a chewy licorice shell surrounding a soft, white fruit center.
Additionally, Ferrara introduced The Elf on the Shelf fruit-flavored snacks. The colorful holiday shaped snacks come in six flavors.
The new Keebler Make-a-Wreath Cookie Decorating Kit is the first DIY cookie kit from Keebler. It includes unadorned cookies with fudge on the bottom paired with green frosting and an assortment of candies for decorating, including Frosty Nerds in red, white and green colors, Chewy Lemonhead Redrific and Sprees.
The Keebler brand also debuted Keebler Fudge Stripes Minis Wreaths. The miniature shortbread cookies are covered with green fudge.
New Mother’s Circus Animal Reindeer Games Cookies are made with vanilla-flavored shortbread cookies shaped like reindeer that are covered with green and white icing and nonpareil sprinkles.
The Brach’s brand is offering an assortment of embellishments for home bakers this season: Brach’s Milk Chocolate Stars, Brach’s Cinnamon Imperials and Brach’s Peppermint Crushed Canes.
Ferrara introduced two colossal candy cane varieties: Brach’s Giant-Sized Peppermint Candy Canes and Nerds Giant Candy Canes in grape and strawberry flavors.
Another new candy cane option, Nerds Tangy Candy Canes debuted in mashups of watermelon and cherry, strawberry and grape, and blue raspberry and tropical punch flavors.
Ferrara's returning candy cane offerings include SweeTarts Candy Canes, Brach’s Red & White Peppermint Candy Canes, and Brach’s Cherry Rainbow Candy Canes.
Godiva Chocolatier announced the arrival of its limited-edition Holiday Gift Collection and seasonally inspired treats. The company’s Holiday Sparkle Collection features curated holiday boxes filled with iconic Godiva chocolate pieces and signature truffles, alongside the new, limited-edition Sparkle Collection chocolates. The sparkling chocolates, designed and crafted by Godiva's chef chocolatier Jean Apostolou, feature festive shimmer on the outside and nostalgic flavors of the season such as hot cocoa, almond, caramel and raspberry.
The collection is available in three flavors:
· Milk Chocolate Almond Caramel — Caramel infused with almonds, enrobed in milk chocolate drizzled with milk chocolate and dusted with gold edible glitter
· Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa — Dark cocoa ganache surrounded by dark chocolate and sprinkled with white edible glitter
· White Chocolate Raspberry — Raspberry preserves enrobed in white chocolate and dusted with pink edible glitter
Nestle and Starbucks Corp. are celebrating the holiday season with the rollout of new Starbucks Holiday Coffees and Favorites products. The new at-home range includes Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte, which offers a rich and buttery flavor profile, and Starbucks Holiday Blend, a balanced and sweet coffee with herbal and maple notes, Starbucks said. In all, five seasonal coffees will be available in roast and ground, whole bean coffee, capsules for Nespresso and Nescafé Dolce Gusto systems, as well as premium instant coffee.
A round up of innovations from food entrepreneurs throughout the United States.