Product developers are taking new approaches to sweet treats
The Whey Better Cookie Co., Brighton, Mich., has expanded its dessert portfolio with the introduction of mini protein cheesecakes. The cheesecakes have 300 calories each, 9 grams of sugar and 13 grams of protein, according to the company.
Flavors include blueberry, caramel, cherry, hot chocolate, lemon and peppermint stick.
Harmless Harvest has introduced three desserts formulated with coconut meat. Products include dark chocolate coconut pudding, mixed berry coconut panna cotta and mango coconut panna cotta.
The desserts are plant-based and USDA organic certified, with 8 to 9 grams of sugar per serving. The products have a suggested retail price of $3.29 per 3.5-oz package.
Oatly has introduced non-dairy dessert bars in the United States. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate fudge, salted caramel and strawberry swirl, each encased in a chocolate coating.
The new items join a line of Oatly frozen dessert pints, which launched less than two years ago. The 3-oz stick bars have the same recipe as the dessert pints, according to the company.
Recording artist Jermaine Dupri has partnered with Big Innovations Group Inc. to introduce a non-dairy frozen dessert. JD’s Vegan comes in such flavors as peach cobbler, apple butter and strawberry and is available at Walmart stores nationwide.
Sunday Night Foods has introduced a line of chocolate dessert sauces. The sauces are available in 9.2-oz glass jars and come in three varieties: chocolate, dark chocolate, and dark chocolate and sea salt.
The Urgent Company, a business unit of Perfect Day, has introduced a cake mix formulated with animal-free milk protein. The Brave Robot Climate Hero Super Cake mix is packaged in a compostable bag and may be combined with water and oil to make a variety of desserts, including yellow cake, whoopie pies, carrot cake, coffee cake, brownies and more. A 17.5-oz bag yields two 8-inch round cakes and retails for $18, according to the company.
Grupo LaLa has launched a line of products in the United States inspired by Hispanic desserts. The new Postres Auténticos portfolio includes three dessert yogurt smoothies and two fruit and crema desserts.
The Postres Auténticos dessert yogurt smoothies come in three flavors: Fresas con Crema (strawberries and cream), Tres Leches Cake and Arroz con Leche (rice pudding). Each 6.7-oz bottle contains 180 to 190 calories, 27 grams of sugar, 5 grams of protein and 15% of the daily recommended value of calcium.
The fruit and crema desserts feature a base of LaLa’s Cream Mexicana, flavored with fruit and sugar, and come in two flavors: Fresas con Crema and Duraznos con Crema (peaches and cream). The desserts come in 4-oz single-serve cups that contain 230 to 240 calories, 16 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein and 6% of the daily recommended value of calcium.
Eclipse Foods has expanded its line of frozen desserts formulated with plant-based ingredients, including corn, potato, oats and cassava.
Six new flavors include mango passion fruit, strawberry, mint chip, caramel butter pecan, cookies and cream, and Dark Side of the Spoon, which combines chocolate, peanut butter cookie dough and fudge chunks. The products were created by re-engineering the molecular composition of milk and feature a taste and texture that are indistinguishable from dairy, according to the company.
Killer Creamery has introduced Killer Sammie, a zero-sugar ice cream sandwich that is keto-friendly. The treats feature chocolate or vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate wafer cookies made with pea protein, oat flour and cocoa. Sweetened with erythritol, stevia, allulose and monk fruit, the desserts are made with MCT oil and contain 120 calories, 5 grams of protein and 2 to 3 grams of net carbs per sandwich.
Kind Healthy Snacks entered the ice cream aisle in 2021 with new plant-based Kind Frozen Pints. The non-dairy frozen desserts contain 4 to 6 grams of protein per serving and feature a base of pear juice, tapioca starch and/or syrup, coconut oil, sea salt, sugar, water, gum acacia, sea salt, soy lecithin, tara gum, guar gum and carob bean gum. The treats come in seven flavors: dark chocolate almond sea salt, dark chocolate peanut butter, cherry cashew, coffee hazelnut, caramel almond sea salt, strawberry, and pistachio.
Halo Top, a Wells Enterprises, Inc., brand, added Fudge Pops to its frozen novelty lineup. Made with ultra-filtered skim milk, the treats contain 80 calories and 6 grams of protein per pop, according to the company. The products have a suggested retail price of $4.99 for a box of four.
My/Mochi Ice Cream went vegan in 2021 with the introduction of its line of My/Mochi Oat Milk Frozen Desserts. Non-dairy and gluten-free, the treats feature oat milk frozen dessert wrapped in rice mochi dough and come in five flavors: salted caramel, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and Neapolitan. Each mochi bite contains 100 calories.