Holiday flavors are returning to shelves.
Hummus brand Fresh Cravings is expanding its options with three flavors: jalapeño cilantro, lemon garlic and Mediterranean.
"Our team's driving force is to find ways to deliver surprise and delight to our customers and to invite them to embrace new innovations and unexpected flavors," said Jay Whitney, chief marketing officer at FoodStory Brands. "We are proud to bring these three new flavors forward, always with the goal of offering elevated fresh-snacking options, made with high-quality ingredients, to consumers across the country."
Mars’ M&M’s and Dove brands released their holiday products, which include espresso dark chocolate-flavored M&M’s in festive colors and holiday brownie batter Dove chocolates.
Dr. Praeger’s, a frozen plant-based food brand, added three options to its Perfect line. Perfect Chick’n Tenders, Perfect General Tso’s Chick’n and Perfect Nashville Hot Chick’n.
Each option is vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified, with up to 17 grams of plant protein.
Hostess Brands is offering four limited-edition holiday-inspired treats. The holiday HoHos are making their debut, as well as holiday cupcakes, mint chocolate-flavored Twinkies and hot cocoa and marshmallow flavored Donettes.
General Mills released mini cereals, small versions of the company’s popular cereals. Varieties include Trix, Reese’s Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
"Sometimes the best new innovation is the smallest one," said Mindy Murray, senior marketing communications manager at General Mills. "There's such a love right now for full-size things that have been shrunk into mini versions, and we realized we could do the same with our cereals. We can't wait for families to try the cutest new way to experience their favorites one big (little) bite at a time."
Planters released its limited-edition holiday-inspired nuts. Included in this year’s holiday line is butter cinnamon pecans, cocoa almonds, a brittle nut medley, a holiday nut crunch, a winter spiced mix and the holiday trio pack.
Harvest Snaps debuted a new line of baked snacks featuring navy beans as the first ingredient. The line includes three flavors: loaded taco, white cheddar jalapeño and honey Dijon.
Almond company Blue Diamond is bringing holiday-inspired products to its portfolio. The company released snickerdoodle-flavored almonds and peppermint cocoa-flavored almonds, which are available for a suggested retail price of $4.19.
Frito-Lay introduced a new line of mini versions of its Doritos, Cheetos and SunChips products.
Available in an easy-to-pour container, the miniature snacks are available in Doritos Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch, Cheetos Cheddar and Flamin’ Hot and SunChips Harvest Cheddar and Garden Salsa flavors.
My/Mochi has relaunched its cool peppermint holiday flavor.
"Cool peppermint My/Mochi captures the magic of the winter holidays to create the perfect pepperminty, pillowy ice cream snacks this holiday season." said Russell Barnett, managing director and chief marketing officer of My/Mochi. "My/Mochi is here to bring the cool weather feelies and pillowy snuggliness of being home for the holidays right into your mouth."
Better-for-you dip company Good Foods introduced Grab & Go snack packs, available in chunky guacamole and plant-based queso varieties.
The grab-and-go packs come in 2.5-oz single-serve packs and are vegan, containing about 180 calories or less.
Premium chocolate brand Niagara Chocolates added two festive flavors to its lineup. The sugar cookie and toffee clusters are made from a blend of sugar cookie bits and milk chocolate. The other new product is the gingerbread cookie clusters, which is a blend of milk chocolate and gingerbread pieces. Returning to the holiday line are the peppermint cookie crunch clusters and the double chocolate mint cups.
Schuman Cheese is expanding with its new refrigerated mascarpone truffles under the company’s Delve brand. The Italian-style cheese is wrapped in chocolate and available in four flavors: sea-salted caramel crème, raspberry, lemon and chocolate ganache.
"At Schuman Cheese, we take immense pride in the craftsmanship of cheesemaking and have withheld a generations-long dedication to innovating across this category with only the highest quality ingredients," said Allison Schuman, chief business development officer at Schuman Cheese. "Delve is the epitome of those efforts, bringing truffles off the shelf and to fresh, new heights with the richness of our award-winning Mascarpone cheese, for an experience unlike any other.”
Hudsonville Ice Cream is partnering with Little Debbie once again to release an ice cream flavor inspired by Little Debbie’s Christmas tree cakes. The holiday flavor is the latest Little Debbie cake-themed ice cream to be released and joins the existing line of seven flavors.
Jet Puffed released two limited-edition marshmallow flavors in mini peppermint and French vanilla snowman varieties. The two new flavors are available at Walmart and Target locations.
Thanksgiving-inspired products are coming in unexpected forms.