Thanksgiving-inspired products are coming in unexpected forms.
Sparkling water company Aura Bora launched its “most unique concoction to date,” with the release of green bean casserole sparkling water.
Inspired by the classic Thanksgiving dish, the sparkling water has a sweet, earthy and buttery flavor, that is also bright and refreshing, according to the company.
Dairy-free ice cream maker NadaMoo! is bringing back its sustainably sourced holiday peppermint bark flavor. Made with a dairy-free coconut-milk base, the ice cream is swirled with chocolate fudge and peppermint pieces.
“Whether you were drawn to our peppermint bark ice cream because of your love for the holidays or just a chocolate and peppermint desire, we are incredibly thrilled by the reception it has received so far,” said Daniel Nicholson, chief executive officer and president of NadaMoo! “Our Peppermint Bark ice cream, regardless of if you are dairy-free or not, is a delightfully delicious option to indulge in.”
The American Pecan Promotion Board has partnered with pizza chain Tony Boloney’s to release a pecan pizza pie, a mashup of the classic Thanksgiving dessert and pizza.
The pizza pie features a buttermilk pizza crust, bourbon-infused tomato sauce, mozzarella, fennel-dusted pepperoni-flavored pecans and is all topped with a spicy balsamic pecan pie glaze.
“We know that the pecan pie is a staple for so many at the Thanksgiving table, but with the tremendous versatility of pecans we wanted to reimagine the traditional pie with a pizza-fied twist for a turn-key meal before the turkey,” said Alexander Ott, executive director of the American Pecan Promotion Board.
Two Good introduced a line of three new smoothies, made with a fruit puree and no artificial sweeteners, according to the company.
The on-the-go smoothies have 3 grams of sugar per 7-oz bottle, as well as 10 grams of protein. They are available in mixed berry, strawberry banana and peach varieties.
Bean-based company The Good Bean added Heat & Eat meals to its lineup. The microwavable meals are available in four different flavors: Indian coconut curry, low-carb classic chili, Santa Fe green chile and Mexican smoky chipotle. Each pouch provides 7 to 11 grams of protein, as well as 6 grams of fiber. The meals are also vegan, gluten-free and made with regeneratively grown beans.
“As we all know, representation matters,” said Sarah Wallace, founder and chief executive officer of The Good Bean. “Of the innumerable ways this can be manifested, food, for me, rises to the top as being the most evocative way to bring culture to life. With our new line of ready-to-eat bean meals, we wanted to honor traditional food culture, creating a product line that provides all the clean label, plant-based nutrition that beans have to offer, while showcasing multicultural flavors and innovation in the aisle.”
Beyond Meat expanded its plant-based alternative line with chicken nuggets and popcorn chicken, now available at select retailers nationwide.
The crispy plant-based chicken is pre-cooked and can be made in five minutes, according to the company.
“We’re always exploring new plant-based protein sources that deliver the taste and texture of its animal protein equivalent and are proud that by using fava bean protein we’ve been able to create a portfolio of absolutely delicious plant-based chicken products with no added soy, a key differentiator for our Beyond Chicken products within the category,” said Dariush Ajami, chief innovation officer at Beyond Meat.
Zatarain’s is expanding its line of smoked sausage with a new blackened seasoned chicken flavor, inspired by the classic Louisiana Cajun dish. The new variety joins the company’s existing line of Andouille and Cajun smoked sausages.
“People inherently trust the Zatarain’s brand,” said Claude Davis, principal scientist for Zatarain’s. “They know that when you cook with a Zatarain’s product, it is going to amp up the flavor of the dish and make meals more fun and exciting.”
PepsiCo, Inc.’s Mountain Dew brand is bringing back its pitch black variety for a limited time.
Mountain Dew Pitch Black was last seen at retail in 2019, and now will be available nationwide for the first time, according to the company.
McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream is teaming up with Martinelli’s to release a limited-edition apple cider and cranberry jam ice cream flavor.
The flavor features Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider infused with McConnell’s ice cream and blended with ribbons of cranberry jam.
Modena-based vinegar producer Carandini has partnered with Veneto bakery Olivieri 1882 to release a seasonal take on panettone.
The Panettone con Aceto Balsamico di Modena is made with a sweet balsamic cream and balsamic vinegar-infused raisins, resulting in a rich holiday cake, according to the company.
RDCL Superfoods released Super Hot Cocoa, which is made with two kinds of cacao, as well as pea protein, ancient grains and seeds and greens, according to the company.
Consumers can make the drink with hot water, their choice of milk or add the hot cocoa powder to a smoothie.
Halo Top is bringing back its limited-edition holiday flavor: gingerbread house. At 360 calories, the pint is made with a gingerbread ice cream, as well as gingerbread cookie pieces and an icing flavor.
Rice brand Ben’s Original has added two products featuring risotto to its roundup. The Ready Rice cheese risotto is made with a blend of white cheddar, Parmesan and blue cheese. The Ready Rice mushroom risotto features a blend of Parmesan and cheddar cheeses, as well as a mix of mushrooms. Both risotto meals can be heated in the microwave for 90 seconds before being served.
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