It's the time for nostalgic eating, as we cozy up for the cold and search for familiarity and comfort in another pandemic winter. But if the same-old guilty pleasures have exhausted your palate, we have good news for you. Brands you know and love are experimenting with their iconic products to help you revamp your list of must-haves.
From restaurant-quality prepared eats for your home kitchen to fresh perspectives on favorites you've loved since you were a kid, you'll be excited to see these five brand-new foods that are hitting shelves at a grocery store near you in the coming months.
Wendy's Frosty Chocolatey Cereal
Wendy's sells 300 million of this popular item each year, and now, in true social-distancing fashion, this collaboration between Kellogg and the fast-food franchise created a way for you to enjoy the taste of a Frosty without venturing to the drive-thru.
Wendy's Frosty Chocolatey Cereal will be available for a limited time in grocery stores nationwide starting in December 2021. The sugary morning dessert combines chocolate-flavored marshmallow pieces and crispy cocoa bites to create the experience of a Frosty in a bowl.
If you're jonesing for something to pair with your french fries, however, this breakfast treat wasn't designed as a substitute. Luckily, each box comes with a coupon for a free small Frosty-ccino or small Frosty with purchase through the Wendy's app. For the cost of $3.99 for 8.3 ounces or $5.69 for 13.2 ounces, giving it a try is a no-brainer for Frosty fans everywhere.
Craving Wendy's while you're checking off your grocery list? Check out the Wendy's Hamburger Stand at select Walmarts to discover what you can order off the special menu.
Takis is on a roll with their new releases. Not only did they kick off the beginning of October with an Old El Paso crossover to bring Walmart customers these Takis-inspired taco shells, but two weeks later they introduced another rave-worthy form to satisfy fanatics: Takis Crisps, stackable potato chips with fuego-level heat. The container resembles a Pringles can, which is designed for portability.
Will this help you avoid Takis fingers? Not sure, but it's worth a shot. What we do know is that you can find these at any grocery store in 2.0-ounce ($1.19) or 5.5-ounce ($1.69) containers.
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Red Lobster Ready-to-Bake Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Restaurants are well-aware of the increased demand for at-home foods in this post-COVID-19 world. That's why Red Lobster is bringing one of the classics from their industrial kitchen to the freezer aisle at your local Walmart.
The seafood company introduced their Red Lobster Ready-to-Bake Cheddar Bay Biscuits on Oct. 25 to give "biscuit-loving guests an easy way to sink their claws into the warm, buttery goodness from the comfort of home," according to the press release.
Just 30 minutes in the oven, brush with a touch of butter and the included seasoning packet, and voila, you have dining-out-quality cheesy biscuits at staying-in prices.
This is the first time Red Lobster has released their biscuits in pre-made form, but as far as varieties of the restaurant appetizer go, you can mix and shape your own with their Traditional Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix, Gluten-Free Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix, and Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Biscuit Mix.
Kraft Mac & Cheese Flavor Boosts
Reinvention of the mac & cheese is an age-old endeavor. Everyone has their own spin on the nostalgic dish. Now Kraft has a new take on the cheesy comfort food. The third-largest food and beverage company in North America just announced their Flavor Boosts seasoning packets in pizza, ranch, and buffalo flavors. They're meant to be used alongside their usual boxed macaroni to give the classic taste a bold shake-up. But unless you're a member of the KRAFT FLVRS CLUB (Kraft's mac 'n' cheese loyalty program), you'll have to wait until early 2022 to see these on shelves.
"The FLVRS Club is for those fans willing to expand their mac & cheese horizons with these limited-edition packets that bring flavors we love to our favorite comfort food," Maya McDonald, Marketing Activation Lead at Kraft Heinz says about the club.
As a bonus for registering for the product through the KRAFT FLVRS CLUB, each delivery of the Flavor Boost comes with exclusive wearable merch so you can wear your taste buds on your sleeve.
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Tyson Air Fried Chicken Bites
Air frying is gaining momentum in the cooking world as a healthy alternative to traditional frying, and there are lots of reasons why. The most important one, though, is giving you the same crispy, delicious fried foods at a fraction of the fat and oil consumption.
And companies are catching on to the trend. Now you can sub in Tyson Air Fried Chicken Bites at the snack table, just in time for game season. With 75% less fat per serving compared to regular nuggets, you don't even need to own an air fryer to enjoy the antibiotic-free, breaded white meat on a clean diet.
Stocked in the frozen section of select stores, you can find both Spicy and Parmesan Seasoned varieties in 20-ounce packages. Prices may vary.
If you're still looking for ways to use that air fryer, here's a list of recipe ideas we put together.
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