What's new on shelf? Häagen-Dazs’ luxurious ice cream cakes, healthy meat sticks for little appetites and Nairn’s gluten-free treats that are also lower in sugar and fat

By Gill Hyslop contact

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As we count down the days to Christmas and 2019, we've scoured the shelves to find delicious and healthy treats to enjoy during the holidays and into the new year.

Cookie dough

Be Real

BeReal Doughs has launched three new flavors of gluten-free and plant-based cookie dough.

The edible cookie doughs features festive flavors, including Holiday Gingerbread, Good Sugar Cookie and Oatmeal Cranberry. Ready to bake (or eat raw).

The doughs are vegan-friendly and are safe to be eaten raw or baked into cookies.

Suitable for celiac disease sufferers, as well as individuals with food allergies to soy, egg, dairy, nuts or gluten.

The new flavors join BeReal’s portfolio of Signature Chocolate Chunk, Cacao Fudge Chip and Cape Cod Cranberry Chocolate Chunk doughs.

BeReal doughs and cookies are handmade in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, using certified-organic, non-GMO and fair-trade ingredients, including coconut oil and flaxseed meal.

The shelf-stable doughs can be stored without refrigeration for 60 days, making them convenient to ship and consumer anywhere.

True gems

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Once again, Häagen-Dazs is treating ice cream lovers to luxury cakes around the holidays.

Häagen-Dazs enlisted Brazilian design duo, the Campana Brothers, to create “The Precious Delight” holiday cake, with details showcasing the complexity of a precious gem. The limited edition cakes come in Belgian Chocolate & Vanilla and Frozen Yogurt & Raspberry Sorbet flavors.

The cakes are available exclusively in Häagen-Dazs Shops in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain until January 15.

The Belgian Chocolate & Vanilla cake has a soft brownie center studded with crispy pieces, while the Frozen Yogurt & Raspberry Sorbet variant is a crunchy biscuit spiced with ginger and cinnamon, both paired with Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

To go nuts over

Setton Farms New Blends

Setton Farms has expanded its of plant-based snacks line with two new blends.

The Simply Protein and Nut Topper Blends pair the Setton family’s California grown pistachios with fresh roasted nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

The Simply Protein Blend – which contains pistachios, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, edamame and soy nuts – packs a protein punch and also provides calcium, iron, potassium and fiber.

The Nut Topper Blend – a combo of pistachios, almonds, sweet cranberries, and savory sesame sticks – also provides protein, fiber and potassium.

These four ounce resealable bags are available in US retail outlets nationwide.

In addition to its Premium Blend Line, Setton Farms produces Pistachio Chewy Bites, Dark Chocolate Covered Pistachios, Flavored Pistachios and other nutritious snacks drawing on the consumers’ growing appetite for pistachio-based products.

Mini me

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The Chomps line of clean-sourced meat snack sticks is responding to its growing popularity by again increasing its range of snacks.

Just a few months after the brand’s introduction of two new turkey varieties, Chomps has introduced Chomplings, a smaller-size snack stick (at .5oz) scaled for smaller appetites.

The Chomplings line was inspired by brand co-founder and CEO Pete Maldonado’s 2-year-old son. Maldonado, who worked as a successful personal trainer before he founded Chomps in 2012, is passionate about healthy eating and food education for people of every age, and every generation.

Chomplings are made from the same clean-sourced meats as the main Chomps line and are Non-GMO, gluten-free, paleo and Whole30 approved

Chomplings are available in two varieties, including Original Turkey, which contains 5g of protein and 29 calories; and Original Beef, with 4g of protein and 43 calories.

The new snacks are sold in boxes of 24 sticks at a RRP of $28.00 from the company’s website.

New year arrivals

Kellogg

Kellogg is boosting its snacking offering next year with three new product lines, including Cheez-It Snap’d thin and crispy cheese crackers; Pringles Wavy; and Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers.

Cheez-It Snap’d is a thin snack made with real cheese, available in four flavours: Double Cheese, Cheddar Sour Cream & Onion, White Cheddar & Bacon and Jalapeño Jack.

Pringles Wavy has a thick wavy texture ‘to deliver a bold crunch and big flavour in every bite’, according to Kellogg’s. Variants include Fire Roasted Jalapeño, Classic Salted, Sweet & Tangy BBQ, and Applewood Smoked Cheddar.

Finally, Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers are chewy, bite-sized Rice Krispies Treats coated in a smooth topping, in Chocolatey, Vanilla Crème and Cookies ‘n’ Crème.

The new products will be available in the US in January 2019.

Vegan treats

Peakz

Vegan snack brand Peakz has released three new flavors with lower-sugar recipes.

The UK snack producer – which makes wholegrain snacks covered in chocolate – has added Mint Chocolate, Berry Chocolate and Hazelnut Chocolate to its portfolio.

All the flavors are vegan and free from palm oil, additives and colouring.

Peakz said it coats its squares in dark chocolate ‘which is not only packed full of nutrients and antioxidants but has also been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce arterial stiffness [and] improve blood flow’. The updated range has 15% less sugar than before.

The brand has also received a packaging refresh in vibrant colors assigned to each flavor for easy consumer recognition.

Other flavors in the range include Chocolate Orange, Plain Chocolate and Salted Caramel, each with a RRP of £1.10 ($1.38).

Lower in sugar and fat

Gluten-free

Nairn’s has added two new gluten-free snacks to its range, Pop Oats and Oat Bar. 

The popped oats snack contain 83 calories per pack, are a good source of fiber and contain 60% less fat than regular fried crisps. They come in BBQ, Salt & Vinegar and Sour Cream & Chive flavors, retailing at £0.80 ($1.00)

Oat Bars have 40% less sugar than the average fruit and cereal bar on the market and are available three flavors: Apple & Cinnamon, Cacao & Orange and Mixed Seeds & Protein, retailing at £0.89 ($1.12). They are also available in multipack cases of four for £2.49 ($3.13).

Available at leading retailers around the UK.

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