What’s new on shelf: Summer fun with Mac ‘N Cheese Pringles, The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout cookies and Vegemite-flavored nuts

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Turn up the heat with great summer snacks. Pic: ©GettyImages/Carina Konig/EyeEm
Turn up the heat with great summer snacks. Pic: ©GettyImages/Carina Konig/EyeEm

Related tags: Wackym's Kitchen, Pringles, Nutri-Grain, Godiva, Pillsbury company, Vegemite, Toll House, Pinkfong

This edition of our product roundup features a cornucopia of punchy flavors, from adventuresome craft beer cookies to ultra-delish Godiva baked creations to quirky flavored nuts.

Go on, tempt me

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Dallas-based cookie company Wackym’s Kitchen has teamed up with Lakewood Brewing Co. to release an artisanal cookie with an interesting beer flavour.

The bakery’s newest cookie variety – called The Temptress – has a flavor of chocolate, molasses and vanilla, which mirrors the brewer’s The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout, that is purported the number one craft stout in Texas.

According to Paul Wackym, owner and master baker of Wackym’s Kitchen, the cookie pairs well with milk, coffee and beer.

No artificial flavors or preservative have been used, only natural ingredients such as real butter, cane sugar, cage-free eggs and unbleached flour.

“Teaming up with Lakewood Brewing for a new cookie is a perfect marriage of two brands because Wackym’s Kitchen is known for crunchy, buttery artisanal cookies with unique and adventuresome flavor combos, and Lakewood Brewing also loves to create new and interesting beer flavors,”​ said Wackym.

“The formulation was one of the most challenging I have faced in the 11 years of developing recipes for Wackym’s Kitchen, taking nearly six months to get it right.”

The Temptress is available in 8oz packages (which includes 26 to 30 cookies) at several Central Market throughout Texas and online.

Pringles does it again

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Pringles is famous for its unique flavors, and its newest limited-edition offerings certainly don’t break tradition.

The potato chip brand has climbed onto the comfort food bandwagon with the release of Mac N’ Cheese and Bacon flavored Pringles.

So, if you like to start the day with a boost of bacon and end it over a soothing hit of mac and cheese, Pringles has you covered. Or get creative and stack the two flavors to make Bacon Mac N’ Cheese.

The two flavors will be available at over 15,000 Dollar General across the US throughout August – or while stocks last – for an RRP of $1.50.

Fuelling little tummies

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Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain has rolled out Nutri-Grain Kids, a pack of bite-sized, soft-baked snacks designed to provide kids the nutrients they need at school.

According to the breakfast cereal giant, kids are the toughest food critics around – they eat what they like and will not touch what they don’t want. Sadly, this often translates to contents in hastily prepared school lunch bags, meaning they didn’t get the fuel they needed for the day.

Nutri-Grain Kids contains eight vitamins and minerals, with 8g of whole grains per serving and a filling made with ‘real fruit and no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.’

Nutri-Grain Kids snacks are available in US grocery stores nationwide in three flavors: Awesome Apple, Strawberry Blast and Grapetastic, at an RRP of $3.69 for a five-count box and $5.79 for a 10-count box.

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Godiva has expanded its footprint into the baking aisle, incorporating the brand’s signature chocolate into baking mixes created in partnership with General Mills.

The mixes – which contain 72% Dark Godiva chocolate callets – were created to assist at home bakers in making premium desserts with the addition of just a few ingredients, like eggs and butter. They even include a disposable baking dish, specific to each baking mix.

Godiva’s executive chef chocolatier, Thierry Muret, worked in close partnership with the General Mills baking team to ensure the flavor of each piece was pulled through to the final baking mix.

The four dessert options – Molten Lava Cakes, Brownie Cheesecake Swirl, Raspberry Chocolate Torte and Flourless Chocolate Torte – were based on Godiva’s signature truffles and chocolate pieces, including Midnight Swirl, Raspberry Ganache Twirl, Cheesecake Truffle and Chocolate Lava Cake Truffle.

Godiva premium baking mixes can be found in the baking aisle of most major US grocery stores and retailers, including Walmart, Kroger, Wakefern, Supervalu and AWG, at an of RRP of $4.99.

Baking made easy

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General Mills’ Pillsbury brand has also rolled out baked goods of its own.

According to the company, Pillsbury Filled Crescents are the first refrigerated filled crescents on the market, designed to ‘take the hassle out of baking with an all-inclusive kit containing a can of crescent rolls, packet of filling and packet of icing.’

The company guarantees that no extra ingredients nor measuring are required, and the crescents are ready to bake in five minutes.

It added the product pairs the flakiness of the pastry with the sweet flavor of warm apple or cherry filling.

The filled crescents have an RRP of $2.99.

Additionally, the Pillsbury Place and Bake Brownies are the answer for ‘an easy, fast and no mess homemade brownie.’

Available in Fudge, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow varieties, the brownies are ready in 19 to 20 minutes, either baked individually in a muffin pan or in an 8 x 8 pan for larger servings.

The brownies have an RRP of $2.80 for a 12-count package.

And finally, General Mills has introduced Pillsbury Sweet Biscuits with icing that combine the unique texture of biscuits with much loved muffin flavors, topped with vanilla icing.

‘We know that biscuits are a Southern specialty, and as biscuit experts ourselves, we saw an opportunity to bring this regional favorite to the country in a unique and exciting way,’ said the company.

Available in two flavors – Chocolate Chip and Blueberry – the biscuits have an RRP of $2.69 per 8-count package.

Ultimate Aussie snack

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Vegemite has teamed up with Queensland company Picky Picky Peanuts to produce Mitey Aussie Nuts that die-hard fans have declared as ‘highly addictive’.

The treat is a combination of Australia’s most iconic spread and whole peanuts.

The Vegemite-coated peanuts are available in local supermarkets at an RRP of AU$4.50 (US$3.08) – but are not the only quirky flavour combo from Picky Picky Peanuts to hit the mark.

In addition to the Vegemite-flavored nuts, the producer produces Sweet Chilli & Lime, Tangy Mexican Salsa, Savoury Honey Roasted and Vanilla Latte for those who prefer a sweet option.

Picky Picky is produced by the Peanut Company of Australia (PCA) – processors of hi oleic peanuts and peanut products – based in Australia’s peanut capital, Kingaroy, working directly with Queensland peanut farmers.

Add a swish of magic

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Nestlé is upping the ante on the unicorn trend with its Nestlé Toll House’s Unicorn Morsels.

The star-shaped sugar cookies are described as ‘pink and blue swirled vanilla morsels,’ that will add a magical twist to your everyday treats.’

The back of the pack contains a recipe for Unicorn Magic Sugar Cookies, but the company also invites consumers to get creative and use them to top pancakes and cupcakes to add ‘unicorn wonder to your creation.’

It’s that time of the year again

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Kellogg’s has partnered with Pinkfong to launch a new limited-edition Baby Shark cereal that will keep families singing together.

‘Baby Shark’ is the children’s song released by the kid-focused South Korean educational entertainment company that has garnered more than three billion YouTube views and even cracked the Billboard Hot 100 in January.

Pinkfong has over 4,000 songs and stories in is children’s library, which can be accessed on the App Store, Google Play, YouTube and Amazon Video.

“We know Baby Shark is a catchy tune that has captured the hearts of many families," ​said Erin Storm, Kellogg marketing director, All Family Cereal.

“New Kellogg’s Baby Shark cereal was created to expand on the joy families feel in a tasty way.”

The limited-edition cereal includes brightly-coloured berry-flavored loops and marshmallows and will be available from Sam’s Club from August 17 until supplies last.

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