20 New Snacks to Start 2019 on a Tasty Note
Your new year's resolutions may or may not involve a change in diet, but one thing is sure to stick around in 2019: your appetite for delicious snacks, from nutritious to addictively indulgent. Keep an eye on this ever-updating list of the best new snacks to munch on in January, and you'll find bites to buy all year long.
Harvest Snaps White Cheddar Green Pea Snack Crisps ($2): These crispy, crunchy pea crisps are packed with 5 grams of plant protein per serving.
Koia Keto Plant-Based Protein Drinks ($5): These rich and smooth vegan protein shakes are about as close to ice cream as a keto dieter can get, but we'd happily drink them regardless of our carb goals. Creamy and filling, the energizing drinks are made with dairy-free milk, MCT oil, and a protein blend derived from brown rice, peas, and chickpeas. The Chocolate Brownie flavor tastes just like drinkable brownies, while the Cake Batter flavor reminds us of the vanilla birthday cake of our childhoods.
Amy’s Thai Curry Sweet Potato Lentil Soup ($3): A cup of this lentil, roasted sweet potato, and spiced coconut milk soup makes a hearty and healthy lunch on a cold day. Serve over steamed rice or quinoa, and you have dinner.
KIND Nut Butter Filled Bars ($4/4): These gluten-free, oat-based protein bars are filling and free of funky ingredients. Available in Honey Almond Butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter, they have a chewy texture that gives way to a creamy nut-butter center.
Spice Island Merlot Salt ($11): Made with just wine and sea salt, this game-changing seasoning has a true Merlot taste and aroma. Its oaky finish makes it an effortless pairing with any robustly flavored foods, such as steak or tomato sauce.
Little Bird Kitchen Milk Chocolate Fire Bites ($14/6): These sweet morsels taste only of sea salt and milk chocolate at first, but after a brief moment, candied jalapeños ignite the most pleasantly intriguing of fires on your tongue.
Chickapea Dairy-Free Vegan Mac ($4): This two-ingredient chickpea-lentil macaroni, stirred with a creamy pumpkin and sweet potato sauce, is as filling as it is comforting. Added bonus: It packs 17 grams of protein per serving, thanks to those legumes.
Brandless Coffee Bars ($3): If you can barely leave the house on time in the morning, much less brew coffee and make breakfast, these chewy power bars are the two-in-in-one snack for you. Brandless Mocha Fudge and Peanut Butter Mocha Coffee Bars each contain a cup of coffee, 5 grams of protein, and organic ingredients, so you can fill up and caffeinate with just a few healthy bites.
Fourth & Heart Sprayable Original Hybrid MCT Ghee Oil ($11): We're constantly browning veggies and meat with ghee, so we'd love to be able to spray it on the pan from a bottle rather than scoop it from a jar. Fourth & Heart answered our prayers with this liquid ghee, which is nutritionally enhanced with MCT and avocado oils.
Dark Chocolate Oreos ($4): After one too many crazy flavors from Oreo (think Cherry Cola and Cotton Candy), we’re elated to announce that the cookie brand’s new — and permanent! — flavor is decidedly simpler. Most of us at Brit + Co actually prefer Dark Chocolate Oreos’ rich, semisweet dark chocolate creme filling over the classic vanilla creme. We’re also dying to try the new Carrot Cake Oreos, made with warmly spiced carrot-cake cookies and cream cheese filling.
Trader Joe’s Jackfruit Cakes ($4): These seafood-free appetizers are made with shredded jackfruit, starchy veggies, green onion, and cilantro. FYI the texture is a bit tapioca- or mochi-like, so we recommend really crisping up the exterior to prevent gumminess.
LQD Hard Green Tea ($10/6): You’d think a canned alcoholic drink would be loaded with scary additives, but this boozy green tea comes together with water, 12 grams of cane sugar, passion fruit juice, decaffeinated green tea, malted rice syrup, and natural passion fruit flavor. Since the tea is fermented to make alcohol (5.2 percent ABV), the fizzy drink tastes a lot like a sweeter kombucha.
Rice Krispies Treats Snap Crackle Poppers ($4): Why snack on a single Rice Krispies Treat when you could have five bite-size ones? Kellogg's chewy puffed-rice-and-marshmallow bites are covered in one of three new coatings: Chocolatey, Vanilla Crème, and Cookies ‘n’ Crème. However, we recommend the Chocolatey version the most.
Woodford Reserve Bottled in Bond Bourbon ($50): A must-add to any bourbon drinker’s collection, this expression tastes like cinnamon, tart green apples, and graham-cracker crust, making it the ideal post-dessert sip. But beware! The 100-proof bourbon will make you feel quite buzzed, so sip slowly.
Trader Joe’s Fruit & Nut (& Other Stuff) Crisps ($4): The newest addition to the Trader Joe's Crisp family is loosely styled after holiday fruitcake, which you’ll totally get as you taste the cracker's subtle nuttiness and orange flavor. Our favorite way to eat these is on a cheese board, fully stocked with creamy brie, nutty cheddar, and any jam that brings out the dried fruit in the crisps.
Cheez-It Snap’d ($3): These lighter, crispier, crunchier Cheez-Its are far thinner than the classic, but they definitely don’t skimp on cheesiness. Of the four new flavors, we liked Double Cheese and Jalapeño Jack the best.
Yasso Chocolate & Vanilla Swirl Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars ($5): Want a little nutrition with your fro-yo? These creamy, not-too-sweet chocolate and vanilla bars have 5 grams of protein, no fat, and only 80 calories a pop.
GT’s Pina Paradise Hard Kombucha ($4): This tropical flavored kombucha delivers on GT’s usual fizziness and full-bodied flavor, but it’s extra special due to its slight booziness (3 percent ABV) and the not-so-subtle spiciness from turmeric and habanero pepper.
Doritos Flamin' Hot Nacho ($2): We don’t love these as much as Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but there’s definitely something to appreciate in the distinctively Doritos flavor of these tortilla chips. They taste like the classically cheesy nacho flavor at first, then a fiery heat builds, getting stronger with each bite.
Yoplait Dunkin’ Boston Kreme Donut ($1): Yoplait teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts to create this spot-on spooned version of a Boston cream donut. It truly does taste like a liquefied donut, from the rich Bavarian cream filling to the sugary chocolate glaze. The two brands also launched Apple Fritter, French Vanilla Latte, and Cinnamon Coffee Roll flavors.
Originally published January 4, 2019
Originally published January 4, 2019
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Sara is a food and lifestyle freelance writer in Los Angeles. She writes a weekly events column for the Los Angeles Times and loves writing food content for Brit + Co. After all, the English language's most fun adjectives are best applied to delicious foods. In her free time, she's a hip hop dancer, avid moviegoer, and thorough face-mask user.