This is a recurring series of posts based on what we find in the marketplace that is new, different and FLAVORFUL! We love finding new treasures in grocery stores – seeing new product launches in every aisle inspires us and we hope it will do the same for you. While it’s great to see these new products, it’s also good to know if it tastes GOOD. Let’s explore.

This month, we are focusing on fun & fancy:

Kid-Centric and Fun:

RightRice

Right Rice in Garlic Herb

There was a TON of buzz about this product in food news as of late. At first, I was confused – what is so cool about rice? But, upon further reading, I found out that this isn’t your average rice; in fact, it isn’t even rice at all!

Right Rice is made of lentil, chickpea, pea and rice flour, then blended with additional flavors and seasonings. How fun! As a mom of two incredibly picky toddlers, I can completely get behind a side dish that has veggies and is a complete protein. Two for the win!

Upon tasting, I knew right away that my kids would love this. The garlic and herb variety is incredibly flavorful, a delicious texture (think in between rice and a risotto), and very filling. I have a feeling there are great things ahead for Right Rice.

Fancy Yet Still Fun:

Project 7:  Moscow Mule Gourmet Gummies

MoscowMuleGummies

Project VII is such a cool brand from a flavor perspective. They have done so many interesting things with gum, and are now getting crazy with adventurous gummy flavors. One of their newest additions is the Moscow Mule Flavor. These classy cocktails continue to pervade the bar scene, and I love their idea of taking that gingery-limey flavor and putting it into a gummy candy.  YUM!

Crunch-tastic Fun:

Snacklins – Chesapeake Bay flavor

Snacklins

I saw this package and immediately giggled. Who doesn’t want to say the word ‘Snacklin’? I was a little hesitant, however, when it came to tasting this snack. Sometimes these ‘new’ and ‘different’ snacks tend to disappoint when it comes to actually consuming them. Well, NOT THIS TIME, folks! These are downright delish and addictive! Made with cassava flour, they are super crunch-tastic and I will gladly pick this up again when I’m in the store next.

Fancy Jerky

Louisville Vegan Jerky Company, Pete’s Smoked Black Pepper

LouisvilleJerky

I’m always on the lookout for new healthy snacks, and I was totally victim to this wonderful packaging. What can I say, it looked fancy, and somewhat more interesting than the typical jerky wrapped up that looks like a rope. Living in the Northern Kentucky/Southern Ohio area, I’m also a huge sucker for anything local. So this definitely made it into my grocery basket right away.

This particular ‘jerky’ is made with textured soy protein, so I was very interested to see how it tasted. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this one! The texture is slightly odd, but perhaps that’s because I just ate a ‘Snacklin’ (see above) and was really loving the crunch of it. Give it a try — it is definitely a big step up from some of the vegan jerky I have tried, and going in the right direction in this crazy meat analogue market we are finding ourselves in.

Fancy, Schmancy

Trader Joe’s Ruby Cacao Wafers

RubyWafers

I saw these on the ‘new’ shelf at TJ’s the other day, and I was SOOOOO excited! Chocolate in any form is downright delish. I was thrilled to hear of the new ‘invention’ of ruby chocolate last year, however, it was only available in Europe. So this immediately went into my shopping basket. When it came down to trying this, I was tempted to eat half the bag, but just tried a few morsels. The flavor impact of these wafers is amazing and completely unexpected! A floral-forward, creamy, white chocolate-y flavor is what comes to mind. All I can say is that you have to try this on your own – ruby chocolate is here to stay, and I can’t wait to try it in a lot of different types of items. Not to mention, just plain snacking alone. Go!

That’s all for this month, folks! Let me know what you think if you try any of the above. Stay tuned for more fun finds next month!

Your friend in flavor,

Mary

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