We’re introducing a weekly round-up of new products on the market, including new sweet and savory snacks, drinks, and occasionally, some “why did this get made” selections. This week’s products include lots of sweet snacks for spring, a hard cider named after Johnny Appleseed, and ice cream inspired by Jon Stewart.
New Flavors from Ciao Bella — Ciao Bella is welcoming the soon-to-be warm weather with several new flavors, plus a sleek redesign of their packaging. Ciao Bella’s newest gelato flavors are Alba Hazelnut Caffe, Madagascar Vanilla, South American Dark Chocolate, and Bourbon Caramel Chocolate. As for sorbetto, new varieties include Wild Italian Strawberry, White Peach Sangria, and Bartlett Pear Hibiscus.
New Flavors from Three Twins Ice Cream — Three Twins, an organic ice cream company from the Bay Area, recently introduced three new flavors for 2014: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Brownie Batter Chunk, and Land of Milk and Honey. The last of these was “originally conceived as a Jewish-themed Hannukah ice cream flavor in honor of Jon Stewart.” The company also recently introduced a Fair Trade Certified organic vanilla wafer ice cream sandwich. The California company’s ice cream is available in 2,000 grocers nationwide and is in talks about expansion.
Handmade Whoopie Pies from Batter & Cream — Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg has returned to the outdoors, with seasonal whoopie pies from Batter & Cream. Flavors include classic flavors like S’mores and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel alongside innovative combinations like Earl Grey Honey Whiskey.
Gluten-Free Jelly Beans from Gimbal’s Gourmet — Gimbal’s Fine Candies has introduced seven new flavors for the spring season: : Superfruit Fusion, Mango, Pomegranate, Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie, Sour Cherry, Honey, and Ice Cream Cake. Gimbal’s also makes a whole assortment of sour jelly beans, for those of you who prefer your treats to be a little tart. All of Gimbal’s products are gluten and allergen-free and made with real fruit juice.
“Smart” Cereal from Bitsy’s Brainfood — Bitsy’s is challenging the super sugary kids’ cereal we all know with a line of fruit and vegetable-based breakfast cereals designed to support healthy brain function. The “Smart” Cereals are created with vitamins and minerals, like B12, zinc, and choline to promote “intellectual sustenance.”
Macarons from Dana’s Bakery — Dana’s Bakery has released a special Easter Box of creative, holiday-themed macaron flavors, including Crème Egg, Marshmallow Peeps, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. The Easter Box is available for pre-order now.
New Flavors from Rold Gold Pretzel Thins —Rold Gold has released two new flavors in addition to its classic pretzel thins: Garlic Parmesan and Three Cheese. The new offerings have been unveiled just in time to celebrate National Pretzel Day on April 26th, when you can express your true love of the twisted savory snack. Rold Gold is even working on a "snack-sized web series" aimed at millennials to watch while you snack. The first episode features the story of the three Gold sisters who get rich after creating a successful dating app.
Columbian Terroirs from Nespresso — Nespresso has released two limited edition Grand Cru coffees for spring. The Cauca Grand Cru is grown in the Cauca region of Columbia and promises “fruity, winey aromas.” The Santander Grand Cru from the region of the same name delivers “distinctive toasted bread notes” and a round texture.
Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider from Anheuser Busch — It had to happen eventually. For those of you who grew up with the story of the do-gooder apple tree planter and are nostalgic for a slice of American folklore, Anheuser Busch has debuted Johnny Appleseed hard apple cider. Yes, I did try it, and it was pretty pleasant. Bottles and cans are available now, while draft sales will begin this summer.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.