30 New Foods You'd Be Crazy Not to Try This Year
With a new year comes new foods, including a wide variety of new artisanal products you'll want to look out for in stores and online. Hundreds of food companies showcased their best new products at San Francisco's Winter Fancy Food Show back in January, and we tried them all so that you don't have to. From small-batch chocolate bars to flavored marshmallows and "chips" made of beans, there are more snack options than ever in 2017. We're bringing you only the best of the best so that you know what items really deserve a place in your shopping cart this year. Behold, the 30 best new foods you'd be crazy not to try this year (and next).
— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts
Semolina Artisanal Pasta ($8)
Made with just two ingredients (organic durum wheat semolina flour and water), this small-batch pasta made in Los Angeles has a standout wheat flavor and perfect texture. Semolina Pasta is available by the pound in shapes like rigatoni, fusilli, and strozzapreti.
Proper Crisps Kumara Chipotle & Garlic ($4)
Kumara, the Polynesian word for sweet potato, makes for an excellent chip, especially when there's chipotle powder and garlic involved. These Kumara Crisps from Proper Crisps will be your new favorite, guilt-free potato chip.
Raaka Chocolate Strawberry Basil
Brooklyn-based chocolate company Raaka Chocolate is known for creative flavors like Cabernet Sauvignon and Smoked Chai, and the new chocolate bar to try this year is its Strawberry Basil ($7). The rich dark chocolate is infused with the essence of fresh strawberries, and a kick of basil hits you at the end of every bite. You could take chocolate-covered strawberries to the next level by using this chocolate bar as a substitute for regular melted chocolate.
The Good Bean Favas and Peas in Sea Salt ($4)
The Good Bean is adding to its collection of chickpea-based snacks with this new Favas and Peas snack, which tastes best in the Sea Salt variety. The flavor of the dried favas and peas shines, and they're so good you'll forget you're snacking on something healthy.
Goodie Girl Cookies Vanilla Slims ($4-$5)
The Goodie Girl Vanilla Slims will remind you of E.L. Fudge's chocolate-dipped cookies, but they're an even better, gluten-free version.
Nona Lim Soup Cups ($4)
Nona Lim makes amazing Asian broths, noodles, and soups, including new Nona Lim Soup Cups, which are 10-ounce cups of soup and broth that you can heat up and enjoy through a sippable lid. The Vietnamese Pho Bone Broth is a standout favorite that makes for a warming, comforting lunch on the go.
Hu Chocolate Almond Butter and Puffed Quinoa ($6)
If you're looking for a vegan, Paleo chocolate bar that's — wait for it — stuffed with nut butter, Hu Chocolate is for you. Our favorite bar is the Almond Butter and Puffed Quinoa, which has a wonderful creaminess from the almond butter and the perfect crunch from the crispy bits of quinoa.
Texas Tamale Company Black Bean Tamales ($9) and Chile Con Queso ($6-$8)
If you don't trust yourself to make killer tamales at home, opt for The Texas Tamale Company. The new vegetarian black bean tamales taste even better when dipped in the chile con queso, a cheesy, slightly spicy dip you'll want to pour on everything.
Bantam Bagels Hot Pretzel ($34/three dozen)
New Yorkers are lucky to have had access to Bantam Bagels since their beginning, and Starbucks locations nationwide carry the cream-cheese-stuffed bagel bites. But did you know you can buy Bantam Bagels in the freezer section? Our favorite flavor (and Oprah's!) is the Hot Pretzel Bagel With Cheddar Dijon Cream Cheese, which is so memorable that it's worth ordering online in bulk.
Chuao Chocolate Cheeky Cheeky Churro ($24/24 mini bars)
If a dark chocolate bar and a cinnamon-sugar-slathered churro had a baby, this Cheeky Cheeky Churro Chocolate Bar would be it.
Pork & Mindy's Mustard Sauce ($5)
Jeff Mauro, sandwich king, has a line of barbecue sauces that taste good on just about anything from smoked chicken to pulled pork or deli meat. The one to try is Pork & Mindy's Mustard Sauce, which is the right amount of sweet and savory thanks to a blend of mustard, honey, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar.
Numi Organic Tea ($7)
Numi Organic Tea's new holistic line of teas will make you want to curl up with a good book and a hot mug of mind-clearing tea, like Presence, which is a caffeine-free, organic tea made with bamboo leaves, fresh mint, and lemongrass.
Roth Grand Cru Surchoix Cheese ($35/pound)
This Alpine-style cheese from Wisconsin won the World Champion Cheese Contest in 2016, meaning it's essentially the best cheese in the world. Grand Cru Surchoix cheese is made in copper vats and aged for a minimum of nine months, and the result is a rich and nutty cheese that's as smooth as butter. Eat this cheese on its own, melt it in a fondue pot, or grate it over pasta dishes.
Wild Tonic Kombucha Blueberry Basil ($5)
Wild Tonic Kombucha is jun kombucha, which means it's fermented with honey instead of sugar. The probiotics-packed beverage is delightfully refreshing and not too acidic, especially the Blueberry Basil flavor.
Republic of Tea Ginger Peach Chocolate Truffle ($12)
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, The Republic of Tea released a Ginger Peach Chocolate Truffle black tea blend, which is a decadent spin on one of the company's most popular flavors. The hint of rich chocolate truffles plays well against the fruitiness of the peaches, making for a truly balanced sip.
Tcho Chocolate Orange + Toffee ($4 and up)
Bay Area-based company Tcho Chocolate is constantly developing new flavors, and fans of the combination of orange and chocolate will swoon over Tcho's Orange and Toffee Chocolate Bar. It's equal parts bright and indulgent.
Mario Batali's Sausage Bolognese
Obviously Mario Batali's bottled pasta sauces are legit, and his new Sausage Bolognese sauce is not one to miss. With eight percent meat (more than the amount in many other pasta sauces), this hearty tomato sauce is bursting with the flavors of Italian sausage and has just the right amount of spice. Also in Mario's lineup of new sauces is a creamy Truffle Alfredo.
G. Hughes Sugar-Free Ketchup
Award-winning pit master G. Hughes doesn't like sugar in any of his BBQ sauces, and he's added a tasty sugar-free ketchup to the mix. It's naturally sweet with tomato concentrate and the perfect accompaniment to fries, burgers, and more.
Torn Ranch Caramel Macchiato Almonds ($6)
Of all the chocolate-covered nuts available in stores, Torn Ranch's Caramel Macchiato Almonds deserve a spot in your shopping cart. The whole almonds are coated in a thick layer of rich Belgian chocolate, which is infused with the flavors of coffee and caramel.
Mellow Fluffs Birthday Cake Marshmallows ($4)
Rolling out in March, Mellow Fluffs are going to change the marshmallow game. Be sure to look out for the birthday cake marshmallows, which are fluffy mallows reminiscent of vanilla icing and stuffed with colorful sprinkles.
Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams in Roxbury Road ($12)
Consider yourself lucky if you live near a store that sells Jeni's Spendid Ice Creams, and don't miss out on the best new flavor, Roxbury Road (PSA: you can also order online). The company's take on rocky road has homemade soft mini marshmallows, smoked almond, caramel sauce, and crazy-rich chocolate ice cream. The flavor joins others in the Winter collection, including Queen City Cayenne and Juniper & Lemon Curd.
California Caviar Company Bacon Infused Trout ($18/ounce)
Bacon mixed with caviar? Don't knock it till you try it. The California Caviar Company makes a Bacon Infused Trout Roe that's outrageously flavorful with its salty punch and smoky finish.
Lucini Organic Tuscan Marinara ($8)
Lucini's Organic Tuscan Marinara is an unforgettable tomato sauce, made from freshly picked tomatoes. The company claims the tomatoes go from vine to jar in 24 hours. The fresh tomato flavor is front and center, and this is a jarred sauce that everyone will mistake as homemade. There's no olive oil in the sauce itself, so you'll have to drizzle it atop the pasta once it's cooked.
Pop! Gourmet Sriracha Croutons ($4)
Sriracha-lovers will have a reason to look forward to salads thanks to Pop! Gourmet's newest Sriracha-flavored snack: croutons. The cubed croutons have a wonderfully crunchy texture and are infused with the right amount of heat that will spice up caesar salads and more.
Barnana Organic Peanut Butter ($5)
Barnana Organic Peanut Butter bites are a chewy, protein-packed snack of bananas dipped in peanut butter.
Brazi Bites Cheddar and Parmesan ($6)
Meet your new favorite snack in the frozen aisle: Cheddar and Parmesan Brazi Bites. The Brazilian cheese bread is perfectly squishy and stuffed with an irresistible, melty filling of cheddar and parmesan cheese. You won't be able to stop at just one of these bite-size gems, which are available in more flavors like Zesty Pepper Jack.
Dang Original Sticky-Rice Chips ($4)
Dang Foods makes seriously snackable chips from whole ingredients, including these new Sticky-Rice Chips. Made with organic rice and coconut milk, these crunchy chips have a toasty, nutty flavor that's complete with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Natierra Dark Chocolate Chia Seeds
You'll feel like you're adding sprinkles to your yogurt if you top it with Natierra's Himalania Dark Chocolate Chia Seeds.
Harmless Harvest Harmless Coconut ($5)
You're probably familiar with Harmless Harvest's pink coconut water. The company is releasing a new product this year: Harmless Coconut Probiotics, a kefir-like drink made with coconut meat and water. It's a tangy, refreshing alternative to yogurt.
The Crispery Peanut Butter and Chocolate Marshmallow Rice Treat
The Crispery makes insanely delicious and over-the-top crispy rice cakes, and the best new flavor to try is the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Marshmallow Rice Treat (like Reese's). With a thick layer of peanut butter and chocolate, this is the most satisfying marshmallow treat you'll ever eat.