Editors' Picks: The Best Foods We're Eating Right Now
PEOPLE's food and lifestyle editors taste all the new snacks and drinks on the market. These are the items that deserve a spot in your kitchen
Beyond Meat Cookout Kit
"Remember the days when throwing veggie burgers on the grill meant hurriedly scraping together flimsy patties before they crumbled into the charcoal? Since the introduction of Beyond Meat’s plant-based burger patties I’ve never again left a barbecue hungry. These are built like the real deal and grill just as well, offering a juicy and satisfying alternative that tastes so good — even my meat-eating family members ask for seconds. Made without soy or gluten, they accommodate a range of diets and palates. And just in time for summer, they’re now available to purchase with a fun, limited-edition Cookout Kit that comes complete with a mini charcoal grill, tool set, bluetooth speaker and more. Becoming the household grill master has never been so veggie-friendly!"—Monica Clark, reporter-researcher
$49.99 for full Cookout Kit; beyondmeat.com
"Have you ever dreamed of a healthy cheese puff? You're in luck. I always keep a bag of these green pea snack crisps at home for when I need to satisfy that salty, crunchy craving. They offer a nice serving of fiber and plant-based protein and have an ingredient list I can pronounce (a big plus for me). They're even nutritionist approved!" —Ana Calderone, Associate Food Editor
$19 (for 12 pack); amazon.com
SEVEN GRAMS CAFFE EVOO TAHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
"Like the Cookie Monster, I get all googly-eyed when I spot the mouth-watering dessert. But unlike the muppet with a voracious appetite for “COOKIES!” – my taste is much more discerning. So when I say that the EVOO Tahini Chocolate Chip cookie (whipped up at N.Y.C’s Seven Grams Caffeand shipped nationwide) is hands down one of the tastiest treats I have ever sunk my surprisingly cavity-free teeth into, believe me. What you may have a harder time believing is this delectable dessert is actually vegan. The recipe replaces butter and eggs with olive oil and tahini, but I promise that doesn’t compromise how delicious it is!" —Jackie Fields, Beauty Editor
$65 for 12, sevengramscaffe.com
HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE COCONUT & SHOYU CARAMEL ICE CREAM
"I've tried many different types of ice cream in my day but this one was love at first bite. The unique flavor features caramel made from soy sauce and fresh coconut for the perfect combination of salty and sweet. The super creamy texture also lends well to topping off a piece of pie or eating it straight from the pint." —Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
THE BROOKLYN HOT DOG CO.
"Every few weeks I decide I'm a vegetarian but I always end up going back to my meat-eating ways. Needless to say, I'm picky when it comes to beef, chicken, and pork, but these are always a win for me. Offering a healthier version of the New York street food favorite, BKHDCO hot dogs are all natural—so no added nitrates, or meats with hormones or antibiotics, and they're gluten free. I'm a fan of their Classic Beef Dog, but they also come in flavors like Gyro Dog, Pepperoni Dog, and Buffalo Chicken Dog. They even offer "Wiener Delivery," so you don't even need to leave the house."
—Emily Strohm, Senior Writer
$37 (for 3-pack); brooklynhotdogcompany.com
TOO COOL CHIX ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
"Just like your favorite childhood treat, but they're made with all organic, natural, non-GMO ingredients. If none of that matters to you, all you have to know is they taste really, really good. The ice cream is velvety smooth, while the cookie achieves that just-soft-enough texture that is the mark of a good ice cream sandwich. My personal favorite is the classic vanilla-chocolate combo, but they also come in double chocolate, peanut butter-chocolate and lavender-lemon flavors."
—Shay Spence, Food Editor
$79.99 for a bundle of 16, toocoolchix.com
DISNEY MICKEY THE TRUE ORIGINAL X SUGARFINA COLLECTION
"Sugarfina has been known to do fun collaborations, but when I saw that they teamed up with Disney to celebrate 90 years of Mickey Mouse, I was instantly transported back to my childhood. Not only is there a giant Mickey ear filled with different flavored gummies (yum!), Sugarfina also created three different chocolate bars with Mickey-shaped sprinkles and a 3D black and white diorama shaped like a vintage television set. The rush of nostalgia makes this collection the perfect gift (or treat yourself moment)." —Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
Starting at $8; sugarfina.com
HEINZ NO SUGAR ADDED KETCHUP
"I'm one of those people who puts ketchup on everything I can, from eggs to burgers to fries and then some. But I've recently been trying to cut my sugar and carb intake, meaning ketchup, which typically contains 5g of sugar and 5g of carbs in 1 tablespoon, has had to go—or so I thought. After searching for alternatives, I discorvered Heinz' No Suger Added ketchup. To my surprise, it tastes exactly the same (for the same price, too). And the best part is 1 tablespoon contains only 1g of sugar and 1g of carbs, which means I can have five times as much!" —Dave Quinn, News Reporter
HOT CHICKEN PRINGLES
"As a devoted fan of Nashville hot chicken, I was definitely skeptical of a potato chip version—but I must say, these deliver on their promise. At first bite, you're hit with the bold spice blend (which somehow tastes like chicken, but maybe that's in my head), and then it finishes with the very distinct flavor of briny pickles. Pretty top notch."
—Shay Spence, Food Editor
$1.50, Dollar General stores nationwide
MOMOFUKU SSAM SAUCE
"I'm a condiment queen. My (incredibly messy) desk is peppered with at least two dozen bottles of ketchup, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, finishing oils, and more hot sauces than I'll be able to eat in a year. But my most favorite of the lot is chef David Chang's sweet-and-spicy Korean Ssäm Sauce, made with a mixture of gochujang, miso, sake, soy sauce and rice vinegar. It's a sauce I believe can elevate just about any sad work lunch—and it's also the secret to my crazy-good chicken wings. (Chang claims it's particularly good drizzled on pizza, which he says is the true test for any hot sauce. Noted.) Unfortunately, the sauce has always been a little annoying to buy—only at certain locations or the Momofuku online store—but starting today, three flavors of Ssäm Sauce (Original, Spicy and Smoky) are available exclusively on Amazon." —Sonal Dutt, Food & Lifestyle Director
$7.19 each; amazon.com
"When it comes to baking and cooking, I'm pretty indiscriminate about the type of butter I use. But if I'm going to spread something on my morning toast, it's got to be special. This small-batch butter is my most recent obsession, and like most things in life, the secret is in its simplicity. Made with just two ingredients (heavy cream and sea salt), the original flavor has a slight tang reminiscent of a European butter that cuts through the richness and keeps you coming back for another bite. It also comes in three flavors—maple (perfect for pancakes and waffles, obviously), lemon (a great finish for fish and chicken) and sriracha (for my fellow spice lovers out there.)"
—Shay Spence, Food Editor
$49 (for a 4 pack), goldbely.com
RX NUT BUTTER
"My coworkers Brittany, Jackie and I are on Whole30 right now — cue eyerolls from everyone else at PEOPLE HQ — and we've been looking for compliant snacks to keep on-hand. Enter these little packets of heaven, which are new to the RX brand this May. I can only speak for the vanilla almond variety, as peanuts are off-limits on the plan (no legumes allowed!), but oh. my. god. is it good. The combination of ingredients come together for a cookie-butter-like flavor and texture that tastes amazing spread on an apple, or straight out of the packet — and with only 3g of sugar! The calorie and fat count is on the high side, so these will be an occasional treat, but it's worth it. Oh, and peanut flavors — I'm coming for you soon." — Lindy Segal, Style Social Media Editor
$15.99 (for box of 10), rxbar.com
"I am all about a cold beer in the summer, but not when it comes with bloating, so I was thrilled when I learned that Corona's first new beer in 29 years was their lightest to date. With only 90 calories, I can sip it worry free in my bikini and shorts. But I know what you're thinking: it probably doesn't taste as good, right? Wrong. The taste is seriously delicious and refreshing, and I actually prefer it over any other light beer." —Ana Calderone, Associate Food Editor
$7.99 (for six-pack); totalwine.com
"If you're a chip and dip kind of person like me, you'll love these delicious and creamy variations from CAVA. Available in flavors like Crazy Feta, Spicy Hummus and Traditional Hummus (and many more), each spread is the same as you'd find being served at CAVA restaurant locations around the U.S. But these individual containers are conveniently sold at Whole Foods, which means you can dip whatever you find in your fridge in the privacy of your own home."
—Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
KITE HILL DAIRY-FREE CREAM CHEESE
"I have to admit, I did not like the idea of dairy-free cheeses when they started gaining popularity. In my mind, I'd rather just avoid cheese all together rather than eat something that's trying to be something it's not. But man, was I wrong. This almond-milk spread, which is beloved by Kourtney Kardashian, is really good—and I used to be the kind of person who would welcome the ridiculous portion of full-fat cream cheese New York bagel shops smear on their bagels. I find the plain to be a bit chalkier than regular cream cheese, but the flavored kinds get an A+ in my book." —Ana Calderone, Associate Food Editor
- $6.31; amazon.com
MAGNUM ICE CREAM TUB
"Although I try my best (keyword: try) to eat healthy, there's no denying I have a mega sweet tooth. I'm a sucker for ice cream, specifically, so I just had to try Magnum's newest offering—and was blown away. Unlike an ordinary pint, this tub comes coated in a chocolate shell (or white chocolate shell if you're into that instead), which you get to crack with your spoon to reach its delicious ice cream center. I'm already craving more."
— Grace Gavilanes, Associate Editor
BOLTHOUSE FARMS UNSWEETENED PLANT PROTEIN MILK
"Although 'plant protein' might sound like a turn-off to some people, it can be a good alternative to those who are sensitive to dairy. Since I can't drink a cup of coffee without a little creamer, I tried replacing my go-to almond milk with this pea protein version. Now I can't go back to the bland stuff. Even though unsweetened almond milk and this creamier both version have zero grams of sugar, this milk was much sweeter and even packs 10 grams of protein."
—Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
"I like beer. Correction, I really, really like beer. But gluten-free beer hasn’t ever been something I've liked to drink because it’s always tasted, well, awful. But now it is. Sufferfest has three delicious g-free beers that taste just as good as any other beer I’ve ever had … and I’ve had a lot of beer. The Taper IPA is hands-down my favorite, gets me buzzed but it won’t upset my or anyone else’s restrictive diet. Because let’s face it, dietary restrictions aren’t fun. But beer should be."
—Joe Rodriguez, Senior Associate Photo Editor
- $3 for 16-oz. can; craftcity.com
SPRINKLES BREAKFAST CUPCAKES
"My sweet tooth basically starts as soon as I wake up, so when I heard they were serving up limited edition breakfast cupcakes covered in classic cereals over at Sprinkles, I nearly keeled over. The bakery founded by Candace Nelson will offer a different dessert-cereal mashup every week during the month of January, each one more amazing than the last. If we're handing out awards, I'd give the Strawberry Lucky Charms an honorable mention, but the Banana Cocoa Puffs combo wins gold."
—Collier Sutter, Contributing Writer/Reporter
"I've never been a huge fan of sparkling water until I tried Spindrift — now I'm addicted. At first sip I was shocked at how flavorful it was knowing it has no added sugar or artificial flavors. Each can simply contains carbonated water and a bit of real fruit juice. I now drink one to two cans a day in place of soda because I love the guilt-free fizz in the afternoon."
—Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
- $31 for a case of 24; amazon.com
KODIAK CAKE POWER WAFFLES
"I already loved Kodiak Cake's pancake mix because it's filled with protein (and the whole grain kind, not the weird aftertaste kind), but because I prefer sleep in the mornings, I wasn't going to whip them up before work. Enter their frozen waffles, which I can just pop in the toaster for a few minutes and enjoy. Someone tell Eleven there's a new Eggo in town." —Julie Mazziotta, Writer/Reporter
- $4.99 for a box of 10; target.com
KASHI CHEWY NUT BUTTER BARS
"Is it weird to have daydreams about granola bars? Because these are all I think about. Not only do they melt in your mouth like a chocolate bar would, purchasing a box helps support farmers transitioning to organic farmland in the U.S.”—Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
- $3.98; amazon.com
"Alcoholic seltzer is the drink of summer. At 140 calories, the low carb, gluten-free beverage is the perfect alternative to boring vodka sodas, while still being a waist-friendly choice. The bottles and cans are adorably designed (who doesn't love a mermaid?!) and come in six different flavors—though the grapefruit is a standout favorite for me."—Ana Calderone, Associate Food Editor
$24.99 for 12-pack; drizly.com
PARTAKE FOODS MINI COOKIES
"For treats made without wheat, eggs, milk, nuts or gluten, Partake Foods’ mini cookies taste like grandma-made, old-fashioned goodness. The new allergen-free, kid-friendly snacks recently hit stores in time for back-to-school and as a mom I am totally obsessed. My toddler son doesn’t suffer from food allergies, but he has so many pals who do. Now I have a gluten-free vegan snack that’s playdate safe and no less tasty. And yes, thanks to flavors like carrot oat and chocolate chip, my husband and I have depleted a few boxes on our own, so they’re great for big kids, too.” —Janine Rubenstein, Staff Editor
- $30 (for 6 boxes); amazon.com
"With four kids, my family is always on the hunt for affordable food experiences that we can enjoy together. Grubstick takes the ultimate fireside food — s'mores! — and makes them sweeter than ever, thanks to interchangeable attachments that allow you to get creative. (Think gooey banana foster s'mores, pictured, or even savory items like burgers.) Bonus: Everything is dishwasher safe. Perfect for kids and parents." —Michelle Tauber, Senior Editor
- Grubstick intro kit, $29.95 at amazon.com
"Ever eaten a dessert that looked incredibly yummy but tasted like cardboard? This ain't that. MdoughW's Doughies are soft-baked cookie cups stuffed with different fillings and decorated with fun toppings. The deliciously gooey treats come in a variety of flavors, including classics like Oreo Cookies & Crème, but I'm currently loving Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch, Frosted Animal Cracker and Pistachio Halva. In fact, I might have gotten a bit doughy from eating all of them in one sitting." — Mark Marino, Contributing Editor
"I've tried about every wheat-free pasta under the sun—red lentil, black bean, brown rice—you name it, I've tried it. My main complaint about those noodles is that they're basically inedible the next day, and when you bring leftovers for lunch in an effort to save money, that just won't do. Enter Banza. The chickpea-based pasta—which just launched a bunch of new shapes (rigatoni is my favorite)—is filled with protein and fiber and actually tastes just like good old fashioned pasta. And most importantly, it's equally delicious the next day." —Ana Calderone, Associate Food Editor
- $25 (for pack of 6); amazon.com
KIND FRUIT BITES
"This is a snack you can feel good about because each pack is made with only three pieces of fruit — and no additives. When I get my 3 p.m. craving for something sweet I grab a pack of these from my desk drawer instead of sugar-packed gummy bears." —Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
- $34.17 (for 40 pouches), kindsnacks.com
"Working at PEOPLE is an exciting flurry of nonstop activity. Some days I'm so busy that I'll look up at the clock assuming it's around noon and it's well past 3 p.m. ... and I haven't had a single sip of water since breakfast. So I've learned my lesson. This writer needs to stay hydrated! I now pick up a big bottle of LIFEWTR on my way to work in the morning and keep it right next to my computer. Not only does the water taste clean and refreshing (it's actually purified water that's pH balanced with subtle-tasting electrolytes), but the new colorful labels catch my eye while I'm concentrating on my computer screen, helping to remind me that water is my friend. The design series is focused on women in the arts—specifically Trudy Benson, Lynnie Z and Adrienne Gaither—which fits just right in our creative media office." — Elizabeth Murray, PEOPLE contributor
- $2, at grocery stores or lifewtr.com
"Okay, so these are technically for kids but if you're watching your weight, shopping in the baby food aisle is the ultimate life hack. Instead of replacing a whole meal like the standard size bars, these smaller guys—which contain no gluten, soy, dairy or added sugar and have 7 grams of protein thanks to egg whites—are the perfect mid-day snack. Chocolate chip is my favorite flavor, and the Berry Blast is a close second." —Ana Calderone, Associate Food Editor
- $5.99, target.com
WEDDERSPOON HONEY ON THE GO PACKETS
"Raw Manuka honey is said to have many nutritional benefits, including B vitamins and anti-microbial properties. Some celebs even use it in the beauty routines! These individual 'pods' by Wedderspoon (filled with high-quality honey from New Zealand) come in the most genius portable packaging: You snap them in half and squeeze out a perfect mouthful from the sides. They're perfect on their own when you need a little something sweet, and they provide just the right size spoonful for tea at the office." - Catherine Kast, Editor
Buy it! $25.50 for 24 pods; amazon.com
NOURISH SNACKS GRANOLA BITES
"I love popping one of these mini bags of chewy granola bites into my bag for when I’m on-the-go. Plus, nutritionist Joy Bauer is the founder, so you know they're a smart choice. They come in five different delicious flavors but chocolate banana is my favorite." —Jessica Fecteau, Writer/Reporter
- $18 (for 12 pack), amazon.com