Published on October 5th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz
With everything happening in the world, there is still a lot of uncertainty going around. But everyone needs to eat, and there is no shortage of exciting food and drink offerings to order online. If you are searching for new food discoveries, you’ve come to the right place as I have been monitoring the latest and greatest from online retailers. Here are 20 recommendations available for ordering today.
Sambazon’s Ready-To-Eat Açaí Bowls
Known for being the first company to bring Açaí to consumers around the world in the form of juices, superfruit smoothie packs, energy drinks and frozen treats, Sambazon’s Ready-To-Eat Açaí Bowls are loaded with the berry’s powerful combination of antioxidants and healthy omegas. These bowls are ready-to-eat in a simple 4-step process: remove from the freezer, tear off the granola toppings cup, defrost at room temperature for 10-15 minutes or microwave for 10-15 seconds, and stir until soft and creamy. You can garnish with the granola provided or create your very own personal bowl with your favorite fruit toppings like bananas and strawberries. These organic, fair-trade, vegan and non-gmo bowls are available in 3 flavors: Amazon Superberry (Açaí Berry Blend), Berry Bliss (Açaí + Strawberry Banana Blend) and Peanut Butter Power (Açaí, Peanut Butter, Banana + Protein Blend).
In line with Sambazon’s environmental mission to protect the Amazon, the Ready-to-Eat Bowls are served in 100 percent plant-fiber packaging that are completely recyclable and compostable, meaning less waste and impact on our planet. Sambazon’s Ready-to-Eat Açaí Bowls are sold individually for just under $4 and can be found at Whole Foods Markets nationwide as well as select Publix, Walmart, Albertson, Wegmans, H-E-B and Target.
Lenny & Larry’s Keto Cookies
Lenny & Larry’s makes cookies that are packed with plant-based protein and fiber, providing a treat that satisfies each sweet tooth, tummy and muscle alike. There’s an option to satisfy each sugary craving with their epic roster Complete Cookies, Complete Crunchy, Complete Cremes, and even a low-carb option with their new Keto Cookie in fun flavors that make every burpee worth the journey. My personal favorites are the Complete Cookies. With up to 16 grams of plant-based proteins and 10 grams of fiber, these dairy-free, no egg, vegan and Non-GMO Project Verified cookies make for non-cheat treats. With tantalizing flavors like Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, you will surely find a cookie you love.
But new to the Lenny & Larry’s fold are its seasonal collection offerings. Lenny & Larry’s has baked to perfection 2 new flavors of The Complete Cookie in Gingerbread and Peppermint Chocolate varieties, in addition to the fan-favorite Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie that will be returning to the lineup. All 3 beloved seasonal flavors are now available, while more of the brand’s special holiday-themed box of 13 cookies can be found via www.lennylarry.com.
Jacques Torres Chocolate’s Halloween Offerings
Simply put, Jacques Torres is one of the world’s most famous pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Torres got his start as a chef in his native France, working under 2-star Michelin chef Jacques Maximin in the early 1980s. He went on to earn a Master Pastry Chef degree, and in 1986 Torres became the youngest person to ever win the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier Patissier De France competition. In 2000, Torres — also the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Pastry Chef Of The Year honors — moved on from Le Cirque and opened up a chocolate factory and retail store in Brooklyn. Less than 2 decades later, Torres now has 7 namesake shops in New York, including 2 pop-ups for the holiday season. 2 years back he opened Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum & Experience, at which attendees discovered chocolate’s journey from tree to chocolate bar through a self-guided tour of what was believed to be New York’s first ever chocolate museum. Beyond overseeing those popular locations, Torres also stays busy as a judge on the Netflix series Nailed It and has notably authored several best-selling cookbooks over the years.
Jacques Torres’ stores and website are currently selling treats themed for Halloween 2020. This includes Hocus Pocus (an adorable chocolate witch on a pumpkin as available in Dark and Milk Chocolate), Jacques O’ Lantern Puzzle (a Jack O’ Lantern puzzle with a mix of Torres’ signature dark, milk, and white chocolates), Halloween Lollipops (available in ghosts, pumpkins, witches hats and more), All Things Wicked (a gift set including Torres’signature wicked hot chocolate, pecan brittle and bars, all made with a spicy blend of ancho and chipotle chilis to excite the palate) and Mini Chocolate Bar (bite-sized candy). Something for anyone who loves chocolate.
Parma! Vegan Parmesan
Created in Oregon just over 15 years ago by Sister River Foods’ founder Shannon Schnibbe (Tofurky founder Seth Tibbott remains an ongoing advisor), Parma! was established in response to a rapidly growing need within the vegetarian marketplace for a breakthrough allergen-free parmesan alternative. Furthermore, Parma! is paleo and keto-friendly, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO and Certified Kosher. The offerings of Parma! are comprised of 4 deliciously-distinct varieties: Original Parma! (featuring an irresistibly cheesey umami flavor), Better Than Bacon Parma! (as voted “Favorite Bacon Flavored Product” by VegNews), Chipotle Cayenne Parma! (featuring a smokey umami flavor akin to the most popular barbeque potato chips) and Garlicky Green Parma! (which contains by a cheesy umami Italian herb flavour that is complemented by nutritious and delicious kelp, pumpkin and sesame seeds).
Ricante is essentially everything you want in a sauce; bold flavor, crisp accents of fresh fruits and vegetables, with no sugar or salt added, and just the right amount of approachable spice that leaves you wanting more. Handcrafted amongst the ripest and most flavorful produce in Costa Rica, health-conscious sauce savants can rejoice. Ricante is not only Non-GMO, gluten-free and keto-friendly, but also Whole30 approved. Thus, what you see is what you get, given the simple, clean ingredients that make up Ricante.
Ricante has recently-launched 4 versions of Everything Sauce that can quite literally be poured on everything. Exclusive to Whole Foods, Ricante’s Everything Sauces are a thicker, heartier blend of lush fruits and veggies, a little heat and a lot of party in your mouth; they are also available via Amazon.
Rising Tides Coffee Co.
Rising Tides Coffee Co. is bringing joy to your mug each morning with its fair-trade organic, small-batch, artisan roasted, craft coffee. Not only is it their mission to ethically source the world’s finest beans, but the brand also takes great joy in giving back to the community locally, and globally. The Rising Tides Coffee Co. offers 3 unique flavors AND each bag donates to a unique charity based on how it was created. I had the pleasure of trying its Green Label offering from South America, a single-origin coffee harvested by a group of smallholder producers living around the tiny municipality of a La Union in Nariño, Colombia. These beans are harvested in an extreme altitude, up to 6,800 ft. above sea level, representing some of the rarest beans on Earth. The cup is tart, clean and smooth with lime, lemon and caramel flavors with an almond aftertaste.
Jamba Juice’s Pumpkin Smash Smoothie
Made with Jamba’s original pumpkin spice blend — featuring pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg — Jamba Juice’s plant-based Pumpkin Smash Smoothie features oat milk and So Delicious Dairy Free oat milk frozen dessert, while its classic variety combines 2 percent milk and frozen yogurt. No matter which variety of the smoothie you choose, Jamba’s Pumpkin Smash Smoothie is a cool, creamy treat that tastes like fall in a cup. It will be available through November 9th — or while supplies last — and Jamca Juice followers who download the Jamba app and sign up for My Jamba Rewards will get $3 off their first order and $2 off their second order.
Porto’s “Bake At Home” Cake Line
Porto’s “Bake At Home” takes Porto’s Bakery back to its roots, baking savory and sweet pastries at home surrounded by family. The fondest memories of the children of Rosa, the founder of Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, were reportedly of their mother baking their favorite treats, and they wanted to recreate that special moment for Porto guests with Porto’s “Bake At Home” offerings. In turn, Porto’s “Bake At Home” allows friends and families the ability to make their own memories by baking their own favorite Porto’s pastries in their own oven.
As launched on September 28th, Porto’s Bakery & Café’s famous Tres Leches Milk’N Berries cake is now available for cake lovers all over the U.S. to order online. A Porto’s favorite, this light and delicate sponge cake is soaked with Tres Leches, giving you a signature house blend of condensed milk, evaporated milk, cream and a touch of brandy, as filled and finished with whipped cream and fresh berries. Porto’s will be rolling out additional cakes in the next coming months, like its Parisian Chocolate Cake, Red Velvet Cake and Carrot Cake.
Mezcla is a new, New York City-based consumer lifestyle brand on a mission to get 2 things into your hands: 1) a delicious plant-based protein bar, 2) an interactive digital gallery of user-submitted art celebrating global diversity. Although only launched in 2019, Mezcla launched in 625 Walmart stores on July 11th — quickly selling over 7,000 of its bars — and opened its e-commerce site to the public last month. Far more than just your typical protein bar, Mezcla is connecting food, art, and community through sourcing its ingredients and package design from countries around the world, a digital platform for free expression, giving back to schools with unfunded art programs, and amazing flavors. My favorite is the Japanese Matcha Vanilla, which is vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO, soy-free and high in protein; 8 bars currently sell for $19.99 through the Meczla website with a 5 percent discount coming through a “VIP subscription.”
HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs is an organic, Non-GMO, gluten-free snack that also happens to be vegan and baked (not fried). HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs also have 4 grams of protein (plant power), 3 grams of fiber and only 130 calories per 1-ounce serving. The snacks come in delicious flavors such as Vegan White Cheddar, Nacho Vibes, Himilayan Happiness, Bohemian Barbecue and Sriracha Sunrise.
The brand also recently released a range of Tortilla Chips. The HIPPEAS Tortilla Chips are USDA Organic, certified gluten-free, vegan and totally delicious. With 3 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber per 1-ounce serving, these chickpea chips pack a punch of plant power, to keep you full and focused. HIPPEAS Tortilla Chips are available in 3 far-out flavors: Straight Up Sea Salt, Rockin’ Ranch and Jalapeno Vegan Cheddar. I am guilty of eating a full bag in 1 sitting on more than a single occasion.
Omnom is Iceland’s first and only bean-to-bar chocolate maker. Its handmade, small-batch chocolate offerings include single-origin selections from Madagascar, Tanzania, Nicaragua, and Peru. Omnom’s newest superfood creation is the SuperChocoBerryBarleyNibblyNuttylicious flavor, a delicious, nutritious dark chocolate bar made from organic Tanzanian cocoa beans, as sprinkled with cranberries, salted almonds, puffed Icelandic barley and cacao nibs. Omnom chocolates — as featured within the first episode of Zac Efron’s Netflix series Down To Earth — are available on Amazon, while select flavors are also available online through Murray’s Cheese.
Just in time for Halloween 2020 comes great additional OMNOM offerings: Black N Burnt Barley, Coffee + Milk and Tanzania. Zac Efron and Darren Olien taste-tested the Coffee + Milk bar within the first episode of their Netflix special, Down To Earth.
Outstanding Foods’ PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds
Built on the burning desire to make plant-based foods “tasty as hell,” Outstanding Foods creates foods for everyone without sacrificing taste or texture. Beginning with wholesome 100 percent plant-based ingredients, packed with protein and other health benefits, each product is skillfully prepared for superb taste and superior texture, and is free from gluten, soy, GMOs, trans fats and cholesterol. The brand also gives back, partnering with non-profits that help improve the well-being of farm animals, the environment, and the health of the communities it serves. The plant-based brand has Los Angeles Laker JaVale McGee among its impressive roster of celebrity investors.
The newest PigOut flavor is Salt & Vinegar. I have always avoided “Salt & Vinegar” as a flavor, but in the case of PigOut, I actually enjoy it and can finish a whole bag of PigOut with that flavoring.
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle arguably revolutionized the sweet snack category with its original thin, premium chocolate treat. Brownie Brittle is a chocolate indulgence that you can feel good about at only 120 calories per 1-ounce serving. There’s a Brownie Brittle for everyone with delicious flavor offerings and now “KETO” and “PROTEIN” options on the market.
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle also launched 2 limited-edition Brownie Brittle Blondies flavors this fall: Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple. Both absolutely delicious, I insist. These are a great way to satisfy your sweettooth without the guilt.
The Caviar Co.
The Caviar Co. is the San Francisco, California-based purveyor of fine caviar opening your palate to one of the finest delicacies in the world. For those who think caviar retails for thousands of dollars, they might be surprised to know certain varieties of this salted roe come $10 per ounce — that’s cheaper than most glasses of wine. So whether you are new to the caviar experience or consider yourself a connoisseur, The Caviar Co. is taking their business from the restaurants and into your home hosting virtual events to enhance your luxury experience. Thus, it is easy to join in the fun and purchase a flight for your very own at-home soiree, or choose from several gift boxes to give to a friend or family member this upcoming season.
Huel’s Coffee Caramel Black Edition
Huel is reportedly the world’s fastest growing nutrition brand. Plant-based and vegan, Huel offers a perfectly-balanced and nutritionally-complete meal that you can prepare in under one minute. It is an ideal drink for anyone that wants a complete meal while on the go. Subscriptions to Huel allow you to send the drinks every 4 weeks — its most popular option — or choose the frequency of the delivery. The brand is huge all around the world and has sold over 50 million meals across 80 countries. Huel sells a wide variety of ready-to-drink meals and powders, including gluten-free options, making nutrition fast, easy and affordable.
Its Coffee Caramel Black Edition is a new product that features no artificial sweeteners, is vegan, high in protein and low-carb. Simply mix with water or your favorite milk — even if it is almond, soy or oatmilk — and this new powder ought to taste like roasted coffee with a shot of caramel. Huel Coffee Caramel Black Edition delivers a nutritionally complete meal with all 27 essential vitamins and minerals. Huel Coffee Caramel Black Edition Powder is available exclusively at huel.com for $37.50 per bag, which is $2.21 per meal.
Sprinkle Pop creates mesmerizing sprinkle mixes that taste just as good as they look. These sweet mixes combine vibrant colors and innovative textures making every sprinkle batch feel like a work of art. Bring Sprinkle Pop home to your own kitchen and decorate those like a pro! As you get ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving this fall, Sprinkle Pop has the mixes that take your desserts over the top. You might just be tempted to add a splash to that whipped cream on your pumpkin spice latte, too. Starts at $8.00 per bottle.
San Diablo Artisan Churros Take & Bake Churro Kit
San Diablo Artisan Churros specializes in creating artisan-filled churros for special events and celebrations. Its proprietary, award-winning churro dough recipe is made from scratch and fried on-demand. The fried golden brown, hollow-centered churros are filled with “happiness”—gourmet fillings of choice. In a relentless search for churro perfection, its menu has expanded to include seasonal flavors, savory churro offerings, and nationwide at-home delivery. San Diablo members enjoy outstanding quality artisanal food that is undeniably fresh, delicious, and delivered with a unique style of fun. Like their Artisan Churros, San Diablo is filled with social good: supporting local, national, and international non-profit causes.
Its Take & Bake Churro Kit is now available for shipping nationwide. The kit includes one devil’s dozen  pre-made and chilled mini churros ready to reheat — in the oven or air fryer — fill, and devour. The award-winning churro dough is made from scratch, fried to golden-perfection, and coated with sugar and freshly-ground cinnamon. San Diablo’s one-of-a-kind Take & Bake kit gives customers flexibility to fill churros in their home kitchen with filling of their choice, including dulce de leche, nutella, sweet cream, homemade lemon curd, and raspberry. Whether celebrating a special occasion, holiday, or indulging just because, San Diablo’s quick and easy Take & Bake Churro Kit makes for an excellent way to create a lasting memory or sweet escape; it was the highlight of a recent game night I hosted at home.
Ellenos Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
Ellenos is a cult-favorite Greek yogurt brand, as born out of a fresh scooped yogurt bar in Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market. Its traditional Greek yogurt recipe and hand-crafted process has been handed down the Apostolopoulos family for generations. Ellenos is made with fresh milk sourced directly from a single local farmer, and their fruit purees are made in-house from whole food ingredients. Their new Pumpkin Pie LTO features an a swirl of pumpkin puree and a pumpkin crumble on top that throws your traditional pie out the window.
Som Sleep Drink
Per the website of the team behind Som Sleep, they created Som Sleep to solve their own sleep problems, from trouble falling asleep to waking up during the night. They wanted a clean, drug-free solution that was as easy as popping open a can, any time they needed it, so they built it themselves. And in the words of Major League Baseball strength coach Brandon McDaniel: “With Som, [athletes] are getting to the root of their energy deficiencies by charging up the ultimate fueling system, their sleep.” The drink is sold in both 12-pack and 24-pack varieties, both in regular and sugar-free varieties.
Koshihkari Japanese Rice
Like a great Champaign or Bordeaux, sometimes the key lies within the name. Koshihkari rice is cultivated and harvested from the fertile fields of Ibaraki, Japan, resulting in the desired pre-cooked, short-grain, chef-quality profile. Previously difficult for consumers to buy directly, IRIS USA has ventured into the rice production market for the first time with a classic Japanese favorite. Its newly available Koshihkari rice rolls into flawless sushi, cooks into perfect fried dishes and stands alone as an outstanding sticky white rice meal. When you try it for the first time, other white rice options will never taste the same again — and I must say that I am hooked.
Heart Water is one of the naturally purest and most sustainable sources of water on the planet, made with “heart” down to the last drop. Directly from the clouds, its water reportedly never touches the ground. Our unique process utilizes ultraviolet light technology, 7-stage purification and ozone oxidation, ensuring the naturally purest water available. Rainwater is naturally the purest, most sustainable source of water, as it is infinitely renewable. Most bottled water is just filtered tap water, polluted spring water or contaminated sources that are full of chemicals, yet Heart Water’s 2-acre collection facility can bottle 450,000 16oz bottles from just 1 inch of sustained rainfall. In turn, from its ethically-cloud-sourced rain water, to its sustainable aluminum packaging, down to our signature purple, and to its 23 percent giveback model, everything at Heart Water is done with purpose and intention.