TJ’s Buffalo Dip, New Dairy-Free Nutella, and Other Vegan Eating News of the Week

It seems like every week in the world of vegan food news is more exciting than the last and this week is no exception. Trader Joe’s continues to impress with its selection of vegan dips and this week’s addition of dairy-free Buffalo dip does not disappoint. A new spring menu of gourmet vegan cinnamon rolls has emerged at North American chain Cinnaholic. And Gooey Snacks is bringing its chocolate hazelnut spread (read: vegan nutella) to 2,000 Kroger-owned stores. Read on to find out more.

Trader Joe’s New Vegan Buffalo Dip

Trader Joe’s has always been a favorite for vegan products, but in recent years the grocery chain has really stepped up its plant-based game with rapid launches of everything from meatless burgers to dairy-free cheeses to tiny portable vegans. ice cream cones. And when it comes to dips, TJs keeps the good snack times going with the recent launch of a Vegan Buffalo Dip that’s creamy, spicy, and perfect for a party platter.

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“With a veggie-laden ingredient list, like cauliflower, red peppers and carrots, it creates a wonderful canvas for that famous kick Buffalo, slow-building cayenne that everyone, not just eaters of meat, can enjoy,” Trader Joe’s describes his new dip. “Tempered with lime juice – not a drop of dairy in sight – to gently refresh your taste buds, each bite is a thrilling roller coaster of spice, followed by a smooth, vegan cooling sensation that inevitably beckons you. to ask for more.”

We don’t know what a “vegan-friendly chilling sensation” is, but the new Buffalo dip has been in good company in TJ’s chilled aisle where vegan tzatziki and caramelized onion dips have been hanging out since their launch last week. last year.

Outstanding Vegan Cheese Balls

The cheeseball is an iconic snack that just got a dairy-free makeover thanks to Outstanding Foods. The vegan snack brand — which was conceived by Dave Anderson, the executive chef behind the Beyond Burger — is launching three flavors of vegan cheeseballs: Chedda, Jalapeño Chedda and Garlic Parmesan.

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In addition to being vegan, these cheese balls are different from their dairy predecessors because they are not devoid of nutrition and contain 20 vitamins and minerals, including zinc, B12, D, E, B6 and A, as well as four grams of protein per serving. . The new cheeseballs are expected to hit stores in April.

Outstanding Foods is backed by celebrity investors such as Snoop Dogg and Daniella Monet, and also offers plant-based pork rinds, bacon flavored puffs and seasonings, all made with the mission of reinventing the snack industry for better serve people, animals and the planet.

Cinnaholic’s vegan cinnamon rolls are ready for spring

Want to celebrate the beginning of spring with sweet vegan cinnamon buns? You’re in luck because Cinnaholic, a North American franchise specializing in fully customizable vegan cinnamon rolls, launched its spring menu this week.

Two new ready-to-eat cinnamon rolls are offered: Blueberry Blitz Roll (which is topped with lemon cream frosting, blueberry jams and vegan marshmallows) and the Razzle Dazzle Roll (which includes chocolate frosting and raspberry topped with homemade brownie bites, chocolate chips and raspberry jam).


Cinnaholic’s spring menu also includes a limited-time Magic Cookie Bar that features a graham cracker crust, dairy-free sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, nuts and toasted coconut. The bakery chain is also updating its party platter options with banana bread bites for spring.

“At Cinnaholic, we always change with the seasons, so this spring we’re excited to bring new flavors and treats to our customers,” said Leanne Cavallaro, vice president of operations at Cinnaholic, in a statement. “Not only are we excited to launch our spring rolls, but we can’t wait for customers to try our seasonal dessert option, the Magic Cookie Bar. Our limited-time menu items are always popular with our fans, so be sure to take advantage of the treats while they’re available.

All items on Cinnaholic’s spring menu are available in-store, online, and through third-party delivery platforms.

Van Leeuwen’s dairy-free favorite is back

Van Leeuwen also celebrates spring with dairy-free products. The ice cream brand is bringing back a fan favorite in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and it’s available at its scoop stores from now until June 2 or while supplies last. The Planet Earth flavor gets its aquamarine hue from blue spirulina which is mixed with almond ice cream and sprinkled with pieces of matcha green tea cake. The flavor is also rolling out to Walmart stores in pint form and is expected to reach 3,500 locations by April 5 for a 10-week rotation.


Celebrating the Earth with greener ice cream is a great way to roll and Van Leeuwen’s dairy-free regular range also includes pints in over a dozen flavors such as Salted Caramel, Sicilian Pistachio and Fudge Brownie chocolate. Last year, the brand also launched vegan oat milk ice cream bars in Vanilla Wildberry Swirl, Brown Sugar Honeycomb and Triple Chocolate Swirl flavors.

The new vegan nutella arrives at Kroger

For sweeter news, a new nutella-like vegan spread is coming to 2,000 Kroger locations. The palm oil free spread is a carefully crafted blend of chocolate and hazelnuts made by Gooey Snacks, a brand spun off from modern food company Starday. Launched in 2021, the company analyzes thousands of food industry data points to determine unmet needs and, as it turns out, Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Spread was one of them (we agree !).


“Our large-scale partnership with Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, marks an important milestone for Starday. This rollout comes approximately six months after our direct-to-consumer launch, making Gooey one of the fastest first digital brands to hit national retailer shelves. We are thrilled to partner with Kroger and honored by their validation of our data-driven approach to creating and evolving food brands,” said Caroline McCarthy, co-founder and vice president of growth at Starday, in a statement. “But more importantly, this partnership means Gooey is more accessible to more people. The key for us is to meet people where they are – and for a lot of people, that’s in a grocery store.

Give us a minute to grab a spoon and we’ll see you at the grocery store, Gooey.

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