New products are the spice of life—especially when you taste food for a living. Seriously, we’ve spent days doing the hard work (okay, not exactly hard work) of tasting a dozen brands of plain yogurt or unflavored oatmeal. That means when something new and exciting hits the market, we are rarin’ to try it. From cereal to candy and cheese to chips, there was no shortage of new products in stores this year (although, there were plenty of shortages of other things—I still can’t find fat-free whipped cream at my grocery store). But this is the best new product we tried in 2022, along with a distinguished runner-up.
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- TRUFF Hidden Valley
If you’re a regular Sporked reader, you’ve probably noticed that staff writer Jordan Myrick loves sauces. Salad dressings, mustards, hot sauces—they don’t discriminate. Welp, two brands we all love here at Sporked—Hidden Valley of ranch dressing fame and TRUFF of truffle hot sauce fame—teamed up to create the sauce to end all sauces: TRUFF x Hidden Valley Ranch, a creamy, herby take on hot sauce. According to Jordan, part of what makes this special is that even though the sauce reads creamy, truffle hot sauce is still the predominant flavor profile. It’s just so unique and delicious. There’s basically no food that can’t be saved by the right sauce. And this is the right sauce for pretty much any food. Sadly, this was a limited edition release and is no longer for sale on TRUFF’s website. Bring it back!
- Kellogg’s Instabowls
No milk? No problem. This year, Kellogg’s released a new innovation in cereal: Kellogg’s Instabowls, little plastic tubs of classic Kellogg’s cereals that contain powdered milk, so all you have to do is add water to enjoy. We tried the Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes varieties and absolutely loved both the flavor and the convenience factor. Take these camping or send your kid to school with one if they miss breakfast (again). The best part is that the powdered milk tastes good and actually seems to absorb the flavor of the cereal even better. If you love Froot Loops milk, you’ll love an Instabowl.