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1. A boxed mac 'n' cheese so delicious you won't even realize it's both vegan AND gluten-free. The most perfect food ever somehow just got even more perfect.
"I am a huge fan of all of Modern Table's pastas! The texture is really spot on — really springy and chewy like perfectly cooked al dente pasta. Because it's made with rice, lentils, and peas, it doesn't have the weird flavor that most chickpea pastas have. And of course, the cheese flavor is delightful and satisfyingly cheesy. There are three flavors in the variety pack: classic cheddar, white cheddar, and spicy Southwest." —Bek O'Connell
Get six boxes from Amazon for $21.56
2. A jar of chili crisp great for adding some heat and crunch to dumplings, noodles, meat, veggies, you name it. Heck, the product listing even features a photo demonstrating it being used as an ice cream topping. We love a versatile condiment.
Fly By Jing is an Asian woman-owned small business that sells sauces, oils, and dumplings!
"I got this sauce as a gift, and I have been obsessed ever since I tried it. It combines the most prized Sichuan peppercorns with fragrant dried chilies, fermented black beans, garlic, shallots and more for a numbing, umami-rich flavor that has enhanced truly everything I've tried it on — without overpowering the other flavors. I've been struggling to find the right sauce to take my home-cooked dishes to the next level, and let me tell you, this is it! Plus, the packaging is super cute and thoughtful, and mine even came with a beautiful little zine that includes a breakdown of the ingredients, some amazing recipe ideas, and more!" —Jonathan Mazzei
Get it from Fly By Jing for $15.
3. A lactose-free berry compote ice cream made with a coconut cream base and bursting with flavor from dragonfruit, strawberry, raspberry, and vanilla bean.
"Apparently, drinking a dragonfruit Vitamin Water in middle school was a pivotal moment for me because I haven't stopped thinking about the allusive spiny fruit since. While purchasing a whole fresh dragonfruit in the states continues to be an activity exclusively for the mega-rich (up there with big boats and horse sports), us commoners can settle for things simply made with it. A pint of Daily Harvest's dairy-free berry ice cream comes with organic dragonfruit, coconut, strawberry, and raspberry, and costs $8.99 — roughly the same cost as a plain ole' dragonfruit. (PS. if you're getting into Daily Harvest's ice cream, check out the Midnight Fudge flavor too, because it's unreasonably good.)" —Bek O'Connell
4. Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning that, I for one, could sprinkle on just about anything, including but not limited to avocado toast, eggs, homemade or store-bought bagels, regular toast, pasta — the possibilities are endless with this stuff.
I'm a Trader Joe's super fan — my Saturday trips to TJ's are typically the highlight of my weekend. I love trying out new products and seasonal items, but I have my favorites that I'm loyal to and this seasoning has been and always will be one of them. I'm not a big fan of actual everything bagels, because of how messy they are, but I LOVE everything flavor. This seasoning makes it possible to take that great everything bagel taste and apply it to other foods. (Plus, it's less messy than an actual everything bagel.) It's AMAZING. My favorite way to use it is on avocado toast with some crushed red pepper — seriously, I eat this for breakfast almost every single day, but it's also great with eggs, bagels, chicken, pasta, and more. I love this stuff so much, I wrote about it. So if you're interested in learning more, check it out here.
Get it from Amazon for $7.78.
5. Hazelnut-stuffed Bureks — pastries with a lovely flaky outside and a gooey, chocolatey inside for making your tastebuds very, very happy.
These are truly a party in your mouth. I got to sample these a little while back and really enjoyed them. You keep them stored frozen in the freezer and when you're ready to make them, you simply heat them in the oven at 400 degrees for about a half hour. The end result is a wonderful breakfast, dessert, or snack. Pair with a cup of coffee or tea and your favorite book and you've got a perfect winter day treat.
Get a pack of four from Balkan Bites for $18.99.
6. A bag of cookie dough drops that are perfectly safe to eat raw (AKA the best way to eat it), but can also be baked into cookies if you'd prefer!
Doughp is woman-owned and was featured on Shark Tank a few years ago!
Calling everyone who knows cookie dough is far superior to actual cookies! The increase of safe-to-eat cookie dough options over the years is my favorite trend and I hope it never stops. I tried Doughp cookie dough a few months ago and absolutely loved it, so when they surprise sent me these new cookie dough drops a few weeks ago, I was very excited. They're super yummy and the perfect little pick-me-up treat — if you don't end up eating the entire bag in one sitting which is very, very easy to do.
7. A Porter Road best of assortment you can basically think of as a carnivore's dream in a box. From steak, to bacon, to sausage, and more, this meaty goodness is bound to bring breakfast, lunch, and dinner to a whole new level of mouthwatering.
This box contains two dry aged steaks, two pork chops, two pounds of dry aged ground beef, one pound of bacon, one pound of country sausage, and one pound of chorizo sausage.
"I've tried this box and I will TRY IT AGAIN! Every single piece of meat was delicious and gave me something to look forward to at dinner. I've cooked steaks over a campfire, made a blessed batch of bacon Brussels sprouts, seared up some drool-worthy garlic pork chops, threw together some bulgogi-inspired ground beef, and I enthusiastically ate the chorizo soup and mini sliders my husband made. The sausage we saved for last — we used it in our favorite roasted pepper chickpea soup. It's time to order another box!" —Mallory Mower
Get it from Porter Road for $125.
8. A variety pack of Truffle-infused hot sauces for heating up your meals with some spicy, truffle-y goodness. Basically, this is gonna be the best hot sauce you've ever tried and you're gonna wonder how you made it this far without it being a staple in your pantry.
"This stuff is excellent and really grows on you! The first time I tried it, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt, but by the end of the first week, I found myself reaching for it with almost every meal. While all three options have a lot of similarities, they each have their own distinct personality. At first, they were all a little creamier and almost...tomato-y (?) tasting than I expected. Then, I realized there was NO dairy or tomato present at all, but a thickness and slight sweetness almost reminiscent of red bell peppers. The truffle flavor is present but subtle, and the sauce has a solid kick without being overwhelmingly hot. As far as the differences between the three, the White Truff sauce is a hint sweeter than the other two, the Original has a slightly earthier flavor than the others, and the extra spiciness of the Hotter Truff sauce spreads through the mouth quicker and is definitely hotter than the rest. Verdict: They're all really good! So far, these sauces have shined brightest when added to a nice tomato sauce, drizzled over a slice of pizza, scooped up by crispy french fries, and, believe it or not, even added to a salad dressing, but that's still barely scratching the surface! Plus it comes in a very classy looking box that's great for gifts." —Jonathan Mazzei
9. And while we're on the subject, Truff also happens to make a delectable spicy mayo. I don't think words can even do this stuff justice, it's simply one of the best things I've ever tasted.
Spicy mayo is my all-time favorite condiment and I can pretty much eat it with anything — veggies, meat, rice, potatoes — you name it, I will pair spicy mayo with it. I also LOVE truffle everything — truffle oil, truffle fries, truffle mac — the list goes on and on. So when I got the chance to sample the spicy mayo from Truff last year, I was very excited. You guys... This stuff is incredible. Even my parents who don't tolerate spicy food very well loved this stuff, so I was reluctant, but kind enough to share it with them. If you're looking for a splurge-worthy condiment option, do yourself a favor and get this. You won't regret it, I promise.
10. Corn dipper chips ready to scoop up the perfect amount of salsa, guacamole, buffalo chicken dip, or any other delicious dip or spread you love.
Pipcorn is a Black family-owned small business that sells heirloom snacks like popcorn, cheese balls, crackers, and more. You may recognize this brand from Shark Tank — they made a deal with Barbara back in 2014!
A little while back, Pipcorn was kind enough to send me some of their delicious snacks and as a tortilla chip fan, I instantly loved these sea salt corn dippers. Not only did they pair perfectly with peach salsa (the best kind, argue with the wall), but they were also just as good on their own. The second I finished the bag, I wished I could plant a corn dipper tree in my kitchen and grow more of these, but unfortunately, I can't, so until I can, I will gladly buy them from Amazon.
Get a pack of three from Amazon for $22.90.
11. Vegan tahini and olive oil dark chocolate chip cookies perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. Not to be dramatic, but these cookies are so good I dream about them at night.
Seven Grams Caffé is a small business and independent coffee roaster/bakery based in NYC that boasts delicious cookies, coffee, and baked goods available for purchase online, or of course in-store if you happen to be in Manhattan!
I was lucky enough to receive a sample of these delicious cookies and was blown away from the first bite. The cookies are HUGE, perfectly chewy with just enough crispiness around the edges, bursting with chocolatey goodness, and I honestly couldn't even tell they were vegan. No joke, these are some of the best chocolate chip cookies I've ever had. I can't recommend these enough as a gift to loved ones, but also to yourself.
Get a pack of six from Seven Grams Caffé for $41.
12. Organic pizza bites that are grain-free and made with organic veggies, grass-fed mozzarella, and olive oil for a fun and delicious savory snack option.
"First of all, let me start by saying my pizza standards are HIGH from growing up in an Italian family who is serious about their ‘za, and right off the bat, these tasted more like the kind of pizza I love than any other pizza pockets I’ve ever had. They’re made with 100% organic ingredients, and you won’t find any scary, hard-to-pronounce chemicals here. But that doesn’t make them taste any less indulgent! The grain-free dough is super flavorful, and gets perfectly crispy on the outside while remaining nice and soft on the inside. And the inside?? It’s truly delicious! The tomato sauce is seasoned perfectly and packs a really nice tangy and garlicky oregano punch without being overly salty like some other frozen foods tend to be. And the CHEESE. Grass-fed mozzarella? Yes plz! The list of ingredients is packed with nutritious veggies, but don’t tell your kids that, and they’ll never know! These pizza pockets are bursting with flavor and will def be my go-to from now on when I’m looking for an easy, tasty snack. Making them couldn’t have been simpler, and putting these in the oven for about eight to nine minutes worked out perfectly for me. I’m definitely guilty of sometimes relying on frozen food more often than I should, but eating these makes me feel way less bad about that habit than other overly-processed options, and I look forward to seeing (and devouring) whichever frozen food Snow Days decides to tackle next!" —Jonathan Mazzei
Here to echo my colleague's sentiment's above and say these pizza bites are SO DELISH! They're the perfect snack when you're craving something quick and savory. I've never been a huge fan of pizza bites from other brand's but you can tell these are made with fresh ingredients and they're truly in a league of their own. I've had both the cheese and sausage varieties and loved them both — Snow Days recently released a buffalo chicken version, which I need ASAP.
Get a pack of two from Snow Days for $34.99.
13. A set of delicious olive oils perfect for cooking, baking, dipping, and as a topping on things like hummus and ice cream. The possibilities are endless...and scrumptious.
Oleamea is a Turkish woman-owned small business that sells yummy olive oils.
"I recently tried this olive oil duo from Oleamea and it is MIGHTY delicious. Without doing a Williams Sonoma oil oil sample taste test, it can be hard to find a super flavorful olive oil when you're just at the grocery store, and when it comes to drizzling and dipping, flavor matters. The everyday oil is very delicious (certainly way better than the usual stuff I have around the house) and would be great for dipping and serving on its own, but the select is the star of the show, very rich and flavorful without being super pungent or peppery. Oleamea says it has 'aromatic notes of fresh cut grass and hints of green banana to perfectly balance the distinct peppery bitterness' — tbh I can't identify any of that but all I know is it is FANCY and TASTY and 10/10 will continue to drizzle.
My go-to afternoon snack of grocery store hummus, toasted pita, and veggies is now majorly upgraded with a sprinkle of za'atar seasoning mix and a hefty drizzle of the select oil. Am I enjoying a mezze plate at a restaurant happy hour or eating while hovering over my laptop? Guess we'll never know. I can't *wait* for the summer weather to stock up on some farmer's market tomatoes for an at-home caprese salad drizzled with this. And next time I pick up a pint of Good vanilla ice cream, I'm going to get real fancy and pour a bit of the select oil on top, plus a little Maldon flaky salt." —Maitland Quitmeyer
14. A bean variety pack — all you have to do is pop the pouch into the microwave for a minute and you have a bag of ready-to-eat goodness.
A Dozen Cousins is a Black-owned small business based in San Francisco that sells an array of rice and bean pouches.
I recently sampled a yummy assortment of rice and beans from this wonderful brand and thoroughly enjoyed all of it! I always find myself pressed for time during the work day — with WFH, I do my best to carve out time to actually take a lunch break, but I don't want to spend said lunch break cooking and after a while, sandwiches and salads are BORING! These pouches only require a minute of microwave cook time and taste so good. My fav combo is rice and black beans which I then zhuzh up with lettuce, salsa, and a little shredded cheese. No more sad WFH lunches for me!
Get a bean variety pack (includes one bag each of Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Beans, Trini Chickpea Curry, Refried Beans, Refried Black Beans, and Creole Red Beans) from Amazon for $24.99.
15. A Japanese barbecue sauce you'll want to use on just about everything you eat. This wonderful sauce makes a great addition to tacos, stir fry, meatballs, and so.much.more.
Bachan's is an Asian-owned small business that sells mouthwatering Japanese barbecue sauces.
I tried this a few weeks ago while I was home for the holidays. My mom saw it in Costco and decided to make it with chicken and rice — it was SO.GOOD. It's super flavorful — kinda like a sweet soy sauce. It paired perfectly with chicken and rice, but I honestly think the possibilities for this sauce are endless. Go try it! You won't be disappointed!
Get it from Amazon for $13.96.
16. An Everything but the Elote seasoning blend you're going to want to put on everything as soon as you try it — we're talking buttered corn (even canned corn!), popcorn, veggies, meat, seafood, and more.
This is another favorite of mine from Trader Joe's! Although I don't use this one nearly as much as I use the everything bagel seasoning, I will say that I always put this on corn on the cob. This is also really delicious mixed in with some rice, on popcorn, poultry, and veggies. It adds a smoky, cheesy kick to your food, and IMO, anything that involves cheese flavor makes food taste better.
Get it from Amazon for $6.86.
17. A truffle bar that combines the flavors of creamy milk chocolate and sweet honey nut cereal into a treat that'll leave you looking like this emoji: 🤤.
I was super intrigued when I first heard of this chocolate bar flavor. I mean, Honey Nut Cheerios is one of my favorite cereals and I love milk chocolate, but I never pictured them working together? Somehow this combo makes for a beautiful marriage of flavors. The honey nut cereal flavor is there, but subtle enough that it in no way overpowers the high-quality taste of the milk chocolate. This bar left me wishing I had a million more! And to sweeten things even more, 10% of the profits from this bar go to Girls Inc. — a nonprofit org that encourages girls to be strong, smart, and bold!
Get it from Seattle Chocolate for $4.75.
18. Sir Kensington's chipotle mayo, a delightful condiment that pairs perfectly with veggies, meat, sandwiches, potatoes, fish, and like...pretty much every other food in the world.
This is one of my favorite condiments/foods/things ever. There is never a moment where I don't keep a bottle of this on-hand in my fridge. You know when people ask what three things you'd bring with you on a deserted island? My answer would absolutely include a bottle of this chipotle mayo. This stuff is so good and I probably eat an absurd amount of it, but it makes me happy, damnit! This just ~works~ so well with so many different foods — it's creamy, it's spicy, it's pure perfection. I've tried making my own variations of spicy mayo and I've tried several brands, and this one wins over and over.
Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.96.
20. A Poppy x Spicewalla bundle featuring four wonderfully seasoned popcorn flavors filled with a great mix of cheesy, spicy, garlicky, and sweet flavors.
I got to sample this set of popcorn flavors recently and all of them are super yummy. My favorite is the mustard & tarragon white cheddar, but they're seriously all so good. I love popcorn and usually either make it myself at home or buy a bag of SkinnyPop, so these seasoned flavors were such a nice change of pace. You can buy any of these flavors in single bags (vs. the entire set) for $6.50, and if none of these flavors are doing it for you, Poppy has so many more to choose from!
Get the set of four bags from Poppy for $32.
21. A chocolate covered strawberry flavor ice cream because the only thing better than savoring the perfect combo that is chocolate and strawberry is adding ice cream into the mix.
If chocolate-covered strawberries aren't your thing, some other flavors that may strike your interest are sprinkle cake, mocha fudge & smoked almonds, and dairy-free peanut butter chocolate crunch — just to name a few! McConnell's Fine Ice Creams is a family-owned ice cream shop in Santa Barbara, California that offers a heavenly selection of ice cream flavors all made from scratch (mix-ins included) and milk from local, grass-fed cows.
"Attention ice cream manufacturers!! Make strawberry chocolate chip ice cream!! I tried this ice cream recently (all the flavors were excellent) but the chocolate covered strawberry, aka sweet cream and strawberry preserve ice cream with flecks of chocolate, was next level. It basically tastes exactly like a choc-cov strawb, but in frozen, creamy form." —Maitland Quitmeyer
Get it from McConnell's Fine Ice Cream for $12.
22. An assortment of vegan cookies that'll take your tastebuds on an exciting trip to Deliciousville. Population: every cookie Maya's Cookies has to offer.
Maya's Cookies is a Black woman-owned business that sells scrumptious soft-baked vegan cookies. This classic collection box comes with one of each of the following flavors: Birthday Cake, Snickerdoodle, Marble Fudge, Classic Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip S'mores, and Double Chocolate Chunk.
"I won't hold out on you, friends. I tried nearly every flavor. Two boxes' worth. They weren't just tasty to me; they were tasty to all six people in the house, with only one of us being an actual vegan." —Marquaysa Battle
Get a classic collection box from Maya's Cookies for $28.