All the Best Foods and Drinks We Tried in November 2022
With Thanksgiving behind us, it's safe to say that November was a big month for the foodies.
Sure, we enjoyed the usual turkey, ham, stuffing and cranberry sauce that come along with the holiday, but we were also game to try all kinds of new meals, snacks, drinks and so much more—especially with the holidays right around the corner. If you're curious about the eats we loved most, just keep scrolling to discover our favorites from November.
Maui Nui Venison
If you're looking to enjoy meaty snacks made with sustainability in mind, look no further than Maui Nui Venison's venison sticks and venison bone broth. That may sound counterintuitive at first, but the Axis deer on Maui are non-native and invasive, posing a threat to the habitat, and the brand manages the populations while utilizing them as a wild-harvested food source. Their venison sticks are so delicious, with great meaty flavor enhanced by spices, with nine grams of protein per stick, and their bone broth is rich, hearty and warming—perfect as the temperatures dip and the weather gets wet.
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Cape Cod Select
There's no month we associate with cranberries quite like November, and we were so glad to have some frozen cranberries from Cape Cod Select on hand for the big holiday. Their premium cranberries are tart and frozen fresh from the farm, so they taste amazing in all of your favorite Thanksgiving cranberry sauces and so much more, while being dense in nutrients and high in antioxidants. They also have yummy frozen fruit mixes, including their Power Berry Blend and Tropical Blend, to add to juice, water or milk in the blender to create delicious smoothies in no time flat, all powered by cranberries.
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Thrilling Foods Bakon
Lots of people don't eat pork bacon for lots of different reasons, from health to care for the environment and all kinds of dietary restrictions, but that doesn't mean they can't enjoy the smokey, salty, meaty goodness of the iconic breakfast food. Thrilling Foods recently dropped their own plant-based "Bakon," designed to emulate the real flavor as well as the texture of real bacon, and they have us hooked. Their soy-based bacon is thick-cut, with fatty streaks, as well as meaty layers, to simulate that real bacon experience. We cooked ours up in a pan, like we would classic bacon, and we cannot get enough.
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If you're not already obsessed with Cometeer's groundbreaking flash-frozen coffee, their new Holiday Collection, curated in collaboration with the famous David Chang, is the perfect way to get hooked. Their coffee arrives frozen in little pods, pre-brewed to perfection, so you just need to melt them in water (with milk and sugar, if you so choose) for some of the tastiest coffee you've ever had the pleasure of sipping. From the George Howell Ethiopian light roast to the Go Get Em Tiger Peruvian medium roast and the Counter Culture dark roast from Central and South America, each coffee is above and beyond the average fare. The limited-edition collection also comes with a striking East Fork glazed mug that'll quickly become a favorite in your collection.
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Jade Leaf Matcha
Chances are that you've encountered yummy matcha powders, and seen firsthand how easy they make it to craft your own incredible lattes at home. But are you familiar with hojicha? It's a Japanese roasted green tea, imparting a sweet and slightly smokey taste to the earthiness of the tea for a one-of-a-kind experience. Jade Leaf Matcha makes some of the best tea powders around, both in terms of matcha and hojicha, and if you haven't yet tried the latter, the brand will make you a new fan. Just a bit of powder and cold water creates a powerful shot that becomes the base for all kinds of fantastic drinks.
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Getting your daily recommended fruits and veggies can be a chore, but it gets a whole lot easier when you drink them in the form of a nutritious and delicious smoothie from kencko. Just pour the powder into the included shaker with 10 to 12 oz. of cold water (or milk, for the chocolatey variety) and give it a good shake for an effortless, blender-less smoothie that's good for you and tastes incredible.
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Seabear is a unique brand from the Pacific Northwest that's all about offering unforgettable seafood meals, and their Smoked Salmon Chowder is something pretty special. The pack adds perfectly seasoned salmon along with cooked potatoes, corn and other ingredients, so all you need to do is add milk or cream and heat to make a warm and satisfying chowder. As temperatures dip, it's just the cozy thing to heat you up.
Thanksgiving may be behind us, but there are always the end-of-year holiday meals that are basically Thanksgiving part two, and we'll definitely be preparing all of the Krusteaz options we loved in November again in December. Their Honey Cornbread has just the right amount of sweetness and texture to make it a seasonal staple, while their Chocolate Pie Bar Mix is so rich and decadent that it's guaranteed to indulge any chocolate lovers around during your next get-together.
Columbus Craft Meats
There's no time to enjoy yummy charcuterie boards quite like the holidays, and no meaty spread is complete with Columbus and their delicious Italian meats—salami in particular. In addition to pre-made tasting boards and snack trays, Columbus's deli meats, Italian specialty meats and salamis are famously delicious, and with 13 salami varieties to choose from, you're bound to find a favorite. Whether you munch on the salami on its own or with cheese and crackers, it's a flavorful, satisfying snack for fancy occasions and casual hangs alike.
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Speaking of charcuterie, not just any old crackers will do when it comes to impressing your friends and family, and 34 Degrees has that category covered. Their iconic Crisps, available in Chili Flake & Olive Oil, Toasted Onion, Rosemary flavors and more make an unbeatable pairing with meats, while their thin Snaps are super snackable on their own or with toppings. They also have Sweet Crisps, with a wafer-like crunch and Lemon, Vanilla and Chocolate flavors that are hard to put down when it's time to indulge your sweet tooth.
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Whether you don't eat animal products, avoid dairy or are simply looking for a healthier alternative to yummy parmesan cheese, we have to recommend Parma! and their vegan take on the cheesy classic. The innovative brand takes a blend of sunflower seeds and walnuts and adds ingredients such as nutritional yeast and all kinds of flavorful herbs and spices to get that salty, cheesy parmesan kick you're looking for in a plant-based package. Flavors include Chipotle Cayenne, Better than Than Bacon, Original, Garlicky Green, Garlic Basil and Jalapeño Bacon, and they even have nut-free varieties for anyone with allergies.
After trying Lattini, we're convinced sunflower milk is about to become the next big thing, with a rich creaminess that rivals our other favorite non-milk "milk," oat milk. The brand offers sunflower seed milk in Original, Unsweetened and Chocolate varieties, all of which are delicious and packed with nutrients while also being even better for the earth than most plant-based milks. It's a great alternative to nut milks for anyone with nut allergies, and while the unsweetened flavor does have a slightly earthy, nutty taste that not everyone will love, we're hooked.
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Happy Day Brands
Sick of gluten-free pastas with a weirdly bitter taste and dense texture? Happy Day Brand's gluten-free, organic pastas are here to save the day. Available in both rotini and penne shapes, they utilize a unique blend of rice, quinoa and amaranth to create both the bite and flavor you're looking for. They cook in about the same time as traditional pasta and taste great with all of your favorite sauces, and if you're looking for slightly more filling, protein-packed options, they've got those, too!
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After trying Transcendence Coffee's delectable syrups, we're fully convinced there's no better way to sweeten coffee. The Algerian Baklava Syrup has hints of orange blossom, cinnamon and honey, making for a delicately floral and lightly spiced addition to your morning cup, while the Gulab Jamun Syrup—inspired by the iconic Indian dessert of the same name, is essenced with cardamom, saffron and rose for a brightness that's unlike anything else. We've also tried it in black tea to chai it up, and we never plan on going back to plain sugar.
(via Transcendence Coffee)
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee is known around the world for its high-quality offerings, cutting out the middlemen to sell the freshest coffee possible, with single-origin beans, in order to ensure they only sell the best of the best. Now, after three years of tinkering and perfectionism, they've finally launched a Craft Instant Espresso, formulated for rich, cafe-quality taste, without the effort, and they've absolutely nailed it. All it takes is a little hot water and a spoon to get a hot espresso shot in an instant, making it easier than ever to whip up lattes, hot or iced. Even better, there's none of that icky, burnt taste you get with most instant coffees. It's ridiculously smooth and will change the way you sip coffee forever.
(via Blue Bottle Coffee)
Serendipity Ice Cream
Serendipity Ice Cream is co-owned by Selena Gomez, so you know it's good. Their delicious pints are inspired by the famous over-the-top sundaes from Serendipity3 restaurant in New York City, and each one is packed to the brim with flavors you simply can't get from other brands. Selena herself helped to develop Cookies & Cream Remix, blending rich, pink vanilla ice cream with fudge swirls and huge hunks of creamy sandwich cookies for the best take on the flavor you've tried, but you truly can't go wrong with any of their varieties.
(via Serendipity Ice Cream)
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Zest Tea is a brand best known for their highly caffeinated teas, but they've just added new functional hydration Powder Packets to the lineup. Each of their three varieties allows for a hefty electrolyte boost without a lot of sugar thanks to a combination of sodium, chloride, glucose and potassium, and each one has its own benefits. Lemon Lime is focused on hydration, while their energy-centric Blackberry Lemonade adds L-Theanine and 250mg of caffeine for peak performance, and the Pineapple Blueberry has an emphasis on focus, including 100mg of caffeine, as well as L-theanine and Alpha-GPC. Just add the powder to water for a boldly flavored and delicious way to hydrate, with a little something extra.
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Stuffed Puffs aren't any ordinary marshmallows, and they've truly outdone themselves with the latest addition to the lineup—Cinnamon Toast Crunch-filled Big Bites marshmallows. In addition to being coated in cinnamon-sugary cereal bits, they also have a cinnamon-flavored creme filling with crumbles, making them an irresistible and decadent snack that reminds us of our favorite breakfast cereal of all time.
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If you've never had the pleasure of enjoying a bone broth, it might sound a little strange, but these yummy broths are one of our favorite quick and easy meals, especially for when it's chilly out. For the really good stuff, we recommend trying out Azuluna Foods' bone broth, made with their own farm's pasture-raised chicken bones. It's a bit like a more wholesome version of your favorite chicken soup, flavored with veggies and herbs, including turmeric, sage and bay leaf, and without any unnecessary junk. Each warming serving includes 14 grams of protein and eight grams of collagen, making for a light yet satisfying sip that refuels the body while tasting great.
With their deliciously bubbly, low-calorie and zero-sugar drinks, Sparkling Ice makes for a great beverage option all year round, but their seasonal Cranberry Frost flavor is especially tasty and perfect for the holidays. It's got the ideal balance of sweet and tart flavor, making it festive as well as supremely sippable while also being a great addition to all kinds of end-of-year mocktails.
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