What to buy at Whole Foods in October
If you’re anything like me — which, if you love food, you probably are — you could easily spend hours browsing Whole Foods and thinking about what new items you should try. But also, if you’re like me, you don’t have the time to sit around and read every product description or grocery budget to indulge in every little thing that catches your eye. That’s where Food & Wine comes in. Every month, I try out all the latest Whole Foods products, including their own “365” branded items as well as any other cool releases, to see which items are actually worth your time and your money.
Fall is in full swing at Whole Foods and their latest product rollouts have your PSL ambitions covered. Plus, there are plenty of snacks and dips for all the monster mashes you’re hosting or attending this Halloween season. Read on to find out my picks for your cart this month.
Milk Bar Marshmallow Brownie Bites
I’ve never been one to prefer cookie dough to a cookie, because why eat something half-baked when you can get it with better texture and fresh out of the oven? But despite my usual aversion to unbaked dough, these bites of dough impressed me and my fiancé who keeps traveling to the freezer for more. Due to their very small size, they make an easy and quick snack that’s a cut above a candy or chocolate, but not a full commitment like a baked good. Although they are bite sized, they are full of flavor and taste exactly as advertised, plus because they are frozen and not just a regular room temperature batter. They also have a nice bite to them which makes them much more satisfying. The bites come in Marshmallow Brownie, Gooey Butter Cake, and Pretzel Peanut Butter, but it’s the chocolate brownie version that takes the cake (or cookie) for me.
365 by Whole Foods Market Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Sandwich Creamers
These cookies were so good that I got a box, ate a round in one day, fought with my family members over who got the last precious cookies, and then had to get another box. Right away before they get interrupted ’cause we necessary After. For pumpkin showers like me, don’t worry; these creams lean much more towards cheesecake than orange squash and have just the right amount of spice so they won’t taste to fall down your throat. And if you like things fall flavored, go ahead and grab a box, because this just might be the perfect fall baked good.
CAVA Tout Bagel Labneh
The best part of this labneh isn’t the whole bagel component – although I love a bagel with all the fixings – but rather that plus the poppy and sesame seeds, dried garlic, onion and chives that already add tons of flavor, it’s also loaded with lemon juice for a bright, citrusy kick that really makes this dip stand out. Let’s just say if anyone had it at their Halloween party, I’d be around the whole time. Add it to your cereal bowls, salads, celebrations, etc. but whatever you do, add it to your cart.
Whole Foods Market Organic Apple Pear Ginger Italian Soda
Whole Foods does it again with another delicious Italian soda! Bubbly, spicy and perfect for fall (we all drink ginger – anything to ward off germs these days, right?), this soda is perfect for adding some extra sparkle to your day. Great on its own, it also makes a wonderful mixer to amp up your drinks. I recently had it with some gin at a fancy party and loved the combination.
HIPPEAS Vegetarian Straws
While these yellow pea straws aren’t new, they’re new to me (and now available at Whole Foods), and as an avid consumer of chips, I was both very excited to try them and very glad I did. Unlike other straw-based veggie snacks, these are much firmer, giving a crunch closer to what you’d expect from traditional crisps. It also means they have a bite and don’t feel like mush as soon as you dig in. But what I liked most about them are the flavors that are just punchy enough to make them feel like an indulgent snack without making you smell. like your whole mouth is made of onions when you’re done. I finished my sea salt flavors within an hour of receiving them and hid the post-test sour cream and onions to make sure they had a longer shelf life.
365 by Whole Foods Market Pumpkin Spice Pancake & Waffle Mix
As I think I said very clearly, I don’t like things pumpkin flavored, and I don’t care about pancakes either (I’m a bit of an egg for breakfast), so I don’t Wasn’t particularly thrilled with this pancake mix. But I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. Like any pancake mix, this made assembling breakfast quick and easy (although I think you need to use more than one serving to make multiple normal-sized pancakes). But what made the mix stand out was that, like the sandwich custards, the pumpkin flavor was very light, and rather than dominating the whole meal, it made for perfectly spiced flapjacks that were way more interesting than the average grilled batter flapjacks. If you’re looking for a full pumpkin, this might not be the mix for you, but if you just want to kick up the flavor a little to a batch of pancakes, this is a great option.
Gotham Greens Green Goddess Dip & Green Harissa Dip
Just in time for the holiday season, Gotham Greens has released a handful of dips that should be on your radar, including Green Goddess, Green Harissa, and Spinach Artichoke. All are herbal and filled with plants and feels just as at home on a salad or meat main course as it does in the middle of a party. Of the three, I preferred the Green Green Goddess and the Green Harissa, the former having a really satisfying garlicky pop and the latter a great kick thanks to the jalapeños and serranos.
Mini Belgian Boys Pancakes
These fun mini pancakes are based on Dutch poffertjes which are a staple at festivals and markets in the Netherlands. Quick and easy to cook, they’re a great way to add a bit of flair to your meal. With a slightly thicker texture than a crepe and a bit more bite, they naturally seem like a great way to shake up your breakfast or dessert, but I could see these cakes as a good base for some savory toppings like fish canned or ham and cheese.
Whole Foods Market Bourbon Maple Syrup
Maple bourbon is a winning combination and this syrup is proof of that. Make it at your next brunch or do like my fiancé and use it for your annual Thanksgiving pecan pie to impress your in-laws. Whichever way you choose to enjoy it, it’s sure to add some punch.