Melanie Zanoza Bartelme

Back to Betty’s roots
General Mills
released its Betty’s Original Recipe Scratch Cake Mix, a line of cake mixes that call back to recipes found in the original Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.

“Betty went back to the basics for this recipe,” says Kris Patton, brand PR manager for General Mills. The formulations include ingredients found in consumers’ pantries, like sugar, flour, and cocoa, and eschew artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.

The mixes are currently available in Golden Yellow, Chocolate Joy, and German Chocolate Delight for a suggested retail price of $2.79.

Better-for-you taco shells
B&G Foods
Ortega brand introduced its Good Grains Taco Shells, hard shells that contain whole kernel corn and ancient grains.

“The introduction of Ortega Good Grains Taco Shells satisfies the growing interest in high-quality meal solutions that are affordable and accessible,” says Haven Cockerham, vice-president and general manager at B&G Foods.

The shells are available in four varieties—Blue Corn, White Corn With Chia Seeds, Yellow Corn & Ancient Grains, and Whole Grain & Lentil—for a suggested retail price of $1.99 for a pack of 10. The company also released a line of Crispy Taco Toppers in jalapeño and onion varieties to add a bold crunch to tacos, burgers, salads, and more. They retail for $2.79 for a 3.5-ounce resealable pouch.

Paleo-inspired baby food
Frustrated by what they saw as a lack of commercially available baby food options that were low in sugar and high in healthy fat, Serenity Kids cofounders Serenity Heegel and Joe Carr created their own. The brand’s Paleo-compliant offerings combine humanely raised meats and organic vegetables in squeezable pouches.

The duo worked with a nutritionist and based their formulation on the macronutrients of breastmilk, which is roughly half fat, half carbs, and some protein, they say.

“Breast milk is nature’s perfect baby food, so the alignment seemed really natural,” Heegel explains. “We wanted to keep the macronutrients constant in order to help ease a baby’s transition to solid foods. Since every bite counts at that difficult feeding stage, we wanted our baby food to be packed with the maximum nutrients.”

Multipacks of six 4-ounce pouches are available on Amazon for $26.95.

Betty’s Original Recipe Scratch Cake Mix

General Mills’ new Betty’s Original Recipe Scratch Cake Mixes call back to recipes found in the original cookbook.

Good Grains Taco Shells

B&G Foods’ Ortega brand is elevating Taco Tuesday with ancient grain taco shells and crunchy taco toppers.

Serenity Kids

A line of Paleo-inspired baby foods based on the macronutrients of breast milk combines humanely raised meats and organic veggies.