October 19th, 2023:

This week in tabs: Here's what's new in commerce and culture

Stouffer...yeah...the frozen food company...just dropped its first-ever advent calendar. To give you an idea of what's included: Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Bake, and Mashed Potatoes, to name a few. I have a lot of questions about this advent calendar, but my biggest worry is how anyone has enough freezer space to store this.

If you're like me, you love a sweet treat to eat with your coffee. Deux and Chamberlain Coffee have partnered up to create Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, and I will absolutely be purchasing these to snack on with my cold brew. Plus, they're made with cleaner ingredients so I can feel superior to other donut hole aficionados.

Lululemon is entering the bodywear market with the addition of bralettes and bodysuits to its roster. Personally, I'm very excited to see how their bodywear will compare to Skims' famed bodysuit. For anyone in NYC, Lululemon is hosting a pop-up at 401 West Broadway to preview the collection. Someone needs to attend and report back.

Djerf Avenue is slowly killing its public support and popularity, one trademark warning at a time. This week, Matilda Djerf and her team began copyright-striking small creators’ accounts to have Djerf Avenue "dupe" videos taken down. Fans are angry because Matilda Djerf acts as though she created the "clean-girl Scandinavian style," and punishes small creators because of it. I'm interested to see if there's even a possibility to get back into the good graces of the public.

Not only does Ruby make sparkling hibiscus juices, they also make hibiscus popcorn. I'm not exactly sure how those two food products are related to each other, but that didn't stop Ruby and Bjorn Corn from releasing the Tangy Hibiscus Popcorn. Flavor profiles include the tangy tartness of hibiscus and the cheesy saltiness of nutritional yeast. Am I interested? Yes. A little terrified of the taste? Also yes.

A collab I was NOT expecting: Truff and Popeyes. The new Spicy Truff Chicken Sandwich features Truff's spicy mayo at Popeyes locations nationwide. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can add the spicy mayo to any menu item.

See you next week thingtesters!