With Christmas quickly approaching, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at some of my favorite holiday treats that are currently available in stores. So what say we take a look and see what Santa Claus has left under the tree to fatten us up with this year, shall we?
Pepperidge Farm Ginger Man Cookies: Granted, these are around all year long, but when you add snowflakes to the package design along with some red holiday sugar crystals to the cookies, they are immediately classified as Christmas treats. I've been eating these thing for as long as I can recall and my only complaint about them is there are never enough cookies in the bag. Seriously... for the price of a single bag of these that will last 2-3 days at best, you can get a full package of Vienna Fingers that will easily last a week or longer.
And yet here I am once again, buying these damned Ginger Man cookies and loving every single bite. The cookies are pretty much perfect as far as gingerbread goes; the ginger isn't too overpowering and the sugar crystal coating adds just the right amount of sweetness to 'em. Of course, there's no denying that we've all enjoyed eating gingerbread man cookies in the most torturous ways our minds could invent - starting with the legs, then the arms, then the body and finally devouring the head to put the ginger man out of his misery. Ah... the little pleasures the holiday season brings us.
Little Debbie Christmas Marshmallow Treats: I had seen these on the Little Debbie web site in the past, but this is the first time I've had a chance to try them. Let me first say that I'm a huge fan of Rice Krispies Treats... whether they're homemade or the store-bought Kellogg's variety, it's really hard to go wrong with these things. But what about Little Debbie's marshmallow treats? How do they stack up?
At first glance, these things look glorious, what with the Rice Krispies dyed red and green... you'd be hard-pressed to find a more festive mass-marketed holiday treat in any grocery store snack isle. Plus, these are probably the only Christmas snacks which depict Santa Claus sewing a teddy bear on the box. I'm guessing he had to lay off some of his elf workers due to the poor economy, so now old St. Nick is pitching in and helping make some of the toys this year.
The marshmallow treats themselves are as fresh and gooey as you could possibly hope for and they taste pretty good too. I wouldn't go so far as to say they're as good as the Kellogg's brand, but still better than average. And really, how often do you get to eat red and green Christmas themed ones? It's worth sacrificing a little flavor for that alone.
Little Debbie Holiday Snack Cakes: I'm not sure why these ones don't qualify as "Christmas" cakes like the aforementioned marshmallow treats do, but this is the name that Little Debbie has decided to give them, and we cannot argue with her. Oh sure, she looks happy and innocent in that profile photo on the boxes, but there's a darkness behind those eyes like none of us have ever encountered... and god help us all should Little Debbie ever decide to unleash her bottled fury upon this helpless world.
What I love here is that Santa has given up sewing and decided to bestow the children of the world with more Little Debbie snacks. His big Christmas sack is filled to the brim with Nutty Bars, Swiss Cake Rolls, Oatmeal Creme Pies and more. Oddly enough, the sack contains none of the treats from the new Little Debbie holiday product line. Guess he decided to save those for himself.
Packaging quirks aside, the Holiday Snack Cakes are a time-honored treat - delicious hexagons covered in vanilla icing and festive sprinkles with a vanilla creme center. I should also mention they have a Christmas tree shaped variety of these same cakes along with many others which I've written about during past holiday seasons. The Christmas tree cakes have always been my personal favorite, but the store didn't have any in stock this year. Maybe Santa really did save 'em all for himself... that bastard.
Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch: I know I've talked about these in the past, but I cannot emphasize enough just how insanely delicious they are. Junior Mints are already a nearly perfect treat, but when you add in little bits of peppermint candy, it seriously puts them over the top. Sometimes you'll even get an abnormally large one with even more crunchy peppermint bits in it, and I can't even describe how good they truly are. I just bought twelve boxes of these Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints, yes twelve, because it pains me that they only come out during the holiday season each year. Gotta stock up while I can, and honestly... I'll probably go back to the store for more before the month is over.
You really can't go wrong with any of the treats listed above, so do yourself a favor and seek them out fast before Santa gets to 'em.
Survey: What are some of your favorite Christmas holiday treats currently on the market?
ChrisGlass on 12/13/2010 3:45 pm
Christmas Nerds Ropes are usually my big staple. But until I go to the dentist next month, I'm kinda at an impasse with sweets.
That and the Christmas Tree-shaped Peeps.
psychedelicPeppermintWine (Guest) on 12/13/2010 5:30 pm
the brach's holiday mix contains my all time favorite christmas sweet! the circular red ones with a gooey raspberry flavored center are by far my top choice!!!! every time I pop one of those into my mouth the flavor takes me back to happy childhood memories of christmas' past
Captain Seamus on 12/13/2010 6:00 pm
Band name: Delicious Hexagons.
Jaimas on 12/13/2010 6:56 pm
Red and Green Christmas Trees. An old Holiday classic. They're basically cherry and lime soft gummies in the shape of trees. They used to sell 'em annually around the holidays, but with everything else going on lately, the only place that stocks 'em is the Sweet Shoppe downtown.
monster_movie_night on 12/13/2010 8:49 pm
I always wanted to try the gingerman one it could be great for christmas parties
ColdFusion (Guest) on 12/13/2010 8:58 pm
Two words, man. Egg Nog. That's all I care about. I wish my crappy store carried more varieties.. like that Southern Comfort, that's the best..
Or for that matter, pumpkin pie pop-tarts, or any of the other products i want.. crappy store doesn't have any of em..
Shadowdancer21b on 12/13/2010 9:02 pm
Mallowmars are seasonal for winter and I love them!
Taco Head on 12/13/2010 9:05 pm
Wow I feel left out not having a favorite store bought treat. We always made Christmas treats and with all that work I never have had the time to look at seasonal store goodies. Maybe I'll look this year. Well my favorite homemade stuff is Fudge and Pan De polvo (a Mexican cookie for weddings and Christmas) wash it down with the Mexican hot coco we always got. I'm going to try some I've seen posted, though I have never been a fan of rice crispy treats. I must be the only one in my house who hates them.
yd (Guest) on 12/14/2010 11:03 am
How the heck do you stay so skinny eating all this?
-RoG- on 12/14/2010 9:20 pm
Well, I don't eat it all at once, so that tends to help.
The_Punk_Hippie on 12/15/2010 12:32 am
If they still had eggnog candy canes, that would so be my answer
I don't really have a favourite holiday candy for ANY holiday, since they made Mini Eggs a year-round thing
-RoG- on 12/15/2010 2:16 am
Wait, they make Mini Eggs all year long now? I only see them in stores for Christmas and Easter.
All Hail Duke on 12/15/2010 11:10 pm
favorite holiday treats: cheesecake and fudge
Jaimas on 12/15/2010 11:11 pm
They're year-round now. Easy to find in drug stores nowadays.
MrWarranty on 12/16/2010 11:55 am
You don't eat it all at once?! Not very hardcore, RoG.
GingaBread (Guest) on 12/17/2010 7:16 pm
damn those candies are ghetto as hell. ghettoredhot.com
theworryrock (Guest) on 12/19/2010 9:12 pm
I know they sell them year round (I think) but I love dark chocolate cherry cordials, yum. None of that milk chocolate business :)
LadyMage on 12/20/2010 10:16 pm
well recently I found these cookies from archway that are candy cane flavored, they are currently me and my husband's favorite
Bibbo (Guest) on 12/20/2010 11:41 pm
I hate to admit it but... I love peppermint bark. It's not popular, but I love it.
DaTr0LL on 12/23/2010 1:02 am
Ronin S on 12/23/2010 5:11 pm
I love candy cane and egg nog flavored ice creams. They usually sell them at Christmas, but I didn't see the brand I liked at the store this year. Odd...
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