The Best Holiday Foods to Try this Winter
Regardless of what you celebrate, there's always a good reason to go nuts on peppermint, hot cocoa, gingerbread, and cranberry. We sampled *all* the holiday-flavored foods to help you find the best of the best—just click through the gallery below to see our picks!
Target Wondershop Peppermint Drizzle with Candy Cane Bits Kettle Corn
A little sweet, a little salty, a little minty, and 100 percent addictive—this treat hits all the right notes. You won't be able to stop snacking! $5.29 for 8 oz. Available at Target.
ALDI Festive Cheese Truckle Assortment
ALDI's holiday selection is always great, and this year is no exception. The adorable cheese truckle comes in three different flavors of cheddar: mature, with caramelized onion, and port wine. And they're adorably packaged as a star, snowman, and Santa, respectively. $3.99 per cheese. Available at ALDI stores nationwide.
International Delight Peppermint Mocha Creamer
You can buy a peppermint mocha for $5 if you want, but why not make your regular cup of joe taste deliciously festive for way cheaper? If peppermint's not your thing, there's also sugar cookie, which makes plain java taste like a vanilla baked good. $3.79 for 32 oz. Available at select grocery stores nationwide.
Baked by Melissa Holiday Cheer & Festival of Bites 25-Packs
With four different holiday-themed cupcake flavors in each box, these Christmas and Hanukkah packs are perfect for holiday parties. Our fave flavor is Christmas Cookie Dough (the red and green one!) but honorable mentions go out to Cookie Blizzard and Holiday Swirl. $30 per pack. Available for nationwide shipping at bakedbymelissa.com.
FitVine Limited Edition 2016 Lodi Holiday Blend
Drinking red wine feels incredibly fitting around the holidays, but with heavy, carb-loaded meals and constant snacks, a dinnertime glass can feel like a bit much. This vino, however, provides the deep, bold flavor of a red without all the sugar and calories. There are only 120 calories and the tiniest amount of sugar in a glass. With hints of raspberry and chocolate, it'll provide some rich and cozy warmth to a cold day. $23.99 per bottle. Available at fitvinewine.com.
ALDI Christmas Tree Chocolate Chip Brioche
If you're not a savvy baker, let ALDI save your morning. This soft, sweet brioche is stuffed with chocolate chips and shaped into the cutest carb-y Christmas tree we've ever seen. $6.99 per loaf. Available Dec. 11 at ALDI stores nationwide.
Target Wondershop Holiday Peppermint Bark
Peppermint bark is good, but it's even better when it starts with peppermint oil-infused dark chocolate and is topped with crushed chocolate cookies. Are you drooling yet? $7.99 for 9 oz. Available at Target.
Cafe Valley Cranberry Orange Loaf Cake
Sweet and citrusy, this cake has all the flavors you need for a cheery Christmas morning—made even more jubilant by the fact that you don't have to cook! Serve with your special holiday coffee brew, and you're golden. $2.99-4.99 per loaf. Available at select grocery stores nationwide.
So Delicious CocoWhip
Okay, it's not exactly a holiday flavor, but odds are good you've got a few friends who would appreciate a dairy-free dollop of whipped topping on their holiday pie. This one is just the right amount of sweet, creamy, and airy. $3.99 for 9 oz. Available at select grocery stores nationwide.
Health-Ade Holiday Cheers Kombucha
All the holiday eats and cold weather got your body feeling out of whack? Realign it with probiotic tea that still feels festive! This ginger kombucha with vanilla and chocolate notes will keep your gut going strong all season long. $48 for a 12-pack. Available at health-ade.com.
Smashmallow Candy Cane
These giant marshmallows are coated in tiny, minty sprinkles that feel fun and festive. Our rec: Add them to your hot cocoa for an extra-special treat. $4 for 4.5 oz. Available at smashmallow.com.
Little Secrets Peppermint Candy
This brand has one goal: to make better-for-you candy with ingredients you can actually pronounce. The limited-edition peppermint flavor adds a little something extra to regular chocolate candy. Plus, the smaller size is perfect as a stocking stuffer! $1.99 for 1.4 oz., $4.99 for 5 oz. Available at Whole Foods nationwide or amazon.com.
ALDI Savory Puff Pastry Assortment
If you're hosting a holiday party, munchable snacks are a must-have. Look no further than these buttery, flaky puff pastry creations. You cheesy crispies, sunflower seed straws, and herb trees all in one affordable box. $3.99 per box. Available Dec. 11 at ALDI stores nationwide.
So Delicious Coconut Milk Holiday Nog
'Tis eggnog season. Keep a jug of this coconut milk version around. It adds a nice touch to the traditional nog, and it might just win over dairy lovers, too. $3.29 for 32 oz. Available at select grocery stores nationwide.
Target Wondershop Rudolph's Mix
If you're in need of a snacky stocking stuffer, look no further than this cutesy trail mix. It's stuffed full of chocolate cereal, graham cracker bites, M&M's, and peanut butter cups. $2.09 for 2.1 oz. Available at Target.
Bubbies Gingerbread Mochi
Building gingerbread houses is great, but you never actually want to eat the cookies once they've been assembled. This mochi is a much better way to enjoy the flavor—it's warm, cozy, and decadent, with just the right textural balance between smooth and chewy. Plus, it also comes in peppermint candy and chocolate eggnog flavors. $6 per box of 6. Available at select stores nationwide.