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32 Classic Christmas Foods, Ranked from Ho-Ho-Horrible to Fa-La-La-Fabulous

If you ask us, the holidays can’t come soon enough. So, to usher in the most wonderful time of year ASAP, we’re dreaming of all the classic Christmas foods we can. Specifically, these 32 dishes, ranked from basically intolerable to straight-up divine. Now, let’s find out how your favorite (and most hated) holiday eats fared.

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32. Fruitcake

Less like cake, more like a doorstop.

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31. Figgy Pudding

TBH, we want nothing to do with a dome-shaped dessert that doesn't ooze molten chocolate.

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30. Ribbon Candy

We can't afford to crack our teeth on these—too many better things to eat.

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29. Salad (of Any Kind)

Listen, we have nothing against greens here and there. But on Christmas? What is this, amateur hour?

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28. Boiled Carrots

Unacceptable for those between the ages of 11 months and 97 years.

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27. Mince Pie

Fun fact: "Mincemeat" isn't meat at all, but a mix of dried fruits and spices. Fun fact aside, we're not chomping at the bit to taste this British delicacy.

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26. Biscotti

It's cookie season. And these are definitely *not* cookies.

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25. Eggnog-Flavored Baked Goods

Of all the holiday flavors to infuse cookies and yogurt and keto protein bars with, you chose eggnog? Nice try, supermarket.

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24. Canned Yams

PSA: Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same.

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23. Mixed Nuts

Two things we should all get over: these and crystal-cut bowls. The only way we're even looking at mixed nuts on Christmas is if they're on a cheese board.

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22. Yule Log

Sure, it's basically just chocolate spongecake. But it's not doing itself any favors with that name.

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21. Eggnog

Festive, but an acquired taste. We'll give credit where credit is due: Booze helps.

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20. Candy Canes

Unless it’s bark-ified, they're more of a decorative obligation than anything.

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19. Ham

The most polarizing of all the meats. We’re gonna give it a solid ehhh.

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18. Gingerbread Men

Satisfactory, but way overplayed. (They are pretty darn cute, though.)

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17. Turkey

Fair pick, but a little redundant so soon after Thanksgiving.

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16. Stuffing

See above.

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15. Canned Cranberry Sauce

It's better than homemade. (There, we said it.) But we're still not sure if we really love cranberry sauce…or just the nostalgia of it.

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14. M&Ms Meant for the Gingerbread House

Oops, we ate the doorknob. And the shingles...

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13. Dinner Rolls

Like that actress who always plays the best friend whose name you can never remember: lovable and reliable.

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12. Coquito

Eggnog's coconut-y (and far superior) cousin. Bring on the spiced rum, amigas.

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11. Green Bean Casserole

Fried onions from a can never cease to delight (even if we eat them for an entire month straight).

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10. Brie with Literally Anything

Crackers? Classic. Apples? Great. Baked with pomegranate arils? Heck yes. Old tires? We’d try it.

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9. Pheasant

Oh, you fancy, huh?

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8. Pecan Pie

Gooey filling, flaky pie crust and sugared nuts—so worth the future cavities.

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7. Roast Beef

Turkey who? Sorry, we were distracted by this tender main's herb-crusted exterior. It never fails to impress (and it's way less fussy than a whole bird).

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6. Fudge

Chocolate, vanilla, caramel. We're not picky when it comes to this decadent dessert.

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5. Gravy

Dare we say gravy is almost tastier than what goes underneath it?

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4. Hot Cocoa

It's sweet, creamy, comforting and tastes like childhood. Pass the sugar cookies so we can get to dunking.

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3. Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes cooked in fat for hours. 'Nuff said.

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2. Mashed Potatoes

Yeah, we ranked potatoes back to back. Deal with it.

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1. Peppermint Bark

Give us the peppermint tree. In fact, give us the whole damn forest. Bow down to the reigning king.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.