You’ve got enough to cook this holiday season, and oven space is at a premium—particularly in the final minutes before your ugly sweater party or Christmas Eve dinner—so this year, cut yourself a break. Grocery store and bakery shelves are stacked with seasonal takes on your favorite snacks, desserts and drinks. Here are the ones worth trying—either out of sheer deliciousness or their ability to start a conversation (and, potentially, distract your aunt from her annual, “You know what’s wrong with this world?” tirade).
Buddy the Elf Dessert Spaghetti and 19 Other Holiday Treats You've Got to Try This Season
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Spaghetti slathered in chocolate syrup, maple syrup and all kinds of candy may not be the most appetizing, but it does contain an elf’s essential food groups, and it’s a fun project to tackle before watching the classic Will Ferrell movie. HelloFresh’s meal kit comes with everything you need to make the dish with full servings for two, but we imagine there’s plenty to share with your whole crew. They’ll be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 9. Orders will open each day at 12:25 p.m. EST.
Give Nana’s Chex Mix a break and put out a bowl of this instead. Like the classic Angie’s Boomchickapop, this riff on kettle corn is non-GMO and gluten-free, only it features a hot-chocolate-and-marshmall0w-flavored drizzle.
Your hot chocolate just got an extra-festive upgrade (especially if you garnish your mug with one of these mini gingerbread houses).
Jones’s Turkey & Gravy soda may get all the attention, but its Sugar Cookie soda is more of a universal crowd-pleaser (and just as much of a conversation starter). The strong scent of vanilla buttercream comes to mind as soon as you pour a glass, and the overall flavor is like a sweeter, almost cotton candy-like cream soda.
Magnolia’s famous banana pudding gets a (more) decadent spin, subbing chunks of red velvet cake for vanilla wafers and adding chocolate shavings to boot. The 64-ounce party bowl serves eight, though even with a smaller crowd, this bucket o’ pudding disappears fast.
The holiday season makes everything sparkle—down to your syrup. This kit comes with buttermilk pancake mix and Supernatural’s plant-based food color kit, so you can make rainbow shortstacks, then top it all off with rainbow and snowflake sprinkles, as well as Runamok Sparkle Syrup (aka pure maple syrup that gets its shimmer from pearlescent mica).
Leave it to Christina Tosi to mastermind a pie that takes you on a roller coaster of flavors and textures (a crisp chocolate crust, topped with ultra-rich vanilla and cocoa caramel that’s topped with fluffy peppermint nougat, drizzled chocolate and salty-sweet chocolate-covered pretzels). The best part, though, is that this limited-edition treat comes with a matching tie dye hoodie, so you’ve got dessert for the party and your Secret Santa gift, all in one.
If pumpkin spice is the official flavor of fall, brands are lobbying hard to make hot cocoa the flavor of winter (sorry, peppermint). Here, you can find it in these chocolate-on-chocolate ice cream sandwiches.
The classic holiday movie gets an edible homage (which we can assure you tastes way better than the soap Ralphie's mom made him keep in his mouth after saying a certain expletive). Each pint features mint ice cream with a fudge swirl and crushed cookie and peppermint pieces.