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10 Fun and Festive Holiday Treats

Dec 20 2011 - 10:08am

It's December 19, and there's officially less than a week until Christmas — so if you aren't on top of your yuletide merrymaking, it's high time you got into the spirit! As much as we love from-scratch baking and candy-making, we can't help but look forward to some of the season's best food and drink offerings, too. Here are 10 treats that make us want to kick off the holiday caroling.

Graeter's Peppermint Stick

Cincinnati-based Graeter's makes ice cream in small batches of just two gallons at a time. Their seasonal Peppermint Stick [1] is like eating a candy cane in ice cream form.

Talenti Eggnog Gelato

The richness of Talenti's Old World Eggnog Gelato [2] is perfect for a night by the fireplace. Gelato's custardy egg base lends itself well to the sweet, boozy characteristics of traditional eggnog.

Dunkin' Donuts Sprinkle the Cheer and Holiday Star Donuts

To start your day in a holiday state of mind, stop by Dunkin' Donuts [3] and pick up a Sprinkle the Cheer Donut (red icing and holly berry sprinkles) or a Holiday Star (vanilla-iced five-point doughnut filled with Bavarian Kreme).

François Payard's Panettone

Pressed for time this year? Then skip the lengthy process required to make your own panettone [4] and opt to buy François Payard's rendition of the Milanese fruitcake [5] instead. Enjoy the moist bread warmed in the oven and topped with a pat of quality sweet butter.

Sucré Holiday Macarons

Score major brownie macaron points with on-trend foodie friends by sending them a tray of French macarons from New Orleans-based Sucré [6]. These luster-dusted pink and brown coins don't just taste like the holidays (they come in rich chocolate mousseline and cool peppermint cream), but they also reflect one of the biggest dessert trends of the year [7].

Ruby Chestnut-Roasted Coffee

No Christmas would be entirely complete without the presence of roasted chestnuts [8] — their mellow, nutty flavor adds character to everything, even coffee [9].

See's Candies Christmas Mint Lollypops

Don't have time to make Thin Mints? See's Christmas Mint Lollypops [10] are an addictive substitute.

Sprinkles Holiday Cupcakes

The iconic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes at Sprinkles can't be beat, but the LA-based bakery's rolled out special, limited-time eggnog spice, chocolate peppermint, and vanilla peppermint [11] for some extra Noel spirit between now and Christmas Eve.

Polar Beverages Seasonal Seltzers

'Tis the season for bubbles — and not just Champagne bubbles, either. Massachusetts-based Polar Beverages [12] is offering a handful of seasonal seltzers, including Pumpkin Spice, Candy Cane, and Eggnog, as a way to add a little pep to your party punch step.

Two Hearts Gingerbread Boy S'mores

Serving Santa will be that much better this year with s'mores taken to the next level. San Francisco-headquartered Two Hearts Bakery is offering gingerbread boy s'mores [13], made with Guittard-dipped Saigon cinnamon graham crackers and Madagascar vanilla marshmallows in playful gingerbread boy shapes.

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