Get in the Festive Mood With These Deliciously Wintery Treats and Beverages
There are a million things to love about the holiday season, but one of our favorites has to be the wintery-flavored treats you just don't see any other time of the year.
The chilly months are all about warm spices, seasonal flavors and foods that are all about celebrating the passage for another year, giving us something tasty to look forward to each and every December. We've been nibbling and sipping all kinds of things to share our favorites, so keep scrolling to discover the best winter foods and drinks of 2022.
Egg nog may not be a holiday favorite for everyone—us included—but Elmhurst's plant-based OatNog has completely won us over, and we think you'll love it, too. It's super creamy and rich with spices for a cozy, warming flavor, and while it's good enough to drink straight out of the carton, we think it's especially tasty with a splash of cold brew.
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HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Bomb
Move over, instant hot chocolate—hot chocolate bombs make for a smoother, more decadent mug every time, and HERSHEY'S have nailed it with their Milk Chocolate Cinnamon version. Just drop it into hot milk and watch the chocolate melt away, transforming the liquid into a flavorful, cinnamony hot chocolate, complete with tasty marshmallows.
DRY Botanical Bubbly Reserve Spiced Pear
We love bubbly beverages for the holidays, and if you're sick of sipping on the same ultra-sweet apple ciders every year, you have to check out DRY Botanical's Bubbly Reserve Spiced Pear. This all-ages drink has a complex flavor, balancing juicy pears with botanicals, warm vanilla and herbal cardamom for something unusually delicious that complements the richest flavors of the season.
(via DRY Botanical)
XO Marshmallow Peppermint Marshmallows
XO Marshmallows has the softest, fluffiest marshmallows we've tried, and for the holidays, their Peppermint flavor is second to none. The hand-cut marshmallows have the perfect combination of sweetness and festive minty flavor—the complete opposite of toothpaste-like mints from other brands—and it's all too easy to gobble up several of them in a single sitting.
(via XO Marshmallow)
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Sugarfina 24 Tastes of Christmas Advent Calendar
Sugarfina is our go-to candy brand for every holiday of the year, and for the Christmas season, they have a striking advent calendar that allows tasters to try 24 different seasonal goodies ahead of the big day. It contains everything from chocolatey caramels to fruity gummies, mini cookies, sour gummies and more—and with four pieces in every drawer, you can share the experience with a loved one or keep it all to yourself.
Peppermint Chunk Nibbles
Chunk Nibbles makes super satisfying snack mixes, balancing textures with sweet and salty flavors to keep you coming back for more, and with the holiday peppermint flavor, they're on to something special. It combines cereal squares, pretzels, nuts and peppermint bark, all wrapped up in a sweet, minty coating, creating a holiday mix that'll disappear from the snack table faster than you can say "ho ho ho."
(via Chunk Nibbles)
buchi Holiday Kombucha
We love the tart taste and probiotic properties of kombucha, and while you might not think of it as a holiday drink, the folks at buchi are about to change your mind. Their Holiday blend combines the classic drink with cozy cinnamon, vanilla and clove flavors to make for something that tastes like a cinnamon raisin bun, and their mini cans make for the perfect serving every time.
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Partners Coffee Miracle on North 6th Street Instant Coffee
We love Partners Coffee for their unique instant coffee blends, and their Miracle on North 6th Street Instant Coffee is just the thing for whipping up a seasonal drink without the wait time or machinery. The blend combines Central American and African coffees to create warm, sweet notes that evoke the holiday with honey and fruit, which is then dehydrated, so all you need to do is add hot water (and milk and sweetener, if that's your thing) for quick Christmas in a cup.
(via Partners Coffee)
Sparkling Ice Cranberry Frost
One of the reasons we love the end of the year is that it's cranberry season, and between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we'll never pass up an opportunity to enjoy cranberry-flavored everything. That definitely includes Sparkling Ice's seasonal Cranberry Frost flavor, which combines tartness and sweetness in flawless balance to make for a supremely sippable, zero-sugar beverage. If you're whipping up mocktails this season, it's also unmatched as a mixer.
(via Sparkling Ice)
Jordan's Skinny Mixes Happy Holidays Trio
If you're like us and love adding a holiday twist to your morning (or afternoon) coffee, but aren't into spending your entire budget at the local coffee shop, Jordan's Skinny Mixes has a bundle that's going to light up your whole season. It includes strips in Salted Caramel Mocha, Peppermint Bark and Christmas Cookie flavors to make your coffee taste like a festive dessert anytime—and all with zero sugar or calories.
(via Jordan's Skinny Mixes)
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