While many children start making their holiday lists months in advance, what I dream of is festive treats and flavors including peppermint, nutmeg, chai and cinnamon all year long. I treasure my family’s culinary traditions (chocolate crinkle cookies and my mom’s famous breakfast casserole on Christmas morning), but I look forward to trying new twists on holiday favorites just as much.
Here’s what’s on my list:
- Theo Organic Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Marshmallows. These handmade peppermint marshmallows are covered with Non-GMO Project Verified 70% dark chocolate.
- Ciao Bella Torrone Gelato. Torrone is a traditional Italian nutty nougat candy (in this case almond) that’s been enjoyed since before the Roman Empire. Broken honey almond torrone is folded into the gelato with roasted almonds and wildflower honey. A cool treat made with organic dairy!
- 365 Everyday Value® Candy Cane Pretzel Flats. Available in Dark Chocolate or Yogurt, these coated pretzels are sprinkled with crushed peppermint candy — and made with no artificial flavors or colors. Serve them with hot cocoa or better yet, crumble them over ice cream. They are only around for the holidays, so get them while you can.
And let’s not forget festive holiday beverages. I’ve got a soft spot for eggnog, but these drinks might just bring me even more cheer this year:
- Califia Farms Peppermint Mocha Cold Brew Coffee with Almondmilk. Cheers to this Non-GMO Project Verified, dairy-free, vegan and kosher beverage — not to mention the bottle contains no BPAs. Enjoy it hot or cold to make your holidays merry, bright, minty and light.
- The Republic of Tea Biodynamic Holiday Chai Tea. This caffeine-free Rooibos tea has it all! It’s blended with Biodynamic and fair-trade cardamom, ginger, cassia and cloves and has the Whole Trade® Guarantee.
- Temple Turmeric Holiday Spice Lassi. Try this thick and creamy vegan version of a traditional Indian yogurt drink, made from a non-dairy base of quinoa, hemp, coconut milk and hand-harvested turmeric from family farms in Hawaii.
Do you like to branch out and try new flavors during the holidays? Or is your menu already chock full of your classic favorites?