12 Weirdest and Best Holiday Snacks Gina Vaynshteyn

I’m not going to lie to you guys and say I wasn’t first in line the day Starbucks released their yearly pumpkin spice syrup into hot steaming espresso, or that I didn’t totally make Pillsbury’s pumpkin spice cookies two weekends in a row. I love holiday snacks and I am not ashamed.

For some reason though, the food and beverage industry have really upped the ante this year. I’m used to the eggnog displays, the gingerbread flavored creamers, and candy cane cookies, but there are some snacks that are just too weird even for me. While you can rest assured that I’ll be shoveling peppermint-flavored Oreos down my throat until New Years, there is most likely no way that I’m going to purchase an entire bag of gingerbread M&Ms. Well, okay, I lied. I would totally try gingerbread M&Ms because there is almost nothing edible in this world that I wouldn’t try (except for maybe dehydrated eggs or brain).

Anyway, these are the WINNERS of this year’s holiday snack selection:

Mike-Hard-Chocolate-Cherry 1. Mike’s Hard Chocolate Cherry Lemonade

Okay, this may not be your typical wine cooler flavor, but I’ve tried it and it’s good. But I also like whipped cream and peppered mango flavored vodka, so maybe I’m not the best person to get weird flavored liquor advice from.

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 2. Pumpkin Cream Cheese from Trader Joe’s

This spread is heavenly on chocolate chip bagels. Or bread. Or anything carb-like you have in your kitchen. And while you’re at Trader Joe’s, be sure to pick up a bag of candy cane Trader Joe Joe’s. They’re the best.

10698614366_0be2dde189  3. Gingerbread Twix

Since Twix is already a candy-cookie, I think this gingerbread integration makes complete sense. I trust the Gingerbread Twix.

111688086823  4. Diet Cranberry Ginger Ale

I know this drink may seem boring, but have you tried cranberry ginger ale before? When I’m not using it as a mixer, I’m also just gulping it down as a guilt-free soda option. It’s delicious.

Private Selection Pecan Pie Ice Cream  5. Pecan Pie ice-cream

I actually really dislike pecan pie. It’s texture is too gooey, and frankly, it’s just too sweet. However, when this flavor is translated into ice-cream, I am all about the frozen maple-y goodness that is almost like butter pecan, but way better.

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6. Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

I love Poptarts, and I like pumpkin pie, so this combination must make sense, right?! Especially if you actually toast it in the morning. It will be like having a frosted pumpkin pie for breakfast! Except thinner and wrapped in plastic that looks like foil.

Now, let’s get to the fun part. Behold, the holiday snack LOSERS:

mms-gingerbread-9oz  1. Gingerbread M&Ms

This questionable filling makes me wonder what else M&M has in store for us. Eggnog M&Ms? Peppermint mocha M&Ms (which actually sound delicious)?

image_7 2. McDonald’s Sweet Potato Pies

Sweet potato pies are just pumpkin pie wannabes. And mini pumpkin pie wannabes in the form of fast food makes me extremely nervous. Will they come with whipped cream? Are they actually made with real sweet potatoes? Are they the perfect dessert for the McRib? Oh, McDonalds. You vex me.

jones-soda-co-holiday-soda 3. Jones Soda Holiday Pack

Every year, Jones Soda releases some fairly disgusting holiday flavors, such as turkey and gravy, mashed potato and butter, dinner roll, antacid (seriously), and latke. Everyone always says they’re never going to drink these sodas, but quite frankly, they are just too weird not to drink.

pring  4. White Chocolate Peppermint / Pumpkin Pie Spice / Cinnamon & Sugar Pringles

I like the combination of savory and sweet, like Thai food or chocolate dipped potato chips, but the thought of thin crispy chips that are trying to taste like peppermint bark and pie gross me out. I can’t do it.

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  1. The white chocolate pringles ( not sure about the white chocolate peppermint ) are actually really good and so are the pumpkin pie poptarts!

  2. If you are looking for Stacy’s pita chips in gingerbread sprouts has them.

  3. So when did ginger ale become “guilt free”. It has 90 calories per 8 ounces!!

  4. You shouldn’t knock things before you try them. Those Pringles are delicious. I can’t trust your judgement if you haven’t tried any of the losers.

  5. I’m sorry, sweet potato pies are 10X BETTER than pumpkin pie…pumpkin pie is tasteless compared to sweet potato.

    That is the only beef I have with this article and with anyone that thinks pumpkins pie is greater than sweet potato pie.

    Wannabe my ass

  6. I tried the Gingerbread M&M’s. Verdict? Meh. They are just OKAY. Not the mint M&M’s? They are one of the reasons I love Christmas. Most people are all about pumpkin flavored everything. Me? I live for the peppermint. Stacy’s Pita Chips has a gingerbread flavor that is really good. Dipped in pumpkin pie cream cheese. Although, I have yet to see them out in the stores this year?

  7. In Hawaii McDonald’s has taro pies. Stacy’s Pita Chips has Simply Gingerbread. It is the flavor of this year’s holiday season.

  8. What you don’t realize is in the south sweet potato pies, like the ones at McDonalds are served year round at Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits. They are heaven!

  9. I will weigh in here… pumpkin cream cheese is amazeballs and pumpkin pie Pringles are the worst things I’ve ever tried. Ever.