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The Best Holiday Snacks We’ve Tried This Year

It's the most wonderful time of year—for your sweet tooth. We've rounded up our favorite holiday snacks, from irresistible cookies and candies to festive flavored ice creams and coffee creamer. Don't delay: most of these treats are only available for the holidays.

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Nestle's Grinch CookiesCOURTESY NESTLE

Nestle Toll House Grinch Cookies

Everyone’s favorite Christmas curmudgeon finally gets his just desserts with these grinchy green cookies. Baking up a pack of this cookie dough is a fun activity for kids and parents alike, and fans of the movie will enjoy the red candy heart, a nod to the Grinch’s tiny heart that grew three sizes on Christmas Day.

Cook up our favorite recipes inspired by Christmas movies.

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Oreo Candy Canes

These black-and-white striped candy canes are mind-bending. Can they really taste like the beloved twistable chocolate-and-cream cookies? The answer is yes. Highly recommended for stocking stuffers.

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Mint Chocolate TwinkiesCOURTESY HOSTESS

Mint Chocolate Twinkies

Twinkies embrace the classic combination of mint chocolate in these special-edition Twinkies, in which a soft cocoa cake encases a fluffy mint cream. The zip of mint makes the decadent treat refreshing after a hearty winter dinner. Can’t get enough mint chocolate? We’ve got the desserts for you.

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Pepperidge Farm Toy Soldier CookiesCOURTESY PEPPERIDGE FARM

Pepperidge Farm Toy Soldier Cookies

Pepperidge Farm is known for their selection of classic, perfected cookie recipes. So when they introduced their first new cookie in over a decade and it’s a holiday cookie, we couldn’t wait to try it. Pressed in the shape of a toy soldier, the crunchy cookie is spiced with cozy cinnamon and brown sugar flavors, making it a perfect addition to Santa’s cookie plate.

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Reese's Cookie Skillet KitVIA BIGLOTS.COM

Reese’s Cookie Skillet Kit

What’s more delicious than a skillet cookie? This Reese’s skillet cookie, of course. The genius minds behind everyone’s favorite Halloween candy swirled an ooey-gooey cookie dough batter with peanut butter and chocolate morsels. As a bonus, the kit comes with a teensy cast iron skillet you can reuse.

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Coffee-Mate Dark Chocolate Peppermint CreamerCOURTESY COFFEE-MATE

Coffee-Mate Dark Chocolate Peppermint Creamer

Stopping by the coffee shop on a snowy day, it can be a tough decision. Should you go with comforting hot chocolate or energizing coffee? Coffee-Mate’s new creamer offers the best solution: both. The rich, chocolaty coffee creamer makes the most boring cup of coffee taste totally decadent.

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Hot Cocoa M&M’s

Coffee’s not the only treat taking a cue from hot chocolate. These addictive hot cocoa M&M’s upgrade milk chocolate candy by adding a marshmallowy white chocolate core. The result is like enjoying the perfect sip of ho-cho. They’re only available at Target, so stock up while you can.

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Häagen-Dazs Peppermint Bark Ice CreamVIA HAAGENDAZS.US

Häagen-Dazs Peppermint Bark Ice Cream

Pink peppermint ice cream is a festive holiday favorite, ideal for filling pies or swirling into milkshakes. Häagen-Dazs takes the familiar flavor up a notch with their new gourmet ice cream. Inspired by chocolate-flecked peppermint bark candy, the ice cream has a little crunch, a little chocolate and plenty of peppermint.

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Nestle Winter MorselsVIA WALMART.COM

Nestle Toll House Winter Morsels

Want to make your favorite baking recipes feel seasonal? Pick up a bag of Winter Morsels, a mix of dark chocolate and mint-flavored chips. The pale green mint chips will add a subtle minty flavor and a cool green hue to any chocolate chip cookie or brownie recipe. (They’re also good eaten right out of the bag.)

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Sweet Cinnamon Kit KatsVIA WALGREENS.COM

Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats

Give plain Kit Kats a holiday break. These special edition Sweet Cinnamon Kit Kats stick close to the original candy formula: crispy wafer cookies in a coat of milky chocolate. But the addition of cinnamon to the chocolate coating adds a subtle warmth that elevates the candy to a new level. Add a few to your cookie plate, or tuck them into stockings.

We’ve got more ideas for sweet stocking stuffers here.

Kelsey Rae Dimberg
A former in-house editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes articles and novels from her home in Milwaukee. She's an avid cook, reader, flâneur, and noir fanatic. Her debut novel, Girl in the Rearview Mirror, will be published in June 2019 by William Morrow.