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The Best Holiday Snacks We’ve Tried This Year

It's the most wonderful time of year—for all things eggnog, peppermint, sugar cookie and hot cocoa! From M&M's to cookies, we've rounded up the best Christmas snacks to buy and share with family and friends.

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Reese’s Nutcrackers

You know and love the iconic Reese’s peanut butter trees. But have you see the Reese’s holiday lights or the Reese’s peanut butter nutcrackers? We’ll take one of each, please.

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Peppermint Bark and Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

Target has two seasonal ice cream flavors in stock: Peppermint Bark and Hot Chocolate. The Peppermint Bark is made with peppermint ice cream, chocolate chunks and a candy cane swirl. The Hot Chocolate has chocolate flavored ice cream with a marshmallow swirl and a touch of cinnamon.

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Ghirardelli Sugar Cookie Squares

Each Ghirardelli square is made with white chocolate, sugar cookie bits and festive sprinkles. This Christmas snack is a Target exclusive but fortunately, it’s available for delivery!

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Great Value Hot Chocolate pancake and waffle mix from walmartLaurie Dixon/Taste of Home

Hot Chocolate Pancake Mix

This cocoa-inspired pancake and waffle mix can be found only at Walmart—and it’s less than $2 a box.

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Peppermint Frosting

We’re going to buy this limited edition Pillsbury frosting and then eat it with a spoon. No regrets!

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Nestle Toll House peppermint baking trufflesCourtesy Nestle Toll House

Nestle Toll House Peppermint Baking Truffles

If you want your chocolate chip cookies to have more holiday spirit, these are the perfect addition to your recipe. Available in a 9-ounce bag, these sweet treats are filled with peppermint center (think York peppermints, but WAY smaller). Pick them up at Walmart for $2.48.

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Peppermint Whipped Cream

Target’s Market Pantry Peppermint Whipped Cream is perfect for topping your favorite hot cocoa—or for spraying directly into your mouth. Use it on peppermint hot chocolate or peppermint ice cream for a double-dose of that refreshing Christmas candy.

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M&M’s Minis Holiday Sugar Cookie Dough

You’ll have tons of fun making these drool-worthy desserts. They combine red and green mini M&M’s with Toll House’s classic sugar cookie dough. The dough even has break-apart pieces, so it’s super easy to bake up. Pick them up at Walmart.

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Pillsbury Elf Cookies

“OH MY GOD, SANTAAAAAA! I know him! I know him!” You’ll be just as excited to make these adorably festive cookies as Buddy was at the prospect of seeing Santa Claus. They feature Buddy’s iconic green hat, of course.

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Amaretto Hot Cocoa Cookies

These are every bit as splendid as the boozy-sweet beverage after which they’re named. Made by Pepperidge Farms, these Milano cookies are brand-new for 2020 and make the perfect snack to munch on as you watch the snow fall outside. Find them at Target!

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Mint Chocolate Twinkies

If you loved these indulgent desserts last year, get ready to stock up on ’em again, because Hostess is bringing mint chocolate Twinkies back for 2020. Each box features 10 cakes, which would last us approximately one Hallmark movie binge-watching session.

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Eggnog Ice Cream

Walmart was in the Christmas spirit a little early this year, and it started selling this holiday dessert back in September. The eggnog ice cream is available right now (no waiting until November or December to pick it up). Plus, there are two other holiday-themed flavors: peppermint and hot chocolate.

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Sugar Cookie M&M’s

Last year we had hot chocolate M&M’s, and this year, we’re ready to indulge with sugar cookie M&M’s. The white chocolate, crunchy shell encloses crispy, sugar cookie-flavored centers, and of course, they’re red and green. What a great stocking stuffer!

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Lenny & Larry’s Holiday Variety Pack

If you’re not ready to let go of pumpkin spice season yet, but you’re also in the holiday spirit, this is the snack pack for you. Lenny & Larry’s is offering a variety pack of its protein-packed Complete Cookies, with peppermint chocolate, gingerbread and pumpkin spice flavors.

Emily Hannemann
Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.

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