It’s almost Christmas! And we all know what that means: Big-name corporations looking for any and every way to make an extra buck. Why, just late last year, a few McDonald’s franchises shocked the world by opening their doors on Christmas Day.
And, while companies taking advantage of increased holiday consumerism could be exactly what’s to blame for this great tragedy, I’m not knocking on these businesses for simply doing what good businesses do best. Why? Because the following items are delicious, that’s why.
5. Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar
Nope, no coffee found here! Starbucks may be America’s go-to hub for that classic cup o’ Joe (or maybe you’d prefer a Frappucino?), but their limited edition pumpkin spice latte isn’t the only thing worth trying out this Christmas season (though it most certainly is good).
Not being a giant fan of cranberries myself, I was at first a bit reluctant to try this cream cheese frosted cake bar, but overall the taste was pretty decent. The orange zest gives it a nice little zing, and the cranberries on top are just tart enough to compliment the sweetness of the cream cheese. I’d give it a four out of five stars any day.
4. Holiday Spice Pepsi-Cola
Don’t plan on finding this one at your local supermarket, because it was only sold during the Christmases of 2004 and 2006. Regardless, though, it was still awesome. You’ll just have to take my word for it, but really, it was awesome!
3. McDonald’s Peppermint Mocha/Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Throughout the wintery months of November and December to, oh, we’ll say January, McDonald’s offers up a limited edition, holiday-themed version of their hot chocolates and hot mochas. I personally prefer the hot peppermint mocha, which is made from real espresso beans and freshly steamed milk, but the cocoa one is good also.
Having worked at my local McDonald’s the year the peppermint syrup was firstly introduced, I made hundreds of these by hand, and even invented a few simple variants. And, praise the fast food gods, it looks as if they’ve finally decided to introduce an iced peppermint mocha to the family as well.
Now, if only they would nix out that horrible holiday mint McFlurry…
2. Little Debbie Holiday Cake Rolls
Another discontinued artifact of once-great ages gone by, these were my absolute favorites as a child. My grandparents bought them year in and year out, and then, one fateful day, we simply never saw them again. For all I know, these could still exist and I’m just not finding them anywhere. Oh, and I’m talking about the cherry creme flavored ones in case you didn’t know.
1. McDonald’s Custard Pie
Simple human words cannot even begin to describe the sheer tastiness that is the custard pie. This fact alone is why I gained at least ten pounds every Christmas I was working at McDonald’s. First off, the thing is coated in a thin layer of icing and rainbow sprinkles, giving it a crispy outer texture. The inside, on the other hand, is made up entirely of warm, toasty vanilla pudding.
Some people tell me it tastes like a birthday cake. Others say it’s a flavor entirely all to its own. All I know is, if eating McDonald’s day in and day out was already going to kill me, the holiday pie was going to kill me even faster, because it’s bloody brilliant. And that’s just all there is to be said. Love them or hate them, McDonald’s always wins.
Well, that’s my round-up of the five most delectable Christmas food items. And, while some of them may very well be the Ghosts of Christmas Past, all of them are, in my opinion, on the Nice List (even if they put me on the Naughty List).
What are your favorite commercial holiday treats? Burger King’s Belgian waffles? Gingerbread M&Ms? Share your thoughts in the comments!