Top 10: Festive Christmas Treats

The holiday season is a time for decking out your home with colorful lights, decorative wreaths and wrapped presents. But in the spirit of the season, we never want to forget about decking out our plates, too.

Below is GC’s scrumptious list of the best foods and drinks this holiday season has to offer.

  1. Christmas Cookies – Whether frosted or sprinkled, giant or bite-sized, a homemade cookie is always a must-have for the holiday season.
  2. Candy Canes – Characteristically shaped as a shepherd’s staff, the candy cane has long been a symbol of Christmas. Today, candy makers have expanded the peppermint-flavored hard candy to include other fun flavors such as cherry, fruit punch, cinnamon and more.
  3. Gingerbread Men, Women and Houses – Whether you are building a simple house, a person or a galaxy-traveling spaceship, gingerbread cookies are a great way to show your creative side. Not only are they fun to build, they’re fun to eat, too!
  4. Fruit Cake – Many immediately say they wouldn’t touch this unique holiday treat with a 10-foot pole. But, how many have actually tried it? GC’s guess is not very many, so we challenge you all to go and out try this fantastic holiday-only cake filled with candied fruits, nuts, spices and (I bet you didn’t know) spirits!
  5. Egg Nog – A “relaxing in front of a fireplace” staple, egg nog (both plain and alcoholic) is a sweet and velvety treat. Use caution though, because this tasty drink packs in a lot of calories.
  6. Yule Log – While sipping on your egg nog, cuddled up in front of an open fire, you might get hungry. What’s a better snack than a Yule log? This tasty treat is traditionally made from a thin chocolate cake spread with vanilla frosting, rolled up into a log shape and covered with powdered sugar. Can you say delicious?
  7. Russian Tea Cakes – Tiny, round cookies filled with pecans and doused in powder sugar have festive written all over them. Eaten with coffee, hot chocolate or by themselves, there’s no wrong way to eat these round bundles of joy.
  8. Peppermint Bark – The perfect coffee table snack, peppermint bark offers just the right combination of chocolate, vanilla and peppermint. Try making it yourself and adding fun ingredients like chopped nuts, marshmallows, pretzels or other candies.
  9. Latkes – Fantastically fried potato pancakes, latkes are a traditional Hanukkah food. Top them with applesauce, sour cream or your own inventive topping.
  10. Honey Ham – The “turkey” of Christmas, no holiday dinner is complete without a nice spiral ham. Vegetarian or not a fan of ham? Try a vegan ham log or meatless ham slices.