I don’t mean to alarm you, but the pumpkin spice season is coming to a close. You might want to take the last bites of that autumn taste because winter is officially ready to make its debut and bring along new snacks in the process.
But don’t sweat it. PSLs might be harder to find and the pumpkin muffins at your local bakery might not be available anymore, but when the door to one festive flavor closes, another one opens. Now, we’ve officially entered all-peppermint-everything season, and it’s only appropriate to indulge. Stocking stuffers, desserts, and décor just got a lot sweeter with this refreshing flavor.
Naturally, Trader Joe’s is welcoming the holidays with open arms and plenty of peppermint treats to go around, be it drinks, cookies, or candies. During your next grocery outing, make like the guy in the red suit and stock up on these peppermint items for friends and family (and don’t forget yourself). The weather outside might be frightful, but your peppermint party will be oh-so-delightful.
No winter is complete without a warm drink. Blankets, books, and hot chocolate are essential when the temperature dips. Thanks to Trader Joe’s, you can enjoy a mugful of bittersweet chocolate and a dash of peppermint to put a fun spin on a Christmas classic. To make the most out of this fireside snack, add whipped cream and of course, go back for seconds. The item is available in an 8-ounce canister, so stock up.
These shortbread cookies add some holiday pizazz with a hint of mint, white sprinkles, and a shape to resemble your Christmas tree star. The 10-ounce box of small sweets provides lots of opportunities for dunking, but to make sure you’re really embracing the spirit of the season, purchase several boxes of the minty goodness. How disastrous would it be to run out during Christmas dessert?
Who doesn’t love a chocolate-covered pretzel? Now the irresistible snack is getting the Christmas treatment with white chocolate and crushed peppermints. If you didn’t know any better, you might mistake these lovely little treats for holiday décor—they’re almost too pretty to eat (the keyword here being “almost”). Might we suggest pairing that 6-ounce bag of pretzels with peppermint hot chocolate? You’d be in for a double whammy.
You’ll just want these for your own, more than you could ever know. Make your wish come true with a box of 15 peppermint crèmes. The soft, chocolaty, minty bites will make you say, “All I want for Christmas is you.” Have fun digging in.
S’mores are getting a December makeover. These minty marshmallows—which come in packs of three—are chock full of chocolate and gooey taste that go perfectly with graham crackers. How about enjoying these bad boys with a warm drink, a cozy fireplace, and loved ones? That summer bonfire has to be taken indoors during this frigid time of year, and now you have the perfect excuse.
Akin to Oreos, Candy Cane Joe Joes put a peppermint twist on milk’s favorite cookie. If he hasn’t already, Santa will request a dish of these when he makes his annual pit stop down your chimney. Obviously milk is a must, so don’t forget a tall glass. Put some aside for your family because they’re too tasty and you can’t have Jolly Old Saint Nick stealing them all for himself.
What’s better than Peppermint Joe Joes? Peppermint Joe Joes doused in chocolate. Do Willy Wonka a favor and grab a box of these bad boys. You’ll be exploding from the chocolate-peppermint taste, so make sure to wash it down with something refreshing (or peppermint hot chocolate if you really can’t get enough of the taste).
Discovering a box of peppermint bark under the tree is definitely a win. The adorable red, white, and green container doesn’t even need wrapping if you’re planning on giving it as a gift—just grab a bow and you’re good to go.
You can have Earl Grey anytime of the year. Get your peppermint on this Christmas while having dessert with the family—plus the flavor has its health benefits, too, such as soothing an upset stomach. After one too many candy canes and Mini Dark Chocolate Mint Stars, a cup of this might not be such a bad idea.
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