Best Christmas Candy: The Most Delicious Candy for Your Stockings This Year

The best Christmas candy should be rich, indulgent, and it should bring festive flavors. Christmas candy is all about diverse taste and fancy packaging. Twirling open a foil wrapper of delicious chocolate is iconic to the month of December. In addition to that high-quality, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, peppermint and cookie flavors are also welcome. Whatever form the candy takes, we just want it to feel like a rare holiday treat you only get to experience once a year.

I’ve been building gingerbread houses, sucking on candy canes, and unwrapping Christmas candy this week so, yeah, I’m fully in holiday mode. Christmas candy—with all of its cooling peppermint, fancy chocolate, and toffee centered treats—is underrated, and we should talk about its contributions more. There’s a wealth of delicious Christmas candy out there waiting to be unwrapped, and so we set out to find the best Christmas candy you should be buying this year. Happy holidays from all of us here at your favorite food website, Sporked.

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Best of the Best

Lindt Holiday Snickerdoodle White Chocolate Truffles

To me, Christmas candy is all about neatly unfurling a shiny, foil wrapper to unveil milky, creamy chocolate. And Lindt Lindor chocolates are top of the line—smooth, decadent, sweet, and almost buttery. The experience of eating a Lindor chocolate is next level. And while you’re probably familiar with Lindor’s chocolate and white chocolate, the Snickerdoodle white chocolate truffles really take the experience to new heights. The wonderfully spiced, rich, white chocolate just melts in your mouth. This is Christmas butter. We here at Sporked love Snickerdoodle flavored things (see: Oreos). From packaging to product, there’s no improving upon Lindt Lindor Snickerdoodle White Chocolate Truffles. They’re a holiday home run and the best Christmas candy on shelves this year.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Toffee

Trader Joe’s English Toffee Bites

Eating one of Trader Joe’s English toffee bites, my eyes lit up real big like I just tried hard drugs for the first time. These consist of a crunchy, buttery center enrobed in milk chocolate that’s been sprinkled with chopped nuts. There’s a lot of different flavors and textures going on here, but it doesn’t feel too convoluted. Everything works together to create a buttery, crunchy, rich, and nutty treat. I like that it’s a little bite-sized snack, too—you can take the whole thing down in one bite for a rich sensory experience. It’s up there with Lindt and a perfect Christmas candy, all things considered. Good job, TJ’s.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Peppermint Candy

Lindt Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles

Lindt is coming in hot with banger after banger. Their Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles taste like smooth peppermint candy without the crunch. What you get is sugary, minty flavor that you can savor in a buttery white chocolate truffle. The center of these indulgent candies are creamy and gooey, almost like they have a filling. Lindt’s Peppermint White Chocolate Truffles were so good they had me mumbling incoherently. Have you ever enjoyed something so much you forget how to talk? That’s the effect these had on me. Lindt Lindor is truly at the top of the mountain as far as the best Christmas candy goes.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Hershey’s

Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane

With their delicate wrapper, bell shape, melty chocolate, and bite size, Hershey’s Kisses are synonymous with the holiday season. For years now, they’ve been experimenting with different flavors for Christmas, and the one that’s really stuck is Candy Cane. Delicious, Hershey’s white chocolate and crunchy, sugary, and slightly minty candy cane bits are a wonderful combination that’s too good to ignore. These melt in your mouth while providing some extra crunch. It’s all about the texture with these. Hershey’s Kisses are pure Christmas, and this is the best of the bunch.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Ghirardelli

Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Snowmen

What I like about Ghirardelli’s peppermint bark snowmen is that they’re minty without being overwhelmingly so. If you think York Peppermint Patties and Andes chocolates have too much of a toothpaste flavor, I promise you’ll like these. Smoothness is the prevailing theme here. These are delicious and rich and beg to be lovingly savored. Plus, they’re little snowmen. Snowmen! You know we had to include them on this list of the best Christmas candy.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Classic

York Peppermint Pattie Snowflakes

These are the York Peppermint Patties you’re familiar with, but shaped like snowflakes. The shape doesn’t really add too much except for some pleasing Christmas aesthetic, but York Peppermint Patties deserve a place on this list of the best Christmas candy because they’re just so good at what they intend to do—cool and delight with chocolate-mint flavor. Yorks have a chocolate candy shell that reminds me of an ice cream bar. Plus, the gooey, minty center is just divine. Cool, sugary, and chocolatey, York Peppermint Patties are a perfect Christmas candy.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Other products we tried: Sprouts Peppermint Puffs, Hershey’s Kisses Sugar Cookie, Hershey’s Kisses Mint with Stripes, Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate Hugged by White Creme, Hershey’s Chocolate Santas, Reese’s Trees, Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark, Peeps Gingerbread Men.

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About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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  • Mr. Palumbo likes mint-flavored things, noted.

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  • I had a Lindt gingerbread flavor one year and I liked it a lot. You can never go wrong with Lindt. My second cheap go to is Russell Stovers milk chocolate caramel ornaments. Anything that is Palmer chocolate is very gross.

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    • I get the Pennsylvania food scene mr. Palumbo. I love herrs chips myself and Turkey hill is a good iced cream. I still think Friendly’s is better (New England bias) The food is top notch so it’s a foodie paradise. Never had shoo fly pie yet. I am more of a flyers fan than the pens but that’ll if your not into sports that won’t be a big deal. I just went to Hershey park and it was nice not much different from Six Flags NE.

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