Sporked’s Holiday Food Guide

It’s the holidays, and that means food. We’re talking fancy dinner parties, chocolate stocking stuffers, seasonal 4 p.m. pick-me-ups, strange handfuls of Christmas-themed snacks that you don’t actually want but you’re definitely still going to eat because, “‘tis the season!” This year, only deck the halls of your stomach with the best holiday foods.

As our gift to you (and because it’s literally our jobs), we donned our Santa hats and ugly sweaters and taste tested every category of holiday-adjacent food you’ll need this season, from eggnog to pie crusts to candy canes. All you need to supply is your favorite antacid.

Best Eggnog

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You only buy eggnog once a year (and if you don’t, that’s your business), so make sure you’re buying the best eggnog.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

best chocolate chip cookies
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You don’t have to bake cookies from scratch. Really. We tasted nearly 30 different brands and six store bought chocolate chip cookies stood out above the rest.

Best Christmas Candy

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Christmas candy deserves just as much attention as Halloween candy or Easter candy. Check out the special, seasonal treats that ranked highest on our list (which we checked twice, much like someone else we know). 

Best Gingerbread Cookies

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There’s more than just gingerbread men out there. These are the best gingerbread cookies and ginger snaps you can buy for your holiday cookie plate.

Best Winter Beers

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These beers range from full-on chocolate flavored to tastes-like-a-Christmas-tree. So there’s something in here for everyone.

Best Peppermint Ice Cream

best peppermint ice cream
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Whether you experience a not-so-cold-outside Christmas or simply want a festive ice cream treat with your holiday cookies, these peppermint ice creams will do the trick.

Best Holiday Coffee Creamer

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These holiday creamers will put a jingle in your step every morning. Only three were good enough to make the list, so make sure you get the right one.

Best Pie Crust

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Making a holiday pie? Save your precious time for watching holiday movies and doing some last-minute shopping for that cousin you always forget by using one the best pre-made, store-bought pie crusts instead of making one from scratch.

Grocery Store Stocking Stuffers

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Get all the ingredients for your weekly meal planning and your stocking stuffers in the same place: the grocery store!

About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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