In relation to my Pumpkin Spice post, Christmas time means ALL OF THE PEPPERMINT THINGS which I have more of a weakness for it I’m being plain honest with y’all.
The list isn’t in complete order by way of preference:
Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s
Everyone loves Oreos, right? Well, Oreo does technically have a candy cane flavor, but they are usually bought in mini snack size cans and are merely flavored. But these? There are actual bits of candy cane in the cream filling. The chocolate cookie isn’t as sweet as Oreo in my opinion, so it really lets the sweet candy cane dominate the chocolate and yuuuuuum. I end up buying 5+ boxes every season to keep a stash of them. There is also the chocolate covered variation which is very tasty, but I prefer enjoying the peppermint more.
Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark Squares
These are my absolute weakness. This year I got to try the dark chocolate version and it was heaven. Chocolate bar with a layer of white chocolate peppermint fused on top is a perfect combination and is crisp and creamy in every bite.
White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms
These are just okay. Like the Pumpkin Spice ones, I think they should have been made the size like the regular M&Ms so the new flavor doesn’t become over saturated. I’m picky with my white chocolate and the peppermint didn’t stand out as much in these.
Peppermint Bluebell Ice Cream
Bluebell’s ice cream is divine in every flavor I try – haven’t been disappointed once. Normal peppermint is green like mint ice cream, but has red and green pearl bits of candy cane and give some crunchy bites. Bark version adds chocolate chips in there and it’s a recipe of greatness and I’m sad we have been unable to get our hands on this!
Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Starbucks
Technically this is a year round beverage (just discovered this), but I always save buying one until after Thanksgiving to get me feeling festive! The shot of peppermint gives the normal hot chocolate a refreshing boost and I love it.
Candy Cane Chill Blizzad at Dairy Queen
Peppermint flavoring mixed into their vanilla ice cream with candy cane and chocolate flakes. A decent mixture, but
Peppermint Shake at Chick Fil-a
-This one beats it. I’m not sure why. The same type of deal, but maybe because the ice cream itself is already peppermint and then there’s bits inside it. Plus, whipped cream!
Stephen’s Candy Cane Cocoa
For when I’m lazy and want to save $4, I buy a pack of this and make it at home. Actual bits of candy cane are in the mix and it’s super tasty and cheap. Not as creamy as Starbucks, but it’s good for being on a budget.
Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea
Green Tea is my go-to tea and adding peppermint to it is an instant favorite. Unfortunately it’s decaffeinated, so I usually have it at night to relax.
Candy Cane Kisses
Again I’m picky with the white chocolate, but the combination of the peppermint actually being bits of candy cane and creating a texture, is really good.
Alamo Drafthouse Candy Cane Winter Shake
We went and saw a free showing of Jingle all the Way and at Christmas Vacation Quote Along and this shake was on the special menu. It’s their special vanilla ice cream with candy cane bits and whipped cream. It’s simple, but it’s delicious in the simplicity.
Marie Calendar’s Peppermint Pie
Chocolate graham crust with peppermint ice cream and whipped froth on top is totally delicious~ A little rich in taste at times.
Chocolate Crinkles with Candy Cane
Seeing them with an official name is weird as my mom has made these for years, BUT, basically is cake cookies with a powdered sugar dust with candy cane on top. They are best when soft and warm, omnomnom.
Oreo Peppermint Truffles
While I’ve seen kits and these available as cakepops in various places, my mom makes these :9 Basically crushed Oreos and cream cheese with a chocolate coating and candy cane on top or inside!
All in all, if there is a cookie, cake, pastry, flavored candy of peppermint/candy cane store bought or homemade, you bet I am trying it!