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What To Eat This Holiday If You Live In The UK: Christmas Tree-Flavored Chips

In the UK, propped among other varieties of chips (we’re talking potato chips not fries), are a supermarket chain’s newest holiday flavor. Snack brand ‘Iceland’ released “Christmas Tree Flavour Salted Hand-Cooked Crisps” throughout UK grocery stores.

The ingredients are pretty simple: potatoes, sunflower oil, pine oil, and pine salt seasoning — an expected combination to create a piney, woodsy taste. A pine-flavored chip definitely sounds odd, but the flavors may taste similar to rosemary. Not so outlandish now, huh?

But, whether it is a marketing ploy or not, this festive flavor breaks away from the flavors that we, as a society, have grown to associate with the holidays: pumpkin spice, peppermint, etc.

As of now, these chips are only available in the UK but, honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it popped up in Trader Joe’s shelves. Yet, for now, the British are winning the oddest potato chip flavor contest (sorry Lay’s).

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For 5 Days Only, Starbucks Is Sneaking In A New Christmas Tree Frap

If you thought Starbucks’ only holiday drinks were going to be Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and Peppermint Mocha, you obviously don’t know Starbucks.

From December 7 to 11, you’ll be able to grab a festive Christmas Tree Frappuccino. That’s right, not a “Holiday Tree,” which may or may not appease those who believe Starbucks is out to destroy Christmas.

The drink is not short on ingredients, as it consists of a Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino, topped with Matcha whipped cream to give it the green tree feel. As far as tree decorations, the Frap will have a caramel drizzle, candied cranberries, and even a strawberry acting as a star.

Sure, it’ll only be around for five days, but most of Starbucks’ wacky combinations are only around for a limited time, probably in hope that they catch fire like the infamous Unicorn Frap.

For those looking for this early present from your baristas, you have until Monday to try this sugar-rush inducing monster.

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Here’s How to Make Stained Glass Christmas Ornament Cookies

School’s out, kids (or almost out, for those of you who have deans and principals who hate you). But whether your winter break started last Friday or starts this week, coming home for the holidays usually means a couple of things for most people. First, presents. Second, hot, delicious, home cooked meals for the first time since Thanksgiving. Lastly, discovering that as much as you hated finals, the internet can only hold your interest for so long.

That’s right, if you’re anything like the rest of the school-aged general population (or have kids who are), sometime these next couple of weeks, you’ll remember that as much as you’ve been hyping up winter break in your mind, the reality usually just consists of coldness and boredom, in spades.

Hopefully this adorable DIY project from Janine over at Sugarkissed can at least help alleviate those darn Winter Blues.

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Stained Glass Christmas Ornament Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1-1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Candy cane, gingerbread man, Christmas tree, and mini Christmas tree cookie cutters
  • Green, red, and brown gel food coloring
  • Green and red hard candy (such as Jolly Ranchers or Life Savers)
  • Straws
  • String, twine, or thin ribbon

DIRECTIONS:

Step 1: Make and Color Your Dough

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar. I set the butter out on the counter for about 30 minutes, chopped into small squares, to bring it to room temperature before beginning. (I have had bad luck with using the microwave to bring butter to room temperature.
  2. Beat in the eggs (I set these out on the counter with the butter to bring them to room temperature too), vanilla, and almond flavorings.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  4. One cup at a time, mix the dry ingredients into the wet. Scraping down your bowl as needed.
  5. Divide dough into three equal sections. Add a few drops of red coloring to the first section, green to the second, and brown to the third. Knead each section of dough until the coloring is spread evenly throughout. Wrap dough and store overnight in the fridge

Step 2: Cut Your Dough

  1. When you are ready to bake, take the dough out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter for a few minutes so it’s not too hard to work with. Roll dough to desired thickness. Use your cookie cutters to cut the dough into holiday shapes, removing sections from the center of each one where you want to have the stained glass effect. To remove a tree shaped center from your Christmas tree cookies, use a slightly smaller Christmas tree cookie cutter. To remove small circles from your Christmas tree and gingerbread men cookies, use a straw. To remove rectangle sections from your candy cane cookies, use a sharp knife to cut the shapes by hand. Also, use a straw to cut holes in the dough at the top of each cookie so you can string them up as ornaments later.

Step 3: Bake Your Cookies

  1. Set your dough shapes in the freezer for about 10 minutes before baking to reduce spreading. While your cut dough is in the freezer, prepare your candy for the stained glass centers. Unwrap all of your green and red hard candy and place them in separate sealed Ziploc bags. Use a kitchen mallet or rolling-pin to crush the candy into tiny pieces.
  2. Remove your chilled dough from the freezer and bake for 4 minutes or until the dough is just set.
  3. Remove the cookies from the oven and carefully scoop a small amount of candy into cutout centers of each one. Set the cookies back in the oven for an additional 4 minutes.
  4. Remove the cookies from the oven and use the pointy end of a toothpick or sharp knife to pop any large unwanted bubbles in the candy.
  5. Let stained glass cookies completely dry before storing or stacking them.

Step 4: Display Your Cookie Ornaments

  1. To turn your cookies into ornaments, simply loop some pretty string, twine, or ribbon through the hole you created at the top of the cookies.

Recipe and photos via Sugarkissed

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5 Boozy Christmas Ornaments To Warm Up The Season

Time to ‘fess up, guys. The only reason ANYONE gets cheery around the holiday season is because it’s totally acceptable to drink around the clock. (As a newcomer to the Big Apple, I refuse to believe that anything else in this frigid weather could make someone happy.) Eggnog at the office, candy cane-themed happy hour martinis, spiced apple cider at the ice rink and mulled wine by the fire… Booze is just the means by which we stay warm and look forward to the upcoming vacation days that will soon be gone.

Strings of popcorn and tiny lights might be pretty, but it’s better to deck the halls and decorate your Christmas tree (or Chanukah bush) with something that’s a little more, well… festive, don’t you think? Or just, holiday-appropriate?

And by holidays, we mean alcohol. Those two words are pretty much synonymous by now. Happy alcohol to you and yours. Have a wonderful alcohol season. Last minute holiday shopping. Yeah, we’ll stop talking now and refill our glasses.

Below, a list of cheeky alcohol-related holiday ornaments from Sur la table:

1. Champagne Bottle Ornament:

 

2. Jamaica Rum Bottle Ornament

 

3. Irish Cream Bottle Ornament

 

4. Margarita Ornament

 

5. Cognac Bottle Ornament

Which boozy holiday decor is your favorite?

via Sur la table

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Jones Soda: Christmas and Hanukkah Packs

This could possibly be a pack of the weirdest soda flavors I’ve ever heard of. Included in the Jones Soda Christmas pack are four different flavors: Sugar Plum, Christmas Tree, Egg Nog, and Christmas Ham. But don’t think for one second that Jones forgot about all you folks that don’t celebrate Christmas. They of course made a Hanukkah pack to that includes flavors such as: Latke, Apple Sauce, Chocolate Coins, and Jelly Doughnut. Even better, the Hanukkah pack is 100% Kosher comes with a free dreidel! Check that pack out by clicking more. (Thx Jones)