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2016’s Best New Holiday-Themed, Limited-Edition Food Products

With Halloween done, food companies are getting ready to launch a bucketload of holiday-themed products onto consumers as the holiday season comes around. From gingerbread to peppermint, common holiday flavors will be popping up in grocery stores and restaurants everywhere. With Food Business News releasing a slideshow featuring some of the newest food products that are set to entice holiday shoppers, we got to thinking: which holiday-themed food products are truly a step above the rest this year? Here’s a list of our favorites and which companies are selling them:


Starbucks – Spiced Sweet Cream Nariño 70 Cold Brew


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Starbucks has definitely gone away from their traditional style of new holiday drinks. Usually, spiced warm drinks splash onto the menu as new introductions this time of year. This time, they went for a cold beverage with holiday flair. For those of us that live in warmer areas during the winter, we’re definitely open to it. Even if we don’t get to drink out of the new green holiday cups.


Ethel M (Mars) – Dark Chocolate Crème de Menthe


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The premium chocolate brand of Mars has dropped the mic on the holidays with a slew of new products. While these are mainly new holiday-themed tins, one of the two new chocolates stick out. This boozy creme-filled dark chocolate takes peppermint chocolates to a whole new level.


Our Little Rebellion – Fudge and Snickerdoodle Popcorners Mini’s


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Our Little Rebellion has a great line of popped corn chip snacks, and these two new holiday flavors are perfect additions. Chocolatey fudge and aromatic snickerdoodle put a holiday twist on these non-GMO, gluten-free snacks that are perfect to serve to any guest.


Dunkin’ Donuts – Boston Kreme Croissant Donut


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We previewed the new Dunkin’ Donuts holiday menu for you all recently, but this has to be one of the best new additions by the beloved donut slingers. Boston Creme Pie is a classic American dessert, and this croissant donut is the perfect way to spread it across the nation. With rich Bavarian cream and a chocolate icing, this truly is the definition of holiday indulgence.


Arby’s – Venison Sandwich



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While not released specifically for the holidays, the timing of Arby’s release of this new sandwich matches perfectly with them. Venison is a more common meat in higher-end restaurants around this time of season, and isn’t as available to consumers as it should be. While Arby’s is selling this in more hunting-centric locations, we’re excited to see this hopefully spread across the U.S. in the future. We’re just hoping that it’s not Rudolph being served in one of those sandwiches.


Hershey’s – Sea Salt Caramel Baking Chips


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Who doesn’t love salted caramel? This awesome trend has made it into baking chips, and it’s ready to take holiday baking to a salty-sweet level of bliss. We’re hoping to see a lot more salted caramel chip cookies being baked during this holiday season.


Your Pie – Chicken and Waffle Pizza



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This pizza chain is going all-out on its new addition. The line between sweet and savory is totally blurred here with fried chicken pieces, waffle, syrup, ricotta, Parmesean, and basil. A scoop of apple pie gelato really gets this pizza in the holiday mood as well.


Krispy Kreme – Pumpkin Spice Coffee Thins



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There had to be at least one new pumpkin spice product on this list, and Krispy Kreme is rocking it with this new product. They teamed up with Tierra Nueva to create a coffee treat that tastes like a pumpkin spice latte. Three of these have the same caffeine as a cup of coffee, so make sure to grab a pack for caffeine on the go!


General Mills – Cinnamon Star Crunch


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This isn’t really much of a flavor change, but look at how adorable those star shapes are! Add this to the list of reasons why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


Pringles – Salted Caramel Potato Chips



Out of the three new Pringles chips flavors released for the holidays, this one is hands down the best. The salty chips get accentuated by the sweet caramel flavors going on for a perfectly balanced holiday snack. Hats off to you, Pringles, this flavor combo is brilliant for the holiday season.


Packaged Food

Thomas Has New Salted Caramel English Muffins

Salted Caramel English Muffin

With salted caramel taking new forms from ice cream to lattes and beyond, it’s not surprising that Thomas has decided to develop a salted caramel flavor. The limited-edition flavor will soon be available in two different 6-pack products, bagels and English muffins.

I tried the English muffin version. For my first taste I popped the muffin into the toaster and spread butter on it just as I would with a normal English muffin.

There seem to be little chunks of salted caramel in the English muffin itself as you can see here. Other than that, they look fairly similar to normal Thomas English muffins. The chunks are apparently similar to their limited edition pumpkin spice English muffins and bagels which have pumpkin chunks.

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The chunks definitely drew some doubt into me that there would be strong flavor, or a flavor recognizable as salted caramel would be there at all.

After my first bite, my mouth was overwhelmed with the taste of salted caramel. My skepticism was dead wrong. I probably should have realized this, but I wasn’t expecting to be so completely overwhelmed by the sweetness.

I do think that either the butter or toasting helped bring out the flavor. Later, after my mouth was a little less overwhelmed with caramel flavor, I did try another one. This time plain not bothering to alter it in any way and it was definitely less overwhelming flavor wise. The salted caramel flavor was still there but it was nowhere near as prominent, although this might be better for people who don’t want something as overwhelmingly sweet.

The English muffins will be sold at about $4.49 and have 150 calories per serving with 1 gram of fact and sold at about $4.49. The bagels will be sold at $4.79 and have 260 calories per serving with 1.5 grams of fat.

Salted Caramel lovers can get their sweet tooth ready for June 27 when the limited edition flavor will begin to be available in stores nationwide in both its English muffin and bagel forms. They will be available until mid-October.


Salted Caramel Maple Pecan Pie Bars


Recipe: Averie Cooks


Chicken and Waffles Cake Exists and We Need It ASAP

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Recipe: Glazed and Confused


Dat Salted Caramel Apple Pie Tho


Recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Fast Food

Carl’s Jr. Gets Salted Caramel Shakes and Strawberry Biscuits ‘Made from Scratch’

Strawberry Biscuit

Carl’s Jr. released their new Made From Scratch Strawberry Biscuits and Salted Caramel Shakes this week. The new biscuits on deck claim to “made-from-scratch,” a bold move for any fast food joint.

The Strawberry Biscuit is made with a fresh buttermilk biscuit drizzled with white icing and topped with sliced strawberries drenched in strawberry syrup. Apparently, “fresh biscuits” in this case mean a combination of biscuit mix and buttermilk baked daily. Alright.

The Sea Salt & Caramel Shake, another new item, packs hand-scooped vanilla ice cream blended with caramel syrup. It’s topped with sea salt toffee crumbles and whipped cream. You’re going to want a bacon burger or two to balance all that sweet.

The biscuit is available at $0.99 and $1.79 for two, while the shake will run you $2.99 at participating locations.

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Carvel Debuts New Salted Caramel Soft Serve with Pieces of Heath Toffee Bar


Real, actual pieces of salted caramel are a rich and toothy winter dessert — perfect for melting into cozy mugs of hot chocolate. But for when you need a sweet and salty fix in April, Carvel’s new soft serves and sundaes are just the thing to have you feeling all warm and fuzzy without actually being warm and fuzzy.


Available now through June 29, the new Salted Caramel line features three distinct offerings: a Salted Caramel Soft Serve, Fresh Scooped Salted Caramel with pieces of Heath Toffee Bar, and a Salted Caramel Heath Sundae Dasher, which alternates layers of Salted Caramel Soft Serve with layers of whipped cream, caramel sauce, and Heath Toffee Bar.

Enjoy some during long walks on the beach, in the park, at an outdoor shopping mall. No fuss or gimmicks, this is ice cream at its most simply indulgent.

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Burns So Sweet: New Chocolate Jalapeño Shake from Sonic


Cooling down for the summer needn’t leave you feeling so lukewarm. Not to knock vanilla, but shouldn’t a season marked by so little clothing be rung in with a beverage that’s equally as steamy? This milkshake season, beat the heat by embracing it, courtesy of the new Chocolate Jalapeño milkshake from Sonic.

Starting April 28, Chocolate Covered Jalapeño takes its place among three brand-new flavors headlining Sonic’s annual Summer of Shakes, which include Oreo Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel. Blending real ice cream with hot jalapeños and sweet chocolate sauce, the CCJ sounds kind of like a spicy hot chocolate, only frozen, and even more dank.

After 8 p.m. all summer, get these and all other Sonic shakes for half-off. Not all at once, of course, though you’ll probably want to. Hel-lo sweet summer.