Part thrill, part nightmare, the Christmas season is making an earlier appearance than ever with the abundant limited-edition, peppermint-flavored sweets filling grocery store shelves. We raided the aisles to bring you the very worst and best of the holiday-themed candies, cookies, chocolates, and more. As a bonus, we'll even show you the best way to eat all of the treats together at once, in GIF form. May your Christmas be sweet and your pantry peppered with only the most delicious mint-flavored treats!
Two TV shows with fervent fan bases — Duck Dynasty and Downton Abbey — recently released tie-in lines of wine. The question is, are they worth trying or are they at best destined for a white elephant gift exchange? While one line was quaffable (though not outright fabulous), the other was barely passable. Can you guess which? Keep reading to find out which to sip and which to skip.
When we first saw the new Annie's commercial for macaroni-and-cheese pizza, we marveled like children at the thought of such a hybrid. It's a pizza crust with a layer of cheddar sauce, a sprinkling of elbow noodles, and shredded cheese topping.
Flash forward to the day we got our hands on one of these Annie's mac-and-cheese pizzas ($8 at Super Target). As we unwrapped the package, there was no doubt about the flavor of this pizza. Some frozen pizzas skimp on the cheese, but not this one. There's plenty of shredded cheese to go around, along with a fluffy, cornmeal-coated crust.
After a trip to the oven, the pizza emerged golden brown, and the cheese bubbled like hot lava. And hot lava it was, as we couldn't wait for it to cool before plowing in to try a slice. The pizza crust itself is doughy, soft, and definitely kid-friendly. The actual mac-and-cheese section of the pizza tasted more like frozen Stouffer's — a little gritty and sharp — but it was still delicious. Some taste testers thought it lacked some seasoning (garlic and onion, for example), while most in the room were apt to think it was just right. It's glorified cheesy bread dotted with elbow noodles, but for those rainy days that call for comfort food, we'd likely toss this pizza in the oven. Either then or after a late night with friends.
For an ice cream lover, even the Winter months can't keep 'em from scooping away. Luckily there are glorious seasonal flavors to discover. McConnell's Peppermint Stick ($10) is for true ice cream connoisseurs who don't mind shipping ice cream in. But for an easily accessible peppermint-flavored ice cream, there's always Dreyer's Peppermint Wonderland ($7). We tasted them side by side to see which pepperminty ice cream reigns supreme. Take a look at the reviews.
Like many, Peeps played an integral part in the Easter celebrations of my youth. Almost too cute to eat and with a pleasantly spongy texture punctuated by a dense and crackly coating of sugar, they were the treat I yearned for year round. So it was a touch bittersweet to discover a few years back that Just Born (the Peeps parent company) had decided to spawn seasonal sweets for nearly any occasion. Sure, I could get my fix at a moment's notice, but as with many treats with a limited season, when their availability escalated, their sparkle diminished.
Given my aforementioned feelings, I was a bit unsure how to feel about these spiced gingerbread men. Would they be a welcome addition to the chubby chick and cheery bunny fold, or would they fall flat? Moreover, would Peeps translate well beyond the classic vanilla flavor?
However you feel about McDonald's recent revamp of its iconic Dollar Menu, the Dollar Menu & More is likely here to stay. On the positive side, with its introduction comes five new sandwiches, all of which we tried. And while the Bacon Cheddar McChicken ($2), Bacon McDouble ($2), Bacon Buffalo Ranch McChicken ($1), and BBQ Ranch ($1) all tempted with their bold flavors, it's one of the menu's thriftiest items — the Buffalo Ranch McChicken — (at $1) that we kept coming back to bite after bite.
If you've ever been puzzled by your capacity to devour a bag of chocolate-covered pretzels, then you're in good company. Sweet, salty, and oh-so-delightfully crunchable, this indulgent snack is pretty hard to beat when done right. But is Snyder's limited-edition line of Pretzel Dips ($4 each) up to snuff? Keep reading to find out.
Some mornings call for digging into a slice of pie or cake dolloped with yogurt, but for most, these indulgences are the exception rather than the norm. While the latest addition to the Thomas' lineup, Thomas' Gingerbread Bagels ($5), doesn't aim to serve as a stand-in for a slice of dense, sweetly spiced gingerbread, we were curious to find out if these rounds ticked some of the same boxes. Could one of these bagels, toasted and slathered with cream cheese, serve up a plate of satisfaction, or are they a mere echo of the cozy cake?
The December premiere of Anchorman 2 is mere months away.
Anxious to find out what antics Champ, Brick, Brian, Veronica, and Ron will get up to next? We are too. In the meantime, we'll whet our appetites for the belly laughs that are sure to come with the latest Ben & Jerry's creation: Ron Burgundy's Scotchy Scotch Scotch ice cream.
From the mouth of Ron Burgundy himself, "Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch is a delicious ice cream, and I hope Ben and Jerry consider my other suggestions, malt liquor marshmallow, well liquor bourbon peanut butter, and cheap white wine sherbet." We might not be on board with Mr. Burgundy's other flavor suggestions, but we eagerly dug into a pint of his rich, butterscotch-swirled ice cream. Before we get into flavor specifics, let's relive the magic that inspired the latest B&J's pint:
Think all candy corn tastes the same? To be blunt, you're wrong. While all candy corn may be throat-searingly sweet (a positive or negative quality depending on who you ask) the variations in its flavor, texture, and appearance became abundantly clear after a blind tasting of three brands' takes on the seasonal treat. Curious as to whether Walgreens, Brach's, or Jelly Belly reigns supreme in the great candy corn taste-off? Keep reading to see how they're ranked, from worst to best.