Holiday

Seasonal Favorites

The holidays bring a lot of joy for many reasons, but my favorite is the seasonal food and drink items. There’s a reason drinks like the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks are considered “basic”: it’s delicious and can only be bought certain times of the year!

I want to share my list of favorite holiday beverages and food items with you:

  • Starbucks Toasted White Chocolate Mocha (Frappuccino or Latte)
  • McDonald’s Eggnog Shake
  • IHOP Vanilla Grinch Pancakes
  • McDonald’s Holiday Pie
  • Disney World’s Santa Rice Krispy
  • Cracker Barrell’s Spiral Slices Sugar Cured Ham

 

I could list Starbucks drinks all day, but I will leave you with this one recommendation today: Toasted White Chocolate Mocha. Whether you like your drinks frozen, iced, or hot, this beverage is the way to go. It is super sweet and tastes just like you’re drinking a coffee flavored Smore. Who doesn’t love coffee and smores? It wasn’t until last year that I got on the Starbuck’s holiday drinks bandwagon and each time I order it always comes down to this drink or Caramel Brulee Latte. Both delicious. And both only available for a short time, so make sure to grab one before your store runs out of the syrup!

There are two items on the list from McDonald’s. What can a girl say? I have a passion for fast and tasty. Now, sometimes eating foods at fast food places can be hit or miss. Well, the holiday pie and Eggnog shake are definitely a hit! I am lactose intolerant, but I will go to my dairy grave over some vanilla and eggnog flavored ice cream. Even though they don’t offer the shake all year ‘round, here is a link I found for making your own:

https://copykat.com/2012/12/16/mcdonalds-eggnog-shake/

If you love breakfast food, then you’ve probably been to IHOP or Cracker Barrell once in your life. Why not go again? Except this time try out their seasonal items, such as the Grinch Pancakes from IHOP or the Ham from Cracker Barrell. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, both recipes will have you wanting more. You could even get them To-Go and pair them for an at-home Christmas morning meal. Yum!

The final seasonal item on the list is from the “most magical place on Earth”. If you’ve never been to Disney World or don’t plan on going anytime soon, don’t get discouraged. I have a copy recipe for this desert as well (I’ll link it below). What more could you want from a snack than to have rice krispies covered in chocolate and shaped like Mickey? They may be overpriced like everything else in the theme parks, but their taste and magical feel are amazing.

Link for copycat recipe:

https://www.momendeavors.com/disney-copycat-mickey-rice-krispies-treats/

If you or your family have favorite seasonal foods, whether they’re sweet or not, please share them down below in the comments. I am always on the look out for more things to try!

sarah

Sarah is a UAB student and an intern for GirlSpring.

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