Showing posts with label christmas snacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas snacks. Show all posts

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My official Christmas cookie: Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies

I'm typing this while I'm hopped up on various cold medications, so if I go off on a tangent about juicy leprechauns or how Star Wars Episode VII is obviously inferior because of its lack of goats, don't pay it any attention. Today we're here to talk about my favorite cookies for the holidays:  Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thomas' Cranberry English Muffins

I'll admit, cranberries are rarely my first choice when it comes to small spherical fruits.That honor almost always goes to blueberries. Still, I can buy foods stuffed with blueberries any day of the week. Cranberry infused baked goods aren't exactly common, so I couldn't help myself when I stumbled across the Thomas' Limited Edition Cranberry English Muffins.

The packaging on Thomas' English Muffins never had much real estate, so they had to get creative in order to stand out from all the other packs of baked hockey pucks. I actually love everything about this tray, from the cranberry laden muffin half, to the fruit bunch just under it. Speaking of that bunch of cranberries on the side there, at first glance I thought it was the top of a Christmas tree. It wasn't until I got them home that I realized it was just a cluster of berries. Look at it from the corner of your eye and tell me you don't see a Christmas tree there. I love how the writing reminds me of the title of a DVD of a straight to Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. Actually, I wouldn't be that  surprised to learn  Limited Edition: Cranberry was the name of an actual Hallmark movie. It could be about two people that get together due to their mutual love for seasonal holiday foods. Starring Harry Connick Jr. and Lauren Holly, probably.

Also, I have to mention that the entire package is the same color as eggnog. Thomas' covered all of their subliminal bases with this packaging.

As with all foods, Thomas' Cranberry English Muffins aren't nearly as beautiful as they are on the box. The muffins may not look pretty, but there's no denying that they are just loaded full of cranberries. Open the package, and you'll think you just stepped into the middle of a cranberry bog. There's a hint of citrus that brings back memories of the Panettone my parents used to buy from a local Italian eatery. I really don't like raisins hiding in my bread, but if you substituted cranberries in there, I would probably devour the whole thing. I'll be the first to admit, Thomas' English Muffins look rather unappetizing right out of the box. Sure, you could eat them untoasted, but what kind of savage are you? No, to properly enjoy them, they need some toaster time..

Now that's gorgeous. A couple minutes in the toaster, and they go from being pale and chewy to crispy golden brown discs of deliciousness. Even the nooks and crannies seem to open up, allowing them to really hold on to all that butter you are going to slather on top. I don't know if it's from being cooked in a toaster, but the cranberries seem fresh, rather than dried. The muffins have a slightly citrus-y flavor, without the sourness I usually expect from cranberries. If you're the type that likes some fruit on top of your muffins, you can probably hold the jelly with these. Speaking of toppings..

It's not exactly Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner leftovers, but it's close enough. Throw some leftover turkey on there, with some stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and you have the makings of a mini holiday feast. There's just enough cranberry flavor in the muffins that you can leave off the cranberry sauce, and save yourself some mess.

So go out and get yourself a pack of Thomas' Cranberry English Muffins. They're the only way you'll be able to enjoy a McThanksgiving.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fun Food Friday Holiday Edition: Little Debbie Red Velvet Christmas Tree Cakes

Holy Kringle! It's a Fun Food Friday post. The first one in, what, two months? Regardless, I think I picked the perfect one for today:

I actually made a video earlier, because I thought all of these cakes had been eaten and that the box was tossed out. Thankfully, I was wrong, and I'll get to share my new favorite holiday snack with you all. Let me just get this out of the way first. There is nothing special about the way the Red Velvet Christmas Tree Cakes, henceforth known as the RVCT Cakes, taste.

They taste like all of Little Debbie's other frosted, cream filled cakes. What makes these cakes special is their holiday appearance. Most manufacturers are content slapping some green frosting with some red sprinkles on top of a chocolate or vanilla cake, and call it a day. Little Debbie pushed them  aside and said to them:

"Stand back boys. Let me show you how it's done". And show them, she did. Green frosting! Green and red sprinkles! Red velvet cake! White filling! These things are Christmas inside and out. Take a bite, and you'll see the spirit of the holidays come oozing out. If the ghosts had tossed Ebeneezer Scrooge a box of these cakes at the beginning of "A Christmas Carol", it would have lasted all of five minutes. Two cakes in, and I bet Scrooge would have been skipping down the street singing carols and just being an all around jolly guy.

As much as I love the cakes, I can't neglect the excellent box they come in. All of the Little Debbie Christmas cakes come in the same style box, with two different views of the snacks enclosed inside and a picture of Santa lounging off to the right. It's that Santa that is so fascinating to me.

Originally, I thought this may be taking place at the North Pole, but then I saw the little "For Santa" tag under the plate of Oatmeal Creme Pies. It doesn't say who the cakes are from, but boy, they're either really generous, or they're trying to bribe Santa. Maybe that's how kids pay their penance in this world. "One box of Oatmeal Creme Pies and a box of Fudge Brownies, Little Billy, and I'll overlook that time you smacked your sister".  I personally find the Fudge Brownies to be inferior to most of Little Debbie's other offerings, but Santa's polite. I bet he'll eat all of them. Just look at the man's face. That's the look of someone that is just extremely pleased with his life. Slide down a chimney, drop off some presents, then kick back to enjoy some milk and cookies. I can almost hear him saying, "Man, my life is just great".

As good as the front of the box is, there's even more on the back.

You'll think I'm kidding when I say this, but I'll probably end up using all of these. And why not? These are some high quality designer gift tags. They look like they would fit in with all the other fancy gift wrapping stuff you'd find at Target. It's hard to pick a favorite out of the bunch, but I think I'd have to go with the Santa one. It looks like he was about to leave the rest of the cookies on the plate, but then decided to have "just one more". You take that cookie Santa, you earned it.

If you've learned one thing from this article, I hope it's this: You can totally bribe Santa with some Little Debbie snacks. Try it.
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