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Your guilty Holiday Food Pleasure?

My Guilty Pleasures of holiday foods?
I could eat an entire tin of Royal Dansk Danish butter cookies by myself
I like to put eggnog in my coffee instead of cream and sugar
(shameful, I know!)

What are your favorite Guilty Holiday food Pleasures?

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  1. Depending on which holiday, I may have several food pleasures related to it. Absolutely no guilt about any of them.

    1. I make struffoli once a year for Christmas. For the uninitiated, they are tiny balls of dough that are fried and then dressed with a honey/sugar/cinnamon combination, piled into a cone shape, and sprinkled with colored candy dots. Yes, I could eat them all. The whole mess of 'em. It's a combination of the taste and nostalgia, but to me it's one of the great things of the holiday season.

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      1. re: roxlet

        While I couldn't eat All of them, yes struffoli are definitely a worthy Holiday memory. In fact over indulging in Italian pastries in general at Holiday time is a fact of life here. But, my real downfall is the sweet ricotta pie, or sweet pizza as we used to call it. The best came from the kitchen of my mother's best friend. No store bought pie came close to her perfection.

        1. re: Gio

          Did you have that for Christmas, Gio? We never did, and we never really had it for Easter either since my mother produced a dozen or more Pizza Rusticas that would be distributed to relatives and friends. I doubt I would have eaten it as a child though since I was a real pill and didn't like things with creamy consistencies. Crunchy, yes. Creamy, no. Hell, the only ice cream I ate was vanilla, and get away from me with that whipped cream! If only I were like that now!!

          1. re: roxlet

            If I recall correctly we had it for all Holidays, I think. It was creamy but at that time anything sweet and not "good for me" only made me want it more. Also, those simple round cookie balls with the thin white icing and sprinkles. I forget what they're called. Only home made would do and only one relative made the ones I liked... those that stayed soft for more than a couple of hours - almost moist - and melted in your mouth.

            But I do remember the Pizza Rustica. I ate that as well and loved it. It was just different enough to make me want to try it. I guess my mother cooked such varied and interesting food that I thought everything was wonderful. She and my father and their friends had traveled extensively so nothing was exotic to my brother and me.

            1. re: Gio

              Oh, I have a recipe for engenetta, which is what those cookies are called. At least I think that's what you're referring to. Ours were tied in a little knot, and they puffed so much they looked like a ball when they were cooked. The icing had anise in it, which I didn't like, so we made ours with lemon. And they were finished with the little candy balls like the struffoli.

              I was just a pill. My sister ate everything, and we lived in a very multi-cultural part of Brooklyn, so my mother was as likely to make stuffed cabbage as spaghetti.

              1. re: roxlet

                Anginetti. Italian lemon drop cookies. I think we simply called them biscotti even though biscotti refers to those hard twice cooked wedges. But I know what you mean. My brother was "The Pill" in our family but see how you both grew up and became so smart... LOL Happy Holidays, Roxlet.


                1. re: Gio

                  Gio and roxlet you took me down memory lane
                  the little round cookies, my grandmother would make with orange instead of lemon, and sprinkle with the same little round multi-colored non-parels that went on the stuffoli! Oh Struffoli! I could sit and eat an entire 'tree' of those when I was a kid
                  we had sweet ricotta pie at Easter, too, I still make that only our family adds rice to it (some use wheatberries, but my grandfather didn't like the texture) I also still make the pizza rustica

                  1. re: Gio

                    Oh, the recipe I have says Engenetta, but just a transcription thing, I'm sure. As I recall, it has a lot of baking soda in the recipe I have.

                    Love those pictures! Those are them!! I want to make them right now!!

                    1. re: Gio

                      We make anginettes at Christmas (lemon). Apizza gain at Easter along with cream pie, ricotta pie, and rice pie. Apparently no one liked wheat pie so we don't make that anymore.

                      1. re: melpy

                        Do you do your anginetti in knots? I cannot find my recipe, but it was solid enough to roll and form into knots. In some of the recipes I have seen on line the dough is so soft that it's scooped. Could anyone who makes these and forms them into knots please share his or her recipe?

                    2. re: roxlet

                      We had them with anise and also another batch with clementina zest.

            2. Ditto on the eggnog here--try using it for making French toast sometime!

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              1. re: KSlink

                Mind blown!

                Perhaps my new Christmas morning breakfast.

                1. Every Christmas I get a bunch of boxes of After Eight mints at Costco and go into chocolate-mint overload.

                  1. I have many, many....but at this time of the year, I find myself putting about 89 spoonfuls of whipped cream on my coffee and on my (slightly) sinful Sugar Free Suisse Mocha.

                    1. The crispy skin off our traditional Roast Goose. If I didn't seriously make an effort to control myself, the goose would arrive at the table buck naked.

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                      1. re: Bacardi1

                        Same at our house! That stuff is sublime.

                        1. re: Bacardi1

                          Every turkey I've ever roasted has very nearly suffered the same fate. And most of the chickens.

                        2. Homemade chex snack mix. The original made with butter, Worcestershire, etc. I am addicted and routinely will eat the entire jar upon receipt.

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                          1. re: foodieX2

                            I make that, only I use 2x the nuts called for, no wheat chex, oatmeal squares instead, add goldfish crackers and butter snap pretzels and then use double the butter & Worcestershire sauce plus some soy sauce and tabasco. I also bake it longer, although thats mostly because my version fills an entire turkey roasting pan.

                            1. re: Ariadanz

                              Totally stealing this! We are traveling for the holidays and this would be killer car food and hostess gift!

                            2. re: foodieX2

                              Chex Mix glotton here, too. I make the parmesan version that I believe I just got right from the chex site. But I don't share this stuff, no way! It's all mine. Especially, when it's still a little warm. I fill a cereal bowl with it, pop a top, and munch away.
                              Most people worry about growing bellies this time of year, but my thing is probably a rise in blood pressure form all the sodium, haha!

                              1. re: foodieX2

                                Me too! Like a PP, I up the butter, Worcestershire and seasoned salt, and add some hot sauce too (if my dad's not eating it). I also add pretzel goldfish, maybe some cheddar cheese ones too, and extra wheat Chex since they soak up the sauce more than the rice or corn ones...

                              2. Really thick shortbread. Sometimes my husband has no clue it has even been around.

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                                1. re: chefathome

                                  My SO hunts them down. Short of me taking them to work, he will find them.

                                  What shape do you make? I have a soft place for the little 'fingers' as oppose to rounds or petticoat tails.

                                  1. re: Crockett67

                                    As long as it is VERY thick (i.e. a good half inch) I love it. But I do love fingers especially as well. And I really like pressing the dough into a round tin to bake as is traditional. Around here many people adorn shortbread with a half of maraschino cherry! Not allowed in my house. :)

                                    1. re: chefathome

                                      Half of maraschino cherry? I've never seen that.

                                      1. re: Crockett67

                                        It is rare to see shortbread around here "naked". Those half cherries on them sort of ruin the whole thing in my mind.

                                2. Christmas crack (made with pretzel sticks, rice Chex, Golden Grahams, broken up pecans all stuck together with white almond bark) So easy and common, but I can get crazy with it.

                                  1. I should just slap myself but I gorge myself on those cheapo dark chocolate covered cherries available @ Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS. You know the ones?! Only see them around this time of year.

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                                      1. re: letsindulge

                                        My late father always did a Christmas stocking full of odds and ends for "his girls" (my sister and I) after we became adults. Mine always contained those dark chocolate cherries because he knew I loved them so. I sure loved him, too. I miss him everyday even 25 years later. I think I will buy some dark chocolate cherries when I pick up my prescription later this week.

                                        1. re: laskiblue

                                          This was a very sweet post, laskiblue. I hope you have a good Christmas!

                                          1. re: pinehurst

                                            Indeed! My grandfather loved nothing more than a neat glass of Glenfarclas and a box of dark chocolate covered cherries on the holidays.

                                        2. re: letsindulge

                                          I love these too - I always eat half a box or so, despite the presence of tons of much tastier homemade candies and treats. There is just something about the way the center oozes!

                                          1. re: biondanonima

                                            Wow! There are enough of us for a cordial cherry support group!

                                          2. re: letsindulge

                                            Oh, thanks for the reminder. I had almost forgotten about those.....

                                            1. re: letsindulge

                                              I'm glad I'm not the only one. I don't even get them every year, and they don't taste as good as I remember when I was young, but I'm guilty. I keep thinking I should try and make them myself, but no one in my family likes them as much as I do. One day.....

                                              1. My guilty Holiday Food Pleasure is similar to yours, eggnog and spritz cookies. While I did make the spritz last year, I think I'll try and skip it this year, all those carbs, ya know.

                                                1. Homemade almond toffee and tiramisu, but I am guilty about neither!

                                                  1. Not Christmas, but still a holiday food... I freaking love Cadbury Cream Eggs.

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                                                      1. re: chefathome

                                                        Walker's shortbread - I have to buy the mini package b/c I WILL eat the entire box. And the occasional dollop of Amaretto in my coffee. ;)

                                                          1. re: chloebell

                                                            it wouldn't be the holidays without a shortbread binge. I play no favorites when it comes to brand, just give me the whole damn can and two days. I'll even eat my MIL's homemade, which if you knew her kitchen habits, is saying something.

                                                        1. re: juliejulez

                                                          Right there with you. Did you see the Halloween ones this year? I ate more than a few of those!!

                                                          1. re: jbsiegel

                                                            NO I didn't see halloween ones. I missed out! Probably a good thing I didn't see them though LOL

                                                            1. re: juliejulez

                                                              Here they are: https://www.hersheys.com/celebrate/ha...

                                                              Sadly, I don't think there's a Christmas one. But...I currently have a bag of Christmas Cadbury Mini Eggs (the solid chocolate ones with that non-shiny shell on them). Those are pretty good too! (http://www.obsessivesweets.com/2011/0...)

                                                              1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                Oh those are good too. I pretty much cannot keep chocolate in the house otherwise I'll gain back all the weight I lost this year LOL Even on Halloween I bought non-chocolate candies on purpose. That's why I like the cream eggs I guess... you can buy just one at a time versus a whole bag.... although I used to buy the boxes of them and eat all 4 in one sitting :-/

                                                                1. re: juliejulez

                                                                  I have to admit it. I have never had a Cadbury egg. But all the fuss from you guys makes me want to try on something awful. Hurry up Easter. :-)

                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                    Cadbury Creme eggs just freak me the hell out. Can't do 'em. But the pretty, pastel, speckled mini-eggs, on the other hand, they could make those all year long and it would be fine with me.

                                                                    1. re: mamachef

                                                                      Oh oh. We both have similar tastes(being that we both have the palate of a twelve year old half the time) . Now I wonder about them. Most everything I dislike is on account of texture not taste. Which one or both don't you like?

                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                        Bahaw. That's why I thought I'd better say something. It's both, suzigirl. The texture is slidey and viscous yet grainy and tastes somewhat of shortening w/ cheap vanilla. And in the midst of the sea of white there's a slidey little viscous grainy yolky-type spot and it's just awful, so that's actually three things about it that are just so wrong. I could eat the chocolate plain, but not....not the way it's served up in those things. :)

                                                                        1. re: mamachef

                                                                          I think I will try it once but i think I won't be jazzed. The speckled eggs.. are they Robbins eggs like malted milk balls or the almost lost pastel sugar coated with the sugar filling

                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                            I used to love Cadbury Creme Eggs but I feel like they've gotten sweeter over the years, to the point where I can't stomach them anymore. Maybe it's me, but Cadbury chocolate in general doesn't even taste like chocolate, it just tastes like pasty sugar. Ick.

                                                                            1. re: biondanonima

                                                                              I do agree that they've gotten less good over the years, but I still like them. I'm not sure I could do 4 in one sitting like I did when I was younger though. And, I love the "cadbury bunny tryouts" commercials :)

                                                                              At least it's not Peeps, my late dad LOVED those.

                                                                              And ladies (assuming we're all ladies in this sub-thread), I also have the palate of a 12 year old often based on texture alone (ie I can't eat stuff like cooked spinach purely because of the texture), but I still like my Cadbury cream eggs :)

                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                I embrace my twelve year old palate. :-) And i also have an aversion to foods based on texture. I honestly cannot think of anything I dislike for taste alone. I love the taste of marshmallow a, jello and whipped cream but will NOT eat them based on texture. I am there for you sister.

                                                                              2. re: biondanonima

                                                                                That's because Hershey now has a license to manufacture under the Cadbury label here in the States and they use their nasty chocolate. The Dairy Milk, Creme Eggs, mini eggs, etc used to be imported. Some places still import the British product, but you have to check the label, and if you see Hershey -- steer clear! Try Cost Plus World Market or a local British tea shop if you have such a thing.

                                                                              3. re: suzigirl

                                                                                The speckled eggs are cheap Cadbury milk chocolate; no malt balls or honeycomb in sight, covered w/ a thin sugar shell. Like I said, I can eat the choccy, but really I just love the minis because they're so so pretty. Like Lilipop says, it's not good chocolate at all, but I can manage it, what w/ my 12-year-old's palate and all. :)

                                                                              4. re: mamachef

                                                                                Your poetry just makes me want them more, Mamachef. I will dream of viscous grainy yolky-type spots.

                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                            I love these things and used to make my own. Homemade is even better but a touch time consuming.

                                                                            1. re: chefathome

                                                                              You have my full attention. Would you have a recipe handy? I bet that would be nice to round out my treat boxes for xmas

                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                I will do some digging around for you. I haven't made them in eons but they were a lot of fun to make and eat, that is for sure. Let me look. I made the "whites" out of fondant and the "yolks" out of fondant, coloured yellow (obviously). I formed the whites around the yolks and dipped into melted chocolate.

                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                  Cannot locate the original recipe I made years ago but this is the same idea - very close.

                                                                          3. re: jbsiegel

                                                                            I once made "muffins" (read: breakfast cupcakes!) with a relatively plain muffin batter and one of the small creme eggs (the size smaller than the ones you buy individually) stuffed in the middle. Kids loved those!

                                                                            I will also admit to the way I eat the eggs: Bite off the "narrow" end of chocolate, suck out the goo in the middle, finish the chocolate. Pathetic, I know!!!

                                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                              I eat them almost exactly the same way. Bit off narrow end, suck/lick the goo out, then eat the rest.

                                                                              1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                Bah hah hah on the "lick" part. I do that too, but thought that was WAY too gross to post!!

                                                                                1. re: jbsiegel

                                                                                  When I ate them, I would bite off the narrow end of the chocolate, scoop the goo out with my finger and lick it off my finger, then finish the shell. SO wrong. I'll bet they could be good to me again, though, if you used high-quality fondant (maybe with some flavoring) for the innards and good dark chocolate for the shell.

                                                                    2. I used to love those Hickory Farms gift baskets with assorted sausages and cheeses. I suspect that i would still enjoy them, but not as much.

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                                                                      1. re: chocolatetartguy

                                                                        Its a tradition in our house to by one every year as our personal Christmas gift.

                                                                      2. Pannettone for breakfast every morning from now until I run out of it. Eggnog Ice Cream that I soften slightly, add rum to, and refreeze. Fruitcake sliced wafer thin, with a cup of hot tea. A baked ham, most of which will get ground up with sweet pickles and mixed with mayonnaise and mustard. A box of See's chocolates, from which I eat the Bordeaux first. Icebox cookies made from my great-grandmother's recipe with brown sugar and black walnuts. Special elegant fruits stocked for the season, like gigantic dark-red Texas grapefruit.

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                                                                        1. re: Querencia

                                                                          <"Pannettone for breakfast every morning from now until I run out of it">

                                                                          That's what we're doing this year. The one we have now is from Trader Joe's. Full of nice mild anise flavor, not too sweet, no citron, perfect with a hot cappuccino. When that runs out we'll try what the local Italian deli has on offer... I love panettone but only during the Holidays.

                                                                        2. Most of it! Throughout the year, I pretty much stick to a fairly low-carb/paleoish diet, however at the holidays it's a carb/sugar/fat free for all. I usually abandon the usual yellowfin tuna, grass feed beef, chicken, tuna, eggs, etc and eat the holiday foods to my heart's content. My favorite indulgence at the holidays is somewhat surprising to most. My usual diet is more out of preference rather than any weight loss strategy because I'm not the biggest fan of carbs and am often mocked for my "few bite foods" which usually include things like fries and cake which I'll crave but after a bite or two I am carbed-out. However, at the holidays, it's a carb fest and my grandmother always plans to make an extra dozen or two or three of rolls because I will pop them like candy. I greatly look forward to the holidays, since, I don't have the typical holiday foods at any other time of the year so shockingly don't feel deprived throughout the year without them. Although after a week or so of holiday food, I really do crave my usual low-crabish diet again, very satisfied with all of my once (or twice) a year indulgences.

                                                                          1. "I could eat an entire tin of Royal Dansk Danish butter cookies by myself "
                                                                            oh me too, they are so delicious.
                                                                            gramma's toxic (to children) plum pudding with hard sauce.
                                                                            A certain recipe for very special eggnog. I could drink the entire batch back in the day.

                                                                            1. Browned butter pecan shortbread. Things with chocolate and/or whipped cream. Pate (don't know where to go for an accent mark here).

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                                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                                What I sometimes do is open another webpage with the accented word, and then copy and paste. Or, I just skip the accent stuff altogether. (pâté)

                                                                              2. Peppermint bark! My mom quit making it quite a few years ago, so I think I will carry on the tradition this year. It was torture waiting for it to harden, an even more tortuous when she was making it as gifts and was off limits! I've really been craving it lately-- must be the Ghiradelli commercials!

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                                                                                1. re: annelafn

                                                                                  Williams-Sonoma makes some amazing peppermint bark!

                                                                                  1. re: lolabrw

                                                                                    +1 Did you see how much they want for a tin of them this year? $27.00 for 1lb. I just can't. I love it but I can't.


                                                                                    1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                      Costco has peppermint bark - I haven't tried it, but I think it's more like $12 for two pounds. Worth a shot!

                                                                                      1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                        Yeah, the price seems to go up every year! It's been a couple years, but this year we splurged on a tin. It's sitting in the cabinet with only a corner broken off. It's hard to know what justifies a bark nibble. So there it sits in the kitchen still.... calling my name.

                                                                                    2. re: annelafn

                                                                                      I had someone buy me a package as a gift many years ago. I ate the whole thing in one sitting. I was sick all night. I still love it though.

                                                                                    3. That is so funny about the cookies. I pretend to buy them for "friends" but apparently the only friend I have who likes them is me. Egg nog in coffee... how have I not thunka it! Shame shmame.

                                                                                      I bought Almond Roca this year. I used to get it for my mom every year. I saw it at Costco in a tin larger than my torso and decided I needed it as a replacement for my mom this season. The first night home I almost put myself in ecstatic sugar coma.

                                                                                      1. Someone sent me a Harry and David gift basket today. I tried to give away some of the goodies to my staff, really, but they insisted I take it home. So I did:-) Lots of pears, which I love....but nothing guilty about that. OTOH, the chocolate-covered dried cherries that were in there may be a new guilty pleasure. OMG, I think I had better lock them up before I eat every last one.

                                                                                        And of course there is fruit cake. My DH and I must be the only folks in the world who wish someone would send us fruitcake. The other day I had to talk him out of buying some mail-order cakes that sold for about 30 bucks each.....
                                                                                        But my true holiday guilty pleasure is candy corn, eaten by biting one color off at a time. Ooopps, sorry, wrong holiday:-)

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                                                                                        1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                          Mine is fruitcake, too. Specifically Alton Brown's Free Range Fruitcake. Bare naked. (the fruitcake, not me).

                                                                                          jane, if you eat an entire H&D pear directly after noshing on the chocolate dried cherries, the cherries won't stay in you long enough for the calories to have an effect. ;-}

                                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8

                                                                                            I must admit that I love fruitcake, except the kind with nuclear green and red fruit.

                                                                                            1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                              Very much agreed! The ones I make have dried fruits in them, not the candied neon ones.

                                                                                        2. Doughnuts!!

                                                                                          Though I'm Jewish - I never grew up with the jelly doughnut Hanukah tradition in my house. However, now living in Jerusalem - the delightful range of filled doughnuts leading up to Hanukah is amazing. Especially a really good halva filled doughnut. Mmmm.

                                                                                          In general, doughnuts are available year round in Israel so it has a similarly fun association with being a seasonal item.

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                                                                                          1. re: cresyd

                                                                                            Halva filled doughnuts???? Wow, that's something new for me. Is the halva crumbly or is it whipped or something?

                                                                                            1. re: roxlet

                                                                                              It's smooth - so it has a consistency that you would expect from a doughnut filled with peanut butter or fudge. Basically it's like creamy, sweet tahini paste. And I mean that in the best way possible.

                                                                                              Doughnut in the strict US translation doesn't strictly apply to the Hanukah sufganiyot - but they're most similar to a jelly filled doughnut.

                                                                                          2. Leftover pie for breakfast on Christmas morning. I love it!

                                                                                            1. Peanut brittle is a family Christmas tradition. I'm like a little kid. Somebody has to stop me, or I'll make myself sick on it.

                                                                                              1. Almond Roca
                                                                                                Eggnog (this will be my first year trying lactose free)
                                                                                                Prime Rib
                                                                                                White Fudge-Covered Oreos (do they still make them?)

                                                                                                1. All the butter-toasted nuts I can get my hands on, and a friends' annual snack-n-booze holiday party.....formalwear (vintage is ducky) and finger foods. I know it sounds like a bad mix, but it works!

                                                                                                  1. Like Harters, there are plenty indulgences I look forward to around the holidays without a tinge of guilt. Eggnog made with whole cream, mantecados with real lard, inky hot chocolate hand-whipped with a batidor. And should I overdo it, thank goodness it gets so dark by 4 that no one can see me.

                                                                                                    1. 5lb box of See's chocolates, open it around the 20th, gone by New Years.

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                                                                                                      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                                                                        Earlier this year, hubby found a small dog that was lost, and reunited her with her owner after posting signs, checking wants ads, etc., for several days. As a thank you the owner brought over a nice big box of Sees nuts and chews...very lovely Naturally, the day she brought them over I came down ill and completely lost both my sense of taste and my appetite for four or five days. You know I am sick when I look at Sees chocolates and decide I don't want any! and of course, by the time appetite re-appeared, hubby had managed to eat through the box. I'd say he owes me a box for Christmas!

                                                                                                        And seeing these posts reminds me that I have to remind the kids that I get chocolate covered cherries every year...(even though I am not a Christmas celebrator, I like to celebrate those cherries.) when we lived near a Godiva store, they'd get me the Godiva version, which are definitely worthwhile. No more Godiva near by, but the See's dark cherry cordials are pretty good as a guilty pleasure.

                                                                                                        1. re: susancinsf

                                                                                                          Tell your kids that their aunt should get chocolate covered cherries as well....and as long as their going to See's, there is always Nuts and Chews:-)

                                                                                                        2. re: mrbigshotno.1

                                                                                                          Oh, yeah, Mr. Big Shot. You have the right idea!
                                                                                                          I usually rifle through the box and eat the creamy centers first. The last to go are the chocolate covered nuts.

                                                                                                        3. I try to winnow down the list each year, indulging in those things I only have at Christmastime. Current list: eggnog (plus eggnog French toast for C'mas b'fast), cranberry bliss bars (knockoff Starbucks recipe), marzipan, Russian tea cake cookies (aka Mexican wedding cookies), my "light" fruitcake--light in color, dense in texture (more like a poundcake base) with only decent dried fruits, coconut and macadamias. There's at least another 10 pounds in that list, eh?

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                                                                                                          1. re: pine time

                                                                                                            I just discovered those cranberry bliss bars...I fantasize about them :)

                                                                                                          2. Ribbon candy and those horrendously sweet chocolate covered cherries. I always feel sick after eating a couple but it doesn't stop me. As a kid, I thought those cherries were the height of sophistication.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                              The height of sophistication indeed!

                                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                In my defense, I grew up in a pretty rural area. I didn't know how uncool I was til I grew up :)

                                                                                                                1. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                  No need to defend yourself. You got me to post on this thread because I can totally relate. I waited all year for those to come in my Xmas goody box. My statement above was in agreement not mockery. Hope I didn't come off as sarcastic. You can't convey inflection on the internet. :-)

                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                    Not at all! It's just such a crappy, awful sweet that I can't believe I still like them. But I totally do. And that's why I don't post with my real name ;)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                      That post was worth a giggle while I was reading it.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                    Wait. They are uncool?

                                                                                                                    My sisters and I used to poke holes in the bottom and suck out the liqueur and then stagger around the house pretending to be drunk.

                                                                                                                    Height of sophistication and coolishness. Of course we also dressed up in my mothers purple lace up gogo style boots and her silky polyester wrap dresses while doing it so...

                                                                                                                2. re: Hobbert

                                                                                                                  I grew up with ribbon candy as a treat at my maternal grandparents' home and thought it was magic. There was a stretch of time as an adult when I couldn't find it anywhere, but it has come back. I'm not a candy eater, but a little dish of ribbon candy, in my grandmother's little silver and crystal candy dish, makes it a favorite nostalgic guilty pleasure.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Terrie H.

                                                                                                                    Me too! The only difference was the candy dish was all crystal, so it was a challenge to lift the lid without it ringing like a bell and giving you away.

                                                                                                                3. Turkey livers. I cook two turkeys for Thanksgiving and sometimes another one for Christmas. My cook's perogative is to take them and either saute with aromatics and spread on crusty bread or dredge in flour-egg-flour and then throw in the turkey fryer while the oil is still hot from the cook. I even make myself a bit of aioli to dip the fried livers in - though freshly ground horseradish is good too.

                                                                                                                  Also, an expensive bottle of gin or good apple brandy is usually a reward for my efforts. I mean sixty bucks or more a bottle is negligible when you work that hard, right?

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                                                                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                    I adore chicken livers, but have never had turkey livers - always just cook them up along with the neck & the rest of giblets to give to the dogs & cats. How do they compare in flavor to chicken livers? Stronger? Or basically the same?

                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                        Anything to keep them going instead of after the main event going on on the counter - lol!!

                                                                                                                        1. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                          Yes. I know that game. Fill their tummys so you can keep counter surfing at a minimum. Oh how we love our four footed friends

                                                                                                                      2. re: Bacardi1

                                                                                                                        They are quite similar, though a bit richer. I use the rest of the giblet package for my gravy stock; however, the livers are my treat. There have been times when Mom or one of her sisters has stumbled upon my secret prep. When that has happened, I have shared (truth be told, Mom has come to know to sniff it out - the deep fried* ones are a particular favorite).

                                                                                                                        * Think chicken fried turkey livers and a dipping sauce that adds even more fat plus garlic and a bit of mustardy contrast.

                                                                                                                    1. Cherry and the relatively new blueberry cordial. Peppermint candy canes. I never eat peppermint unless it comes in candy cane form. Turkey and ham. There is only two of us so those are a treat. Ribbon candy and the cut rock candy with the pretty pictures. Gingerbread.and two that sound silly unless you know the story. Every year my gram a gave us a goody box for the family present. It had amongst other things a tub o peanutbutter that I loved. No idea where she got that monster but the peanutbutter rocked. And thin mints. I know they aren't seasonal but in my head they say christmas

                                                                                                                      1. Christmas cookies. And Mandel Brot & Baklava.
                                                                                                                        [Coexistence=cookies from scratch galore!]

                                                                                                                        1. Someone else posted about the chocolate covered cherries:) The ones that are so sweet they burn the back of your throat? Love them.I could easily drink a gallon of ice cold Egg Nog and last White Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies are my very favorite holiday treat but can be difficult to find.When I am lucky enough to find some I snatch up a few boxes and let the games begin:)

                                                                                                                          1. Fruitcake (love it!)
                                                                                                                            Peppermint stick ice cream
                                                                                                                            Egg nog

                                                                                                                            1. Gravy, love it poured all over my plate! I usually have to make a lot extra or a new batch for leftovers. This Thanksgiving I fell in love with mushroom gravy

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                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                My boyfriend let me off the hook this year and bought jarred for the leftovers. He's a gravy nut too

                                                                                                                              2. Thought of another one... rainbow candy canes, the ones that taste vaguely cherry-ish.

                                                                                                                                1. Orange /Dark Chocolate,Tin Foiled wrapped Oranges.... that you have to SMACK on a table to break-up the "slices".. They were made by a company called Terry's back in my childhood days. Only during the holiday season. Trader Joe's has one too! YAY! !

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                                                                                                                                  1. Champagne w breakfast

                                                                                                                                    Quality Street

                                                                                                                                    1. Thought of another. Port wine cheddar spread. No one else eats it, so I buy a tub and eat it all by myself. Apparently I could make it myself and better, but Kaukauna is good enough for me!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                        Dear Lord do I LOVE Port Wine Cheddar items - even with the rather bizarre color striations - lol!! Around here both the spread & firmer blocks show up from time to time - especially around the holidays. Hubby isn't a big fan; all the more for me!! ;)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jeri L

                                                                                                                                          LOVE Port Wine cheese ball. Actually, I like pretty much any processed cheese spread that is formed into a ball and rolled in slivered nuts. I know I could make something similar myself that would be "better," but I don't care - I love it, food coloring and all!

                                                                                                                                          1. A holiday tray made up of:
                                                                                                                                            fig salami from: http://charlitoscocina.com/dry-fig-sa...
                                                                                                                                            tupelo honey comb from Savannah Bee Co. http://www.savannahbee.com/product/Tu...
                                                                                                                                            A box of seedless clementines, Cuties: http://www.sunpacific.com/cuties.html
                                                                                                                                            Big wheel of Jarlsberg swiss cheese
                                                                                                                                            and the freshest loaf of pumpernickel bread I can find (thinly sliced
                                                                                                                                            )along with some hot coffee and the New York Times

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                              That sounds (and I'm sure tastes) absolutely lovely.
                                                                                                                                              Happy Holidays!!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                Right back atcha, mamachef! A very happy holiday to you and yours.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                  Please give me a little more info on the fig salami. You have my full attention. I love figs

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                    The fig salami is this wonderfully pure fig puree that's been mixed with a bit of alcohol and sea salt, encased in wax paper sleeves, wrapped and sold as a dry fruit product thru the company I linked above. You slice it just like any dried salami but it is pure fig heaven.

                                                                                                                                                    Alone it is wonderful. With a dollop of honeycomb smeared on a warm slice of pumpernickel bread sheer indulgence.

                                                                                                                                                    It's what I wanted for my holiday breakfast along with a few slices of Jarlsberg cheese, a few sections of clementine, fresh brewed coffee and the newspaper...and it's exactly what I'm going to enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                    I can't recall who turned me onto this pure delightful product but I never looked back. I've also bought their cured meats for my hubby and he's a fan as well.

                                                                                                                                                    Small company with a big heart.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                      Yes , I looked at the website. The meats look tasty too. But the fig salami had me at hello. I want to try that in a bad way. Thank you for the uber helpful info. Can I ask if that is the only way you eat it or do you enjoy it other ways? I think it would pair well in the sweet salty category

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                        Sliced thin and draped over a bowl of Greek yogurt, honey drizzle.
                                                                                                                                                        I don't really "mess" with it because the flavor is intense & delicate at the same time. Three ingredients of sheer perfection and a genius food invention really. Too much over-pairing and you lose the point of fig salami (i think).

                                                                                                                                                        Must be tried...then decide.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                HillJ, that kind of reminds me of the "cake" like thing of compressed figs and either almonds or hazelnuts... I love that with some gorgonzola!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cgarner

                                                                                                                                                  cgarner, I know what you're talking about and there isn't anything cake-like about this product. There is another product by another company that takes pressed dark chocolate, almonds and almond paste and forms the mixture also into a salami shape which is nice sliced and served with ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                  The fig salami is a fairly new product for me and it's sublime.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                    cg, if you do get a chance to try the fig salami, let me know what you think of it.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                  :) What time should I be there:) Hill J? That sounds like pure bliss and heavenly to boot:)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Lillipop

                                                                                                                                                    It's an all day, slow food movement over the holiday so show up at any time, casual attire. Only requirement during the holiday-no work talk. :)

                                                                                                                                                3. old fashoned chocolate filled "straws"
                                                                                                                                                  those candies that are almost iridescent on the outside, pulled sugar and "chocolate" on the inside
                                                                                                                                                  I think they're called Plantation candy, not sure
                                                                                                                                                  I could eat a can of those!

                                                                                                                                                  ETA: Just looked them up, they're practically in my back yard

                                                                                                                                                  1. I am "guilty" of "food pleasures," regardless of any holiday.

                                                                                                                                                    For me, it is a 24/7/365 thing, and there is nothing special about the foods of any holiday, but as those fall within the "365" aspect, they ARE included.


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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                                                                                      Haha. What a good way to wrap things up! I too am a 365 food pleasure seeker. It is the licks and secret snatching of all manner of fat that make a happy grin year round. At least in the Vanilla house.

                                                                                                                                                      That sounded mildly pornographic.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Where to start....

                                                                                                                                                      I make these squares with peanut butter, butter, and buttterscotch chips all melted together and then mixed with those dreadful colored little marshmallows. This to me, is like crack. I only make it once a year; I can't be trusted with it.

                                                                                                                                                      The day after Christmas I have my favorite holiday sandwich of wonder bread, leftover turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and miracle whip. It's so wrong....but it tastes so right. I'm someone who bakes all of our bread, but sometimes I need that fluffy wonder bread...it's a memory thing, I guess.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Egg nog latte. I allow myself one a season. Had mine tonight. Got it at the Siren's but any coffee place will do.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Well I restrict carbs so any cookie, cake or pie is a true guilty pleasure. But I am actually thinking of making Mexican Wedding Balls this Christmas, which I have not done in a long, long time. They are my fave cookie.

                                                                                                                                                          I also can't stay of the cheese, particularly good sharp, full fat cheese,

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                            sueatmo: have already baked and eaten a batch of the Mexican Wedding Cookies in this household! Would you like a variation: Hawaiian version, with coconut and macadamias--what's not to like!

                                                                                                                                                          2. Fruit cake, good old, often mocked fruit cake.

                                                                                                                                                            1. I'm noticing I'm eating a lot of cookies, but that could just be me

                                                                                                                                                              1. I had leftovers from a party... including Synder's Hot Buffalo Wing flavored pretzels and sour cream... a WINNING combination!