I usually save my advent calendar chocolate for a little treat after dinner. Last night my little chocolate was just not cutting it for dessert and all it did was make me want MORE CHOCOLATE. All the chocolate. Right now. And I couldn’t help but fantasize about all the Christmas treats that will be coming my way over the next few weeks.
Here is a list of my top 10. They may be different than your top 10. Maybe you are a fruit cake and egg nog kind of person (gross). I am obviously a chocolate and cookies type of person, and my list definitely reflects this.
10. Quality Street
Sure, you can get Quality Street year round, but I think most people only get them at Christmas so I consider them a Christmas treat. The only thing I am not the biggest fan of when it comes to Quality Street is the orange crunch candies, because that orange flavour is just so intense that I find the essence of orange sometimes seeps into the other delicious chocolates, and makes everything taste orange-y. This is especially annoying when I just want plain chocolate fudge. I love oranges, and I love chocolate, but not orange-flavoured chocolate (I don’t love Terry’s Chocolate Orange, don’t hate me!). Anyway, this is why Quality Street sits at #10 and not, say, #7.
9. Rum balls
I love a good rum ball. I wouldn’t say they are my favourite but they obviously need to make the list. Plus when you ate them when you were a kid you thought you were all badass ’cause technically you were eating booze. Right? Don’t pretend you didn’t. There were 150 proof rum balls at my work Christmas party last year and I’m pretty sure I was drunk off of one.
8. Candy canes
Not really a big explanation for these, I just like them a lot and I look forward to them every year. I also like them to adorn my tree.
7. Moritz Icy Squares
Are these a Canada-only thing? I’m not sure, but they should be everywhere because they’re delicious. So smooth and creamy and chocolatey. Just melt-in-your-mouth goodness right there.
6. Gingerbread cookies
If a gingerbread cookie is done right, all soft and molasses-y, just sprinkled lightly with sugar, it is absolute perfection. I will not be able to stop eating them. Unfortunately sometimes you come across those crunchy ginger cookies and they throw a wrench into that smooth gingerbread taste. And I still like them…but I like soft best.
5. Foil wrapped chocolate balls
Call me crazy, but I love cheap chocolate. I really just like plain milk chocolate with no nuts or orange or anything else in it messing up the flavour/texture, so bring on the foil balls. I was at a blogger dinner thing a while ago and we were talking about entertaining, and chocolate, and our favourite kinds of chocolate for entertaining. The table started listing all these crazy expensive chocolates…and I said “But I also really like those little chocolate balls wrapped in the foil,” and everyone was silent for a moment, and then a girl started laughing so hard I thought she was going to have a heart attack and when she was finally able to talk/breathe again, she said “But you don’t SERVE those to people?!” No no, of course not…
Yeah I do.
4. Foil wrapped chocolate Santas
Same deal as the foil balls. These are maaaaybe just a step ahead. Only because they’re bigger.
3. Hershey Kisses
Same as the foil balls and the chocolate Santas, but slightly higher quality so they are higher on my list. I like them quite a lot.
2. Royal Dansk, Danish butter cookies
Love love LOVE love love. Oh God, love. I can’t even describe how much I enjoy these cookies. I like pretty much any cookie, true, but these are just on a different level. I felt like these ones were very elusive when I was a kid and they would only come out at Christmastime, and my reaction every year was to basically scream when I saw them. I can’t wait to be eating these. I might buy some today.
1. Nana’s shortbread Christmas cookies
Of course these are number one! Shortbread is the BEST and these taste like childhood Christmas. They melt in your mouth and are the perfect combination of sweet and just a liiiiiittle bit salty. I made them for Evan for Valentine’s Day this year and he said they were honestly, genuinely the best cookies he ever had in his entire life. It is amazing how good the combination of butter and sugar can be.
And so, what is your favourite Christmas treat? You’re probably going to list some awesome thing that as soon as I hear I’m going to be all “YES!!!! I FORGOT ABOUT THOSE!!!” So tell me!