Looking for what to grab at the grocery store before you hibernate for the Holidays? It’s a great time to veg out on some seasonal foodstuffs while you’re hanging out at home this Christmas. We’ve compiled our list of 8 must-have grocery store items for 2020, in order. Take a look and let us know if you think we missed any @atlantaeatstv
8. Smartfood Snickerdoodle
Probably one of the most guilt-free items on this list, Smartfood’s Snickerdoodle is an air popped, 150 calorie sugar and cinnamon delight. Floss after eating, however – those little kernels can be pesky, dropping this one down to the bottom of the list.
7. White Cheddar Snowflake Cheetos
We all love that cheesy, Cheeto-y goodness on your fingers. It’s called chittle – if you didn’t know, now you know. Well now get your whittle in white cheddar and your ground cornmeal shaped into snowflakes. You know, it doesn’t sound so appetizing when you explain it like that, but they’re Cheetos. There are two types of people in this world – people who love Cheetos and liars.
6. TJ’s Jingle Jangle
They have that quirky, hand drawn, weird uncle-who-wears-Hawaiian-shirts-with-santa-on-them-at-Christmas vibe when you enter any Trader Joe’s, but around the holidays they really have some great seasonal holiday items. None of them are better than TJ’s Jingle Jangle. Mini pretzels covered milk and dark chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate. Dark chocolate covered caramel corn, Joe Joe’s cookies, milk chocolate gems coated with red candy, and milk and dark chocolate mini pb cups. The perfect combo.
5. Sugar Cookie Pop Tarts
As a child of the 90’s, pop tart ads were inescapable. Every cartoon, comic book or magazine had an ad for those terrific toaster tarts. Nowadays, I’ve outgrown the demographic, and Kellogg’s isn’t serving me ads for them anymore. So I was shocked when I came across these at the store. But for a quick, sugar cookie tasting treat that you only need to put in the toaster, I’m sold – continue exploring the toaster possibilities, pop tart elves. Also, I kinda like the ugly sweater schtick.
4. Oreo Gingerbread Cookies
If you’ve followed all of the crazy flavors of Oreos popping up in the news lately (Lady Gaga’s version, for example), you know there’s a whole universe of sandwich cookie possibilities. But for the holidays, they seem to have really hit the mark on the gingerbread Oreo. A perfect gingerbread cookie using their classic, craveable creme, it’s perfect as an addition to that gingerbread house kit you picked up at the store.
3. Hot Cocoa Goldfish
In the early 2010’s, goldfish started experimenting with their tried and true cheese and savory flavored crackers for something a little sweeter – their Vanilla Cupcake, Cookies and Creme and S’mores flavors. I have to admit, reader, that I am addicted to the S’mores flavored goldfish. To the point where I can no longer purchase them because I will eat the bag in one sitting. COVID broke me this year, however – I saw these at the store, picked them up, and like a bad Michael Bay movie, they were gone in 60 seconds.
2. Stella Artois Midnight Lager
A relatively new (less than 5 years old) form of the classic Christmas beer, Stella Artois, the Midnight Lager is a dark lager with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. An easy drink, it’s ABV is around 5.4% and certainly drinks lighter than most dark lagers. Certainly worth a try around the holidays for a change of sudsy scenery.
1. Sweet Tarts Candy Canes
It must have happened sometime around the late 90’s if memory serves – all of a sudden your favorite candy brands started creating seasonal candy canes. Starbust, Skittles, Sour Patch kids – whatever flavor you are craving, you can find it at any big box store nowadays. The one I settle on is Sweet Tarts – a candy I rarely eat anymore, to the point where I’m having the candy cane more than the actual candy itself. Worth stuffing in someone’s stocking!