10 Things You Should Know: December Edition

December 27, 2019
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1. Fudge Mint Cookie Ice Cream

Cold Stone has a new winter flavor for the season, Fudge Mint Cookie ice cream. You can order this flavor alone or customers can get the Chilly Chocolate Mint creation, which adds fudge mint cookies, chocolate drops and creamy fudge to the mix. | Delish


2. Starbucks Holiday Drink

Starbucks released their new limited-time-only holiday drink, an Irish Cream Cold Brew with vanilla sweet cream foam. Although it may be cold out, this cold brew drink is stated to be the perfect combination of vanilla and cocoa flavors that hit the holiday sweet spot. | Pop Sugar

3. Adult Snickerdoodles

A Portland cannabis company, She Don’t Know, has a THC infused snickerdoodle cookie for adults this holiday season. This handmade, gluten-free cookie has 50mg of THC per cookie and is promoted to ease the holiday anxiety this time of year. | Thrillist

4. Hidden Valley Dip

Hidden Valley Ranch partnered with product developer, Duke Brands, to create new dips and salads that will be sold in the refrigerated section at most grocery stores. Two items you will find on shelves in 2020 are their Bacon, Cheddar & Ranch Chicken Salad and Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip. | Food Dive

5. Is Bourbon the New Vanilla Extract?

Bourbon flavor has grown in popularity over the years but now consumers are ditching vanilla extract in their baked goods for it. According to Cooking Light, the cost of bourbon is a fraction of the price of vanilla extract and it has a tasty twist. When added to cookies, the bourbon is said to infuse vanilla, caramel and maple notes to the mix. | Cooking Light

6. Chobani Oats

Chobani is dabbling with oats and is developing a line of non-dairy, oat products. They created 4 flavored oat drinks, fermented-oat yogurt, and mix-in yogurts (like the Chobani Flips). They plan to roll out this new oat line in 2020 to expand their product portfolio. | Mintel

7. Dealing with Relatives Tea

Lipton released its Christmas tea collection and it includes a new tea called Dealing with Relatives. The purpose of this tea is relaxation – it even states “to help you handle Aunt Linda’s Table Talk”. This tea is a blend of cinnamon, chamomile and lavender. | Delish

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8. Chocolate Peppermint Loaf

Trader Joe’s just dropped a new seasonal product, a Chocolate Peppermint Loaf & Baking Mix. This kit is described to bake a rich, chocolatey and mint flavored dessert loaf that can also be made into cookies! | Trader Joe’s

9. Merry Dollarita

Applebee’s unveiled it’s December drink of the month, the Dollarita. The Dollarita is a margarita that will be sold for just one dollar for the entire month of December. This is a classic margarita with a splash of pomegranate for festivity. | Thrillist

10. Oreo House

Move over gingerbread houses, Oreo has just released a Holiday Chocolate Cookie House kit. This kit includes chocolate cookie building materials, creamy icing, candy and extra Oreos for decorations. You can find this festive product at Walmart, Michael’s, Big Lots, Bed Bath & Beyond, and on Amazon. | Rachael Ray Every Day

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