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Holiday Foods: Pecan Pie Pringles, Eggnog Seltzer, Candy Cane-Shaped Pasta

  1. Festive Flavors

    Festive Flavors

    When food and beverage makers trumpet seasonal products, they’re not talking about the kind you find at a farmers’ market. Many produce holiday varieties starting just before Thanksgiving—a great incentive for consumers to cozy up by the fire and indulge. And seasonal flavors can make even the most familiar products seem fresh. This merrymaking also benefits grocery stores, whose strongest quarter is from October to December.

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  2. Clif Bars

    Clif Bars

    Even serious outdoorsmen need some holiday cheer. So this year, Pecan Pie joins Clif Bar’s fall-winter lineup alongside flavors like Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie.

    Courtesy Clif Bar
  3. Starbucks


    This month, the coffee chain launched its seasonal beverages: Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée, Gingerbread, and Eggnog lattes. While tasty, all are likely to lag behind Pumpkin Spice Latte, which has sold 200 million cups since 2003.

    Courtesy Starbucks
  4. Coffee-mate


    As temperatures change, so do many coffee drinkers’ tastes. That’s why Nestlé’s (NSRGY) Coffee-mate creamers morph for the holidays. New this year: Dark Chocolate Fudge and Spiced Latte.

    Courtesy Coffee-Mate
  5. Kraft


    Even Kraft’s (KRFT) iconic mac and cheese gets a holiday redo: Winter Shapes, pasta that looks like snowmen, stockings, candy canes, and snowflakes. It’s still not as popular as the Halloween Shapes. (Boo!)

    Courtesy Kraft Foods
  6. Pringles


    When Kellogg (K) launched seasonal flavors of its canned chips in 2012, one critic dubbed its White Chocolate Peppermint crisps a “horrible abomination to humanity.” It’s gone, and this year, Pringles is trying Cinnamon & Sugar and Pecan Pie.

    Courtesy Pringles
  7. Polar Seltzer

    Polar Seltzer

    For a few years, the seltzer maker has offered limited-edition flavors such as Eggnog and Candy Cane. This year, it’s going with Butter Rum, Fudge Cheesecake, and Mint Chocolate. Now try that with a gin fizz.

    Courtesy Polar Seltzer
  8. Pinnacle Vodka

    Pinnacle Vodka

    Flavored vodka maker Pinnacle (BEAM) this year introduced Peppermint Bark, a vodka with a “mint flavor that blends white and dark chocolate creamy notes with a refreshing peppermint finish.” It's also bringing back Pumpkin Pie, a seasonal variety that debuted last year.

    Courtesy Pinnacle Vodka
  9. Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups

    Green Mountain Coffee K-Cups

    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) has a few holiday flavors for your single-serve brewer: Spicy Eggnog, Gingerbread, and Golden French Toast. In the fall, it offers Pumpkin Spice, and in the spring and summer, Island Coconut.

    Photograph by Herb Swanson/Bloomberg (Breakfast Blend); Courtesy Green Mountain Coffee Roasters