It seems like the holidays bring out some more unique flavors in our food. If you roam the aisles in the store right now you’ll easily find a pumpkin spice flavored version of many things, while others have released their limited edition peppermint or gingerbread flavors, too. While cookies and coffees make sense, we’re seeing these holiday flavors in some extraordinary places.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the holiday flavor rage is coming from Pringles, the potato chip company. For the 2012 holiday season you can find the tubes of chips in a Cinnamon and Sugar, White Chocolate Peppermint, or a Pumpkin Pie Spice flavor. Once you pop we hope you’ll be able to stop – a serving of 16 chips in the cinnamon and sugar or white chocolate flavors match the nutrition facts for their original with 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 2 grams of sugar.
Since those chips will probably leave you thirsty, why not wash them down with a Jones Soda? Every year the soda company releases the wildest holiday flavors. While nothing may ever top their Turkey and Gravy flavor that was first released in 1994, the annual sodas are typically a huge hit. This year the sodas are Gingerbread, Pear Tree, Candy Cane, and Sugar Plum. While we couldn’t find nutritionals for these seasonal flavors, we imagine it can’t be too far off the traditional options. A Jones Soda cream soda has 190 very empty calories and a shocking 48 grams of sugar!
For a quick fix of holiday flavor, Burger King is now offering a Gingerbread Cookie Sundae or Shake. Goodness, the chances for holiday over-indulgences are getting too convenient. These two treats can be picked up at any Burger King drive-thru with some very unappetizing stats. The sundae is the better option if you have to have one with 193 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and an unbelievable amount of sugar at 57 grams. The shake is appalling with gastro-busting numbers. The range for a small to large is 490 to 810 calories, 15 to 21 grams of fat, and 70 to 124 grams of sugar.
For the family who wants something less traditional than a homemade pumpkin pie on their table, Baskin-Robbins has created an unforgettable dessert for this holiday season. They have released an ice cream cake that looks eerily just like a turkey. The cake is made of ice cream, with the turkey legs made of sugar cones. If an entire turkey cake is too much, the store is also offering just the legs in a two pack. One slice of their standard vanilla ice cream cake will set you back 290 calories, 18 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat, and 29 grams of sugar. Not much to be thankful for there.
These products are a hoot and are possibly tasty, but more entertaining than anything else. Pringles is advertising their chips as a great stocking stuffer and a spokesmen for Burger King stated that the flavor of gingerbread actually evokes the holiday spirit. Todd Brock, at SeriousEats.com, said, “I must admit, it didn’t taste super-gingery.” We’re certain you’ll find a way to enjoy the season without these gut-busting “treats,” since they don’t entirely taste like the real thing anyway.
Enjoy the comedy of these holiday treats, but give yourself the gift of great health this year and stop at the laughing.