Deck the halls in Christmas candy, fa la la la la, la la la la. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone deserves a sweet treat to chow down on after the hellish year we’ve had. So, we’re dipping into the best Christmas candy a little early this year to anticipate Santa’s arrival. Because at this point, it’s what we all deserve. And no, we ain’t counting a single calorie.
The best Christmas candy comes in a wide variety of options. The most notable of the season? Likely a mint-chocolate combination. Some love it, others hate it. No matter your opinion, you have to admit it’s quite popular this time of year. Other Christmas candy types come in every form under the sun, like regular chocolates, sweet candies, peanut butter surprises, minty treats and much, much more. It all depends on your preference and, well, whether or not the packaging looks holiday-centric enough or not.
Christmas candies are great for a number of reasons. First and foremost, holiday candies up the Christmas spirit times, like, 100. Whether they’re stuffed in stockings, used as tree decor or sitting among little bowls throughout the house, there’s something about having a sweet treat to nibble on as Santa approaches that makes the holiday spirit all the more present.
If you’re looking to get some of the best Christmas candy to help spread holiday cheer, here are some of the best options to buy online this season.
1. Hershey Kisses
Nothing, and we mean NOTHING puts us in the holiday spirit more than when that yearly Hershey Kisses commercial comes on TV. You know the one. All of the Kisses are lined up in a little Hershey choir and they each ring like bells to perform a chocolatey rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Those candies really do the Lord’s work. If that commercial really does it for you, there’s a good chance you already have a couple of candy bowls strewn around multiple flat surfaces in your home filled with these holiday bad boys. If not, get yourself a pack now and up the holiday spirit in your house!
2. Peppermint Bark Tin
Two words: peppermint bark. We said what we had to say. Peppermint bark is really a must-have each year when it comes to the best of the best Christmas candy. These are a great pre-dessert snack to place on the table for the family to enjoy on Christmas Day. They’re effortlessly easy to chow down on and really balance the chocolate to mint ratio super well. Even mint chocolate haters can get behind this snack most of the time.
3. Seattle Chocolate Woodland Holiday Bar Trio
Get a little fancy this time around with Seattle Chocolates Woodland Holiday Bar Trio, where it’s safe to say that each bar is the best one. The pack comes with three delicious flavors, including toffee sea salt, winter orange spice and holiday spiced nuts, all meant to transform your otherwise usual holiday-centric chocolate flavors. These are a must-have if you’ve never tried and might possibly be the most delicious chocolates we’ve tasted in the past year.
4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Trees
Peanut butter lover? We’re not surprised. If you’re a fan of Reese’s, there’s a huge chance you lose it over the iconic Reese’s peanut butter trees every year. Though they try so hard to look like trees, they never really look like trees, but for that reason alone, you have to love them. Celebrate Christmas the right way by ditching the cups for the lopsided Christmas tree aesthetic to get your peanut butter chocolate fix.
5. Brach’s Mini Candy Canes Tub
Throw ’em in a bowl! Chuck ’em in a stocking! Hang ’em on a tree! Eat ’em ’til they’re gone! Whatever it is you choose to do, candy canes are a deliciously festive way to both decorate and treat yourself (and those around you) during the holidays. This tub is essential for larger families and candy cane addicts due to the sheer fact that there are 260 inside. Yeah, we said it, 260. These minis are also so much easier to finish than an average-sized candy cane, too, so we totally suggest them.
6. Starburst Holiday Candy Canes
Some might hate the candy cane taste but love the candy cane aesthetic. If this sounds like you, check out these holiday candy canes created to taste like your favorite Starburst candies. The shape and color make them quite festive and great for decorating, yet they taste nothing like your traditional minty candy cane. Each candy cane has a super fruit flavor you don’t really see in the world of candy canes, so get yourself this 12-pack if you’d like a different experience with this festive shape.
7. Ferrero Rocher Holiday Chocolate Gift Box
Sorry, we don’t make the rules, but it isn’t Christmas without Ferrero Rocher. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles — or should we say, it’s just the way the hazelnut chocolate ball crumbles. Doesn’t have the same ring, but you get it. This gift box comes stacked with 12 of your favorite milk chocolate holiday treats. They’re smooth, crunchy, elegant and almost infectious. Once you have one, you’ll have trouble stopping yourself. So, be careful not to eat the entire pack in one sitting.
8. York Holiday Peppermint Pattie Miniatures
Real mint chocolate lovers will ditch the bark any day for a York peppermint patty. These minis have Christmas written all over them with their delectable chocolatey shell and minty, creamy interior. They make excellent stocking stuffers and work deliciously baked into brand new desserts if you have the time to get creative this season. Is your mouth watering yet?
9. Holiday Gingerbread Row House Kit
Although it’s not technically candy, having a Christmas without a gingerbread house is like having a Fourth of July without fireworks. It just doesn’t make any sense. As Christmas quickly approaches it’s time to get your architecture skills on and decorate the dopest gingerbread house the world has ever seen. Just be careful not to eat all the included Christmas candy mid-construction.
10. M&M’s Chocolate Candies Christmas Edition
Don’t love filling those mini bowls around your home with Hershey Kisses? Christmas M&Ms are a tasty alternative. These effortless-to-eat bite-sized snacks are holiday favorites for a reason — they’re scrumptious. Coming in classic green and red colors for the holiday season, up the chocolate intake in your house by placing these in small bowls everywhere. Even the bathroom if you want. We don’t judge.
11. Welch’s Mixed Fruit Snacks
Ditch all other candies to one made with real fruit, also known as Welch’s fruit snacks. Fruit is forever and always Welch’s first ingredient, so these are a semi-healthy alternative to the majority of the candies on this list. Provided inside, you can find a mix of Welch’s classic flavors in Christmas-forward shapes like Christmas trees, Santa Claus and snowflakes, to name a few.
12. Candy Tin Lump O Coal Coal Shaped Gum
If you know anyone that’s been very, very naughty this year, gift them this tin of coal shaped gum to poke fun at their bratty past couple of months. This one-ounce tin quite literally looks like a bunch of tiny coals upon opening but tastes just like bubble gum. It works as a great stocking stuffer, especially if you have kids who most definitely made the naughty list this year.
13. Pez Candy Dispenser
You simply cannot go wrong with Pez around the holidays. These classics come in a pack of 12 and act as an A1 stocking stuffer both kids and adults will geek over. There are a few different kinds that come in the pack, some featuring Santa Claus himself while others giving us a depiction of Rudolph. Nowadays, some Pez dispensers are even worth thousands upon thousands of dollars, so be sure to keep these around after snacking — you’ll never know who might want to buy it off you in 20 years.