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What is your favorite holiday treat?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 20, 2006

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“Candy canes. I really like the mint flavor.”

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“Peanut brittle, because my grandmother made the best peanut brittle ever.”

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“Gingerbread cookies of any kind. They can be ginger-men or ginger-women.”

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“Peanut brittle. That’s good stuff.”


jonas 11 years, 3 months ago


sublime 11 years, 3 months ago

Im all about some pumpkin pie.nice and cold and covered in cool whip.

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sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Peanut butter balls. Or, as many call them, buckeyes.

Jonas, are you trying to steal H_L's answer?

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

Organic Carrot Cake over wine. Yumo

But blue73harley is on to something that so many understand.

H_Lecter 11 years, 3 months ago

The important thing is that it holds still and stops screaming to really enjoy the experience.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Sgt - I'm surprised you actually chose to use the "B" word. LOL

I like the peanut butter drop cookies with the Hershey's Kiss in the middle.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Ohjay, normally I just call them peanut butter balls, but I figured more people would know them as buckeyes. Sometimes it's just easier. But around people I know, I do not use the b-word!

Besides, right now I'm rooting for Ohio State to decimate Florida in the bowl. I mean, I want to see a completely boring game. I can't tell you how much I'm hoping for that outcome. I want a game that will make people stop fawning over the SEC. I want a game that will make Urban Meyer stop campaigning and whining for a while.

Oh, and the cookies with the kiss in the middle are pretty great, too.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Sgt - I thought maybe you were aiming for Ohio's 20 electoral college votes.

I don't know. I'm torn about the game. I suppose I can root for OSU for one game, because I'm pretty tired of the SEC talk as well.

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago


except fruitcake...i've still not warmed up to that disastrous concoction.

oooooh i thought of one, eggnogg with southern comfort in it! :)

KLONDIKE BARS. hands down.

juscin3 11 years, 3 months ago

homemade fudge with walnuts in them. YUMMY! I actually tried eggnog last week. They had those lil sample stands and I thought it was pretty good. Of course they didn't have the sc in it. :)~

A round of Klondike Bars for everyone!

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Trinity, Klondike Bars can make any day a holiday.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Ohjay, I'd love to gain Ohio's votes, but I suspect at some point this picture will spread among news agencies and damage my chances in Ohio:

And honestly, I always root for conference teams in bowl games. I just want to see the conference -- in my case, the Big Ten -- do well. It just so happens that this time I have a great interest in seeing another conference do poorly so I don't have to keep hearing that it's The Best Conference Ever And You Are Privileged To Be Allowed To Exist At The Same Time In History. I'm hoping for lots of SEC losses, but none larger than Florida's to OSU.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Sgt - Well, you'd still have my vote and definitely my wife's vote (she's a Michigan fan).

I know what you mean about rooting for conference teams. I tend to do the same with the Big 12 whether it's bowl games or March madness.

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

yes i_p, i remember divinity! my gramma used to make it...and i never did cotton to it. :-/

Linda Aikins 11 years, 3 months ago

Fudge. Divinity. Gingerbread. Anything pumpkin. Sugar cookies. All my favs!

R_I, yes. It is. Did you get your bell run when you asked?

avoice 11 years, 3 months ago

broccoli and carrot sticks at my school Winter Holiday Party

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 3 months ago

yeah divinity that is good. and hot spiced apple cider.

Shelby 11 years, 3 months ago

Tofurky and wheatgerm stuffing, followed by organic wheatgrass brittle and soy nog. After that I invite in the homeless, let them defecate on my carpet and insult me. Then I give them big hugs and I go climb a tree and talk to the squirrels...they understand me.

Shelby 11 years, 3 months ago

That was really in response to Merrill's politically-charged "organic carrot cake" comment in such a simple, low-impact forum.

But yes, I love the possums.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 3 months ago

Oh, I forgot about Chex mix! That jumps to the top of my list!

Shelby 11 years, 3 months ago

CHRISTMAS COOKIES (the sugar ones with colorful frosting)

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

Okay, everyone, I think we should all chip in and get inmate some plastic explosives shaped like no-bake cookies.

ms_canada 11 years, 3 months ago

pywacket - boy oh boy, your g'ma and I have a lot in common. Yes indeed, I make Christmas pudding and I do flambe it with brandy. If you ever decide to follow g'ma's example, the trick to getting it to flame is to warm the brandy. I do the same as she did. The kids all love the tradition. They put all the lights out in the dining room and I march it in all aflame. It is things like this that make for happy holiday memories, is it not. I also make my own Grand Marnier liqueur. The base is a good brandy, put it in a large 2 quart jar with a top big enough to slide a small orange in. Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar, stir, punch holes in orange with fork, put a string though it so that you can hang it in the jar about an inch above the brandy. Leave it on the cupboard for 5 days. Each day, give it a gentle turn so that the little drops of oil will fall into the brandy but don't splash it up on the orange. Remove the orange after 5 days and replace that with another orange for 5 days. At the end of 10 days the sugar is all dissolved and you have a very good liqueur. Put it in a nice decanter and enjoy with coffee following a dinner. My kids love it, but I don't. I don't like anything except a good Riesling wine on occaision. Oh yes, and Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry. Good news, the second pound cake is about to come out of the oven and it is perfect. I know you were all worried about that. :o)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago


Shelby, you do use soy ink on that organically recycled check, don't you? ;)

ip, LOVE divinity! My Aunt makes the best. I tried it once and burned up my mixer. Since then, I've gotten a better mixer. Maybe I should try it again.

Not terribly fond of eating gingerbread but I like the smell. Isn't it just for construction, anyway? One year my kiddies made gingerbread houses w/ their After the holidays, the hubby let them "blow them up" in the backyard. Nothing says Christmas like explosives and gingerbread.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

RI, Friday. Bring a date.

TOB, never a dull moment here. If you want a "white Christmas," just holler "PULL!" Let someone throw a can of Ready-Whip into the air and then you can go all "Dick Cheney" on it. Pretty instant snow! It just floats down so beautifully! Listen to everyone go "ooooohh..."

BTW, pre-married?

sgtwolverine 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, I think you may be understating it. Shooting explodable dessert condiments would actually be the most awesomest.

SpeedRacer 11 years, 3 months ago

Our family had homemade ravioli every Christmas. The family would all get together at my grandmother's house after Thanksgiving and spend the day making it to freeze for Christmas (the sauce went on the stove Christmas Eve and cooked until we ate the next day). We all had our fill of wine and biscotti. I miss that food.

southerngirl 11 years, 3 months ago

No Bake Cookies are actually a food group necessary for survival and should be consumed weekly if not daily!

Other than than, anything with mint, chex mix, pretzels dipped in choc or toffee sugar cookies with sugar icing, peanut butter balls ahh, drooling...

southerngirl 11 years, 3 months ago

Ooh, how could I forget, I make this peppermint dip that my kids and I just devour. It has crushed peppermints, mixed with cream cheese and those mini choc. chips. You dip choc. graham crackers in it...yum! My husband hates it, but again, the kids and I love it and I take it to parties and am asked for the recipe, so it can't be ALL bad! d

Richard Heckler 11 years, 3 months ago

The question is What is your favorite holiday treat?

mockingbird 11 years, 3 months ago

sgt, my grandma made buckeyes every year for Christmas and they were my fav. She also made peanut clusters, peanut brittle, and breads. Since she died, the bakings been passed on to my dad, aunt, and uncle, and since I really only see my dad now for Christmas, I really only get to eat the peanut brittle.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

TOB, my hubby now wants to divorce me, set a date, and live out the rest of our lives in sin. Thanks.

RI, cheerios? Can't spring for some Kraft mac-n-cheese or something? I'll bring the water.

ip, my Texan Collin Street Bakery Fruitcake came today. Good times! (My Virginia Diner peanuts and cashews also came today.) Now all I need is a can of Ready Whip and I am good to go!

beatrice 11 years, 3 months ago

Malted chocolate Easter eggs.

chapdaddy wins, however, with "Free State Copperhead Pale Ale." Only way it could have been better is if the answer had been "Ad Astra." I still haven't found a local brewery that can touch Free State.

Shelby: soy nog? That is the grossest thing I've read in a long, long time.

trinity 11 years, 3 months ago

i am so heartbroken that hawklet21 hasn't chimed in here yet to voice her fave treat...i'd be willing to bet it's either peanut butter balls OR momma's delightful peanut butter pie. ;)

Staci Dark Simpson 11 years, 3 months ago

Drakes fruitcake is pretty good. Homeade fudge, anything dipped in chocolate, hickory farms trays. I also like those chocolate oranges. I good stiff drink after the kids are in bed and family is gone is great too.

SUnflower, you rock. you have great redneck fun Christmas ideas!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 3 months ago

ip, I think that's the one as it has lots o' pecans in it, and some pineapple, too.

TOB, good point. I'll never be the one to cast the first stone!

Spaci, I think this year for a family science project, we should make a Ready Whip catapult. I'm all about creative learning.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 3 months ago

Gosh, so many to choose from...

I actually like fruitcake...but I've always liked liver, too. Go figure.

Oh, divinity IS divine...but it's very rich, so I can't eat too much.

Those little pretzels covered with white chocolate.

The little chocolate and hazelnut candies. Can't remember who makes them, but they're expensive as hell.

The old Christmas candy that came in ribbons or pillow shapes, or were round and had a picture in the center.

Hershey's miniatures, especially the semi-sweet chocolate ones.

I make a cookie called a brown sugar drop, and they're heavenly.

Chocolate-covered cherries.

Pumpkin pie.

Do we have to choose just one?

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