OBB Faves: Sara’s Winter Picks

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We haven’t done a Friday Favorites, or a Goodie Box post in quite a while, so let me explain what it is!  First and foremost, we want to make it very clear that these posts are NOT sponsored, ever.  There is no advertising or promotion going on here- in these posts we simply highlight things we’re loving at the moment.  Things we buy and use ourselves, things we’re always talking about on Instagram, things we want to tell our friends (you!) about.  And sometimes we go out and buy all of the stuff we’re talking about (we buy it ourselves, this isn’t free stuff that’s sent to us) and we put it in a hand-packed care package (because how fun is that?!) and we mail it to one of YOU!  Now, this isn’t one of those Blogger-Favorite-Things posts where we give away ipads and designer purses.  It’s the little random stuff from around town that you can actually go out and buy yourself after you read about it.  Stuff you can look for at Target and the mall.  Because we like to keep it real around here. So let’s get on with it- eh?  Here’s some of my favorite things!

1.  Bath & Body Works 3 wick Candles: Kate and I have a small hoarding problem obsession when it comes to scented candles, but not all candles are created equal.  We love Bath and Body Works, not only for the endless variety of fun scents and the fact that their shipping boxes are lined in blue gingham, but for the fact that when those babies are a burnin’ the smell really does fill up your entire house.  I have a lot of favorite scents, but one of my favorites these days is Tis the Season.  It’s a little fruity, a little spicy, maybe a tiny hint of evergreen in there…basically it just smells like Christmas.  I’m sending a mason jar size in this scent!

2.  Angie’s Kettle Cooked Crack Popcorn: People who follow me on Instagram sometimes get the impression that I work for Angie’s Popcorn.  I do not.  I wish I did because I’m guessing the job comes with perks like lots of free popcorn, and then I would have half of my 2013 income back (you know, the half I spent on popcorn this year).  If you haven’t tried out Angie’s products, stop waiting.  I actually waited, because I figured what the heck- it’s popcorn.  Don’t people know you can make this stuff at home?  (And we make really good popcorn.) But then I tried some.  And I was addicted at first bite.  Angie’s is kettle cooked, comes in amazing flavors, and most of them are just ever so slightly coated in sweet, sugary, deliciousness.  Just enough to make you feel like you’re eating something naughty, but not enough to ruin your diet.  They’re all fairly low calorie and come in amazing flavors.  It’s seriously a dieters dream.  Two of my favorite holiday specials (BOTH going in this box) are Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt, and Iced Gingerbread.  The peppermint is great too, but I make enough of my own Peppermint Bark Popcorn!

3.  Jif Whips Peanut butter with Chocolate Mint: I instagramed a photo of this a while back because I thought it was so, SO weird.  Like, whoever even thought of this idea?  Were they on drugs at the time?  How did it pass focus groups?  Of course I had to buy it simply because of intrigue.  I like peanut butter, I like chocolate, I like mint.  I like peanut butter chocolate, I like mint chocolate.  But peanut butter chocolate mint??  That’s crazy talk.  What a bizarre combo.  I opened it expecting to be repulsed and something else happened.  I ate a spoonful, and then another spoonful, and then before long I was thinking of anything and everything I could think of that I could dip in there.  Graham crackers, cookies, more spoons.  I’d say it’s more of a chocolate mint spread, with a hint of nuttiness.  I don’t really know how to explain it, but I like it.  And I want someone else to try it out too, so it’s going in the box!

4.  Candy Cane Bliss Handsoap:  Of all of the amazing yummy smells at Bath and Body Works, Twisted Peppermint takes the cake.  This candy cane bliss spells pretty much exactly like it, only the container is cuter (if you ask me).  Peppermint soap that is refreshing and yummy, and makes you want to eat candy.  Enjoy it.

 

5.  World’s Softest Socks:   Do you all have a pair of these?? At Costco you can buy a 3 pack for 10 bucks and they’re literally called “World’s Softest.” Like the brand claims, it’s like walking on clouds.  In the winter, when I’m hanging around the house I wear them every day, and my husband stares at my feet every time I pull them up over my skinny jeans.  I don’t care; they’re the coziest socks everrrr. Also, they’re super good for sliding contests, if you happen to have family sliding contests down your hard wood hallway.  Just my family?  Okay then.  I actually forgot to get these (along with half of my grocery list) at Costco today because I was completely sidetracked and overstimulated by the onslaught of holiday sample stations.  But I did grab Target’s version, which if you ask me, are plenty cozy themselves.

6. Market Pantry Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies:  Soooooooo Goooooooood.  These are amazing.  Pumpkin Spice Cookie.  Cheesecake Filling.  Find them at Target.  Only during the fall months.  I dare you not to finish off that entire box in one sitting.  That is all.

 

7.  Holiday Mint M&M’s:  My favorite specialty variety of M&M’s.  My first bag of the season is as exciting as the first snow.  I could easily down an entire bag of these single-handedly.  There’s a white-chocolate candycane version too, but don’t be fooled.  These are the best.

 

8.  Pacific Foods Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup:  I know.  Kind of random that there’s a box of soup in here.  But I’m sitting here writing out this post while sipping it out of my favorite mug, like I do at least once a day, every single day.  So I thought, dang.  I’m tossing a box of soup in.  People need to be eating this stuff.  If you haven’t been buying a case of this soup on every trip to Costco, you’re missing out.  It’s super rich and creamy, but also super low calorie.  And it’s a work horse in the kitchen.  I love it plain, but it’s awesome as a base for any other soup, or smothered over enchiladas,  or loaded with sour cream and bacon.  It has a great, great flavor that I can’t get enough of.  There’s an open carton in my fridge just all the time. You should be able to find it in most grocery stores, or like I said, you can buy a case at Costco for a killer price.

9.  Baby Lips Dr. Rescue: All of my friends are obsessed with the Baby Lips line from Maybelline.  They come in sheer colors, and make your lips super soft.  It now comes in medicated, giving soft pretty color with a soothing peppermint scent and tingly feel. Love it.  I’m tossing in one in the coral crush color!

 

10. Jo’s Candies Peppermint Crunch: There was a little specialty market near my childhood home that we stopped at on almost a daily basis for last-minute things like milk and bread.  They have an amazing deli and bakery, and always stock their checkout lanes with unique little finds.  One thing that was constant was packs of Jo’s Candies.  These dark chocolate covered lemon crunch things are amaaaazing, and we’d anxiously await every Christmas when they’d stock Jo’s Peppermint Crunch.  Squares of pure holiday heaven.  The centers aren’t crunchy, but they’re not soft; it’s somewhere in between and they’re awesome.  My Mom would often get the little pack of 2 and quietly sneak one to me and eat the other one herself.  I haven’t seen these in years, and last night when I was checking out at World Market, I heard a chorus of angels and SAW THEM.  I totally yelped out loud.  And then I came home with a bag full of Jo’s. I’m parting with a tiny little 2 pack because I love you.  But I’m hoarding the rest.

My package is all packed up and ready to go.  I just need a name and address on it!  If you want me to send this YOUR way, just leave one comment in the comment field below, and tell me one of your current winter time faves.  Winner will be chosen in about a week and will have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Go!

3,894 comments

  1. Thank you for this post! My roomie just bought the cheesecake cookies, I was wondering about those JIF whips, and I think I may have yet another reason to go to World Market this weekend!

    My current winter fave is the red cups from Starbucks. I don’t know why but it makes the drinks taste better and it makes it feel like it really is the holiday season.

  2. Whilst reading this post, I realized, I HAVE NO FAVORITES!. I need some, and quick. I’m certain I could become attached to any and all of your faves, if given the chance. Thanks!

  3. Right now I love that it’s finally cold enough to really enjoy hot soup. I live in AZ and it’s been hot until just recently. So nice to enjoy something hot!

  4. I’ve tried the pumpkin cheesecake cookies and they are delicious. My winter fave right now are the Peppermint Joe Joe’s cookies from Trader Joe’s. They are like an Oreo cookie with peppermint filling.

  5. Well, one of my holiday favorites is homemade. It’s either called pumpkin sheetcake or pumpkin crumble or pumpkin cake, depending on who makes it! But I love it! Way more than pumpkin pie!!

  6. I am loving the dove peppermint bark chocolate mints! Also Costco has coconut and chocolate covered almonds. I can eat a whole bag in one sitting! Divine!!

  7. My kids are begging me to stop at Trader Joes for a package of Peppermint Joe Joe’s. I also look forward to clementines in the winter.

  8. One of my favorite things for winter, well, actually all year long, are the Bath and Body Works hand soaps. I always keep them in stock. Always. In fact I recently went to a Favorite Things party and brought a variety of Christmas scents to give away. Everyone loved them! Of course! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway…someone is going to be very lucky!

  9. I can’t even articulate what this post has done to me. I’m up in the middle of the night, due to pregnancy-induced insomnia (and a need to eat and pee like every hour), and I’m just finally coming out of the first trimester… Which means I’m starting to like food again! Hallelujah! I hadn’t even realized it, but reading about all these treats and thinking that they sound good?! It’s a miracle. A Christmas miracle! I’ve been living off of crackers and oranges and Mac & cheese (I know), and I’ve been completely unenthusiastic about the approaching holidays, since food has been so gross to me. But no more! My mind is just racing thinking about treats and food that has all made my tummy turn for the last two months. And those socks and the candle! Oh, they would just do wonders in my hands (or on my feet and table). Our little basement apartment with its hilariously cold floor, and weird, old-basement-smell. It’s killing me. Anyway, thanks for bringing me back to reality and reminding me that I’m a human. With calorie-centered needs. One of my favorite holiday treats (even though they’re around all year) is Fererro Roche chocolates. Mmm. Give me them now!

  10. One of my holiday favorites is the evergreen wallflower from Bath and Body. We have a faux tree and no one can tell because it smells so real!

  11. These all look like things I would love, so I hope I win, but one of my favorite things about winter time is the first snow of the season. It just feels magical.

  12. I love the candles from Bath & Body Works, too! I haven’t tried ’tis the season, but my current favorite is marshmallow fireside.

  13. You had me at anything that said “mint.”
    Then you had me at pumpkin
    THEN you had me with the soup!

    My fall favorite was short lived. Pumpkin Poptarts at Trader Joe’s! THe bad thing was that they were around only for a short time.

  14. Having lived by the Pacific factory (which smells like heaven) I would have to say that their soup is delicious and is a staple in my pantry. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Carmel brûlée latte from Starbucks is one of my favorites! I also am a fan of the twisted peppermint body cream from bath and body!! Did the buy three get three free all in that scent:). Carry me through the year!

  16. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who wears fuzzy, warm socks every day all winter! this is by far my favorite thing since I’m not a cold weather person

  17. A few of my winter favorites: peppermint Chapstick, Edy’s (Breyer’s) Limited Edition Peppermint Wonderland ice cream, and Diet Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash soda!!!

  18. We have a little warming spell right now…it’s up to 50 degrees. Just discovered the little round boxes of Dolci Frutta hard chocolate shell dipping chocolate that makes it oh so easy to dip fruit even in the winter!So my fav is the chocolate covered strawberries we munched on for dessert yesterday.

  19. My favorite winter treat is the Ghirardelli Peppemint Bark. Just bought my first package of the year, and it’s almost gone! I love your favorite things posts! I will be trying most of these things even if I don’t win!

  20. Although I’m sad to see the end of pumpkin-flavored-everything-season, the fact that it transitions into mint-or-spice-season makes it somehow ok. Love me a mint hot chocolate from Starbucks or gingerbread spiced candle scents. And they may be overpowering for some, but just about any of the Yankee candles with balsam in them scream Christmas!

  21. I love L’Occitaine Shea butter lotion. I use it every night during the winter months to combat dry and cracking skin on my hands.

  22. I love soy nog with nutmeg and Harvey’s hot buttered rum mix, though usually we have “hot buttereds” without the rum… I know I can make (and have) both items, but seeing and buying them at least once in the store means “it’s winter” to me 🙂

  23. The holiday mint M&Ms are a favorite at our house! A bag slips into my cart every time I’m at Target. I also love the cherry cordial, but they’re a lot harder to find.

  24. I love (or would love) all the things you chose because they are all simple pleasures. Nothing extravagant, just special treats that make us happy and the older I get, the more important that is to me. One of my favorite things is making cinnamon buns with my 6 year old granddaughter…very special to us because we only make them during the holidays and special to the rest of the family because they taste so darn good!

    Thanks for the chance to win…fingers crossed!

  25. Infiniti scarves are my favorite right now….I have a knit one that is lightweight and super warm.

    (I really wanted to say SMILING…SMILING IS MY FAVORITE……..)

  26. So many fun and yummy things to love during the holidays but a new favorite of mine is Blue Bell’s Gingerbread House icecream!! I could eat it year round:) Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  27. The only way I survive winter is with a lot of hot chocolate and bubble baths. But my most favorite thing about this time of year is Christmas music. I find a good station on pandora, turn up the speakers,and I am instantly in a good mood–no matter how cold or gray it is outside. 🙂

  28. I love curling up by a fire and watching the snow fall. I love to look at snow and admire it, but I absolutely hate being in it. In other words, I just hibernate all winter and admire the scenery from my nice, cozy couch.

  29. Hot chocolate with a spritz of whip cream is my go to for cold weather evenings. I’d love to try all the goodies you have picked out!!

  30. Our local burger place makes fantastic freshly blended candy cane milkshakes from their soft serve. We order a round for the family every year during the holiday parade. And BF is the start of eggnog lattes, have them add a shot of vanilla, whole new level of deliciousness.

  31. I have a few winter faves…..Trader Joes Chai latte mix and the glade spruce candle (super cheap). I also am a sucker for yankee candle’s balsam and cedar candle, it smells just like Christmas trees! For lips my favorite is Maybelline color whisper in pin up peach.

  32. It’s my birthday. And those all look like really good birthday presents. So I think you should pick me 🙂 and I am now weirdly fascinated with the peanut butter and must go out and buy some!

  33. I love Christmas lights! Our YSA stake was asked to help put up the lights at the Mess temple, and it got me so so excited to see them sparkle in a few weeks!:)

  34. Love the smell of Bath & Body Works candles…current fave is Sweater Weather. And my kids know that right after all the pumpkin goodies of the fall, I’ll be happily making everything chocolate & peppermint all winter!

  35. I was frantically taking notes on all of your favorites – this is my favorite kind of blog post! Especially when everything on the list is affordable 🙂 I saw several people mentioned Trader Joe’s Peppermint JoJos, but did they realize that for a limited time TJ’s has those cookies, dipped in dark chocolate?? A Trader Joe’s employee pointed them out to me, and they are AMAZING!!

  36. Drinking hot apple cider inside my house while it’s cold outside is one of the only redeeming attributes of this season! Thank goodness for that!

  37. Hey Sara! Thanks for sharing your favorites! Hope I win 🙂

    My current favorite winter item is my scarf from Nordstroms that my sister gave me for my birthday! Love it!! Check it out: BPhttp://shop.nordstrom.com/s/david-young-open-weave-infinity-scarf-juniors/3559615?origin=fashionresultspreview&fashionColor=Oxblood

  38. I just love Christmas music! I start listening the first of November and enjoy it through the end of December. It just puts a little “spark” in my day and makes my holiday preparations more magical!

  39. I was tricked by the white chocolate mint M&M`s. We NEVER get all the amazing M&M flavours up here in Canada ( yes, that`s flavours, not flavors), and so when I saw it at Target, I grabbed it, but alas it is NOT the same as the delish ones I`ve tried in the states in the past! ahhhhh I`m loving Bath and Body works `WINTER`, right now. ahhhhh i would love to win, even just for the Angie`s ( we also get ripped on those flavours up here in the great white north!), everything else would be an amazing bonus!!!!

  40. Mulled apple cider. The Williams-Sonoma mulling spices are a must have – but this year I discovered Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Cider… to die for! It fits the bill when I don’t have time to break out the mulling spices.

  41. Bath & Body Works ‘Winter’ scented candle is sooo good! We get it every year. Also, this box of stuff is my favorite. Holy good picks.

  42. I am in love with plantoeat.com. It is a recipe organizing website, and no I am not affiliated with them. They have a black Friday special for half off!

  43. Wow! We have a couple of the same winter faves – chocolate mint m&m’s and Angie’s kettle corn with chocolate. I’d love to try out some of your other faves! I also love vanilla hazelnut coffee with sugar and cream – just hits the spot on a cold, gray afternoon. And I love Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm.

  44. Love my new cold weather boots I just got…feels like I’m wearing cozy slippers everywhere I go they’re so warm and furry lined.

  45. Oh my! I’m expecting my first little one and sadly have been unable to read your blog because of the darn nausea (just trying not to think about food). But fortunately, I’m back, and just in time for something as fun as this!

  46. I am addicted to Vanilla rooibos tea! I live in the UK during school time and can’t wait to get home for Christmas to try the things on the list that I can’t get here – ie all of them! Would be nice to get a box of them delivered to my house and save me a couple trips! I promise to send you my tea if I win 🙂

  47. One of our new discoveries was “hot vanilla milk” that I found on Pinterest. Just milk, sugar, and vanilla, heated up and topped with marshmallows. YUM!!! A nice change from regular hot chocolate!

  48. Around Christmas, Ghirardelli and Wiliams Sonoma both have peppermint bark – usually white chocolate with little pieces of crushed up candy cane in them. Heavenly!

  49. Awesome list! Andes mint cookies. The season is too short for these. I was just talking about your website and recipes and how there is nothing you guys do wrong. Everything I have ever tried is delicious!

  50. I love this post! It is my grown up Christmas wish to win this!! My new favorite is a box of Maple Leaf Sandwich cookies with maple cream filling from Trader Joe’s. Fall perfection!

  51. I love mint chocolate. Around now is when I start seeing the Mint Truffle Hershey’s kisses, and those I could get addicted to each year.

  52. I also love that Baby Lips- it’s my favorite! I lost mine, my silly purse doesn’t have a zipper closure and is always dumping out. I would l-o-v-e this package!

  53. Currently loving Peppermint JoJos from Trader Joe’s! Also just discovered how to make hot chocolate with Nutella, and I’m pretty sure I will be drinking it all winter long. 🙂

  54. So fun! My current winter fave are these peppermint bark-coated pretzels from Trader Joe’s – salty, minty, sweet deliciousness all wrapped up in a crunchy package. They always run out of these quickly at my local store, so I’m stocking up this weekend!

  55. What a great goodie box! I always love it when you two do this because it’s like having personal product recommendations from a friend!
    My favorite winter pick right now is SOUP!!! (Homemade generally, but I’m definitely picked up that Roasted Red Pepper on my next trip to Costco!!)

  56. I LOVE the bath and body works soap too. Love washing my hands over and over for the smell. But my top winter favorite is hot chocolate!! I live in AZ so I look forward to the short winter months were I can drink it daily. YUM!

  57. My winter favorites….the newest hot chocolate from Dunkin (this year salted caramel..yum!), fireside marshmallow candle from B&B, and for nostalgic reasons, chocolate covered cherries.

  58. My favorite winter treat is pomegranites. I look forward to them all year. I would really like to try some of items in this post. Totally running to Costco on Saturday for those socks.

  59. Oh my! So much fun in one box. 🙂 I stared with suspicion in the grocery store at chocolate mint Jif as well. Have you seen the new dark chocolate Skippy? It is to die for, and I keep it hidden in my pantry just for me! These days my obsession is pumpkin smoothies for breakfast. I made mine yesterday with your suggestion of adding spinach to a smoothie, and it was totally awesome! Could not taste the spinach at all, only pumpkin spice goodness, and I felt smug and superior all morning knowing I had snuck in an extra serving of veggies with breakfast. 😀

  60. Hershey’s cherry cordial kisses. I love them so much I try to stock up for the year, but eating the, in the summer when they have gone a bit hard is never the same as that first bag at Christmastime!

  61. That roasted red pepper and tomato soup is so good! You should try it with cheese tortellini in it – amazing! I will eat anything chocolate & mint this time of year. Those special Christmas mint m&ms are addictive, not to mention dangerous.

  62. Every winter we have to get a box of the white chocolate covered oreos! The kids love the sugar cookie Pop Tarts with the winter scenes.

  63. My favorite winter thing is anything pine scented! Soap, lotion, candles, all of it! But that peppermint soap has me intrigued…

  64. Sarah, these treats sounds so wonderful!! I’d love to win a box of these goodies!! My favorite winter time thing right now is Grove Square’s Chai Latte. It is found at Walmart and it just warms me right up.

  65. I always like seeing what other women are loving. I am even on a group that throws favorite parties for a Girls’ Night where we exchange some of our favorite things. All I can say about your list is….I want that soup now. Our temp just dropped today and it would be the most perfect lunch. So I guess I’m going to the store after the gym. One of my current favorite things it the almond bark from Costco.

  66. Peppermint ice cream, which is very hard to find up here. Publix has it during the holidays, but they don’t have stores in my area yet – but they will be here next year, I’ve heard! Food Lion used to have their own brand, but it was nothing like Publix’s.

  67. Ooooh! Such good stuff. This isn’t necessarily just for winter but the sugar scrubs from bath and body works are amazing! Oh and I love those pumpkin cookies from target too 🙂

  68. Just recently tried the roasted pepper and tomato soup–yummy! Most of my favorite winter/holiday things are homemade and are the same as I enjoyed when I was a kid (magic cookie bars, chocolate covered PB balls to name a couple).

  69. My current winter fave is anything with sugar in it. I did something completely insane about 6 weeks ago and decided to cut out sweets entirely until my bday (it’s the day before Thanksgiving this year). You’d think the sugar cravings would go away by now, but reading this post was making my mouth water, big time! Hope I win! 🙂

  70. Those all look really fun 🙂 My holiday fav has to be the Mrs. Meyers line of seasonal scents for cleaning products. Gingerbread, cranberry, orange clove, etc. I bought a multipack of gingerbread a few years ago and I loved it, almost hated to use it all up cause it smelled so good 🙂

  71. Ive never commented before but i couldn’t pass this one up. Oh homemade apple cider. By far. I always have some on hand during the holidays. Its a major holiday food group. Yum!

  72. Southern Comfort Vanilla Spice Egg Nog. I usually don’t even like egg nog, but this is smooth, creamy and not too thick. I dilute it half milk half egg nog. Delish!

  73. What fun! I LOVE these posts and hearing about fave products! I’ve got to get me hands on some of these things :). I was drooling just reading about them! My fave is the Celestial Seasonings tea bags in Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride………soooo yummy! I add a little bit of vanilla stevia drops and it tastes like a sugar cookie. It’s also zero calories so it’s a great holiday drink so I can save my calories for other yumminess! I always buy all the boxes when I find it so I can drink it all year!

  74. I treat myself to specialty hot cocoa. Different type/brand each time – I’ve found a couple of favorites but still have dozens more to try before I settle on an absolute fave!

  75. Oh I love it all! I love everything chocolate peppermint and have been trying my hardest not to buy the m and m’s every time I go shopping. I also love a nice bowl of soup on a snowy winter day. My favs are homemade of course.

  76. My husband ran to the store for milk, bread, a few other essentials and came home with a carton of butter brickle ice cream. I haven’t had it for years! Loving it!

  77. I am already in love with half the things on your list, and now I’m dying to try the ones I don’t know! My absolute favorite, brand-new obsession is your peppermint cookies in the Seasons cookbook. The ones you roll in egg white and crushed candy canes. Ooooh my goooossshhh.

  78. My current favorites are the kinfolk candle reindeer poop (i know weird name but love the candle) I currently have burning in my house and pumpkin cookies

  79. I love the seasonal powdered creamer from Coffee Mate. I use it to make hot chocolate mix. Right now we have Pumpkin Spice in the cupboard. Yummy.

  80. I love hot cocoa. I have a favorite stovetop recipe. And to make it even better I put in a scoop of Schwans’ peppermint stick ice cream. So good! Thanks 🙂

  81. I love Blue Bunny Peppermint Ice Cream. Unfortunately the rest of my family loves it to…that little half gallon doesn’t last long enough.

  82. I don’t know if it is a “winter” favorite, but I found it in the store in the right season, so? Shrimp fries, found them in the oriental food section at Food4Less. Just don’t stick your nose in the bag before you eat them!

  83. I dislike all things winter – darkness, cold, cold, darkness. The only thing I do like is that I can bake anything I want to warm up the house and not worry about having to put on a bathing suit anytime soon. These picks all look amazing!

  84. Winter favorites? Things that keep me warm! Costco’s wool socks for women – so warm and they look great too! Stephen’s Hot Cocoa – in any flavor they make! And for guilt free warmth – Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Herbal Tea with a touch of honey!

  85. Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joes are the best! I have already hoarded a case, yes case, or two for gifts. Or maybe to just enjoy the whole year. They are that good!! Whole Foods version of them isn’t half bad either.

  86. So nice of you guys to do this give all this stuff away.
    When the Holliday season rolls around I run to Starbucks for a Pumpkin Steamer ( A Pumpkin Latte for non coffee drinkers) One sip and you will be hooked.

  87. I love the candy cane kisses to make your candy cane kiss cookies. I have to take them to all family holiday parties! And my kids love putting the kisses on the warm cookies after they have baked.

  88. I don’t really use my scentsy burner in the summer, but come fall, it’s on a lot! Now I’m starting to pull out my winter smells – my favorite is the chocolate peppermint one!

  89. I’ve recently discovered peppermint crunch Junior mints. Oh. My. Word. So yummy. And I always loooove burning Bath and Body Works candles. I love toasted marshmallow.

  90. I haven’t been able to stop eating Angie’s Gingerbread popcorn. It’s so bad that when I see a bag in the store my ass automatically sighs from the extra padding it’s going to gain. 😉

  91. I’ve been waiting to see what your favs are, the box looks amazing! I love a good bath and body works candle too, I’ll have to try this scent. My winter is also filled with all things peppermint. I love it.

  92. My current winter favorite it the shower soap Wintermint Snowfall. Mostly I like it because my daughters always have us smell their skin after they use it 🙂

  93. Fabulous picks! I’m currently obsessed with chocolate peppermint popcorn I discovered last year, but the dark chocolate sea salt sounds delicious.

  94. Oh, what a fun package! I like peppermint ice cream and 7-Up floats this time of year – or cinnamon ice cream and warm apple pie.

  95. Oh, that chocolate mint peanut butter looks intriguing! I never would have thought of combining those favors, like EVER. But I’d love to give it a try. Plus, I’m out of good, holiday hand soap, so the peppermint scent sounds really delicious!

  96. You’ve listed several of my winter faves here: B&BW candles, fuzzy socks and mint M&ms. I also love Cranberry Sierra Mist that you can only get this time of year.

  97. Clementine Cuties and hot chocolate and a good book. All at once! Maybe add in some dark chocolate. Oh and Burts Bees Coconut foot cream. I guess I have a list of things….

  98. I’m currently obsessed with Bath & Body Work’s Twisted Peppermint and Vanilla Bean Noel lotions. I’m probably way over-moisturized at this point because I can’t stop myself from reapplying multiple times a day! I’ve also consumed at least my weight in egg nog so far this year with no end in sight!

  99. Oh gosh! Everything looks so awesome, although I’m skeptical about that peanut butter chocolate mint :/ Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  100. What a fun post. In trying to decide my wintertime favorite, of course I love all the treats. I thought about how much I love anything with dark chocolate and mint, but then I decided that my very favorite wintertime thing is soup. Any good hot soup is comfort food and so nice to eat when it is cold outside.

  101. I love baking and candy making (and eating) around the holidays. I’m already craving fudge but trying to hold out til Christmas!

  102. I love the Joes! and the M&M’s! And caramel apple cider! I love all things Christmas, and we’ve been doing all we can to feel Christmas-y in warm AZ!

  103. I love everything about Christmas. I seriously can’t choose what I like the most. We’ve had our tree up for a week already because I want to enjoy it as long as possible. Here are a few of my favorites: OBB Peppermint Brownies, B&B Works peppermint soap, homemade christmas cookies, peppermint bark, York peppermint patties, fresh snow, christmas music, christmas lights, family traditions, christmas candy, wrapping presents, etc. If it has to do with Christmas, I probably love it. Buddy the Elf and I would get along really well.

  104. I love so many seasonal items it is hard to narrow down… I get depressed when they are all taken away! But, one I look forward to every year are the Blue Bell ice cream holiday flavors. I am currently enjoying Spiced Pumpkin Pecan – YUM!

  105. I love the bug tub of peppermint bark from Costco, a warm blanket and a great Christmas music program on TV (or one of the MoTab Christmas concert dvd’s)…Heaven!

  106. My favorite winter favorites are homemade frosted sugar cookies and spiced apple cider.

    I adding the cozy Costco socks to my list. Thanks for the tip!

  107. Hot chocolate, cuties, blankets, popcorn, sugar cookies, homemade caramel, Christmas music, and sunshine. Sunshine is my favorite. And smiling. And hot showers.

  108. My favorite is hot chocolate. As long as it’s rich and creamy and hot I don’t care what kind it is. It warms my body and soul.

  109. Happy Thanksgiving! I would love to win this! One of my favorite treats is Stephens Hot cocoa…any flavor, usually stirred with a candy cane! Delish! Shannon

  110. I love decorating gingerbread houses with my family. Part of the fun is shopping for all the different candy to use for the decorations. Then we keep the houses in the middle of our table the rest of the season! They smell great and are full of color!!

  111. To me, winter means lotion…and lots of it. Here in ridiculously dry Colorado, our skin needs all the help it can get! My current favorite is Eucerin Daily Replenishing Moisturizing Lotion with Sunflower Extract.

  112. I would love a box of goodies! As a mom I’m always sending care packages to my kids that are grown up and stationed overseas or when they’ve been deployed to Afghanistan or Kyrgyzstan or Turkey and would love a treat for myself and to share with them. Thanks for a great blog, love the cookbooks and I made the oatmeal cookies yesterday and my husband giggled like a little boy when he saw them!

  113. Our new favorite- vanilla almond milk with a spoonful of cocoa powder. Now even my daughter who’s allergic to dairy can have hot cocoa with her big sister after playing in the snow!

  114. What an amazing box you’ve put together! Some of those things I’ve never heard of before but would love to try them. Eggnog is a favorite of mine during the holidays. I like the thick creaminess of commercial eggnog, but because of cost enjoy homemade eggnog more often now, which tastes just as good. Cella Chocolate covered Cherries are a favorite holiday treat, also. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!!

  115. Everything on this list looks great!! I don’t think I’ve tried anything besides the M&Ms. My favorite holiday product, at least this year, is Pepparkaka from IKEA. They are these thin, crisp, Swedish ginger cookies and they are so addictive. I have them with tea every day.

  116. My tiny Idaho town FINALLY got a Starbucks, I can now indulge in my favorite drink…Peppermint White Mocha, it’s heaven in a cup.

  117. One of my favorite things are homemade soft gingersnaps (grandma’s recipe). They remind me of winter and they make AMAZING sandwich cookies with a little cream cheese frosting in between 2 of them… SO GOOD!!

  118. I normally don’t like candy canes very much, but the peppermint/candy cane Kisses are AMAZING!! Super creamy with little bits of candy cane. SO good!

  119. I love pomegranates, clementines, hot chocolate, Bob’s old timey peppermint sticks, and cozying up to a fire with a blanket and a book.

  120. Oh good gracious, every one of those items had me drooling (yes, even the soap and the soft socks). I would love to win this! One of my winter favorites is Lebkuchen (German spice cookies), which you can also get from World Market.

  121. I love all the holiday coffee flavors- White Chocolate Mocha, Caramel Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Red Velvet Latte… yummy!

  122. My current favorite thing is a piping hot pumpkin steamer. I first started getting them at Kneaders and fell in love but then I tried a steamed milk from 7-11 and added a few pumpkin flavored coffee creamers and it was the perfect mix! I try to drink one everyday:)

  123. Oooh…I’m going to have to try some of the things you have shown. One of my favorites is a pumpkin latte from a local pastry shop. Love this time of year!

  124. I absolutely love a good Peppermint Milk Shake from Chic Fil A. I frequent the drive through during while holiday shopping, or normal shopping, and pick one up. Sadly, we moved and no longer have a Chic Fil A near us. Tear. However, we absolutely LOVE our new home, near your home town actually, and can’t wait to find new Christmas traditions! 🙂

  125. I loved this post but it made me sooo hungry! 🙂 One of my favorites this time of year are the Peppermint Pretzel Slims from Trader Joes. Oh my goodness…it’s like a taste of heaven in every crunchy little bite!! If you haven’t tried them, go! Go right now!

  126. The Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup is one of my favorites! A staple in my house. My favorite winter item is anything that will make my house smell like a Christmas tree (i.e. candles, scent warmers, sprays, etc.) I have an artificial tree because of allergies but I still have to make my house smell like the real thing. I also live in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota so all I have to do is step outside of my home to get the “real tree” smell.

  127. My current winter fave is a pair of glove/mittens. They are fingerless gloves with a flip up mitten cover. Bare fingertips for smartphones when you need them and covers when you need the warmth!

  128. We love to get the winter Coke cans. I’m so sad that they don’t do the Santa cans anymore, but it’s still fun having a Coke out of that polar bear can. I haven’t tried most of the things on this list though, so it looks like there are plenty I need to check out!

  129. In the wintertime I love my hot chocolate (Stephen’s has an amazing caramel mocha flavor that gives you a delicious taste without any coffee!) and Christmas music. Loving the Michael Buble Holiday station on pandora!

  130. Its the little things in life that can put a smile on your face and sometimes make your day! I love that you are wanting to share all these “little” things that make you happy.

  131. My current winter favorite is drinking hot chocolate every night. And Eucerin lotion because my over-washed hands plus a cold winter make for dry, dry hands! LOVE your box!

  132. Best winter thing: a steaming bowl of steel cut oats with a spoon full of coconut oil stirred in and a package of stevia sprinkled on top. This warms body and soul after a cold morning run. Mmmmmm!

  133. Love ALL of your picks! So right now, my favorite thing to do in this colder weather is make cinnamon rolls. I made the cinnamon rolls from the post last week. First time I have ever made anything with yeast that turned out. We (my husband, our daughter & myself) had a frozen cheese pizza and fresh baked cinnamon rolls for lunch last Saturday. I’m making them again this weekend!

  134. Sara – have you ever tried putting a little smoked gouda cheese in that soup? We had it once at Yellowstone Park’s Old Faithful Inn. We loved it so much that we tried to copy the recipe, and bingo! We found out it’s just Pacific’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup with smoked gouda cheese. It is literally to die for.
    And since I’m such a wealth of wonderful information this morning, feel free to send your awesome gift package to me. 🙂

  135. I love the cinnamon pinecones that grocery stores sell around Christmas time. One day I just to buy and bag and hide the pinecones all over y apartment.

  136. I love all your items (of course!). I haven’t tried that soup though! My winter favorite are the junior mint peppermint crunch. Tastes like a junior mint with a candy cane crunch! Yum! I’m off to Costco to buy myself the huge bag of popcorn! They better have it here!

  137. I am loving your pumpkin toffee cheesecake this season. I made one last week and one is in the oven right now for s party tonight. I will never make plain pumpkin pie again!

  138. My favorite winter candies (besides the M&M’s you have on your list) are the peppermint nougats with the red/white outside and trees on the inside. Overall, I love that peppermint and mint are a winter specialty – as it is my favorite – along with chocolate of course. 🙂

  139. I love Brach’s spice gum drops. They are kind of hard to find, but when I see them I grab a bag and stash it in the back of my pantry where my kids don’t look.

  140. I want them! My favorite candle is Christmas trimmings by salt city candle which I have to order on line. I think this bath and body scent will fit the bill. Just checked, the only Angie’s popcorn flavor in my area is chicka boom. I need this box!

  141. Love all of the favorites you shared!! My current faves are: blueberry jam from stonewall kitchen, tastefully simple’s wheat beer bread, and I love eggnog at Christmastime!

  142. Mint M&M’s disappear rather quickly around me!! 🙂 I am also partial to candles (anytime!) but they add a extra magical touch to holidays! My favorites are Yankee brand (like Christmas Cupcake!) and B&BW 3 wicks (like Frosted Cranberry or Holiday).. 🙂

  143. Hot chocolate! Now that it’s cold out I can justify having a good ol’ cup of hot chocolate any time of the day! Life is Good 🙂

  144. Peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks. I know you can get them year round, but there’s nothing like sipping them from the red cups!

  145. One of my winter favorites is a mug of hot chocolate with a little bit of vanilla coffee creamer. I love it as my little treat in the afternoon while the baby is napping 🙂

  146. My winter fav is all the holiday scents from Bath and Body Works. My absolute fav is Balsam Fur, in a wall flower of a candle. Fills my heart with Christmas cheer:)

  147. I love the soft peppermint sticks. I stock up on them! But I also love mint M&Ms, Trader Joe’s Peppermint Joe’s, and Andes mints. My fave winter candles are the spiced apple cider and the balsam fir from Yankee. Fun box!

  148. Love these items on you winter favs! One of my favorites around this time is Milk Chocolate orange, ya know that one that you smack and it makes perfectly chocolate orange slice shaped deliciousness? Yum!

  149. Umm, pretty much anything wih sugar in it?? Holy smokes! Halloween comes and it’s all down hill from there…. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  150. I can’t get enough Stephen’s mint hot chocolate since it’s turned cold! Or hot apple cider with a few red hots thrown in for an extra cinnamon kick!

  151. My winter favorite is bath and body works Peppermint lip gloss. It’s minty and refreshing and the perfect shade of ever-so-slightly pink. I actually stock up and use it all year long!

  152. What a fun list! I would love to win. One of my winter faves that I was so excited to see back in stores is Andes peppermint crunch baking chips. Yum!! I just add these to my normal chocolate chip cookies-half mint and then half chocolate chips. Divine!!

  153. Oh this would be amazing to win! A current winter time fave of mine is the apple cider from Trader Joe’s – heated up with some whipped cream on top it tastes exactly like warm apple pie with ice cream. So good!

  154. I love the Bath & Bidy Works cinnamint lipgloss! You can find one in all my purses and usually in my pocket. Shiny, tingly, minty lips are better than winter chapped lips any day 🙂

  155. Sara, I love how excited you and Kate get for each holiday. In the home I grew up on, my mom made every holiday just as special (which I give her huge props for her creativity before the days of Pinterest ha). Even though it is just me and my husband right now, I try to keep all of her little traditions going. My favorite is buying cinnamon pinecones from Winco, decorating them with glitter, and making them a centerpiece. Anything cinnamon for the holidays 🙂

  156. It all looks delish! I love peppermint soap, English toffee, cuties, evergreen smells, and Williams Sonoma Hot chocolate. It really is just shaved chocolate that you melt in to heavenly goodness! It is my sneaky indulgence over the holidays. Mmmm – I am dreaming of it right now!

  157. I have to agree with the Angie’s dark chocolate sea salt popcorn- I bought it at Costco on a whim the other day and steadily munched my way through the entire bag by myself! I’m also really digging Ikea’s holiday scented candles right now!! (Can’t remember the crazy name for it at the moment 🙂 )

  158. Dear Sara of Best Bites,
    You are a delight! Goodies for Christmas, Oh what a sight! I love Chex Muddy Buddies, now in Dark Chocolate Mint! They are addictive, and I just can’t quit!

  159. My fave winter treat is this hot chocolate that’s almost like pudding it’s so thick, and good, and topped with whipped cream it’s a little mug of heaven that I need to go get this weekend…

  160. I love cozy, soft socks in the winter. My toes are always freezing and the socks make it more bearable. And our family are big time hot cocoa drinkers here. Hubby busts out his cocomotion machine every day! Best $20 we spent as broke college kids.

  161. Pepper chocolate chip milkshakes from Chik Fil A are my current fave. I won’t tell you how many times I have had one in the past week since they brought them back for the season. I am loving all the fun things you have got coming in that box!

  162. Sara, I so love all your holiday ideas and can see some gift baskets filled with goodies… this time of year I especially like heated spiced cider found at Trader Joe’s. It is so yummy, warming, and delicious. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  163. First of all, you are amazing and should share peppermint Jo’s with everyone by coming up with a copycat recipe. Anything mint chocolate is my favorite. Lately I have learned to tolerate pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, they probably need mint and then would be awesome. Haha.

  164. I can’t wait each year for the mint M&Ms to come out. I found a leftover bag of them in my pantry this summer, what a fun surprise. “Christmas in July”

  165. This is the cutest Sara! I have discovered a few of these things on my own and LOVE them. (Ie the popcorn…yikes 3 bags already this season!) I am loving any soup it can get my hands on! And I am all about fleece lined leggings in this cold!

  166. There are so many of these winter favorites that I’m dying to try!! A current wintertime fave at our house are clementines! We are eating them by the pound! So yummy.

  167. Oh this giveaway makes my heart happy! Currently obsessed with Bath and body 3 wick candles as well! Would die and go to candle heaven if I were to be chosen 🙂

  168. I love anything pumpkin in the fall! My husband absolutely HATES anything peppermint so this box might make him vomit but I don’t care…it looks delicious to me!

  169. I don’t have a Target OR a mall OR a Bath and Body Works OR a Costco OR a Trader Joe’s and I’m feeling homesick for living in a real town! What a fun post.

  170. Being in Florida its hard to think its Christmas time when its 82 degrees outside!! My favorite thing to do in the “winter” is to put up a Christmas tree. then it really feels like the holidays here.

  171. Homemade gingerbread cookies/houses with my children takes first. The flavor, aroma, and time with the children takes the cake. Second is William’s Sonoma peppermint bark =)

  172. I love winter treats! I love hot cocoa, especially Stephen’s mint or candy cane. And anything else that has to do with mint and chocolate together.

  173. fav christmas activity when it is sooo cold…watch christmas movies with my boys eating popcorn and drinking hot chocolate.

    Jennifer
    583 South 700 East
    Orem Utah, 84097

  174. The peppermint hand soap from Bath & Body is my favorite! I just bought a couple of bottles… I love all the Christmas treats at Trader Joe’s this time of year. Especially the peppermint truffles. Divine!

  175. Our favorite holiday things in our home is ANYTHING peppermint.. Ice cream, candles, hot chocolate … You name it! Peppermint always brings out the warm and fuzzys for us!

  176. I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s. I buy countless boxes of these every winter. My kids start rationing them out because they are seasonal. A must try!

  177. Aveeno lotion is my wintertime fave because my hands get so dry and cracked and it is the only lotion I have found that doesn’t burn and actually helps the dryness.

  178. My winter time favorite is probably instant spiced cider! Every night I love to warm myself up with a cup! Best part is the rest of my family are hot chocolate drinkers, so I don’t have to share!!

  179. I’m loving my Gold Canyon Christmas Wreath candle and I looooove to sip warm apple cider when its cold outside. Thanks for all the fun suggestions for fun stuff we can actually just grab on one of our shopping trips!

  180. Stephens or Land o Lakes hot chocolate are my faves! I also love twisted peppermint and always buy a bottle of that lotion before Christmas.

  181. My winter favorite is warm pumpkin spice milk. You can only get the pumpkin spice creamer in the fall through Christmas and you add it to warm milk for a little taste of heaven.

  182. I just smelled the B&BW candles the other day! I will have to go back to get a candle soon. Or will I? 🙂 … Thanks for the opportunity.

  183. One of my favorite things about winter is adding anything peppermint to my coffee…coffee creamer, candy canes, hershey kisses…ANYTHING!!

  184. I LOVE the Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch. They come out only during the Christmas season and are delicious! I bought every last box at Target this year because last year I bought a couple, and then they were gone everywhere and I couldn’t find them again!

  185. Those chocolate oranges that break into sections. So good. I love it when they have other flavors, too. Chocolate raspberry, anyone?

  186. So many fun things. Things I already love and things I want to try. I love mint truffle kisses, chocolate covered cherries and well pretty much anything mint and chocolate.

  187. I love peppermint ice cream on top of brownies with a little whip cream and hot fudge sauce. Also a big fan of Christmas scented soap.

  188. I’d have to say Christmas music continues to bring the Christmas cheer more than anything else (of course it is even better when listened to while sipping hot cocoa with just a hint of peppermint!)

  189. Holidays mean good food and lots of treats!! Fudge, English Toffee, Cheeseball are always some of my favorites. Recently I’ve learned a recipe for a Pumpkin Spice dessert that is fabulous and we’ve already made it many times this year!

  190. I love drinking mint hot chocolate and dipping Grasshopper cookies in it. Holy Yum! I love this time of year with all the fun seasonal goodies.

  191. My favorite winter item is the Pepperidge Farm TimTam Caramel cookies. The best is to bite the ends off and use them as a straw for hot chocolate and then eat them when they are melty and gooey. TimTam Slam! So. Good.

  192. I love a Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks this time of year. I live in Texas so it’s usually too warm to enjoy a hot, caramelly, slightly spiced apple cider but right now it’s 36 degrees and I can’t wait to head over there and get me one!!
    PS, if we were at camp, I would want you as my secret sister.

  193. I love a lot of the same things! I’m a little unsure of the mint chocolate peanut butter though… 😉 I love so much about this time of year, but one of my current faves is actually kind of old school – chocolate malt-o-meal with marshmallows and milk stirred in…yummy; kind of like a warm bowl of hot-chocolate-meets-hot-cereal.

  194. Woohoo…I’ve recently become quite the fan of your site so this is exciting and new for me! I honestly couldn’t think of a current winter time favorite besides baking and spending time with family (always THE best part of the holidays). But—then I started craving the fresh-off-the-tree Arizona oranges we get when we visit my family for Christmas!! You should see our suitcases when we head home. YUM.

  195. My favorite winter thing isn’t something you can buy at the grocery store, it’s my fireplace! It is on all. the. time. in my home right now! It makes my home so warm and inviting, I love it! I’ve also pulled out my trusty fuzzy slipper socks (just like yours!) and have been wearing them everyday. 🙂

  196. I love your picks! Every Christmas I can’t wait for the white fudge-covered Oreos to show up. My husband and I hide them from the kids and inhale them ourselves.

  197. Living in AZ, my current favorite is tamales! Sold in local Mexican groceries, restaurants, by my students’ grandmothers…they’re pretty much everywhere this time of year!

  198. I’m loving me the Rold Gold Peppermint Dipped Snowflake Pretzels! I bought a bag to try last night. (Good choice!) I’m pretty sure I need to come up with a fun little snack mix including those little pieces of heaven…

  199. I’m in love with your goodie box!! We don’t have world market or trader Joe’s in Hawaii. but things you’ve purchased our down pics from target, I went out to get. The Pepperidge pumpkin cheesecake cookies whip, yum! Scented candles and peppermint kisses are my favorites! Just recently, dark and white chocolate drizzled kettle corn are being sold. That made favorite for sure!

  200. My current favorite treat is your recipe for 1 hour bread rolls. I showed my YW how to make them for our YW activity Wednesday night except we turned them into cinnamon rolls and I again made them into cinnamon rolls this morning for my kids. Love it! So easy and quick!! Thank you for the recipe!!!!

  201. What a fun give away. Thanks for having it!

    My favorite winter thing is Tom & Jerry’s. I’m not picky about who makes the batter. Add brandy and/or rum + nutmeg. So yummy! Is this just a Minnesota/Wisconsin thing? I have no idea. If others don’t know what I’m talking about, I’d say “think hot eggnog,” but I know that sounds disgusting.

  202. I winter favorite is being able to play Christmas music without people asking questions. I love new stuff like Michael Buble and dare I say… Justin Bieber. But I also love the nostalgia that comes with Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

  203. My favorite wintertime at the moment addiction is Crio Bru very dark with coconut almond milk and a spoonful of creme brûlée creamer. I’m having several a day an not feeling bad about it 🙂 And I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to add everything on your post to my “things to try” List!!

  204. I am 34 weeks pregnant, so my favorite this change hourly, and I can’t get my obsession /craving out of my head . All of these amazing IG pics send me to the store often. I was just lookng for that popcorn… No luck!

  205. My favorite thing is seeing my little boys looking like little marshmallow men in their snow suits and jackets. I want to dress them up like that every day even when it’s not snowing.

  206. Hmm, if it would get a little colder I would be enjoying more wintertime favs! I love making Christmas gifts. Even if the people I give it to don’t appreciate it, I enjoyed thinking of them while I made it, so whether it ends up at a thrift store doesn’t matter (and no, I don’t go looking around their house to see if they put it up). However, since waste bothers me too, I frequently make them edibles that I know they will love!

  207. I love the mint M&M’s. I wait all year for them and once I spot them I start buying bags and hoarding them to last me as long as possible! I also love philosophy’s Candy Cane body wash. Thanks!

  208. Last night I had a savory cranberry dip over cream cheese served with crackers. I have had it before and make it for Christmas Eve. I love it every time. So tasty! Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to try all these fun things, I have not tried any of them except the Mint M$M’s.

  209. Love Bath & Body Works….especially the Winter candle and the holiday soaps. Can’t wait for those smells to be filling my house. We give the holiday soaps at the first of December for teacher gifts. Can’t wait till black friday to stock up!

  210. I just bought my third package of mint M&M’s!!! Is that a problem?!?! They are my all time favorite holiday treat! I am sure I could find a use for a fourth bag!

  211. These all look so awesome!! Except for maybe the soup – I don’t love red pepper. Truth be told, I don’t even really like it. But you guys are so amazingly convincing, maybe I should try it! And my husband would 100% agree with you about the mint MnM’s, we go through an embarrassing amount of those babies every year! My winter faves are totally a giant mug of hot chocolate, and lots of satsumas! Love!!

  212. I love Egg nog and Sprite. It’s a sugar rush, so I try to limit myself. I also love my grandma’s homemade fudge. We all have the recipe, but no one makes it like Grandma! 🙂

  213. I always love when it starts to be cold enough to drink hot chocolate. I love Stephens and they have come out with so many good flavored. It’s an indulgent treat for sure!

  214. Thanks for a great giveaway!!! I LOVE Bath and Body Works. My absolute favorite is the Twisted Peppermint Body Mist and Body Lotion, but Merry Marshmallow Kiss comes in a close second:) Thank You!:D

  215. I love m&ms as well. My absolute favorite are the pretzels and peanut butter, but I am so happy during this time of year for the mint m&ms and the candy cane m&ms. They make me happy!

  216. I wait all year for 2 winter items: Trader Joe’s Mint Mallows (minty marshmellows covered in dark chocolate) and Trader Joe’s Candy Cane JoJo ice cream (think cookies ‘n cream meets mint chip). And then I buy tons and hoard them for the rest of the year!

  217. I love the Tootsie Roll candy cane pops. They have such a sweet peppermint flavor and are a fairly low calorie treat, so I can save up for pies & cookies later!

  218. Not sure if it’s a wintertime only fave but I love mint oreos dipped in hot chocolate. And cozy socks. Wish we had a Costco near us. Those socks are calling my name. 🙂

  219. My current winter fave is Burt’s Bee’s Mango Butter lip balm. I have loved Burt’s Bees for years, but the mango stuff goes on so much smoother and softer, and my lips get a break from the dry air! Can’t wait to try a few of your faves, whether I win or not!

  220. This would be amazing! I love dryers peppermint ice cream this time of year! I always get so excited the firsttTim I see it in the store.

  221. I LOVE all things mint, but expect ally the white chocolate Hershey kisses with the red candy mint stripes! I want everything in your box!

  222. I don’t know if mine counts because it isn’t a product, but I love winter because it means cuddling up by the fire with my husband and smelling the beautiful smells that come with the holidays – pine, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, candy canes…

  223. My current favorite is the cinnamon-scented pine cones! They smell delightful and make my house smell like Christmas. I purchase them every year. 🙂

  224. My current winter time fave is gingerbread of any and all kinds – especially the new gingerbread oreos! But I’m thinking that my new winter fave is going to become that Jo’s peppermint crunch.. wow!

  225. What comes to mind is hot chocolate with a bit of peanut butter stired in. So yummy, it is like a warm peanut butter cup. Makes life better when you have been out in the cold all day!

  226. My favorite thing as the winter comes is oranges. They finally have that sweet tangy flavor that the rest of the year is impossible to find.

  227. The OBB Mint Brownies have been a current fave at our house! So perfect for the holidays and we can’t get enough (especially my husband). Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and ideas. I feel like a really good cook because of you!

  228. trader joes has these awesome dark chocolate peppermint truffles at christmastime. I just bought 3 bags because I was afraid they would run out like they did last year! and they are that awesome. yum!!

  229. This time of year, I LOVE Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s! It is an oreo cookie with peppermint candy cane filling! They are super delish! I also can’t stop making pumpkin spice Steamers, thanks to getting hooked on them from Starbucks! 🙂 Thanks for this awesome giveaway! You are too nice! I love OBB! 🙂

  230. Wow! I just walked in the door from a Costco trip where I bought the fuzzy soft socks. I am so excited to put them on! My favorite thing of the season is the peppermint dipped snowflake pretzels from Rold Gold. They were at Costco today and I bought 5 bags!!! Soooooo gooooood!!!

  231. You guys are the greatest! Not only do you give us amazing recipes but then you go and do Fun things like this, thank you! My favorite winter things are comfy socks and your white chicken chili (family favorite!). We love you around here!

  232. Apple Cider chapstick. Alright, I’ll be honest. It’s turned into more of a year-round obsession thanks to a good supply in the closet.

  233. Here in Florida I still am running the ac, so something that gets me in the winter mood is the smell of fresh cut pines and peeling an orange. We always had a real Christmas tree growing up, and my mom always bought a massive box of oranges, so those two smells still take me to winter and the Christmas season, no matter how hot it is.

  234. Trader joes peppermint joe joes… Mmmmm… Like mint Oreos but better bc there’s crushed candy canes in there. Dang, now I need to go get some.

  235. Oh, how I would love every single thing you have included. I have a soft sock addiction – I’ll have to check those out on my next Costco run! My favorite winter thing is Christmas music!!

  236. the red cups at starbucks. once a hot beverage (hot cocoa, egg nog latte, gingerbread latte, mint mocha, etc.) is in there, it magically becomes comforting even if your name is spelled incorrectly on the outside.

  237. My winter fave is Nutcracker Sweet Tea. It’s available only around the holidays and I stock up because I love the delicate, slightly sweet, nutty flavor.

  238. My current winter fave is Pumpkin Body Butter from Trader Joes–super luxury for cracked dry hands. It goes on silky and doesn’t leave your hands oily and it lasts! Love it!

  239. I live hours away from a Target, so when I’m near one I just HAVE to shop! Well last time I was there I was really sick and fevery but went anyway. When I got back home and unpacked I noticed that ALL I had gotten were sweaters. A green one, a purple one, a gray one, and even some sweater pants! Haha! I regretted it until I tried them on. My achy self was completely right. Mossimo sweaters are the best! They are long enough to partially cover your bum but not so floppy and loose that you get lost in there. They are my winter obsession!

  240. Some of my favorite winter time things are those white chocolate peppermint covered pretzels from Costco and Stephens hot chocolate. Thanks for the giveaway!

  241. Fun! My winter fav is Dr. Pepper chapstick! Ha! It smells great and adds the perfect amount of color. 🙂

    Also, I promise I’m usually not an obnoxious fun-spoiler, but I recently found out that Mars and Hershey’s use child slavery to harvest cocoa in West Africa to produce chocolate. (Along with Nestle, Cadbury, and other major brands.) Google it if you get a chance. It’s true and heartbreaking. Anyway, I just feel like it’s one of those dirty secrets that more Americans should know about. I love your blog and know that you wouldn’t knowingly support that!

  242. My current winter time favorite is Stephen’s Hot Chocolate! I put half milk chocolate and half white chocolate in my cup. I then add two pieces of honey buttered toast. So good!

  243. Yay!! I live on Maui – PO Box 1024, Kula, HI 96790
    Everyone is always telling me that since I NOW live in paradise that they all pretty much hate me and I can’t possibly deserve anymore happiness in life. To be honest…I would rather just come here on vacation. It’s crowded, hot, traffic is crazy and I have learned that if you don’t get something the SECOND you see it, you are out of luck! If it’s not on the next barge to the island from the mainland..sorry baby! You missed out! So to get all of those fab things delivered to me is like..well..Christmas!!! Thanks Ladies!

  244. Wow! Awesome giveaway! Thank you! I can’t choose just one favorite right now, but I’m loving all of the pumpkin flavored things available this time of year. I look forward to it every fall.

  245. International Coffee Creamer in Peppermint Mocha! YUM!!! It is delicious with some hot chocolate and the bottle is the price of one Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate. And of course, twisted peppermint is my favorite, you should try the candle.

  246. Hi Sara! My winter time fave right now is the Stephens Citrus Spice Drink (it is the brand that makes yummy cocoa but this is more kind of like wassail) anyway it is so delicious. Got it at Deseret Book.

  247. Trader Joe’s hot chocolate! I love the richness of dark chocolate and whip cream on a cold evening. If there happens to be cookies nearby, I don’t say no.

  248. I LOVE Stephen’s milk chocolate hot chocolate in my Cocoa Latte machine! Do u girls have one of these heaven sent machines?? If not, u need to get one! Make sure you get one w/the frothy dispense spicket…I kid u not, this is how they’ll serve it in Heaven! 🙂

  249. My favorites in the wintertime are hot drinks, particularly peppermint hot chocolate. The reason I have always have peppermint extract in the house is for peppermint hot chocolate.

  250. My favorite winter time thing is those gross hard multi colored candies that come out at Christmas. We always had a candy dish full out all December growing up and I still must buy them every year, even though I’d rather eat something chocolatey.

  251. This post was so fun! I have to go with Stephens hot chocolate, you just can’t beat a warm cup of cocoa on a cold winters day. They have the best flavors too.

  252. What great favorites. I’ve suddenly felt the need to shop for every one of the yummy things on that list. I just love lounging in yoga pants on cold days, and drinking Starbucks caramel apple cider!

  253. Um, right now, I’m excited that soup weather is finally here, and I’m still munching on Halloween candy. Is it okay if I’m not ready for winter favorites yet?!? Your post almost put me in the mood, but then I looked outside at orange leaves and remembered I haven’t eaten turkey in forever!! When it is Christmas season, my favorite is peppermint and chocolate anything (but your brownies are my fave!), hidden mint cookies, and Christmas lights!

  254. I have never even heard of half of these products! I’d be so excited to try them all! Even without a win, I’m going to go out and try a few!

  255. Pretty much my favorite right now is Stephen’s Apple Cider mix. Also the gingerbread cookies from IKEA, Pepperkaakar, plain out of the box, or smothered in eggnog dip. (thicken egg nog with cornstarch over the stove, cool, stir in sweetened whipping cream, garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg. YUM!

  256. Yea! I love your favorite things posts. The thing I have been doing more in the last few weeks than at any other time in my life is a little cup of hot chocolate. Somehow it just tastes better this year.

  257. What a kind thing for you to be doing! My favorite right now is the pine scent Mrs. Meyers clean day dish soap. It is a seasonal item. I bought mine at World Market. It smells like Christmas eveytime I do my dishes!

  258. My current fave has to be hot chocolate with a little bit of caramel coffee creamer in it with my 7 year old son. He thinks he’s drinking coffee and gets the biggest kick out of it!

  259. What a great list of things! I can’t wait to try those Target pumpkin cheesecake cookies. I also love the candy cane Hershey kisses that come out this time of year.

  260. I am totally with you on the pumpkin cheesecake cookies- so naughty for you but sooooo good! But I’ll also throw in that in a moment of weakness I bought something new I saw at my grocery store- chocolate milk that was “after-dinner mint” flavored. Yum! I was a little bitter that my family drank any. It’s not a big container. It’s tough to hide something like milk that has to go in the main part of the fridge. Not that I tried. Ahem.

  261. I LOVE LOVE your site so much! I have made countless recipes…some of my faves are the Chinese Chicken salad, Cashew Chicken and Reeses Popcorn! I would love to win this goodie box. Something I love in the Winter (but always) are Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Crisps (I’ve also seen another brand available at Target and Costco). I love the thin Pringles-like chocolates!

  262. My family loves the cutie oranges! Make it feel like Christmas. Peppermint hot cocoa by Steven also. I am an apple cider drinker. These make it feel toasty just thinking about it.

  263. I just moved from Florida to Connecticut and am enjoying all things winter! It’s a lot more real when I really am bundling up in scarves and drinking peppermint hot cocoa each night :)I’d love to enjoy all your fav things too!!

  264. Well not exactly a winter favorite, but something new I found and am crazy about is the Inside Out Carrot Cake Cookies from Trader Joes! The texture of a soft oatmeal raisin cookie and buttercream frosting.. yummm!

  265. All those favs sound wonderful!! I am a sucker for anything mint or pumpkin this time of year! But another fav is the the white chocolate covered oreos! They are so yummy dipped in milk!! I have a hard time not eating the whole box in one sitting!!

  266. I love these ideas!!! I do a present for the kids very Christmas Eve and will definitely be including some of these to their boxes this year! The other listed favorites I will have to taste test myself or try myself :). Thanks girls!!

  267. Oh, I really want those socks. My current winter fave is the new charcoal super fuzzy robe I ordered for myself as an early Christmas gift.

  268. There are a few things I look forward to at this time of year. The Spiced Chestnut scented candle from Williams-Sonoma (best smelling candle ever!) and making Christmas cookies with my two daughters. Two of our faves are Rugelach (Ina Garten’s recipe – AMAZING) and classic gingerbread.

  269. My favorite winter thing is soup – creamy potato, taco, chicken noodle. However, my favorite Christmas thing is red & green m&m’s and homemade caramels. Thanks for the chance to win!

  270. My current winter fave is a candle warmer fragrance by Ashman that is called Orange Evergreen. Fresh citrus bursts with evergreen mixed in then. It’s perfect in the kitchen smell. And only available during the fall/winter months. This is such a fun idea! How could people not love your blog. It’s brilliant!

  271. Gosh, I have so many favorites, it’s hard to pick one. I really love Trader Joe’s Spiced Apple Cider, served hot with little whipped cream on top. Thanks for sharing with us.

  272. Two things: pepperidge farms gingerbread people cookies, and Rold Gold Peppermint dipped pretzels (snowflake shaped!) from costco. Soooo good!

  273. I love your selections. My winter fave (absolute necessity actually) has always been hot chocolate. It makes the snow and cold seem appropriate somehow.

  274. This goodie box looks awesome! I can’t wait for it to get cold so I can wear an infinity scarf and fingerless gloves. I even wear them inside my house!

  275. I love Angie’s popcorn. I had to stop going to Costco because I bought a bag (and then consumed, with help, of course) every time I went. Delicious.

  276. I LOVE peppermint ice cream with a healthy dose of hot fudge. Also Stephen’s hot cocoa. Some of these things might have to be added to my grocery list though.

  277. Oh my word!!!! Are you kidding me? I think your box of faves is just about my entire box of faves (including my new fave of the Angie’s popcorn). Two of mine that aren’t in your box? Peppermint Joe Joe’s from Trader Joe’s – killer! And even better if they are the dark chocoloate covered variety. And the other? Starbuck’s Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Mix. Yum!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  278. I look forward to winter so I can hoard more Twisted Peppermint, Candy Cane Bliss & Winter Candy Apple hand soap and lotion from Bath & Body Works. I also like peppermint desserts!

  279. I’m so glad you have mint m&m’s on your list. They have always been the thing I look forward to when Christmas comes around. Even when I was a kid.

  280. Not sure it’s specifically “winter” but it definitely said limited edition – Fudge Covered Ritz Crackers. Amazing! Thanks Target.

  281. Such great things! I think I could pretty much hand this list to my husband for my own stocking stuffers! You need to have your husbands do their own favorites list so I could have some new ideas for mine! I am digging carmel apple cider from Starbucks right now. It is so good!

  282. I’m loving my pumpkin vodka-Bailey’s Irish Cream cocktail… 🙂 Thanks for being so generous with your Goodie Box! Hope you have wonderful holidays!

  283. I have so many holiday favorites as well! I will share two: peppermint white chocolate Hershey kisses and Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate!!

  284. I love wearing socks. After a long summer I forget how wonderful it feels to have warm feet and a mug of hot cocoa makes it all better.

  285. I’m excited to try some of these new things! My current crush is a dark chocolate peppermint that I bought recently at sam’s. So good!

  286. How exciting! My favorite Christmas (and Easter) treat are Cadbury Mini Eggs. It’s probably a good thing that I can only find them twice a year 🙂

  287. Mint M&Ms!! We always, always have these in several candy jars around the house every Christmas. They’re definitely a tried-and-true holiday staple 🙂

  288. Starbucks caramel apple cider is one of my favorite winter treats! A little too rich for everyday but delicious for really cold winter nights.

  289. Peppermint Joe Joe’s from Trader Joe’s… Perfect by themselves and super delicious blended with ice cream to make a peppermint Oreo shake! Yum!

  290. There are products on this list I have never heard of… always fun to try something new! Perhaps even add to my existing holiday traditions. Thanks!

  291. My absolute winter fave is eggnog. Store bought, homemade, soy nog, whatever. I love it! We’re really blessed right now to live close to a family-run dairy here in Kansas that makes its own. Heated, its just thing to keep me warm with the cold north wind blowing during the winter.

  292. I always love coffee, but in the winter, when I want a hot drink in my hand at all times, I’m all about hot cider and tea (can’t be up all night from caffeine!).

  293. I love, love, love Bath and Bodyworks Look Ma New Hands lotion. It’s the stuff to put on your hands at night. Your hands will say “Ahhhh, thank you!”

  294. I’m breathless with excitement and amazement at these wonderful, varied little pieces of magic you’ve blogged about today!! When it gets cold and frosty, I love anything to do with snowmen and snowflakes! They seem to make everything magical!!

  295. I love mint M&M’s and may be guilty of hoarding them, and hiding them from my children. I am intrigued by this mint chocolate peanut butter…

  296. There are so many things that I haven’t tried on your list:) I think my favorite thing at Christmas time are the the Hershey mint truffle kisses – TO DIE FOR!!!!

  297. Cherry flavored candy canes. Seriously. Can’t. Get. Enough. And I could care less what color they stain my mouth and tongue 🙂

  298. Um, speaking of crack, there are a variety of peppermint flavored items we can hardly get enough of, and probably should have quit when we ran out the first time. I know some will scorn, but candycane Oreos are near the top of the list, plain and simple 🙂

  299. My favorite winter staple are Maple Leaf Cookies from Trader Joes. Like Oreos, but with maple cookies and maple cream in the center. They are no joke delicious!

  300. I don’t know if you would consider it a winter time fave, but I just recently discovered a delicious cinnamon crumb spice cake from Aldi’s they only put out during this season. My family is in love! We have bought two already, and have requested I find a recipe to make our own.

  301. I also love B&B Works candy cane (or maybe it’s peppermint – same scent, though, I’m sure!) and the mint M&Ms… 🙂 I also love peppermint stick ice cream (Brigham’s, if we’re getting specific, although I’m sure some other brand has peppermint stick that’s equally yummy!)

  302. I LOVE MadeOn’s hard lotion bars and chapstick! I don’t have to cringe when I put on lotion because I know EXACTLY what is in it! Yep— a must have for winter in my house! Her addy is below– and I get nothing for mentioning this– I am sure she doesn’t or won’t know! http://www.hardlotion.com

  303. Good Day…honestly…I have not seen any of these items in our local store…I live in rural MT. 🙂 they all look good tho!! I am listening to the Duck Dynasty Christmas CD…Duck the Halls…I LOVE IT!! My fav thing associated with the holiday season.

  304. My favorite winter activity has always been making gingerbread houses while listening to Christmas music/watching every cheesy Christmas movie ever. :]

  305. I LOVE that I can use my hot chocolate maker every morning. I put some hazelnut creamer in it (or just buy the Ghiradelli hazelnut cocoa) and I am in heaven!

  306. Oh my, these all look divine! One of my current holiday faves would have to be peppermint hot chocolate and clementines. They always seem to bring the holiday spirit into my home! Thank you both for the opportunity to try some of your holiday faves! Happy Holiday’s 🙂

  307. Love your favorite things!!!! We’re a military family currently stationed overseas so most of these items I’ve not seen yet, makes me envious. 🙂

    Robin

  308. Tangerines or cuties. the scent takes me back to Christmas as a child. Then a gain dark chocolate brownies with candy cane pieces mixed in.

  309. LOVE this fun post and love all your fun recipes! I have so many favorites; I love traditions. I love anything candy cane & anything colorful! My NEWEST favorite Christmas item is one I am working on now; inspired by singer & songwriter Jack Johnson. It’s a miniature wood Christmas tree created by my husband and I and made w/ driftwood from Hawaii (yes straight from the Hawaiian beaches), painted my fav shade of green and strung w/ fun & colorful Hawaiian ornaments my family has collected from the Hawaiian islands thru the years. While I love a perfect snowy picturesque traditional Christmas, I am a lover of anything Hawaiian at heart…so this project has been really fun to create. Almost done with it!

  310. Christmas fave: fudge covered peppermint jojos from Trader Joes. So good! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
    lindseyjunk at sbcglobal dot net

  311. I haven’t heard of some of these goodies. My favorite wintertime goodies/ must haves are : pumpkin pie, egg nog, hot cocoa, warm blankets, and a pot of chili cooking on the stove, oh and Christmas music playing in the background .

  312. What a fun assortment of goodies! My current winter fave has to be the Sherpa throw blankets from Costco. In fact, I’m wrapped up in one right now 🙂

  313. I love the taste and smell of Fall and Christmas. You certainly captured it here in one box. I love cheesecake, peppermint chocolate, anything pumpkin and pecans. I would love to win this. Feeling kinda down over children and grandchildren living so far away.

  314. Hi! Probably my all time winter fav is Warm Vanilla Sugar scent (especially the body cream right now) from Bath and Body Works! LOVE it!!!!!!!

  315. I babysat for a friend the other day and as a thank you she brought me a salted Carmel apple cider from Starbucks. I am obsessed, I had to go drive thru today to get another one. Definitely my new winter favorite!

    I’m sad to say I have not tried anything in this goodie box! I hope I win since Arkansas doesn’t have some of the stores these goodies are from. 🙂

  316. I’m quite the fan of any creamy, yummy soup…especially for cooler days, and I LOVE the B&BW scents of hand soap! I’m also a HUGE white hot chocolate lover. Sigh…shall I go on? Your list looks AMAZING. I may have to put a couple of your list on mine.

  317. My favorite thing this time of year is finding new stuff to use to decorate Christmas cut-out cookies. This year it’s the candy pearls that come on all sizes!

  318. My favorite Winter Fave is the Chick-Fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake. It has the smell of peppermint for the season, the taste of chocolate (always a favorite in any season!) and the luciousness of a thick milkshake (reminds me of being a child again). 🙂