Unexpected Guests Will Never Catch You Off Guard If You Stock Up On These Holiday Packaged Foods
Quick and easy nibbles and impromptu drinks – these holiday foods (or gifts) will help you keep your “best host” status when unexpected guests pop by.
The holiday foods that’ll help you slay the holidays
We chose each of these holiday foods to make your hostessing duties a bit easier this December. They will have you ready for anybody popping by, expected or not.
Don’t think you’re ready for this jelly?
You’d think your vegan bestie popping buy for some holiday cheer would stress you, but not with these vegan jelly and gummy candies. The Prosecco Bears, Red Roses, Sour Grapefruit, and more aren’t just cute, they are also delish.
Vegan Faves Gift Box, $24 at squishcandies.com.
All that and a bag of chips
Free of 11 allergens (like dairy, gluten, wheat, soy and egg), these air-puffed potato chips are one of our fave guilt-free packaged holiday foods.
Spokes Puffed Potatoes, $3.99 at grocer and food retailers.
The sweetest thing
You cannot go wrong with chocolate around the holidays – especially candy cane-flavoured truffles.
Lindt Lindor Peppermint Cookie Truffles, $7.95 at Lindt retailers.
A Triscuit – a tasket, a brown and yellow basket
Take your cheese and crackers game next level with flavoured crackers, a bit of cream cheese, some strawberry jam, topped with a few blueberries.
Triscuit Nutmeg & Cinnamon crackers, $3.49 at mass retailers.
This limited-edition medium-flavoured coffee is as much of a treat for you as it is for your guests.
Keurig Timothy's Christmas Blend Coffee, $16.99 at various retailers.
Pomegranate seeds make pretty much any dish you make look and taste fancier. Use the seeds to top your appetizers, salads, roasted veggies, meats and even dessert.
Pomegranate seeds, available at grocery stores.
Smooth like buttah
Everybody loves popcorn! And we cannot help but love the non-GMO claim.
Orville Redenbacher Butter Flavour Gourmet Popcorn, $3.49 at major grocery retailers, mass merchandise retailers, discount grocery retailers and club stores.
Toast of the town
Raise a glass or two to the holidays with this crowd-pleasing white wine.
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016, $16.95 at liquor stores.
Pop these in the oven for a few minutes and – voilà! – you have delicious chicken appies. (Talk about packaged holiday foods to have on hand!) Serve with sour cream or chimichurri sauce for dipping.
PC Mini Chicken Empanadas, $8 at local Loblaw grocery stores.
Tasty drink, eh?
Egg nog is good and all, but why not create a new Canadian holiday tradition? To make a cranberry lemon cocktail, mix 1.5 ounce of dry gin, with three dashes of cranberry bitters, a half ounce of lemon juice with three ounces of maple water.
Sapsucker Maple Tree Filtered water, $5.99 at well.ca.
These kosher-certified candies are the perfect indulgent for any day of the eight gifts you may have to pick up.
Happy Hanukkah Giftset, $35.95 at sugarfina.ca.