I was out doing some last minute grocery shopping before our trip.  Most people try to use up their odds and ends before a trip rather than buy more.

I do too but I plan to do just a wee bit of baking in Aruba.

And it involves white chocolate.

Bags of white chocolate chips

Plus the TJ’s white chocolate chips are seasonal at my TJ’s (not at all stores I’ve been told, but at mine they are) so I like to stock up around the holidays.  The TJ’s white chocolate chips are my favorite white chip on the market.

I also picked up some Speculoos Cookie Butter Spread

Speculoos Cookie Butter Spread

If you like Biscoffs or Biscoff Spread like I do, the TJ’s equivalent is extremely similar.  And it’s crazy good.

If you crushed up and combined gingerbread cookies, graham crackers, and added cinnamon to a neutral-ish tasting nut butter like a cashew butter or a mild almond butter or peanut butter, that’s how I would describe it.

Cocoa Almond and Cookie Butter Spreads

I don’t think this is a seasonal offering but I can’t be sure.  So bought a few jars.

I skipped the cocoa almond spread but that looks awesome too.  I make my own Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter so really didn’t “need” the cocoa spread.  But was tempted.

Chocolate Coconut Cashew Butter and strawberries

I’m going to use some of my new Speculoos Cookie Butter in my No Bake Peanut Butter Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites.  If I don’t polish off a jar before I get around to making them.  Good thing I bought a few jars.

No Bake Peanut Butter Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites

I also saw these Mint Espresso Beans

Mint Expresso Beans

And this Cocoa Drizzle Kettle Corn.  I didn’t buy it because I plan to come up with a homemade version of kettle corn because it’s high on my list of snack food faves.

Cocoa Drizzled Kettle Corn

Eggnog Almonds covered with Creamy White Chocolate.  Holy.Temptation.  These sound like heaven in ball form.

Eggnog Almonds

Had I not just bought eggnog and made the Eggnog Chai Smoothie, I would have snagged those.

Eggnog Chai SmoothieBut I have my eggnog cravings covered.  For now anyway.

Questions:

1. Have you spotted any seasonal offerings you’re excited to try? 

2. What’s your favorite “food season” of the year?

I like pumpkin things so when the fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving roll around, yes, I like those seasonal offerings but not as much as Christmas.

I love white chocolate with it’s creaminess and sweetness.  I have an entire section of White Chocolate Recipes.  I am a huge fan of it.

And mint, yum.

And dark chocolate

And just all the goodies and treats that everyone makes…

Yes, this is my favorite food time of year.  I’ll gladly skip Thanksgiving food in favor of Christmas treats!

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