Holiday commercials are already running rampant all over my TV and all the retail chains are getting a major makeover for the holidays. Heck, just two nights ago in Wal-Mart while we were grocery shopping, Christmas music was being piped in over in their promo aisle!
This makes me happy. As much as I love Halloween, it cannot compare to Christmas. So TONIGHT ON THIS VERY BLOG, I say to you that the holiday season has begun at The Metal Misfit! It won’t be all Christmas all of the time, but from here until the end of the year, be prepared for many Christmas posts to be peppered throughout this month & December.
Anyway, the inspiration for this post comes in the form of ice cream & coffee creamers (as if you couldn’t guess). I’m sure I praised Edy’s holiday flavors last year, but so what. They deserve a shout out every single year!
While stomping through Wal-Mart about 2 weeks ago, I came across the always delicious Edy’s Peppermint ice cream with real peppermint candy bits! Mmm mmm good! Now, I’ve talked about the urban legend that is McDonald’s peppermint sundae here and here, and while there’s no progress on getting McDonald’s to smarten up and bring it back, Edy’s Peppermint ice cream is very nearly the exact same thing flavor-wise. Buy it by the case and savor it all winter long.
The second wonderful flavor from Edy’s is Egg Nog! I LOVE egg nog and feel it should be served all year ’round. It gives me goosebumps though to walk into the local QD (Quality Dairy) and see 20 ounces, half gallons and gallons of the good stuff in their cooler. I think I had the Egg Nog last year, but I can’t remember. Wouldn’t matter, it’s Christmastime again and you celebrate it by eating Egg Nog ice cream. So I picked THIS flavor up a few nights ago and had my first bowl this evening. It’s good. Definitely has the egg nog flavor down to a tee, but I prefer Peppermint overall.
There’s also Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie flavors (pumpkin is great, I wouldn’t dare try apple though), but their time is over on the shelves.
I’m a huge fan of coffee. I love Starbucks’ pumpkin spice frappuccinos and their cinnamon dolce fraps as well, even during winter. For some reason, when we got out to get coffees, I always get fraps. For some reason, I just feel hot coffee is best enjoyed at home. I make it often during the evenings and while I usually enjoy Irish cream, I use amaretto and french vanilla flavored creamers (hazelnut too, if the woman forces me) from time to time as well.
But now? Now that fall is here and winter is creeping up? It’s time to get down and dirty with Coffee-mate holiday flavors! I picked up Pumpkin Spice the other night, and I’m sure it’ll be great. Peppermint Mocha I remember from last year and probably would’ve gotten it if I saw it on the shelf. Gingerbread and Eggnog I have tried over the past 2 years and both were horribly disappointing. Looking back, something that’s hot and eggnog flavored doesn’t sound all that tempting, but GINGERBREAD? How could *that* be bad? Well, it was. It was just “off” for some reason.
Anyway, at least it’s nice to see all the special holiday flavors rearing their head again.