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Taste the season! Flavorful fall treats to try and serve

Nov. 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM ET

Cranberry prosecco sorbet
Michelle Hainer

With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about all the delicious treats available this time of year. (Or maybe that’s just me?) In any case, these goodies—many of which are only available until January— will make for a decadent addition to your holiday season, whether you serve them to your guests, give them as gifts or indulge on your own. ‘Tis the season!

Ciao Bella Seasonal Batch Flavors

What better side to a slice of pie than a scoop (or three) of creamy gelato or fruit-infused sorbet? Stock up on these intensely flavorful frozen treats because you’ll definitely be tempted to eat dessert first—maybe even before your guests arrive. Available at Whole Foods Market in Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel Gelato, Montebianco Gelato and Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet.

Sambazon Energy Peppermint Mocha Superfood Smoothie

Start your day off with a healthy seasonal kick with these organic smoothies, which pack a ton of antioxidants and omegas but taste like a peppermint milkshake! And if you need a little extra oomph in the a.m., the smoothies also contain 50mg of organic caffeine.

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods Veggie Pancakes

This year Thanksgiving and Hannukah will overlap, so the good folks at Dr. Praeger’s came up with a side dish suitable for both events. I’m partial to the Zucchini and Carrot variety (which tastes like a knish!) but the pancakes are also available in Roasted Corn and Root Vegetable, exclusively at Whole Foods Market.

Seattle Chocolate’s Holiday Collection

Inspired by song titles from the 1950s, these 2.5-ounce beautifully wrapped chocolate bars are perfect for gifts—though after one bite you may have trouble giving them up! Available in five flavors: Mom’s Hot Cocoa, Christmas Cookie, Holiday Cheer Eggnog, Hot Buttered Rum and Candy Cane Crunch.

Organic Valley Eggnog

A staple of the holiday season, Organic Valley’s eggnog is by far the best I’ve ever tasted. Creamy and rich and totally worth the calories!

Coffee-mate Natural Bliss in Cinnamon Cream

Free of artificial preservatives, Coffee-mate’s newest flavor is a yummy, low-fat way to add a little extra sweetness to your morning java.

Way Better Snacks Oh, My Sweet Punkin Cranberry Tortilla Chips

I was already a fan of this brand’s line of non-GMO tortilla chips and this fall-inspired version, loaded with cranberry and pumpkin, only makes me love them more.

Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Like your coffee with a swirl of cinnamon and nutmeg? Check and check with this limited edition coffee, which is also Fair Trade Certified. Available by the pound or in K-cups.

petit souffles
Michelle Hainer

La Terra Fina Seasonal Petite Soufflés

If you’re looking for a quick, tasty hors d’oeuvre for your holiday party, this is it. These bite size soufflés are incredibly flavorful (they reminded me of a mini popover) and only need 8-10 minutes in the oven before serving. Available at Costco in Three Cheese and Asiago.

Columbus Foods Salame

Salame is an excellent appetizer for parties because it requires very little prep (just slice and serve) and when paired with cheese, crackers and olives, you’ve got a hearty platter to put out for your guests. I will most definitely be serving these cacciatore (small salame) made from 100 percent pork at my holiday gatherings. Their flavor is amazing! Available in Cacciatore with Porcini Mushrooms and Cacciatore with Truffles.

Get more tips and recipes for seasonal eats at Made By Michelle.

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