Directly after pumpkin-spice-flavored-everything season begins the peppermint-flavored-everything-season. You'll know this when you shop at Trader Joe's and the cashier finds a subtle way to bring up the conversion from pumpkin season to peppermint season. "I see you like our apples...you know what's nothing like apples are our Candy Candy Joe Joe's (generic Oreos with candy cane bits in the filling). Have you tried them? They are seriously so good!" Seriously...does Trader Joe's withhold cashier's paychecks if they don't talk up their products or what? Because every cashier does this every time I shop there.
Not all of the season's eatings are tasty.
In fact, some are downright disgusting.
Like candy canes. Yeah, I said it. I think it's fairly obvious that the best uses of mint are in toothpaste, gum, lip balm and mojitos. Because eating anything peppermint is like eating an arctic gust of air: cold and unsatisfying. And now, not only do candy canes come in peppermint, but they also come in every other conceivable (and inconceivable) flavor. Including: fruit, bacon, sriracha, gravy and wasabi. Thus, elevating candy canes to an even higher level on the disgusting scale.
Every year when I see fruitcake in the stores I wonder who in the hell buys that crap. And yet someone does because there wouldn't be a supply of fruitcake in the stores if there wasn't a demand. With all the Christmas cookies, English toffee and other delicious holiday treats out there in the world, who would waste a shitload of calories consuming fruitcake? In fact why do dried fruits like raisins exist at all? Never send a raisin to do the job of a perfectly capable (and superior) chocolate chip!
Did you ever receive one of those Hickory Farms gift boxes from your boss? Wait...meat and cheese products needed to be refrigerated. How come this gift box sits on an unrefrigerated shelf? Also, how long ago were these mystery meats and cheeses packaged? And do they in fact contain any real meat or cheese? How long is it's shelf life? If they don't sell this Christmas do they recycle it and put it on the shelf to sell again the next Christmas? It's just occurred to me that the easiest and cheapest way to instantly become a Doomsday Prepper would be to collect all the unwanted Hickory Farms gift boxes from your friends and family and you'd be set for years. And if you collected all the fruitcake you'd even have dessert.
There are two types of people in the world: those who like eggnog and those who know that those people are wrong. It's not that it's a beverage made with raw eggs that makes it gross. Although that is revolting. The worst thing about it is that it's so thick it's like drinking gravy. But instead of meat flavored gravy it's a cold, raw egg gravy with a little nutmeg in it. I suppose it would be more tasty if you had a spiked version with some rum in it. But on second thought, why not just take the rum, add some coke and sprinkle some nutmeg on top? It probably tastes a lot better that way. And BONUS, it's just half the calories so you have more room for Christmas cookies and English toffee now! You're welcome!
And Happy Season's Eatings to you!
P.S. Don't forget to stock up on antacids.