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Here’s the best holiday treats to enjoy this winter

Only some seasonal snacks are really worth your money
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Anvi Kataria
A grand assortment of seasonal holiday treats are displayed next to each other in Target.

There are so many holiday treats that only come out this time of year that I crave all year round, but of course only some are actually worth the wait.
Walking past the candy section at Target never felt as exciting as it does now that all the limited edition holiday treats are back. My mouth waters just at the thought of peppermint flavoring mixed with chocolate.
There are still some treats that are better than others, and only a few are actually gift giving worthy. Fortunately, you can save your money since I already spent mine to rate some limited edition holiday treats that can be found at your local Target.
The rating scale is out of 10 with 1 being awful and needs to be banned from stores, and 10 being a treat I would fight over if it was the last in stock.
The Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme Build-A-Snowman Holiday Candy Bar is a snowman I bet even Elsa wouldn’t mind building with Anna. The packaging is absolutely adorable with a snowman on a snow covered hill holding up a piece of the Cookies ‘n’ Creme bar.
Along with being a not-so-healthy holiday snack, it can be broken up and built into a snowman. And just because it’s not a full sized snowman doesn’t make it any less cute.
But the crunchy chocolate cookie bits are sadly not enough to balance out the sweetness from the white chocolate, which is a lot coming from someone who has a sweet tooth. I could practically feel my teeth rotting.
Sadly the fun little feature of building a snowman, which is an experience many native Californians lack, is not enough to cover up the insanely sweet taste. Rating: 7/10
The next treat on my list is the Ghirardelli Holiday Limited Edition Squares Assorted Bag, which contains four different chocolate squares that are individually wrapped in cute, shiny holiday packaging.
My least favorite of the four is the 60 percent cacao dark chocolate square. I wholeheartedly hate dark chocolate with a passion. Unsweetened chocolate should be illegal. The chocolate square feels so dry in my mouth, no amount of milk can revive it.
The actual cacao flavor in it is just the right amount. I wish there was just a pinch of sugar to tie all the flavors together. Rating: 4/10
The milk chocolate caramel square is my year round favorite, but I do believe it should have been replaced. The assortment pack is supposed to be filled with limited edition squares, so it doesn’t make any sense to put it in the pack. Still, this square tops any kind of dark chocolate even if it doesn’t belong in the pack. Rating: 7/10
For second place of all the squares in the assortment pack, the dark chocolate mint square takes the spot. I didn’t even realize that it was dark chocolate until I checked the bag.
The flavor of mint takes away my attention to differentiate if the chocolate is milk or dark. I’m not exactly sure if mint chocolate is considered a holiday flavor or not, but whichever way the packs that just include the dark chocolate mint squares are limited edition. Rating: 8/10
My favorite square in the pack of four is the peppermint bark. Unlike the other squares, it actually makes sense to be in the limited edition assorted pack.
The white chocolate isn’t super sweet unlike the Hershey’s candy bar. The exquisite flavor of the peppermint bits aren’t too overpowering and work well with the white chocolate, truly causing a bubbling sensation across my taste buds. Rating: 9/10
Next on my list is a treat I eagerly anticipate the arrival each holiday season: Hershey’s Kisses Candy Cane Flavored Mint Candy. This creation from Hershey’s is one for which I’d be willing to give up on almost all holiday desserts. The delightful combination of Hershey’s signature melt-in-your-mouth texture and the refreshing kick of peppermint is a sensation that is worth a whole year of waiting for.
I would recommend this holiday treat to anyone who shares the same love for Hershey’s and candy canes as I do. It not only delivers the satisfying melting of chocolate on your tongue, but also adds to the experience with bits of crunchy candy cane. Rating: 9/10
The final holiday snack is one I always buy with the intention of having a stash that lasts throughout the year, though it never quite makes it that far. Candy canes are the staple when it comes to holiday treats.
Along with the peppermint flavor, there are other variations of candy canes, including fruit flavored ones. Even if you don’t like their iconic shape, candy canes still earn first place on my list. Rating:10/10
If you need a few snacks to munch on, or for a secret Santa gift, I’m positive these holiday treats should fit the criteria.

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Riya Reddy, Staff Writer
Junior Riya Reddy is back at it again for her second year of being a staff writer for The Californian. In her free time she loves to eye shop and obsess over the latest beauty release. When she isn't doing any of those, she's probably praying that Ariana Grande releases a new album or sleeping.
Anvi Kataria, Photo Editor
Junior Anvi Kataria is back in The Californian Paper for her second year! This year she is the Photo Editor and is excited to take on this new role. She likes to listen to music and watch Netflix. She plays soccer and her favorite soccer player is Sophia Smith. 

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