The Guilty Pleasure: Mass-market holiday novelties Where to Get Them: Your favorite grocery store, mostly Price: A few bucks. Easy impulse buy if you see them in the store. What They Really Cost: Like you needed another excuse to eat more this time of year.
Now that it's almost December and pumpkin-flavored mania is on the wane, snack manufacturers are turning their eye to a wider array of sweet treats. There's always an air of comforting familiarity to them, but not always in unexpected ways. On a recent grocery store run, I picked up a few limited-run holiday treats to see if they're worth the calories.