Best Chain Restaurants and Shops for Holiday Treats

Adulting, Author: Mary Grace Donaldson

Welcome to the holidays — home of lights, ornaments, endless days of shopping and belt-loosening treats!

Your families may have any number of secret holiday recipes passed down since the days of your grandmother’s childhood. While those are delicious and tough to beat, we’ve assembled a list of chain food establishments serving up their own versions of holiday treats, perfect on a shopping pit stop.



While I am a certified Starbucks addict (I even mention it in my author bio) and could be a bit biased here, what would a list of holiday treats be without Starbucks’ signature Red Cups? In addition to holiday drinks – including the peppermint mocha, the eggnog latte and my new favorite: the spiced sweet cream cold brew – edible goodies include the holiday turkey and stuffing panini, peppermint cake pops, cranberry bliss bar and even a snowman cookie.



Your favorite college late night spot is serving up its own version of holiday cheer. Of course, pancakes come in varieties of dark chocolate peppermint, pumpkin spice and yes, eggnog. Grab a frosted mint hot chocolate to drink and you’ll be feeling the holiday spirit in no time.


blizzard_bom_candy-cane-oreo_810x810Dairy Queen

While not possessing a full holiday menu, DQ’s Blizzard of the Month for December is the Candy Cane Oreo Blizzard, and it’s exactly as it sounds.






wn-gingerbread-cookie-sticksTrader Joe’s

TJ’s already made our list of how to enjoy fall on a budget with its pumpkin spiced coffee K-Cups, and it’s making an appearance here with gingerbread cookie sticks and soft baked drizzled gingerbread oat bars – all new for 2016!





Good ol’ Panera – serving up your lunch as well as holiday favorites. Treat yourself to fresh baked holiday bread, mitten cookies and more hot chocolate…but this one comes with salted caramel syrup and chocolate chip marshmallows.


Did we leave out any of your favorite holiday menu items? Let us know in the comments!

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