It’s the holidays. For some people that’s a great time, for others it just means they get to ask why they are stuck in the cold with relatives they don’t like. Whether you love or hate this time of year, you at least get the fun of holiday foods.

Holiday foods, you ask? As an addendum to the religious celebrations, we also get stuck with a very weird subset of foods designated as official winter holiday “flavors.” They include eggnog, gingerbread and candy cane. I don’t know who or why these “flavors” were chosen, but luckily you have me here to parse out what holiday treats are worth buying for your friend’s party or what’s lame and can get brought to the office party.

(I tried my best, but there weren’t very many Hanukkah or Kwanzaa foods that came in eggnog, gingerbread, or peppermint form. So this list is heavy on the Christmas stuff.)