The best South African Christmas treats to buy this festive season

Because eating peppermint crisp tart shouldn’t be limited to only Christmas Day.

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Even if you’re not a Christmas person, you have to admit all the season specials and festive foods are somewhat worth hearing Boney M in every shop for two months. December is the time for gingerbread-flavoured drinks, cakes shaped like Santa Claus, and snowman-themed goodies (that are kinda comical in a South African setting TBH but still taste really good so we’ll take them). Here are our favourite Christmas treats RN:

A tray full of Christmassy doughnuts


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Never one to shy away from the opportunity to launch a novelty batch of doughnuts, Krispy Kreme have come through with the Christmassy goods this year. Even though most South Africans spend Christmas swimming and braai-ing, Krispy Kreme is ultimately an American brand so we still get snow-themed Christmas treats (but we would buy the hell out of a milk tart-themed Krispy Kreme… Just saying).

This year you can grab doughnuts shaped like a snowman (and filled with marshmallow), cranberry and almond topped doughnuts (complete with a festive candy cane), and two different types of peppermint crisp tart-inspired doughnuts. ‘Cos nothing says festive season in SA like peppermint crisp tart.

A cake that looks like Santa’s belly

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Woolworths is your go-to shop for bougie puddings. For Christmas, they’re serving up some extremely Instagrammable treats, including cupcakes shaped like Rudolph and friends, little chocolate Christmas trees and a red velvet trifle. We’re particularly obsessed with this cake that looks like Father Christmas’s tummy and has a surprise golden centre.

These mince pies


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What would Christmas be without mince pies? Vida is serving up their own mince pies for the month so you can have a taste of Christmas tea time with your morning coffee.

A Christmas-infused hot drink


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Starbucks has a delicious range of festive hot drinks, like their toasted marshmallow hot chocolate, vanilla cardomon latte and a gingerbread latte (which you can buy served in a snowman-shaped cup!). They also have a special Christmas roast, infused with sweet mandarin & mulled spices, which makes an excellent last-minute present.

A DIY gingerbread house


YuppieChef is selling gingerbread house-making kits for Christmas and they look cute AF. Traditionally, making gingerbread houses is a children’s activity, but why should they get to have all the fun/Jelly Tots?!

These Christmas tree decorations filled with your favourite chocolates


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The Cadbury’s Festive range comes in polar bear, snowman, Father Christmas and Rudolph-printed tin baubles and is filled with mini bars of their Flake, Bubbly, Top Deck and Dairy Milk chocolates. There is also a limited edition version of white chocolate Whispers out *and* they’ve relaunched their Festive Whisper slab: a whole entire slab made out of Whispers balls.

A festive bucket


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While KFC doesn’t traditionally scream ‘Christmas cheer’, ’tis always the season to eat chicken out of a bucket. To celebrate Christmas they’ve launched their Festive Bucket. For R199,90 you’ll get 15 pieces of chicken and a free party set. That’s your picnic plates and cutlery sorted for the rest of the holidays.

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