Some things look better than they taste, and sometimes there's a reason: ribbon candy, a quintessential confection, was invented in the 1800s so shopkeepers had something to decorate their windows with every year. To this day, ribbon candy is used less for eating and more to gussy up a dessert table. And with their gorgeous red and green stripes (plus other colors, like the ones in the Harry & David box pictured above), not to mention that oh-so-glossy sheen, let’s just say that ribbon candy is always nice to have around. Sure, it's pure sugar — but it's also pure nostalgia.
Are the holidays about love, joy, and togetherness, or are they about indulging in nostalgic sweets, decadent chocolates, and the best Christmas candy the USA has to offer? Sorry, family, but chocolate reigns supreme.
Whether you’re a full-on Willy Wonka when it comes to sweets, or if you just want a festive sumthin’ sumthin’ as a stocking stuffer, there’s a blizzard of holiday-themed treats that sprinkle joy throughout our grocery aisles. From classic Christmas confections that only pop up once a year to holiday-inspired riffs on the most popular brands around, there’s no shortage of sugar-laden treats right now (as if your annual Christmas cookie exchange wasn't enough).
Take a journey with us as we cruise down candy cane lane and rank the best Christmas candy in the USA during the short and sweet holiday season.
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