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As the year-end holidays approach, holiday hosts and hostesses start thinking about two very important matters: What they should cook for the special occasions that seem to multiply like Santa's elves as the season progresses, and which wines to pair with whatever they decide to cook. The excellent offerings from Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, which is located in California's famed Sonoma County wine country — an area known for delicious cuisine and fine wines — are sure to complement any menu.

In planning holiday menus, the possibilities are endless. The good host or hostess must consider guests' food preferences (including dietary restrictions), but beyond that, the only requirements are that holiday repasts be impressive to behold (see our tips for festive table décor here) and delicious to eat.

Deciding what to drink is an easier task: It may sound like a cliché, but sparkling wines really do go with just about anything, and they're elegant and festive to boot.

Here are our carefully considered suggestions for showpiece holiday fare and sophisticated sparkling accompaniments.

The holidays offer many opportunities to gather friends and family for convivial brunches. Eggs Benedict are a brunch staple, of course, but to dress them up for the holidays, just add everybody's favorite crustacean — fresh lobster — for unforgettable and impressive lobster eggs Benedict. A perfect wine for brunch, and a great match for lobster, is Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs; dry, crisp, and elegant, and full of chardonnay flavor.

As an unusual main course, or an intermediate course in a gloriously excessive holiday banquet, we recommend going the extra mile to serve homemade pasta and take advantage of the best cold-weather vegetables at the same time, with handmade chestnut rigatoni with braised veal, squash, shaved Brussels, and pecorino. The perfect accompaniment is Gloria Ferrer's signature house blend, Sonoma Brut, with its aromas of baked apple, pear, and roasted almonds and its creamy, citrusy mouth feel.

Roast turkey and/or baked ham are traditional centerpieces for a holiday meal. For a change of pace, though, try this unusual pistachio-crusted lamb rack, which is succulent and beautiful to behold. And if you're wondering whether sparkling wine can stand up to rich red meat, let us introduce you to Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs (literally "white from blacks" — meaning grapes with reddish-black skins), made of primarily pinot noir from the legendary Carneros region. With its toasty, berry-filled aroma, impressive structure, and flavor of berries tempered with vanilla, it's a natural match.

We love pumpkin and pecan pie as much as the next person, but we like to change things up sometimes, and one of our favorite ways to do that with true holiday flavor is with a gingerbread trifle with caramelized pears. This blend of gingerbread and custard, full of spices, calls for a complex sparkler like Gloria Ferrer VA de VI, and suave, jaunty blend of Sonoma County pinot noir and chardonnay with — just for fun — a hint of moscato. We can't think of a better way to bring a special meal to a close.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

Follow Delish on Instagram.


The 8 Best Holiday Menu Items At Your Favorite Restaurant Chains

Once summer ends and the cold weather starts setting in, we know your favorite things to turn to are seasonal classics like Starbucks' iconic PSL and Dairy Queen's cult favorite peppermint Blizzard. To celebrate the season, we've found all the best holiday dishes and themed treats from your chain restaurants to fuel the entire winter.

1. Subway's Apple Pie Cookie

Do you want a sweet, bite-size taste of fall and Thanksgiving any time? Pick up one of these cookies that's loaded with Granny Smith and Fuji apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for 75 cents each (or $1.75 for three).

Our new Apple Pie cookies, lightly coated in cinnamon, are the perfect recipe to sweeten up the season. pic.twitter.com/pAHf7qSfoN

&mdash Subway® (@SUBWAY) October 21, 2016

2. Sonic's Pecan Pie Funnel

A chocolate "funnel" is at the center of this Pecan Pie Master Blast ice cream treat, which combines vanilla ice cream with brown sugar, pecans, and shortbread pie crust. This could be the best rendition of the sticky-sweet dessert since slab pie.

3. IHOP's Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes

IHOP is kind of killing the breakfast-dessert game with this one. Rich, chocolatey pancakes get a Christmas-time upgrade with dark chocolate sauce on top&mdashplus crushed peppermint and white chocolate chips, Brand Eating reports. And, of course, there's plenty of whipped cream.

4. Starbucks Peppermint Bark Frappuccino

So technically this a secret-menu order, but&mdashto be fair&mdasha lot of the chain's more popular options aren't actually on the menu (see: the enigmatic flat white, and every viral rainbow drink). Check out our guide to ordering it correctly.

5. Pizza Hut's Triple Treat Box

The tri-level, holiday-themed box is back in action this year and includes two medium-one topping pizzas, an order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, and a Hershey's Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie. What else could you want for 20 bucks?

6. KFC's Christmas Chicken Sandwich

Combining salted, crispy fried chicken with sweet cranberry sauce sounds like a brilliant idea to us&mdashespecially during the holiday season. But KFC is taking things one step farther by adding a hash brown patty. All you need is the gravy and you've got an entire Christmas dinner between two buns. Too bad it's only available in the U.K. for now.

7. Dairy Queen's Candy Cane Blizzard

This isn't your ordinary peppermint ice cream treat. Oh no, it's a brilliant blend of peppermint and cookies and cream. Because DQ knows the way to your heart&mdashand your sweet tooth.

8. Starbucks' Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew

This is far from something we'd expect the coffee giant to debut before the holidays. Typically we'd jump at a peppermint mocah or eggnog latte, but this iced drink felt so strange. But after a second look, the cold cup feels warmer&mdashmostly thanks to baking spices like cinnamon, anise, nutmeg, and vanilla. Plus that extra sweet cream is perfectly festive.

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