10 Packaged Holiday Treats You Should Never Eat

‘Tis the season for eating anything you want. It’s the perfect chance to enjoy all your favorite foods before your “new year, new me” resolution comes into play. While you shouldn’t restrict yourself completely, there are quite a few holiday goodies that can really set you back. Minimize your diet damage by avoiding these packaged holiday treats.

1. Candy Cane Peeps

A worker inspects the marshmallow forms before they are coated with sugar at Just Born Inc.

Stay away from this classic. | DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

These marshmallow treats are extra tasty since they’re dipped in chocolate, but for such tiny candies, they contain a huge amount of sugar. It is the main ingredient, after all. Not surprisingly, one serving contains 24 grams of the sweet stuff, plus 110 calories. They also contain carnauba wax, which Prevention says one of the main ingredients in car wax. That doesn’t exactly sound appetizing.

2. Peppermint Oreos

Chocolate Cookies with Vanilla Cream

A plate of Oreos | iStock.com/bhofack2

America’s favorite cookie is back with another take on its cream-filled deliciousness. This season’s limited edition peppermint-flavored Oreos are made with mostly sugar and flour, and there’s even a dose of  high-fructose corn syrup. Two cookies contain 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbs, and 13 grams of sugar. Fiber and protein barely make an appearance. If limiting yourself to just two cookies is tough, you’ll definitely want to avoid these treats.

3. Milano Slices Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate cookies with Hershey's Melts

Chocolate cookies topped with frosting and peppermint | iStock.com/DillonStein

The peppermint trend continues with Milano Slices Peppermint Cookies, another sweet that’s only around for a short time. They may get an A+ in the peppermint taste test, but they don’t exactly pass the healthy eating test. Instead, you’ll get a flour and sugar bomb. One serving contains 3 grams of saturated fat, 11 grams of sugar, and 150 calories. Eat more than three (which isn’t hard to do), and things can quickly get out of control.

4. Hostess Holiday Cup Cakes

Christmas cupcakes with vanilla frosting

Christmas cupcakes with vanilla frosting | iStock.com/leekris

Hostess doesn’t only make Twinkies, they also make limited edition Holiday Cup Cakes. The long ingredient list includes lots of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, plus locust bean gum and monocalcium phosphate. Never heard of them? Neither have we. And a 160-calorie cake contains 21 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and no fiber, so it definitely won’t keep you satisfied.

5. Hostess Gingerbread Spice Mini Donuts

Sugared Apple Cider Donuts

Mini gingerbread doughnuts | iStock.com/bhofack2

Doughnuts aren’t exactly the healthiest food on the planet, and these mini gingerbread treats are no exception. Another Hostess creation, these doughnuts are made with a whole array of ingredients your body doesn’t want or need. What is tapioca dextrin, anyway? One serving contains 4 grams of fat, 18 grams of sugar, and 200 calories. Definitely skip these this festive sweet.

6. Snack Factory White Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps

Yogurt Pretzels

White chocolate-covered pretzels | iStock.com/pamela_d_mcadams

Made of mostly white flour, regular pretzels aren’t all that great for you. So, covering them in white chocolate and peppermint candies certainly doesn’t help. With the added chocolate coating (chocolate coating, not chocolate), you’re basically just loading on sugar. A tiny serving of four pretzels contains 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 14 grams of sugar, and 130 calories. Obviously, one snack session can turn into a whole lot of calories.

7. Archer Farms Rudolph’s Mix

mix full of nuts

Chocolate trail mix | iStock.com/NorthStar203

Basically, this is a holiday take on trail mix. The ingredient list includes M&M’s, white chocolate-covered cereal, peanut butter cups, and graham bites. Those aren’t exactly nutrient-dense foods. Just one serving packs in 13 grams of fat (8 of which are saturated), 26 grams of sugar, and 270 calories. With hardly any fiber or protein, it probably won’t even keep you full for more than an hour.

8. Stauffer’s Mini Candy Cane Cookies

Candy cane shaped sugar cookies

Candy cane-shaped cookies | iStock.com/cheche22

These white fudge shortbread cookies topped with peppermint candy may sound delicious, but they can do some serious damage. Just one serving contains 14 grams of sugar. Plus, the two main ingredients are white fudge coating and enriched flour, which won’t keep you feeling full. The other problem is the size of these cookies. Because they’re so tiny, it’s easy to eat handfuls of them when you’re only meant to have six.

9. Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes

Christmas tree cookies

Three Christmas tree cakes | iStock.com/Chagin

Little Debbie makes Christmas tree cakes that come in three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet. They’re a quick and easy snack or dessert, but you’ll want to think twice about having one after looking over the nutrition label. The first three ingredients of the vanilla flavor are enough of a warning sign — sugar, corn syrup, and enriched bleached flour. One cake will set you back 19 grams of sugar, 190 calories, and 8 grams of fat. You’ll definitely want to pass.

10. Entenmann’s Fruit Stollen

Traditional German Christmas cake

Fruit stollen covered in powdered sugar | iStock.com/Roxiller

Entenmann’s Fruit Stollen makes for an old fashioned dessert at any holiday party, but you’re probably better off doing the baking yourself. Each stollen is covered in powdered sugar, contributing to 19 grams of the sweet stuff, and delivers 230 calories per slice. We think your holiday bash deserves something better.