December 15, 2020
The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! There’s nothing quite like putting up the Christmas tree, baking cookies and doing everything that the winter season entails. It doesn’t matter if you prefer to start celebrating the day after Halloween—also known as Christmas 1st—or if you’d rather get in the spirit after Thanksgiving.
We know you can’t have a true Christmas without a perfectly curated Christmas playlist. We’ve also got you covered with some snacks that perfectly complement them. Get wrapping, baking or whatever you do best during this time of year and sing (and snack) along with this playlist!
“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
Pair With: Hostess Powdered Donettes
This Bing Crosby classic is crowned the best-selling Christmas song for good reason! “White Christmas” is the perfect way to ease into the Christmas season, with its dreamy instrumental and nostalgic, picturesque lyrics. Even if your treetops aren’t glistening with fluffy snow and lights, you can almost picture it, right?
What better way to embody snow than with a Hostess Powdered Donette? Donettes are powdered white like snow, plus they’re cute mini versions of real donuts, so it’s a perfect sweet treat to enjoy while listening. It seems almost impossible to not get a little bit of white powder on your clothes, no matter how hard you try. No worries. Just convince yourself it’s snow and it doubles as some festive decor!
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Pair With: M&M’s Milk Chocolate
Fun fact: While “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was released in 1994, it didn’t reach the No. 1 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 until 2019. This song is a Christmas staple (let’s not forget the elite parody video content it’s spawned over the years), and you know everyone gets at least a little excited when they hear this song for the first time in the season.
It’s only right to celebrate America’s favorite Christmas song with America’s most popular snack: M&M’s. This iconic candy in all its varieties is the perfect pick-me-up for any occasion. Whether you’re putting up the tree, making cookies or just hanging out at home, a bowl of M&Ms is the perfect centerpiece for everyone to grab a handful!
“Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
“Blue Christmas” is sure to get you in your feels this season. Whether you’re spending the season without a SO, or if you’re unable to see family or celebrate the way you usually do, this one calls for a few tears. Get the tissues ready before you deck the halls with this Christmas song.
It only feels right to pair this song with not one, but two pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream—trust us, you’ll need them. Everyone needs a night to wrap themselves up in a cozy blanket and cry into a pint of ice cream just because they can. Go ahead and eat both if you need to. We’re not stopping you.
“All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)” by Nat King Cole
Pair With: Cow Tales Chewy Caramel Candy
“All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)” found popularity as “recorded” by Alvin & the Chipmunks—lisp and all—but it was originally composed by a songwriter who’d been teaching at a public school at the time. He noticed so many of his students were missing their front teeth, and the rest is history.
Out of fear of losing our two front teeth, we think the perfect snack pairing for this song is a more subtle chewy snack: Cow Tales caramel candy. Maybe this will remind you of the good ol’ days of eating every chewy candy you could to loosen up your front teeth. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen now, though!
“Christmas in Hollis” by Run-DMC
Pair with: Rap Snacks
This single by Run-DMC is the OG Christmas rap. If you’re not into all the typical Christmas songs, this is a great one to throw in the mix. Run-DMC didn’t want to record “Christmas in Hollis” initially because they thought it’d be corny for rappers to take on the Christmas genre. But their holiday spirit won out, as they later laid down this iconic song that talks about their lives and the ways they celebrated Christmas in their neighborhood.
In paying homage to Run-DMC, we present a pairing that honors another iconic trio: Rap Snacks Migos Sour Cream and Ranch Chips. Get your sour cream potato chip fix (with a dab of ranch) while bopping to arguably the best Christmas rap of all time.
“Last Christmas” by Wham!
Pair with: Jack Link’s Sweet N’ Hot Beef Jerky
“Last Christmas” is an iconic 80s hit about being rejected by a love the day after Christmas. It’s a must-have for any Christmas playlist, not just for its twinkly beat, but also to remind you of a familiar feeling we’ve all encountered in our love lives.
Enter beef jerky. It’s the perfect snack to pair with a song that reminds you of another kind of jerk you know! While your ex might not be sweet n’ hot, we’ve got you covered in that department.
“Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande
If you’re in the mood for a more current hit, Ariana Grande is a go-to. She performed songs from her Christmas EP during the winter leg of her Sweetener World Tour in 2019, and the songs became wildly popular after. “Santa Tell Me” is a cute and bubbly song perfect for any holiday activity.
If you’re looking for the right treat to pair with this song, strawberries and cream-flavored marshmallows can sweeten the deal. These cute little puffs melt in your mouth while you dance around your house, dorm, apartment or wherever you’re enjoying the holidays.
No matter how you’re celebrating Christmas this year, there’s no reason you can’t get in the spirit with some great festive songs. Turn up the volume, have a dance party and get all your favorite snacks ready!