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10 quirky, holiday treats worth the splurge

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It's that time of year to splurge a bit. You're surrounded by chocolate, hot and cold, cookies of every variety and enough sweet drinks to give Santa a sugar rush. Even the most health-conscious gym rats tend to fall off the veggie train this time of year. But you know what? We often don't cut ourselves enough slack in our day-to-day lives. The fact of the matter is that there are just some holiday treats worth a handful of extra calories. After all, that's what New Year's resolutions are for, right? Here are 10 of the coolest, weirdest and yummiest (they also make for some great gift ideas):

  • Wine Ice Cream: Yes, you heard right. Mercer's Dairy combines rich, creamy ice cream with a variety of wines, from cherry merlot to red raspberry chardonnay. The best part? These aren't just flavors. They're real wines, with 5% ABV.
  • Molecular Gastronomy Kit: This year, the Atlantic's gift guide, hand-picked by the magazine's staff, included a molecular gastronomy starter kit. Rustle up showy eats (like powder that transforms into olive oil in your mouth) to impress your guests this holiday season.
  • Molecular Mixology Kit: Can't get enough of the molecular snacks? Stir up some molecular drinks to go with your molecular dishes. The mixology kit comes with the supplies to make drinks served in big bubbles that explode in your mouth, lime foam to top off tequila shots and 28 other recipes for alcoholic magic.
  • Homemade (in your own home) French Macarons: Invest in Le Bonbon's DIY French macaron kit. Complete with instructions, piping bags, dry ingredients and even a little sanding sugar, the company promises success to everyone from baking all-stars to those who have nightmares about their ovens.
  • A Chocolate a Day: Those looking to curb their holiday cravings need look no further than the TCHO-a-Day chocolates. Order the 30-pack and you've got your 30-day "prescription," intended to satisfy those holiday cravings, without binging. They're sweet, glutton-free and organic.
  • Beer Making Kit: Always dreamed of concocting your own brews, but haven't tackled the project yet? Do it just in time for the holidays with a Brooklyn Brew Beer Making Kit. Complete with grains, hops and yeast, this kit is great for beer beginners and will make a gallon of ale.
  • Fondue: Melt up some creamy chocolate, or cheese if you're tired of all the sugar, with your very own fondue maker. The Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker comes complete with a temperature-controlled bowl, eight forks and a rack to place them on. And hey, there's fruit involved so it's kind of healthy, right?
  • Gingerbread House: Go classic with a gingerbread house kit. From icing to candy to the gingerbread itself, it's all included.
  • Homemade Ice Cream: If you don't mind a chilly treat to go with the snowy weather, try out REI's Ice Cream Ball. Add some sugar, cream and ice, and roll it around in one of these brightly colored balls. Everything's better when it's made from scratch.
  • Coffee Stencil: Leave a special, customized messages in your friends' and family's coffee or hot coco this season with the Custom Message Coffee Stencil. Simply hold the stencil over the cup and sprinkle some cinnamon or coco powder over it. But order quickly, this one can take up to a month to ship.


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