Taste of the Holidays

Ravenous for holiday food even though you’re watching your weight? Take a look at these delicious sweets and treats from around the world without worrying about counting the calories.

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Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

Before all of the cavity-inducing candy, comes the pumpkin -- pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin pie. There's no limit to the delicious pumpkin recipes worth indulging in this time of year. 960 1280

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Candy Apples

Candy Apples

Rather than bobbing for apples, we prefer to indulge in the caramel-covered candy kind. For the real thing try Chicago's Affy Tapple, developed by Mrs. Edna Kastrup in 1948. 960 1280

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Starbursts

Starbursts

Lovers of the soft taffy confection today may be surprised to learn that the candy was originally called Opal Fruits in the UK. 960 1280

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Halloween Peeps

Halloween Peeps

Think peeps are just for spring? Think again. Pop into a Peeps & Company store in the Mall of America, MN, or National Harbor, MD, to pick up some orange-and-black marshmallow goodness. 960 1280

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Fun Size

Fun Size

These smaller 2-bite bars remain fun, because -- just like Lays chips -- we "betcha can't eat just one." 960 1280

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M&M's

M&M's

You've probably heard that the candy shell on your M&M's keeps them from melting (making them popular with soldiers during WWII), but do you know who they were named after? The 2 “M”s stand for Forrest Mars, Sr., and Bruce Murrie of Hershey's, who created the candies in 1941. 960 1280

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Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Wait! Stop! Don't throw out the seeds with the rest of the gunk after carving your jack-o-lantern. Toasted pumpkin seeds are seriously underrated and healthy Halloween snack. 960 1280

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Candy Corn

Candy Corn

Philadelphia-based Wunderlee Candy Company's George Renninger invented Candy Corn in the 1880s, and the sugary "kernels" have become a Halloween staple. 960 1280

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Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Rolls

This classic candy was invented in New York City in 1896 by Leo Hirschfeld, who named the treat after his daughter, Clara "Tootsie" Hirschfeld. It was later joined by the Tootsie Pop in 1931 and the chewy-candy manufacturer is now based in Chicago. 960 1280

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Candy Corn Oreos

Candy Corn Oreos

Oreo released this limited-edition flavor with a lot of fanfare, but the so-sweet-it-hurts cookie has gotten mixed reviews. Candy corn fans, maybe it's better with milk? 960 1280

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Kit Kat

Kit Kat

Beloved by trick-or-treaters and adults alike, did you know that the chocolate-covered wafer bar traces its roots back to a Kit Kat club in 17th-century London? 960 1280

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Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix were originally manufactured by the Sunline Company in 1952 in St. Louis. The powdered-candy straws come in fun flavors like Maui Punch and Shelly Belly. 960 1280

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Má Pêche
Má Pêche

Má Pêche

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of Midtown at this modern American restaurant. Má Pêche is offering a special New Year’s Eve 4-course prix fixe chicken and rice dinner that includes a champagne toast at midnight. 960 1280

  

Commerce

Commerce

Wax nostalgic for a bygone Manhattan era at Commerce's historic Greenwich Village space. Amid the restaurant’s Art Deco murals, classic cocktails and cozy booths, you can reminisce about Old New York while you toast to the New Year. 960 1280

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Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

Aroma Kitchen & Winebar

This East Village Italian restaurant and wine bar focuses on regional Italian dishes and seasonal specialties. Chef Vito and his team are hosting an intimate celebration, featuring a 5-course menu that includes risotto lobster Bolognese and pan-seared Crescent Farms duck breast with wine pairings.  960 1280

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Soccarat

Soccarat

Transport yourself to Spain on New Year’s Eve. Gather your friends and prepare to share tapas and paella at this charming space in Midtown. Grapes will be provided for the "12 grapes of luck" tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight. 960 1280

Kirsten Thoen  

Affaire

Affaire

Ring in the New Year Parisian-style without leaving the East Village! This cozy French bistro's New Year’s Eve party includes 3 rooms of music by in-house and guest DJs, a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress code is semi-formal or burlesque … if you really want to get into the mood. 960 1280

  

Centro

Centro

Have a “Buon Anno Nuovo!” at this Italian hot spot in the West Village. Go all out with a 5-course menu or choose the 4-course menu -- antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Indulge one last time before New Year's resolutions kick in with the decadent homemade dolci. 960 1280

  

TOY Restaurant

TOY Restaurant

For a memorable New Year’s Eve, head to this Gansevoort Hotel hot spot for dinner and a show. Laser lighting, aerialist performances and cutting-edge DJs make this “multi-sensory, stimulating fantasy playground” the setting for an extraordinary night.   960 1280

  

Bistro Chat Noir

Bistro Chat Noir

This is every Francophile’s dream spot for ringing in the New Year. This slice of Paris on the Upper East Side is hosting a masquerade ball on New Year’s Eve, with 3 seatings. The first is kid-friendly, the second has a Broadway pop show, and the third has the Broadway pop show and a midnight toast. And if you can’t get enough, come back for the bistro’s New Year’s Day brunch.  960 1280

Kirsten Kay Thoen  

Jungsik

Jungsik

Treat yourself to modern Korean cuisine this New Year's Eve. TriBeCa's Jungsik is offering 2 New Year’s Eve seatings: a 4-course prix fixe spread and a 10-course option. Splurge with a wine pairing add-on for the special night. 960 1280

Kirsten Thoen  

Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains

Food Network star and chef Marc Murphy's New York-style fish shack is a lively spot to ring in the New Year. With its informal vibe and casual chic dress code, Ditch Plains is a fuss-free option for the big night. 960 1280

Kirsten Kay Thoen  

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