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Local restaurant chains and fast food seasonal options

Chick-fil-A’s Peppermint shake is a must try. Photo credit: Ranger staff

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The holidays are undoubtedly all about food. Peppermint, gingerbread, eggnog -  you name it! This year restaurant chains and fast food establishments have delivered on all the goodness we need. Here are our top holiday picks from fast food and restaurant chains.

Chick-fil-A has delivered holiday joy in a cup with their peppermint milkshake. With rare menu item changes, this is always a pleasant surprise at the holidays. This thick and creamy shake is packed with peppermint flavor along with crunchy peppermint pieces and chocolate all perfectly topped with whip cream and a cherry. 

Keeping up with the different holiday shakes is tough, but if someone has to do it - we're up for the job, so that brings us to the next item: Red Robin's Gingerbread milkshake. This limited time offering is loaded with gingerbread flavoring, blended with graham cracker crumbs and topped with a sugar cookie. 

This next one is an item that we recommend not telling your kids about unless you plan to take them, because they will flip over these pancakes. IHOP's Winter Wonderland Pancakes are topped with shimmering blue vanilla swirl, mini marshmallows and a dusting of powdered sugar snow. This breakfast may require you to take them to a park to run off the sugar high. 

Speaking of taking kids places to run off their energy, Chuck E. Cheese also has seasonal offerings. Churro Frost Bites dusted in blue sprinkles and icing and their new Winter Iced Brownie are among the seasonal offerings.

Just reading about the previous holiday treats may have already given you a sugar high, so let's switch gears to a savorier item, Famous Dave's BBQ Whole Hickory Smoked Turkey. This holiday special is slow cooked over hickory wood for three hours and serves 12-15 people. The turkey is also available in a "Turkey Feast" option. See their website for more information. These items requires 72-hour notice and is available for pick-up between Dec. 17-24.

Applebee's is no stranger to seasonal offerings either. Their Tipsy Reindeer is a refreshing vodka lemonade with a cranberry twist and their Strawberry Merry Swirl is a frozen swirled holiday margarita, both garnished with a gummy wreath. These merry delicious cocktails will be sure to make spirits bright. Must be 21+ and drink responsibly.

It's definitely time to bust out the stretchy pants, because the above treats are irresistible! 

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