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14 Cozy Winter Snacks to Indulge in This Season

23 January 2024

Winter days can be long, harsh, and cold. A tasty and cozy snack can be just the thing to brighten an otherwise dreary day. That’s why consumers frequently turn to snacks during the winter and are okay with indulging a little. 

Every one of these 14 cozy winter snacks is warming, comforting, and loved by consumers. Some are sweet, others are savoury, but they’re all delicious.

Are you eager to add a cozy winter snack to your product line? Contact Hela Spice, North America’s snack ingredient supplier.

Deliciously Sweet Winter Snacks

1. Mini Spiced Apple Pies

Mini-spiced apple pies are a delightful winter treat. Between the sweet apples, the warm spice blend, and the buttery crust, they are guaranteed to be a favourite. 

We recommend a classic apple pie spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom for the spices. 

Key Ingredients: Pie crust, apples, apple pie spice blend, and sugar

2. Cranberry Orange Scones

A warm pastry is the best companion on a cold winter day. These cranberry orange scones, in particular, are perfect throughout the chilliest season. 

They are slightly crisp and flakey on the outside. They are even better with an orange-sugar glaze. Inside, they are soft and moist with delicious bursts of cranberry and orange.

Key ingredients: Flour, butter, vanilla extract, cranberry, orange zest, and sugar

3. Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin spice is autumn’s champion spice and is suited to the winter. Add them to baked goods like these pumpkin spice muffins. They’re moist, flavourful, and aromatic — especially when the muffins are straight out of the oven. 

Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice make up the pumpkin spice blend.

Key ingredients: Flour, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice blend, and sugar

4. Maple Pecan Granola Bars

Maple pecan granola bars are sweet and delicious while still relatively healthy. You can reduce the sweetness level for those trying to be mindful of their sugar intake. 

Plus, the sweetness is from the maple syrup, which speaks to health-conscious consumers trying to avoid standard white sugar. These granola bars are chewy with a superb crunch from the pecans and a hint of cinnamon.

Key ingredients: Oats, maple syrup, pecans, and cinnamon

5. Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

These bite-sized treats are an easy, delicious, and quick boost of energy that will instantly satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Soft and pillowy mini pretzels, combined with a sweet-spicy coating, are made from cinnamon and granulated sugar. People also sell them with a cream cheese frosting for irresistible dipping. 

Key ingredients: Pretzel dough, cinnamon, and sugar

6. Chai Spiced Roasted Almonds

On their own, nuts are an easy snack. With the right recipe, they’re irresistible. Chai spiced roasted almonds are just as delicious as they are convenient. They’re crunchy and warmly spiced with a chai spice blend. It includes cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and cloves. 

Key ingredients: Almonds, maple syrup, sugar, and chai spice.

Cozy and Savoury Winter Snacks

1. Savoury Winter Hand Pies

Savoury hand pies are a convenient and satisfying snack that is filling and delicious. These pies assemble the very best winter flavours and ingredients. 

They contain seasonal squash, apples, fragrant herbs, and melted cheese. For some additional protein, you can add sausages. 

Key ingredients: Pie crust, squash, apple, sausage, parmesan cheese, and thyme

2. Stuffed Jacket Potatoes

Twice-baked cheesy jacket potatoes are full of savoury goodness, making them a cool-weather snack. 

They have a potato filling, including ham, chopped chives, and sun-dried tomatoes. Top with cheese for a gooey (yet crunchy) experience.

Key ingredients: Potatoes, ham, sun-dried tomatoes, chives, and grated cheese

3. Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip is always a crowd favourite and ideally suited for winter snacking. It’s savoury, flavourful, and very filling. 

This snack is a great choice when entertaining, as a mid-afternoon snack, or as a pre-dinner appetizer. Toasty pita bread or hearty crackers truly complement the dish.

Key ingredients: Cream cheese, sour cream, artichokes, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan, and garlic

4. Mozzarella Sticks

This mozzarella stick recipe can be fried, baked, or air-fried. It depends on consumer preference. It makes them a tasty choice for busy or slow days. They’re perfectly crispy and golden with a flavourful mozzarella interior. 

Panko is the key to achieving that crunchy exterior. Season it with basil, marjoram, and oregano to elevate the experience.

Key ingredients: Panko, flour, Italian seasoning, and mozzarella 

5. Butternut Squash and Sage Empanadas

Butternut squash and sage empanadas are a tasty seasonal snack. The filling features squash alongside red pepper, garlic, harissa, and pine nuts. 

This recipe is also easy to make without animal products to entice vegan consumers. Simply use dairy-free milk and butter for the empanada dough.

Key ingredients: Empanada dough, butternut squash, red pepper, harissa, garlic, and pine nuts

6. Truffle Popcorn

Truffle popcorn is a simple, healthy recipe that is highly snackable. The ingredients are simple: popcorn, oil, butter, truffle oil, and truffle salt. It’s a tasty twist on traditional popcorn, thanks to the earthy, umami-rich flavour of the truffle. It is ideal for midday snacks and movie nights.

Key ingredients: Popcorn, canola oil, butter, truffle oil, and truffle salt

7. Brie and Cranberry Pastry Cups

Everything about these pastry bites exudes winter, coziness, and deliciousness. Melted pieces of Brie cheese mixed with cranberry sauce fill a golden, buttery puff pastry. 

Chopped pecans and a sprig of rosemary can top the pastry. This pasty’s richness and tartness is a real showstopper.

Key ingredients: Puff pastry, Brie cheese, cranberry sauce, chopped pecans, and rosemary

8. Roasted Garlic and Herb Hummus

This recipe is a fantastic savoury dip for vegetable sticks, crackers, or pita chips. It’s a creamy hummus infused with roasted garlic, fresh herbs, and olive oil. The garlic is punchy, whereas the herbs are fragrant. It’s a winning combination. 

You can top them with a drizzle of olive oil and a heap of buttery-brown roasted garlic pieces.

Key ingredients: Chickpeas, tahini, roasted garlic, lemon, olive oil, and parsley

Hela Spice, North America’s Snack Ingredient Supplier

Cozy winter snacks entice consumers throughout the coldest season. To add one of the 14 delicious snacks in this article to your product offerings (or to create a brand new best-selling product), contact the snacking experts at Hela Spice.

To learn more about our snack ingredient supplier services from Hela Spice, visit our website or contact us here.

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