Little Debbie Is Making Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Mini Doughnuts

Finally, hot chocolate in doughnut form.

If there's one time of year that seems to revolve around baked goodies, the holiday season would have to be it. From homemade recipes passed down through the generations to the kind of stuff you can pick up at Krispy Kreme, there are options aplenty for those who equate the tasty combination of sugar and carbohydrates with Christmas cheer.

Now, there's another late entry that combines the best elements of winter eating into a single limited-edition doughnut perfect for a snowy day. Just in time for your last-minute holiday snacking, Little Debbie is dropping some Mini Cinnamon Spiced Hot Chocolate Donuts, an ideal comfort food for those who don't mind getting a little powdered sugar on their fingers.

little debbie hot cocoa doughnuts
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Both inside and out, these Mini Donuts invoke multiple Yuletide food groups. It starts on the inside with some hot chocolate-flavored cake, transforming the coziest of winter beverages into something chewy. On the outside, the Mini Donuts are coated with a sprinkling of cinnamon spices, plus enough powdered sugar that you could make snow angels on your kitchen counter. Aside from maybe a little hint of peppermint, you'll find pretty much everything you could want from a doughnut at this time of year.

As Little Debbie, a brand that already knows how to use food as a vehicle for nostalgia, this treat seems designed to transport us back to youthful memories of snow days.

"The chocolate and cinnamon is a wonderful flavor combination, reminiscent of steaming mugs of hot chocolate with cinnamon sticks," Little Debbie product manager Erica Harrison told Food Business News. "They bring a little bit of comfort to cold winter days."

So while 2020's widespread introduction of virtual learning may sadly render the concept of the snow day obsolete, the good news is that you can still hold onto the feeling with the right snack. Just like winter, though, these Mini Donuts will only be around for a limited time, so don't wait until Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual determination to scoop them up.

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