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Nestle Swirled Holiday Morsels, reviewed

Nestle Swirled Holiday Morsels

I used food coloring to put a swirl into my candy cane cupcakes. Nestle clearly had the same idea when they came up with their Swirled Holiday Morsels – a.k.a. red, white and green white baking chips. Their chips have broader applications than my cupcakes do and are an interesting way to help us infuse a little color into our holiday baking.

The chips are the same white morsels that Nestle puts out in an uncolored form year-round. Technically, they’re “baking morsels” and not chocolate chips because they’re not made with cocoa butter at all. They’re quite creamy and have a good vanilla flavor to them. The red and green swirls actually go all the way through the chips and are not just painted onto the outside. This means that they’re not a great choice if you need to melt some white chocolate for a recipe, but it does mean that you’ll get a good, consistent color with them every time you bake. The chips hold their shape well and can be used in any recipe that calls for chocolate chips.

The only caveat with these is that you might have to warn some of your tasters that (a) the red and green colors are supposed to be there and (b) no, they shouldn’t expect these to taste like peppermint in spite of the fact that they’re popular candy cane colors, too.  Minor details for a bit of holiday fun.

Update: These chips are discontinued, but if you still want to make the delicious Swirled Holiday Morsel Cookies, I made a variation on the recipe that gives you the same red and green look without them! Recipe here.

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  • Elsie Robins
    November 9, 2009

    I have a friend who is looking for Nestles Morsels & Shapes. Are they available in Canada? If so, please tell me where. I’m finding it impossible to find them.

    Thank You

  • Mary Paul
    November 17, 2009

    Where can I buy these. Have used them for a couple years. found at Walmart, But didn’t find them this year.

  • Janet Hatfield
    November 22, 2009

    I also am looking for Nestles Swirled Holiday Premier White
    (red & green). Please let me know where I can buy them.

  • Glenna
    December 4, 2009

    I’m in Fort Wayne Indiana and I can’t find them this year. I’ve looked at Walmart, Sam’s Club and Meijer in addition to my local grocers.

  • Juanita McGraw
    December 7, 2009

    I have been trying to buy these morsels everywhere. I am in Basking Ridge NJ 07920 and not one store has them. Are they available this year. Please let me know as soon as possible.

  • Chris
    December 11, 2009

    You can’t buy them anymore. I looked all over and could not find them. I called Nestle and they said they are no longer making them. They did however say if enough people called and requested it that they would consider making them again next year.

  • Lisa
    December 13, 2009

    I was trying to find the recipe for a snack mix made with these and chex does anyone have it?

  • Kathy
    December 13, 2009

    We have used these morsels every year and cannot find them anywhere!! HELP ME!! Where can we find them. Please help me!!
    They make the cutest cookies!!!

  • Dana
    December 18, 2009

    Very truly disappointed that they aren’t making these anymore. The snowball cookies were amazing and everyone loved them. Shame on Nestle 🙂

  • Ruth
    December 21, 2009

    Please make these red/green swirl chips available – I have several recipes that use them!

  • Amber
    December 21, 2009

    We too are looking for the nestle holiday morsels…I did not realized that nestle is no longer making them. I figured everyone bought them up already…no wonder the people at Acme thought I was crazy when I asked for them.

  • Jill
    December 22, 2009

    Me too!!! I have been searching everywhere for these this year too, but can’t find them anywhere! My daughter keeps asking me to bake snowball cookies, and the holiday morsels are part of the recipe. I am very disappointed in not finding them in any store. : (

  • Lina
    November 14, 2010

    Does anyone know if the swirl chips are available for Fall/Winter 2010?

    I was able to buy these at the Military Commissary while in Hawaii. On the Mainland now and really want to find these.

    Makes me sick to think of all the pkgs I gave away when we left Hawaii as they would never survive the ship/travel time from Hawaii to Mainland.

  • Denise
    November 16, 2010

    I too searched high and low for the hoilday swirls. I made the snowball cookies except last yr I could not find them……extremely disappointed. I went to every store in my city and a few out side of my town……please bring them back

  • Cherrie Call
    November 20, 2010

    Does anyone have the recipe for the cookies on the package of the Christmas Swirl Chips. Can’t find them in Ft Worth, Tex. either. Bummer!

  • Jan
    November 20, 2010

    I, too, cannot find the holiday premeire choclolate
    chips. I love the recipe for snowball cookies and
    had two bags left over from last year. Pleae help
    me find them soon. Meijer, Walmart, Sams and
    our local stores have not had them or gotten them
    in. I live in the Kalamazoo, Mi. area.

  • Barbara Caruth
    November 21, 2010

    Where can I purchase the Holiday Swirls? I use them in Holiday baking, but can’t find them.

  • Janice Weamert
    November 25, 2010

    I have made a cereal mix that uses these . It was the favorite snack for the Christmas gathering. They really added to the color of the snack. Please bring them back.

  • Dawn
    November 27, 2010

    I would like the recipe that was on the back of these for snowball cookies. Does anyone have it?

  • Barb Nelson
    November 27, 2010

    If they discontinued making these, how come the refrigerated cookies have them in and yet you can’t find them anywhere in any store.

  • Glenda
    November 28, 2010

    My children ask me every year if I am going to make snow ball cookies. I have looked everywhere and cannot find the holiday swirls. They were a family favoite. Please bring these back.

  • Trish
    November 28, 2010

    Please bring these back. The snowball cookies are the most requested Christmas cookie by my family and friends.

  • jeanie
    November 30, 2010

    sorry everyone, i have called nestle’s 1800 number and they told me last year that they are no longer making the swirled holiday morsels:( I loved to fix their snowball cookies, they were the best.

  • Mary Ann Geer
    December 7, 2010

    I too have been looking for the Nestle Holiday Swirl chips. If they are being made for the ready-made cookies, why aren’t they packaged for consumers so we can make our own? I know more people want them than those who have commented here.

  • beth fromero
    December 8, 2010

    I am assuming they no longer have these holiday swirl chips available? Haven’t been able to find them since 08′? Can they be ordered online?

  • Jim
    December 8, 2010

    We’ve been looking everywhere for these! We use them in our chex mix to add holiday color — I can’t believe they are not making them anymore. BRING THEM BACK 🙂

  • Renee
    December 12, 2010


    This is the cookie recipe for the snowballs

  • susan
    December 12, 2010

    I am looking for the swirls that had milk chocolate and either carmel or butterscotch, Does anyone no if they still are made or where I can find them?

  • Margaret Thompson
    December 17, 2010

    Shame on Nestle’s for giving us the red/green swirls and all those great recipes to show them off. NOW they stopped them and instead have all those yucky weird flavors out there? I was looking forward to baking with my grandkids — using the swirls. BRING THEM BACK!

  • Caryn
    December 18, 2010

    Can’t find the Nestle Holiday Shapes and morsels anymore either… What’s up? So many great recipes use both the swirled morsels and the Holiday Shapes (green trees and red stockings) with morsels. WHY would they stop making these? At least offer them in the month of November… limited supply? I know I would buy more than a fair share:-)

  • Lori
    December 10, 2011

    My family gets together and makes Gingerbread men cookies every year as a Christmas tradition. These colorful green and red morsels added a special touch to our cookies, making them very pretty. The kids loved to eat them while creating their original gingerbread man. Please, please, please bring them back! I’ve search everywhere and can’t locate them. The only place I found them were inside a chocolate chip cookie holiday kit at Target and were already mixed in the batter. Our poor gingerbread men will be less colorful this year 🙁

  • Anne Sharp
    November 13, 2014

    Please bring back the swirl red and white & green & white chips, the cookie receipe on the back of that bag were delicious.

    PLEASE 🙁

  • Carol Anne
    February 16, 2015

    Aldi’s had them for the 2014 Holiday Season-

    I just (mid Feb) picked up a couple of bags on clearance (with thoughts to use red and white for Valentine’s Day and the green and white for St Pat’s) I found this site while looking for recipes

    Aldis also had solid red and green morsels- if anyone is looking for them!

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