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Holiday Entertaining Hacks-As Seen on ABC7 Chicago (WLS-TV.)

With the holiday season in full swing, these are some essential, time-saving products that will make entertaining guests a breeze! 



Cello Simple Pleasures Tray 

Price: $9.99-$19.99

Retailer: Kroger, Wakefern, Tops, Woodman’s, and Lipari

  • These pre-portioned, ready-to-serve trays make a quick, easy, but still impressive appetizer for any get-together.

  • Offered in 4 delicious varieties, these trays offer a convenient combination of the very best flavors and textures

  • The legwork is done, all you have to do is serve and enjoy!

Vevan Snax 

Retailer: Wegman’s

  • With a taste just like the real thing, Vevan Snax is a delectable cheese alternative

  • Vevan Snax is the perfect on-the-go pack for kids to snack on while the big meal is prepped

  • Featuring two varieties of bite-sized cubes of Vevan cheese, P’jack and Lemon Poppy Seed Mozz paired with dried fruits and nuts 

Hella Cocktail Co. Bitters & Soda Five Flavor Variety 12-pack

Price: $39.95-$42.95 

Retailer:, Amazon, Whole Foods, and more

  • Hella Cocktail Co. is a brand of botanically inspired mixers and beverages that caters to both classic cocktail lovers and non-alcoholic drinkers. 

  • Their ready-to-drink canned Bitters & Soda will make the perfect refreshments for any holiday gathering

  • Mix with alcohol or drink as is, the buzz is optional! 


ChefsTemp FinalTouch X10 Instant Read Meat Thermometer 

Price: $69.99 



  • Fastest thermometer in the world, shows temperature reading in one second, saving you precious time while you’re cooking  

  • Offers 270-degree probe rotation, making it easier for left handed users and difficult angles 

  • Takes all of the guesswork out of cooking meats properly! 

  • Available on, and their Black Friday sale is still going! Get 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY30 


Price: $7.99 per 8-count box @Instacart, Kroger, Sprout’s, Publix Wakefern and more; $15.99 per 36-count pack @Costco

Retailer: Costco



  • Perfect for the next holiday party, Delve Mascarpone truffles are a refrigerated confection, crafted with award-winning, Italian-style, creamy Mascarpone cheese and wrapped in 100% pure, sustainably sourced chocolate. 

  • The decadent duo is made even more rich and refreshing with the infusion of caramel, espresso, and fruit accents.

  • These truffles are available in 4 delicious 8-count flavor varietals, including Sea Salted Caramel Crème, Raspberry, Lemon and Chocolate Ganache


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