NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- That fruitcake on the table and those candy canes on the tree may hang around your house until next year, but there's an entire red-and-green economy driven by these staples each holiday season.
According to the National Retail Federation, 91% of U.S. consumers put food and candy in their holiday budget -- allocating an average $95 to their mix of stocking stuffers and stuffing. Meanwhile, the Department of Commerce notes that food store sales last December outpaced the previous month's sales by more than 10%.
Holiday goodies have fattened in similar fashion this year, as November grocery sales rose nearly 1% since October (and more than 3% since last November). With grocery sales growing 2.2% year-to-date, there's more than enough room on the plate for the glut of holiday goods soaking up shelf space days after the all-Christmas radio station switched back to easy listening.
TheStreet took a look at five holiday favorites that may be in the discount aisle as you read this, but spur just as many sales as New Year's resolutions: