Food and Christmas go hand in hand don’t they? Mulled wine, Christmas pudding, Christmas cake, turkey…they all stir up memories of Christmas. And you can’t have a holiday without food. For true foodies, I’ve rounded up my pick of the best foodie treats out there for Christmas. Stay tuned but make sure you make a cup of hot chocolate if you decide to read on!
Anorak Kissing Stags Mug £10.00
No one goes through the holiday season without a mug of something warm. It’s nice to have a cool mug to put something hot into and also one that stirs up a holiday feeling. I love this mug from Anorak of kissing stags. It makes me want to throw on my nicest Christmas sweater and pour myself a cup of hot chocolate. Or make that a cappuccino please!
Sainsbury’s has a lot of lovely Christmas goodies this year and Christmas isn’t Christmas without Christmas cake and custard. This one is delicious (trust me – I ate the entire thing over the course of a few days after taking this photo) and it’s very reasonably priced. It’s fruit cake with cognac, covered in icing, marzipan, apricot jam and edible icing decoration and it will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.
This is yum, yum, yum! I love a bit of chutney and most people do – this is great for in-between Christmas day snacking. This chutney is a fusion between the East and the West with Turkish figs and dates, allspice from China, Cardamom and tamarind from Sri Lanka and combines them with English cooking apples, sugar and vinegar. The chutney is then tempered for over two months to allow each of the flavours to meld together into a rich spiced chutney.
Looking for something scrumptious to put on your toast or scone on Christmas morning before the big meal? Look no further than this orange marmalade from The East India Company. It’s also a great gift for someone who really loves toast for breakfast or takes their afternoon tea seriously. The East India Company introduced tea to Britain in the 1600s so give them some props because they take their tea seriously too!
The East India Company Festive Coffee Chocolate & Hazelnut £15.00 (full-size)
I love The East India Company’s offerings for Christmas – honestly check them out if you have some foodie friends to buy for this year! I love coffee and for Christmas I like to go festive, once a year. For the amount of people that wait all year long for Starbucks red cups to come out it looks like I’m not the only one who likes a festive coffee drink! This one is warming and good for the soul. It has a chocolate, nutty blend and is rich and creamy. Wake up to that!
Who can resist prosecco during the festive season? A great gift for you or for someone else – perhaps your neighbour or a friend who likes to party. Prosecco is a very celebratory drink and there’s nothing more celebratory than Christmas. Get involved in this one with it’s fresh, crisp taste and delicious apricot, pear and citrus flavours.
Fortnum & Mason Marc de Champagne Truffles £20.00 (for full-size)
Want to impress someone? Your boss, the girl next door, your best friend? Get them some of these amazing truffles from Fortnum & Mason. They are truly decadent little balls of chocolate – each truffle features an intense centre of Marc de Champagne, coated in creamy milk chocolate and finished with a dusting of icing sugar. They are bestsellers at Fortnum and Mason and I can see why!
I tried this at Somerset House recently at the Fortnum & Mason Lodge. It is seriously decadent and delicious. If you want a kick-ass hot chocolate here’s your man. It contains single-estate Colombian hot chocolate which is darker and richer than less superior blends. It is made with rare non-deodorised cocoa butter, which allows the butter to absorb even more cocoa flavours during the roasting process for a more intense taste. How can you go wrong?
Liqueur is a great choice for a gift. It’s indulgent and sumptuous and everything that a foodie gift should be. This one is delicious and rich with the flavours of black forest gâteau in a glass with lovely aromas of cherries and dark chocolate. Great after dinner drink!
Inspired by the classic Negroni Cocktail, this strawberry jam is made with a touch of orange and a good slug of red vermouth, gin and bitters. Again this is a great gift for a foodie because it’s a twist on the original, making it a unique gift. Delicious on toast or a scone!
I can think of nothing better than a festive tea! And this one is amazingly good and it will warm your soul and get you in the festive spirit at the same time! The tea contains warming notes of hand-picked Sri Lankan ginger and pepper which is balanced by the spicy sweetness of nutmeg and cinnamon. If you are looking for a serious tea and amazing selection, head to The East India Tea Company!