Treat your loved ones to some delicious Christmas food gifts – here are a few of our favourites…
Are you looking for any vegan swaps for your Christmas dessert?
LillyPuds produces a delicious vegan Christmas pudding which is light, tasty and packed full of the finest, hand-selected ingredients.
In fact, pudding fans would be hard pushed to tell the difference between the traditional and vegan versions of this classic Christmas pudding. And, it’s also gluten free!
There are two sizes available 454g for £12.85 (serves 4) and 2 x 120g for £8.75.
Available from Yumbles and www.lillypuds.co.uk and Independent stores.
This Christmas is set to be even cheekier with the introduction of a new Cheeky Elf Self-Treat bar, the perfect sized chocolate bite to brighten up the day, with Thorntons signature milk chocolate infused with a hint of special toffee for that extra wow factor. Even if you go to buy the bar for a loved one, you’ll want one for yourself!
The Thorntons chocolate makers have been hard at work crafting this year’s Christmas range. From the re-designed Cheeky Reindeer, who this year has had a little makeover and is back and more beautiful than ever, with a ruby red nose and jingle bell collar, to the new Snowy Bear tasting of delicious white chocolate with dark chocolate paws, there is something for the whole family. These loveable characters are guaranteed to light up your and your loved ones’ faces.
The famous Thorntons Cheeky Elf is also back for a second year, acting even more mischievously than ever. Wherever you find him, rest assured his cheekiness will follow!
For those that love to count down the days to Christmas, the range contains the Santa Advent calendar, a fun way to build up the excitement with the front of the calendar depicting Santa with his friends. The Elf Advent even has a Christmas quiz inside to make the festive season even more enjoyable for the whole family. The range also contains the Continental Advent Calendar, with its crisp white design stunningly adorned with golden Christmas trees and snowflakes, containing an assortment of delectable milk, dark and white chocolates.
Perfect for gifting or sharing with friends and family, the Continental Winter Markets Box brings together an assortment of unique chocolates that are rich and evocative in flavour and inspired by the traditional European Christmas market. This product adds a touch of glamour to the whole Christmas range.
The Thorntons Christmas range is available from most major supermarkets, Thorntons stores and Thorntons.co.uk. For an extra special touch, you can personalise any of the characters with a hand-written message in all Thorntons stores, available for £8.00 (RRP).
The Thorntons full range includes:
With the Thorntons range of festive chocolates, the whole family can celebrate the magic of Christmas together this year.
See > Thorntons.co.uk
Teatulia solves your gifting dilemmas this year for family and friends who are tea lovers – and what better way to relax than by putting your feet up with a cup of delicious, single origin, organic loose-leaf tea?
Every leaf of Teatulia’s teas come from its 100 per cent organic Teatulia garden in Tetulia, Bangladesh, where it is grown without pesticides. It employs 3,500 workers, almost all of whom are female and pays them above average wages and provides them with free education and healthcare.
Available from www.teatuliabar.com are two Christmas gift sets: Classic Tea Selection
Takes the hassle out of making the perfect Bloody Mary.
Its unique blend of tomatoes with 22 different herbs, spices and other ingredients from all over the world guarantees a great spicy cocktail every time. Don’t waste time in the kitchen struggling to do it yourself, Big Tom has done all the hard work for you.
Big Tom Spiced Tomato Mix is available online from James White Drinks and from most Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Majestic Wines with a RRP of £2.85 per 75cl bottle. Or please contact 01473 890111 for your local stockist or to order direct.
Further information can be found at www.bigtom.co.uk
Great Uncle Cornelius is a small assortment of still bespoke non-alcoholic drinks, using high quality ingredients in unusual and exciting flavours.
Great Uncle Cornelius’ Famous Spiced Ginger is a warming rich, spicy and smooth non-alcoholic aperitif.
Great Uncle Cornelius Famous Spiced Ginger has an RRP of £3.60 per 75cl bottle. The whole range can be purchased here: www.jameswhite.co.uk or please contact 01473 890111 for your local stockist or to order direct.
If you’re not sure where to start and need a little bit of extra help to get your loaves rising, then Davina Steel has created four perfect gluten-free bread-making kits to give you the extra confidence you need to create perfect bread every time.
From its delicious White Loaf, to its Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia, Onion Focaccia and its sweet and moorish Chocolate Chip Focaccia, Davina Steel makes baking easy with each kit containing all the vital ingredients, you just need to add yeast or oil.
With Davina Steel you can try your hand at kneading and proving, whilst knowing that you’ve got your baking recipe and quantities spot on; The perfect way to ensure delicious, fluffy and moreish bakes every time.
Davina Steel baking kits are available from Sainsbury’s and Ocado. The Focaccia come in 300g kits, RRP £2.99, The White Loaf Mix RRP £2.49.
For more information on Davina Steel visit www.davinasteel.com
Carnivor Zinfandel v2017 (£10.00 from Tesco – currently on offer for £8.50 until 18/11/2019 and £10.00 from Sainsburys – currently on offer for £9.00) – This red wine has brooding, intense colours with complex dark fruit layers. Bold notes of dark cherry and blackberry jam complement hints of mocha, black pepper and toasted oak. These rich flavours provide the perfect match for any cut of red meat from a delicious rump steak supper to a seasonal roast beef dinner with friends and family.
London-based healthy snacks company Abakus Foods introduces a Festive Superfood Christmas Stocking!
The Christmas stocking contains a mixed bundle of vegan and gluten-free snacks including Seaweed Crisps in three delicious flavours; cheese, salt & vinegar and lightly salted, as well as Red Dates in three varieties; chocolate coated, soft & chewy, and crunchy crisp. These delicious snacks come with great health benefits. Seaweed Crisps are a source of iodine which helps support cognitive function and functioning of the nervous system, whilst red dates are known for their adaptogenic properties, which can help the body adapt to stress, both mentally and physically.
Give the gift a health with this superfood snack stocking that everyone will love! You can also choose other combinations of Abakus Foods healthy snacks in the stocking to personalise to your taste.
The Christmas stocking has an RRP of £15.99 and is available now on www.abakusfoods.com
Hedgepig’s 20cl Gin Liqueurs are the perfect size to fit in your stockings to fend off the frost this Christmas. Perfect for cosy tipples by the fire or as a delicious pudding Gin. Made using fruit grown in local orchards or foraged from the East Anglian hedgerows, the liqueurs accompany cheese and desserts especially well and are the perfect alternative to port or sweet wine at the end of an evening.
Sugar levels in Hedgepig’s Liqueurs are lower than many other fruit gin liqueurs so it can be enjoyed guilt-free! Also, 50p from every bottle sale is also donated to The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Available in four delicious flavours including Cambridge Gage, a member of the plum family, Glorious Gooseberry, Wild Bullace & Quince, and Zesty Elderflower.
Available from: www.fruityhedgepig.com
RRP 20cl: £16.00
Pinkster have created an easy answer to add a fruity twist to your G&T. Made from gin-soaked raspberries left over from making Pinkster Gin, these sachets are the perfect Stocking filler for your cocktail loving friend or relative this Christmas.
Simply add the cocktail sachet to your Pinkster G&T with a dash of lemon juice for the perfect cocktail!
RRP: £14 for 28x20g Sachets
These are tasty natural by-products which use gin-soaked raspberries left over from making Pinkster Gin.
The mildly alcoholic jam is ideal for putting the tipple in your tea time or for something strong such as the Gin ’n’ Jam cocktail.
The Boozy Berries are delicious dipped in chocolate, used in a sorbet, mixed in with a pudding or whatever else tickles your fancy.
Available from: pinkstergin.com
RRP: Both £6.50 each
HARIBO’s Pip Polar Bear and Puck Penguin gift boxes have made an exciting entrance, just in time for the snowy season!
-HARIBO Pip Polar Bear Z!NG
Dusted with a delicious coating of HARIBO Z!ng, these playful raspberry and blackcurrant polar bear and paw-shaped jelly pieces make a magical addition to any Christmas list.
-HARIBO Puck Penguin
A sweet Christmas treat, Puck Penguin features an adorable array of jelly and foam penguin-shaped pieces in a flurry of fruity flavour combinations including peach & vanilla, blackcurrant & vanilla and strawberry & vanilla.
For a further sprinkling of festive fun, you can stand each 3D character to create a surprise snowy scene.
What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with some delicious McVitie’s festive treats! Whether it’s a gift for someone special or to share with friends and family, McVitie’s has something for everyone thisChristmas.
The new McVitie’s Christmas range has exciting new additions this year, including an adorable Mini Gingerbread Men Icing Kit, as well as your all-time festive favourites.
NEW! McVitie’s Premium Selection
It’s time to get creative! This new Mini Gingerbread Men Icing Kit from McVitie’s is perfect for keeping the family entertained over the Christmas holidays. The kit includes five packs of cute Mini Gingerbread Men and two icing pens in white and orange so you can create your very own biscuit designs this Christmas. A fun, festive activity, as well as a tasty treat, the McVitie’s Gingerbread Men Icing Kit is the perfect gift for the whole family!
Packed with 26 luxurious chocolate-coated biscuits, McVitie’s new Premium Selection is the perfect Christmas gesture. With 12 different varieties, it truly does have something for everyone, making it ideal for sharing with friends and family on those cosy winter nights. From luxury Milk Chocolate Fingers to Plain Chocolate Orange Creams, each lovingly crafted biscuit is encased in a thick layer of smooth milk, white or dark chocolate.
Available in all major supermarkets
McVitie’s Mini Gingerbread Icing Kit, 5x19g, £2 Premium Selection, 400g, £10 Jaffa Cakes Tin, 293g, £10 Jaffa Cakes Pole, 40 Cakes, £6 McVitie’s Victoria, 550g, £8 McVitie’s Family Circle, 620g, £6 McVitie’s Digestives White Chocolate Nibbles, 120g, £1.99
A fantastic Christmas day drink, delicious with Champagne or Prosecco as the ultimate festive treat. This gin, which has no artificial ingredients, using fresh strawberries in both its distillation and infusion creating a sweet, fruity drink with a subtle peppery kick
RRP £40| Stockists: Master of Malt, Bullards.com, Amazon, Virgin Wines, 31dover and more.
Pact is a leading speciality coffee service that provides bespoke and flexible plans for coffee lovers. It delivers ethically sourced fresh coffee direct to doorsteps across the UK – all coffee is roasted, ground, packed and delivered fresh to your door within seven days. With over 13 different coffees to choose from, including exclusive roasts from every corner of the globe, there’s a flavour for everyone. Pact pay at least 25%-125% above Fairtrade and the higher premium for Pact helps to secure their farmers’ livelihoods and in return, the health of the coffee industry.
Available to buy: pactcoffee.com
Looking for more sustainable stocking fillers this Christmas?
Guylian’s new 100g bars, each containing x4 individually wrapped 25g mini bars are just that! Each mini bar is encased within a resealable and recyclable envelope, and sales support social and environmental causes; Project Seahorse and Project Cocoa.
Project Cocoa is Guylian’s own programme to support sustainably sourced cocoa. Powered by the Cocoa Horizons Foundation, it aims to improve the lives of cocoa farmers, whilst reducing their environmental impact. With its new bars made from 100% sustainable cocoa, Guylian is on track to reach its ambition of using 100% sustainable cocoa by 2025.
Guylian has been the major sponsor of international marine conservation organisation, Project Seahorse, since 1998. In total, Guylian has raised more than 2 million Euros in support of the charity’s programmes, whilst helping to raise awareness around the world through targeted outreach activities.
The new bars are available in four delicious flavours, so let us know which flavour you’d like to try and we’ll send you one to try.
Available through Ocado, in store at Lidl and TK Maxx or online via www.guylian.com. RSP £2.
The perfect winter drink has arrived with Crabbie’s Mulled Ginger Wine.
The iconic Scottish brand has blended a combination of Crabbie’s Ginger Wine and British Ruby, with citrus fruits, natural ginger and spices to create a truly warming drink this festive season.
Enjoy in a tall glass mixed with cinnamon sticks and a citrus peel garnish for the ultimate Crabbie’s warming experience.
Crabbie’s Mulled Ginger Wine is available from Ocado for £6.69.
For more information about Crabbie’s contact email@example.com
A mouth watering selection of Gluten Free Spice Rubs and Seasonings for instant flavour injection! Add to an existing dish or create something new. Simply, Rub, Sprinkle, Crumb, Baste, Marinade, Glaze and enjoy flavours from around the world. This handy Spice Rub Gift Set includes: 1x Ras el Hanout Rub…
All of the spices are suitable for vegans and vegetarians, are gluten free and include 100% natural ingredients.
See > Spicentice
From The Isle of Wight’s Only Distillery, This Gin Contains ‘Mermaid’s Kiss’
Mermaid Gin comes in a striking bottle, is plastic-free and uses entirely recyclable materials – including a plant-based seal around its wooden cork.
The highly tactile bottle has sculpted scales that reflect and refract light. Swirling downwards around the bottle, the scales resemble the tail of the eponymous mythical sea creature, while the colours mimic the gin-clear blues of the Mediterranean, down to the deep greens of Mid-Atlantic rollers.
Created by long-time friends Xavier Baker (a brewer) and Conrad Gauntlett (a winemaker), Mermaid is a hand-crafted small batch gin distilled using ten ethically-sourced botanicals.
It’s a smooth yet complex blend that features the freshness of organic lemon zest, the peppery notes in grains of paradise and a hint of sea air from fragrant rock samphire. The latter, foraged from the Isle of Wight’s cliffs, is known locally as ‘Mermaid’s Kiss’, hence the gin’s name!
Mermaid Gin, 42% ABV. Available: Marks & Spencer. RSP £45.00/70cl. @iowdistillery (Twitter) / @mermaidgin (IG) / mermaidspirit.uk
Absolut Elyx is the handcrafted luxury expression of multi award-winning Absolut Vodka, built on a commitment to quality craftsmanship and a pioneering spirit. Every drop of Absolut Elyx is made with soft winter wheat from a single estate in Åhus, Sweden, manually distilled in a 1921 copper column, removing all impurities and resulting in the vodka’s exceptionally silky finish. The entire production of Absolut Elyx takes place within a 15 mile radius and is overseen by master distiller Krister Asplund, who supervises the century-old distillation process that has been passed down through generations of Swedish vodka-makers. Absolut Elyx is admired globally for its playful spirit and tradition of standing out from the crowd.
Festive Collection, Festive Vegan Collection, Gingerbread Caramels, Tawny Port & Fig, Fizzy Puddings (£11.50 for each box OR £21.00 for two boxes/ each box contains nine chocolates):
Journey’s End’s Haystack Chardonnay is a perfect marriage of citrusy fruit, oak and biscuity/creaminess. The Haystack Chardonnay yields from grapes grown on the rolling south-facing slopes of the Stellenbosch, where cool coastal breezes produce premium quality fruit of real elegance and concentration.
Tasting note: Lovely straw colour with a hint of greenness. Ripe peaches and citrus fruits fill the nose, with hints of vanilla from the oak. Citrus peel and melon are enriched by subtle, savoury biscuit overtones and fresh, limey acidity brings real vibrancy.
Whether it’s a white for serving with canapés, a show-stopping red for the main meal or an award-winning Champagne for the New Year countdown, you will find a wealth of winning wines at Tesco this Christmas. Named the official Own Label Range of the Year 2019*, you can bank on these bottles to deliver excellent quality, as well as brilliant value for money.
Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio, 12.5%, £7 (vegan),
Made with grapes grown on the hills of Trentino in Northern Italy, where the high altitude means they ripen slowly and develop aromatic intensity. Expect complex notes of apple, ripe pear and honey blossom, with crisp freshness on the finish. An excellent match for smoked salmon or vegetable crudites.
Tesco Finest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019, 12.5%, £8
Grapes grown in Marlborough’s Waihopai and Awatere valleys benefit from a moderate maritime climate and long sunny days, producing grapes which are ripe and concentrated, with well-balanced freshness. This wine boasts bright gooseberry and passionfruit aromas, with herbal notes and a long finish. Perfect with seafood or goat’s cheese salad.
Tesco Finest Montagne Saint-Émilion 2018, 13.5%, £9 (vegan)
Produced from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes harvested from vineyards on the right bank of Bordeaux’s Gironde estuary. This is smooth and full bodied, with concentrated blackcurrant flavours and layers of cedar wood and spice. It’s a great choice with savoury nut roast, or with turkey, if served with meaty sides.
Tesco Finest Argentinian Malbec, 13%, £8 (vegetarian)
Made by Argentina’s celebrated Catena Family, from grapes hand-picked on the foothills of the Andes. This is deeply fruity, with aromas of fresh blueberry, blackberry and plum and just a touch of white pepper. Long, rich, fruity and spicy on the palate, it works well with red meat or mushroom wellington.
IWC Bronze Medal Winner 2019
Tesco Finest Prosecco, 11.5%, (vegetarian), £8
The grapes for this wine are sourced from a single area, overlapping the finest Prosecco vineyards. The result is an elegant sparkling wine with attractive ripe pear notes, with peach blossom aromas and a lingering finish. Serve chilled as an apéritif or alongside party nibbles.
IWSC Bronze Medal Winner 2019
White port is traditionally drunk in its youth, but Andresen realised that the high quality white grapes from their solely A-rated vines, were capable of so much more – sweet, nutty and deliciously moreish, this is a discovery NOT to be missed!
Top of sparkling wine sales globally is Prosecco, and in terms of quality and value Alessandro Gallici’s is amongst the best. This is one he created for our 50th Anniversary – a super vintage cuvée with intense lemony fruit and creamy toasty bubbles.
The greatest luxury chocolate hampers have arrived, just in time for Christmas.
Over the past twenty years, the food scene in the UK has transformed, but options to experience the true flavours of Morocco are still largely disappointing. Frustrated, Zineb Faress created Raphia – Flavours of Morocco, to share the true traditions of Moroccan luxury hospitality, showcasing a love of food, family and community to other parts of the world.
The care and attention within these hand-crafted indulgent chocolate gifts make them a guaranteed present-pleaser for the holiday season. Raphia – Flavours of Morocco has something for everyone.
‘Tis the season to indulge in and share sweet treats from the finest chocolatier. The brand is named after the feeling it truly evokes with every bite, ‘Flavours of Morocco’ with delicate and reminiscent flavours forever true to its culture is a collection of 80 treasured artisan chocolates combining the finest Moroccan ingredients. Throughout the collection you will find locally sourced honey, dates, cinnamon, figs, oranges, lemons and limes, roses, ginger, almonds and pistachio – wonderful way to indulge all five senses. Choose from Mendiants, Pralines, Rochers, Calissous and Chocolate Fruits, and if you can’t choose, Raphia – Flavours of Morocco has that covered too, with a fabulous choice of elegant pick and mix or decadent assortment boxes perfect for gifting, sharing and indulging.
The Ultimate – £280.00
An assortment of festive chocolates presented in a merry red hamper box, including nougat, truffles, calissous, caramelised nuts, homemade biscuits, chocolate fruit, chocolate covered almonds, praline assortments and Moroccan mint tea and a santa-shaped chocolate.
The Feast – £200.00
A Christmas celebration of chocolates, nougat, truffles, calissous, pate de fruit, caramelised nuts, chocolate fruit and chocolate almonds packed into a joyful green holiday box.
The Enchanted – £250.00
Individually wrapped chocolate holiday favourites presented in a glass bowl to be displayed and kept in your home.
Christmas Clarity – £150.00
A selection of holiday chocolate assortments, individually wrapped and presented in a delicate glass bowl.
Champagne & Truffles – £140.00
The most popular holiday gift of all, packaged in a natural green and silver box. A selection of signature truffles in aromatic flavours of caramel, speculoos, pistachio and rose. Paired perfectly with the finest Moet champagne.
It’s Tea Time – £90.00
Made with the first indulgences of Christmas morning in-mind, this collection of assorted chocolates and delicate truffles includes a glass Moroccan teapot and pair of teacups.
Available now at www.raphia.co.uk
Noval’s 10 Year Old Tawny is a blend of old Ports from different vintages that have matured in oak casks. A mellow and complex wine that makes a brilliant match for a rich and chocolately dessert.
Not all salt is born equal. Unlike so many other salts, the range of natural sea salts from the Cornish Sea Salt Co are rich in over 60 minerals, including magnesium and calcium, that bring out the taste and flavour of food in a truly incredible way. It’s this abundance of minerals, drawn from the unique properties of Cornwall’s clear ocean waters, that provides Cornish Sea Salt with its elevated taste profile, delivering maximum flavour with naturally occuring sodium levels that are up to 14% lower than table salt.
From its core range of sea salt crystals and flakes to a collection of delicious blended seasonings and the deep umami tastes of its seaweed salts, Cornish Sea Salt can suit the everyday home cook as well as the seasoned chef, with products that no dining table, kitchen cupboard or picnic hamper should be without.
Capturing the freshness and purity of the Atlantic Ocean, the unique mineral profile and crunchy crystal formation of Cornish Sea Salt Original Crystals adds taste, texture and delicious little pockets of saltiness to your cooking. Naturally lower in sodium and containing over 60 healthy trace minerals, Cornish Sea Salt Original Crystals pack such a punch that you’ll get away with using 30% less than other salts for the same intensity of flavour. Ideal for all round cooking as well as salt crusts, curing meat, roast potatoes, cocktail rims, confectionery and brownies. Available in 75g (£1.35), 225g (£2.50) and 500g (£4.95) pots.
Cornish Sea Salt Flakes are beautiful microscopic pyramids, full of a mineral-rich zestiness, that melt softly on the palate. Allowing tastes to build and evolve, they are perfect as a natural finishing salt, dissolving quickly to give an initial hit of sea saltiness and splashing a little alchemy onto the simplest of dishes. Use to complement and transform rather than to dominate and define. Perfect for rare beef, salads, creamy sauces and caramel. Available in 50g (£1.35) and 150g (£2.50) pots.
Thanks to its own cold smoking machine on site, Cornish Sea Salt packs a rich smoky punch with every pinch of its Smoked Flakes. Mineral rich sea salt flakes, infused with cold smoke from cherry and apple wood bring all the tastiness of a summer BBQ to the table, whatever the weather. Ideal for BBQ rubs, oily fish, game, smoked duck, grilled cheese, chocolate and caramel. Available in 50g (£1.95) and 125g (£2.35) pots.
See > www.cornishseasalt.co.uk