Turkey stuffing, cranberry sauce and cinnamon on everything? It must be the festive season! The time of the year when OTT flavour combos and excess eating are in vogue. Here are our top festive food & drinks products for 2021.
1. Petrossian Macarons
Caviar makers Petrossian have launched a range of sweet and savoury macarons in partnership with British company Hilton Macarons. Handmade in Suffolk, the Italian meringue shells are made with free range eggs and all natural ingredients. The three new flavours on offer are Caviar & Gold, Salmon & Wasabi and Black Truffle & Chocolate.
£42 for a box of £12
2. Black Cow Christmas Spirit
Black Cow vodka is made in Dorset entirely from the whey in cow’s milk left over from the cheese-making process. Once distilled it’s filtered through coconut-shell charcoal, producing a unique and creamy spirit. They’ve given their classic vodka a festive twist to create Black Cow Christmas Spirit, which takes its inspiration from Christmas pudding. Winter fruit spices, currants, figs, orange & lemon zest, cinnamon and vanilla are all infused into black Cow’s trademark velvet smooth vodka. For the most festive of serves, add champagne and a twist of orange peel.
3. Heinz Christmas Dinner soup – This one made us chuckle and we love the idea of actually serving this up to all the family at Crimbo; I wonder how it would go down? Heinz is releasing just 500 cans of the Christmas Dinner Big Soup, available online for £1.50 each. Turkey, stuffing roasties and even the much-loved pigs in blankets can be found all wrapped up in a tin in a tomato soup base.
4. Baileys in a tin
Ahh Baileys - there’s just something about it that says Christmas! Pick up these new festive star tins filled with creamy Bailey’s truffles, a great one to wrap up for the neighbours (if they deserve it). Once empty, the tins double up as a tree decoration too. Or, for something to share with the whole family, the Baileys stand-up tree tin is filled with several packs of moreish Baileys truffles and a keepsake tin.
Tree is available for £15, and the star is £5
5. World of Zing Mince Pie Rumhattan
World of Zing’s Pritesh Mody has been busy in his South London mixology hub creating Christmas in a bottle. Serve up his Mince Pie Rumhattan offering all the fruity flavours of a mince pie in liquid form, infused together with Mount Gay rum and Rosso vermouth. Ready to serve and enough for six portions.
Priced at £25.
6) Teapigs Winter servers - we’ve got a 20% OFF code!
Teapigs have brought out a number of limited edition winters brews and damn they’re good. From Gluhwein to Toffee Apple, Gingerbread and Spiced Pear, put the kettle on and get ready to be wrapped in the aromas of all things sugar and spice. Perfect stocking fillers, plus we’ve got a special 20% off for our readers; enter the code below at checkout.
Enter: Chattingfood20 to redeem 20% off up to 30th December 2021
7) Jude’s Sticky Toffee Pudding Ice Cream
British ice cream makers Jude's have made big strides this year to become the first UK carbon negative ice cream makers; they now remove more carbon from the environment than they emit and have revolutionised the way they source, create, process and pack their ice creams. Plus they all taste absolutely delicious!
8) Winter Secco
Traditional Bavarian drinks makers Hitzkopf have been creating wines and more to family recipes for generations. This pretty winter prosecco had us at the bottle sleeve - dark blue with a snowy village, complete with mountains and a Christmas tree. Inside the sparkling wine has been given a subtle festive makeover with notes of cinnamon and cloves.
9) Itsu Christmas gyoza
The Asian-inspired healthy food brand has brought out a limited edition Christmas gyoza. The soft steamed dumplings have been filled with turkey, pork, bacon, sage and cranberry. Yum! They only take four minutes to steam, so they’re great to bring out at your seasonal drinking sesh too. Get them at Waitrose or Ocado.
£3.75 for 12 dumplings
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Chatting Food Features Editor Jo Aspin
Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. When she’s not eating her way around London, she’s planning her next trip abroad.