If you can’t treat yourself or someone you love to something gorgeous to eat or drink at Christmas then when can you? For a whole week (maybe two) we like to relax the healthy eating rules and our no drinking on a school night rule and just enjoy some glorious treats. Today I’m bringing you some ideas that you might like to consider this Christmas :O)
It’s no secret that I like a nice glass of wine, I’m a white drinker myself , my other half prefers red but he will drink both. We have really enjoyed all three of these bottles, the chardonnay is absolutely gorgeous! We would definitely buy all three again and they would make lovely gifts.
The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – For the Sauvignon Blanc lover… This wine from the winemaker of The Ned is a step up. Winemaker Brent Marris is descended from the noble De Marisco family, whose members variously fell in and out of favour with the English monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. As Marlborough’s favourite grape, Sauvignon Blanc here represents a time of the King’s favour. Lime zest and citrus blossom fragrance sit atop richer, more exotic elements of pink grapefruit. (£13.99 or £11.99 for mix 6 Majestic; £14.99 Ocado)
Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese IGT 2012 – A bright ruby red with delicate purple edges, this attractive Italian red wine has hints of cherries on the nose, with cloves and vanilla particularly as part of the spiciness. Well balanced with soft and silky tannins and attractive fruitiness on the palate supported by a good acidity. Long, lingering finish. (Waitrose £11.99; Majestic £12.99)
Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2014 – Chile is making a comeback at the moment, and this Chardonnay is the perfect example. Open it Christmas morning and drink it with the turkey at lunch! It has aromas of white pear, fig and toasty hazelnut. A full bodied wine with a distinct minerality and a core of ripe fig and pear flavour. A silky mouthfeel with crisp acidity. Perfect for Christmas dinner! (£11.97 Asda, £12 Tesco)
Classic Christmas Sleekster – This beautifully designed box from Hotel Chocolat contains 30 gorgeous chocolates in festive and favourite flavours. Mince Pie Brownie, Christmas Mess, Caramel Supernova to name just a few. These would make a perfect gift or a lovely treat for yourself (£22.50 Hotel Chocolat)
The Festive Wreath – Another gorgeous treat from Hotel Chocolat is The Festive Wreath. It is made with cocoa beans from Saint Lucia!! Solid dark chocolate with premium Piedmont hazelnuts, almonds and ruby cranberries. Take it from me this is delicious! A perfect stocking filler this Christmas. (Small £8.00 Large £22.00 Hotel Chocolat)
Cadbury have all kinds of wonderful treats and gifts available at Christmas and I’ve picked a few out to share with you today! I am a massive Cadbury Dairy Milk fan, no other chocolate compares 😉
Cadbury Dairy Milk Hollow Santas – five pocket sized Santas, each presented in fun wrapping. Santa has had a makeover and there are now seven cheerful looks to be discovered. Kids will surely love them! RRP £2.99
Cadbury Dairy Milk Snowman Chocolate Mousse & Cadbury Dairy Milk Snowman Vanilla Mousse – the Snowmen are encased in a Cadbury Dairy Milk shell, with a light and fluffy mousse centre that tantalises the taste buds. RRP £0.65
Cadbury Dairy Milk Snow Balls – These Cadbury Dairy Milk Snow Balls are the ideal treat to share and come in a pack of four. Simply crack open the top of the Snow Ball and use the spoon provided to scoop out and enjoy the fluffy mousse centre. Yum! RRP £2.99
Cadbury Bitsa Wispa Tube – If Wispa is one of your favourites, then this is the perfect stocking filler for you. This festive tube comes packed full of chocolate pieces from loved brand Bitsa Wispa. RRP £1.42
Cadbury Endless Wispa – If you know someone who really cannot get enough of the delicious Cadbury Wispa then this is the perfect gift for them. The classic and much loved Bitsa Wispa now comes in a giant Christmas stick, so why not impress your friends with the gift that keeps on giving! RRP £2.49
Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo Gift Bauble – filled with Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates complete with a vanilla flavour filling and Oreo biscuit pieces. RRP £4.99
Cadbury Dairy Milk Santa Gift Box – filled with delicious chunks of Cadbury Dairy Milk – this is the perfect stocking filler. RRP £2.99
Cadbury Milk Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with Caramel Tree Decorations – no Christmas tree is complete without them. Available in both 84g (RRP £2.13) and 144g (RRP £3.46) packs.
You can buy all of these Cadbury treats and more from Cadbury Gifts Direct.
Booja Booja Around Midnight Espresso Truffles – A beautiful box filled with flavoursome truffles. These chocolates are a great dairy and gluten free treat as well as adding a bit of sophistication to your festivities. (£8.99 Holland & Barrett)
Raisthorpe Manor Sloe Gin – Carefully matured for eight months on the Raisthorpe Estate in the heart of Hockney’s Yorkshire Wolds to an old (and secret) family recipe, offers that unmistakably complex combination of bitter-sweet London Gin and the tart tang of sloes, and is at home in the flute as it is in the hip flask. (Available in 35cl or 70cl bottles: £16.45/£24.95 Raisthorpe Manor)
Raisthorpe Manor Damson Port Liquer – Only the finest hand -picked local damsons go into each bottle and are gently steeped in Port with a dash of sugar to a secret family recipe. Its wonderful balance of sweetness, luscious fruit and hint of damson stone is the perfect foil for a cheeseboard, turkey and all the trimmings, or on its own (and your own!) after dinner. It’s sure to leave any recipient in good spirits. (Available in 5cl, 35cl or 70cl bottles: £3.95/£16.95/£24.95 Raisthorpe Manor)
i heart Sparkling – I heart Sparkling is a crisp and bubbly sparkling wine that has a kick of juicy fruit flavours and fruit aromas. (ARP £5.99 Available at NISA and leading grocers)
i heart Prosecco – True to style bursting with classic acacia flower aromas and delicate apple and peach flavours. (ARP £6.99 Available at Bargain Booze and other local newsagents)
De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat – A nutty brown colour, this fortified wine has a bouquet of raisin, fig with spicy notes. Muscat caramel, toffee and vanilla oaky flavours develop on tasting. The wine is aged in barrel and is designed to enjoy as soon as opened. It will also keep for several more years in bottle. Drink with Chocolate and dark fruit based desserts, or enjoy a glass after a meal with a platter of cheeses, dried fruit and nuts. (Tesco £14, Majestic £14.99)
Merry Moos Christmas Selection Box – Inside the box of Mini Moos treats you will find a delicious Bunnycomb bar, a Cheeky Orange bar, a Minty Moo bar, and perhaps most importantly, a yummy chocolate Santa bar. Each dairy free selection box is made in Moo Free’s UK factory that does not manufacture milk chocolate or any other milk based products. As with all of Moo Free’s dairy free chocolates their Merry Moos Selection Boxes are made using a combination of natural, organic and ethically sourced ingredients. (£4.49 Holland & Barrett)
Build Your Own Gingerbread House – I am not much good when it comes to baking so I buy one of these every year, we have so much fun sticking the house together and decorating it. It comes with everything you need to build and decorate your very own gingerbread house. (£12.00 John Lewis)
Crabtree & Evelyn Dark Chocolate & Hazelnut Biscuits – These look absolutely beautiful. I know a few people who we will be treating to these this year. (£5.00 John Lewis)
What treats do you like to enjoy at Christmas? Do you have any traditions when it comes to food and drink?