Here is a selection of just some of our foodie favourites this Christmas. For more tasty treats and food gift ideas, don’t miss the Christmas Edition of SLOAN! out now.
The Grand Advent Calendar from Hotel Chocolat is a generously filled two-sided advent calendar packed full of gifts, which makes a great Christmas present in itself. Daily surprises include Salted Caramel Vodka, crackers filled with pecan praline, a meltingly-smooth Hazelnut Bûche, macadamia and coconut snowballs and the super-smooth, award-winning Cocoa Gin.
The Grand Advent Calendar costs £68 and is available from www.hotelchocolat.com and Hotel Chocolat stores nationwide.
World-renowned chocolatier Pierre Marcolini and fashion designer Victoria Beckham are releasing a second limited-edition box of chocolate hearts to inject some style into the Christmas season. The unique gift box launches worldwide on 7th December 2018 continuing the 10-year anniversary celebrations of the Victoria Beckham fashion label.
The metallic collector’s box designed in Victoria’s signature gold, is furnished with a chic black interior to match the logo on the front and can be kept as a special memento box once the chocolates are gone. Sixteen white chocolate hearts sit inside, using Pierre’s special technique to create a unique iridescent glimmer to reflect Victoria’s feminine and sophisticated style.
The iconic hearts include Pierre’s homemade praline made with hazelnuts from the Italian region of Piedmont, combined with signature biscuits from Quimper in France and a hint of Maldon salt. The formulation process uses the lowest rate of sugar of any chocolatier, sourcing premium cocoa and natural colourants for the hearts outer layer.
Les Coeurs de Victoria Beckham The Gold Edition 2018 cost £35 and will be available from Pierre Marcolini boutiques worldwide and at an exclusive pop-up in the Victoria Beckham Dover Street store from 7th December 2018.
Venchi’s recipes are inspired by 140 years of heritage along with the Italian art of chocolate making and now has 100 stores worldwide. Venchi has more than 350 chocolate products and 90 flavours of gelato and seasonal sorbets across its stores. Every chocolate is carefully made in Piedmont with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients including nuts sourced direct from Italy. The chocolates are free from gluten, preservatives, artificial colouring, flavour enhancers, GMOs and palm oil.
The Venchi Decorative Christmas Bauble filled with a selection of chocolates costs £6.50 and is available from any of the 5 Venchi stores in London: Covent Garden, South Kensington, Kings Road, Hampstead & Richmond.
Crabtree & Evelyn
This is the tin that keeps on giving. Not only does it boast a striking design, It’s also full of festive delights to enjoy this season. A choice of two biscuit flavour favourites to be enjoyed with a steaming cup of Festive Spiced Tea. Indulge breakfast time with a layer of Mandarin & Ginger Marmalade spread generously on toast. Keep the tin and replenish with treats all-year-around.
The Winter Assortment Gift Set costs £25 and is available from www.crabtree-evelyn.com/uk/en
Vorrei Italian Hampers
Our luxurious Treasure Chest Truffle Hamper will give your foodie friend, relative or colleague the complete Italian truffle experience! It’s the perfect gift for truffle connoisseur and contains seven of our most popular truffle specialities including pasta, sauce, risotto, olive oil, butter and honey.
The Treasure Chest Truffle Hamper costs £59 and is available from www.italianhampers.com
Thomas Fudge’s range of scrumptious somethings from its classic, indulgent and inimitable Florentines, to its seriously moreish savoury biscuits, will make Christmas gifting a doddle this year.
At £3.50 for a pack of eight and with three different but equally fabulous Florentines in the range – dark chocolate, milk chocolate or salted caramel – the selection will delight food lovers whose fancies are tickled by serious baking. These exquisite biscuits are a perfect testimony to the Dorset baker’s attention to detail, carefully selecting only the most exceptionally tasty ingredients, combining nuts and fruits with sweet, sticky caramel and rich, silky Belgian chocolate to create an utterly satisfying sweet treat. Whether you are gifting or hosting over the festive period, make sure to have at least a couple of boxes at hand to pass around… or simply tuck into them in the kitchen while you’re supposedly busy basting the turkey!
Meanwhile, there are two new additions to the Thomas Fudge’s unashamedly indulgent range of Blisscuits: Zesty Lemon and Triple Chocolate (£2.70 for a pack of six). With shots of candied lemon and lashings of Belgian chocolate, they deserve a place on your best crockery this Christmas.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without cheese plates galore and there isn’t a better way enjoy it than with the phenomenally tasty range of savoury biscuits from Thomas Fudge’s. The selection of nibbly cheese wafers, crisp flatbreads and savoury biscuits are perfect piled with cheese or dunked in creamy dips and are sure to swiftly become a new store cupboard essential. They will ensure that your Christmas cheeseboard looks suitably posh, not to mention delivers some seriously enviable flavour pairings.
And if you can’t choose, you can find beautifully designed gift boxes with no need for any extra wrapping (they even include a giant bow!) through the Thomas Fudge’s website with options including a selection of mixed, sweet or savoury.
Thomas’s Tantalising Treats with a selection of sweet and savoury products costs £27 available from www.thomasfudges.co.uk
Green and Black’s Organic Gifting Collection
The perfect gift for the ultimate chocolate connoisseur, this gifting selection of the famous Green & Black’s bars comes alongside pairing notes and recipes to complement your favourite bar. You can host your own pairing experience this festive season, taking cues from the Tasting Wheel provided in the box, the ultimate ‘cheat sheet’ for pairing food, drinks and of course, chocolate. Perfect for thank you occasions, an after-dinner indulgence, personalised advent calendars or gifting to that special someone.
Green and Black’s Organic Gifting Collection costs £17.99 and is available from www.greenandblacks.co.uk
For more festive food gift ideas, check out the Christmas Edition of SLOAN! – out now