With Christmas just around the corner there are huge numbers limited edition and Christmas themed products, here are some we have tried – I’ll be updating this post throughout the month.
The Collective Dairy Christmas Pudding Yoghurts
We have been fans of the Collective Dairy for some time. They possibly produce some of the best yoghurts we have had. Thick, creamy, mild tasting yoghurt with two generous layers of “topping”. The limited edition Christmas pudding flavour contains plump spiced sultanas, in a thick syrup with a hint of orange. Not too sweet, not over spiced. I can see this being perfect for breakfast on Christmas morning or served as a pudding with fruit, or leftover Christmas pudding. Twitter @collectivedairy.
Available in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Waitrose, Wholefoods, Booths and Nisa, with a RRP of £2.39 for a 500g pot
Thorntons Special Toffee & Fudge
I have a slightly irrational fear of toffee, there is a nagging fear at the back of my mind that it will pull a filling out and result in an expensive dentist’s bill. Happily the toffee from the Thorntons Nostalgia range is actually not too sticky and really rather delicious. We love the vintage steampunk style packaging too. The fudge is of the soft variety, creamy and smooth. In an increasingly competitive market place it is well worth a revisit to Thorntons. Twitter @thorntonschocs
Fairfields Farm Crisps
We’ve tried and enjoyed crisps from Fairfields farm before. This year they have a turkey with sage and onion seasonal offering. Thick crunchy non greasy crisps, a good hint or sage, but not too much onion make these a seasonal winner and perfect for Christmas parties. We like that all flavours are natural and that they are a small family run business. Twitter @fairfieldsfarm
These are not a special festive edition, but are amazingly delicious. Produced on a small scale in Hampshire, the nuts are glazed in crunchy caramel with a sprinkling of salt. We polished off the macadamias in about 3 seconds flat, the packs are resealable, but I cannot imagine a situation in which you would not finish it. Perfect for in front of a roaring fire with a pre dinner G&T. Twitter @CambrookFoods
The new Cambrook caramelised nut range includes Cashews, Sesame Peanuts, Macadamias and Mixed Nuts, and costs from £1.79 RRP to £2.99 per 80g bag; available at delis, farm shops and speciality food stores, including Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Wholefoods.
I was charmed my my picnic hamper which Castello sent me in the summer, and was equally pleased with a personalised Christmas Stocking of cheese which arrived the other day. Charm aside, I really rather like the Castello range. Easy to eat and a great ingredient in other dishes. New to the range is Tickler, Extra Mature Cheddar. Strong without being sharp it is perfect for nibbling, snacking or cooking with. £3.79 for 350g from major supermarkets. Twitter @castelloUK
Many thanks to all the brands mentioned above for samples. All images and opinions are my own. We were not required to write a positive review.