Monday, 30 November 2015

Food Fortnight: The Best Christmas Chocolate & Sweets 2015

Our Christmas Food Fortnight starts today, with daily guides to the best food and drink around, taste tests, recipes, cocktail how tos, and much more.  First up, possibly the most frivolous of the lot!  Who doesn't love a delicious selection of sweets, or a divine box of chocolates at Christmas?  Whether you prefer toffees or fudge, chocolates or jellies, here are the best we've spotted this festive season.

For the ultimate chocolate treat, try the to-die-for treats from The Grown Up Chocolate Company.  This is chocolate but not as you know it.  Made with fresh milk as opposed to the usual powdered, and with other delectable real ingredients, this chocolate has to be tried to be believed.  It has an uber short shelf life due to the fresh ingredients, but Ocado will be delivering this incredible box of delights in its Christmas slots this year, so get your order updated quick!!  It is A-mazing!!

Dobbies offers this delicious Christmas pudding fudge, which pretty much does what it says on the tin packet!  Delicious, and very very moreish.  If you liked their Hot Cross Bun Fudge at Easter, you'll love this!

Nestle has recently launched it's premium Swiss chocolate brand, Cailler, in the UK and this luxe chocolate is a perfect Christmas treat.  Either sneak one or two of the deliciously moreish L'Ecorce thin chocolate bars or L'Art du Brut filled bars into someone's stocking, or treat them to a box of the divine truffles.  Cailler is currently available from Amazon in the UK, but if you head over to our Facebook page, you could even win a selection!

For novelty chocolates, look no further than places like and Lakeland.  How about this chocolate cheese board, or maybe some boozy chocolate Brussels sprouts?!

At the Co-Op, their delicious fudge is back, proper toffee you break with a hammer, and much more.  Their chocolate seashells are even said to be better than the leading brand, according to taste tests, with no grittiness and a more liquid, smooth praline.  Lots to love on your next nip to the local shop!

At Lidl, look out for the lush white truffle pralines.  Just don't have too many at once...  Look out for their Milk Chocolate Turrón with Almonds too, just gorgeous.

I have a bit of a weakness for fruit jellies, and these boozy Cocktail Pastilles from Smith & Sinclair (available at are amazing!  The six flavours include Gin & tonic, Mixed berry daiquiri and whisky sour, just make sure they're only available to the over 18s!

If you'd rather go for non-boozy jellies, traditional brand Taveners has been making sweets for over a century and offers a wide range, including Fruit Jellies and Liquorice Allsorts.  The Christmas gifting cartons are priced at £1 each and are available from Asda and discount retailers nationwide.

Lily O'Brien's Desserts Collection contains 18 dessert-inspired chocolates, including banoffee pie, key lime pie, raspberry infusion, creme brulee, passion fruit posset and hazelnut torte.  A great selection for after dinner as there is something for all tastes, and they'll keep everyone happy!  Just enough sweetness after all that heavy food too.

Another people pleaser is this Mega Mix tub from Morrisons, which contains all the favourites from similar tubs, including mini bars, toffees, filled chocolates and more.  With just the favourites, you're sure to avoid ending up with a heap of something no one likes come January.

Butlers Chocolates offers an Artisan Collection which contains a selection of truffles, caramels, pralines and fruit purees encased in white, dark and milk chocolate.  They also offer a dessert chocolates selection which includes red velvet, mocha, sticky toffee and orange bombe; and festively wrapped red velvet and gold wrapped presentation boxes.  All are available from, Waitrose and Selfridges.

If you prefer a bit of glitter on your chocolates, or if you are after an impressive gift for your party host, these glittery balls of decadence from Sainsbury's will fit the bill.  The Taste the Difference Belgian Chocolate Shimmer Truffle Assortment contains Belgian dark chocolate, salted caramel and Marc de Champagne truffles and retails at an impressive £6.00!  We love the lustre, the price - and the taste!

The perfect stocking filler for anyone of a certain age, or a great way to introduce the kids to the sweets we grew up with, these boxes of Fruit Salad and Wham chews retail at just £1.  Perfect for that trip down memory lane...  (And if you're in that mood, have a look at our '70s childhood feature!)

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without an offering from the world's favourite Belgian chocolatier.  The classic Guylian Sea Shells are made from finest West African cocoa beans and filled with a smooth roasted hazelnut praline.  Caramel, milk truffle and crunchy biscuit variants are also available; prices from £4.00.

Quirky, contemporary Belgian confectioner Baru creates a range of marshmallow ‘clouds’ made with real honey and ground vanilla pods to create a soft, light, melt-in-the-mouth experience.  They are generously coated in Belgian chocolate and flavoured with Fleur de Sel caramel, Dark Caramel, and Strawberry & Toasted Coconut.  They are available from independent stores, Waitrose and Debenhams.

And don't forget to enter our competitions!

1 comment :

  1. Wow some mouth watering looking selections there.


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