Calling all foodies! Here are the top three top gourmet treats to enjoy this Christmas. If you are looking for fine cheeses, top chutneys or delectable chocolates, then we have it all here.
Paxton & Whitfield– Perfect After Dinner Cheeses
Paxton & Whitfield is a producer of fine cheeses with a lengthy and impressive history. The partnership was first recorded in 1797 and since then the brand has gone on to receive a Royal
hampers and collections, which make for the ideal foodie treat this festive season. We enjoyed a small selection of their wonderful cheeses and this has spurred us on to share two of our favourite Christmas collections.
A tantalising and tempting selection of seasonal cheeses and Christmas favourites, the Festive Collection is the ideal ensemble to any Christmas meal. Cheeses included in the set are the signature Paxton & Whitfield Stilton Jar and the delicious Mont d’Or. Mont d’Or is a French cow’s cheese that is soft enough to eat with a spoon and is characterised by fluffy white moulds. Deliciously rich and creamy with a hint of mushroom.
Within the collection you also get Biscuits for Cheese, Shredded Pork with Sloe Gin, Spice, Plum Chutney, Christmas Pudding, Mini Mince Pies, Mulling Syrup and Taylors LBV Port. This is a superb cheese lovers collection!
If you are looking for a selection of cheeses to wow any audience this Christmas, the Paxtons Cheese Collection contains an eclectic mix to please all kinds of palates. There is also a small selection of accompaniments to give a well rounded experience.
Within a stylish, branded cream and grey gift box, you will receive Stilton, Paxton’s Cave Aged Cheddar, Smoked Ceodre, Camembert de Normandie PDO, 2 x Celtic Capra 80g, plus a No 93 Ale Chutney and Biscuits for Cheese Selection.
Chococo – Indulgent Chocolate Treats
Chococo is a charming chocolatier who have been crafting fine luxury chocolates in Dorset since 2002. Using the finest in origin chocolate & local, seasonal ingredients (& no additives, preservatives or added sugar), Chococo products are as ethically sound as they are delicious. Their belief that fresh chocolate tastes better also means that there is a cleanness and bursting flavour to each of their products.
For Christmas 2017, we love the Christmas Selection Boxes (from £9.95 for a box of 9 chocolates; £14.95 for 16 chocolates or £19.95 for 25 chocolates). Each box is full of freshly made handmade chocolates, featuring some of their best sellers and flavours. Christmas Cascade of 50 chocolates (below, £42.50): A stunning tiered stack of all three Christmas selection boxes tied with satin ribbon containing a total of 50 fresh chocolates from their Christmas Collection.
For 2017, the Christmas selection boxes will include:
- Fizzy Pudding– a domed milk chocolate pudding, complete with naturally coloured sugarpaste holly leaf, filled with spiced praline and popping candy. This was our favourite of the lot – exciting, vibrant and oozing with surprises.
- Gingerbread Caramel – 2016 Gold Academy of Chocolate winner. A liquid caramel made with treacle, allspice, cloves, ginger and cinnamon.
- Fig & Port – 2016Gold International Chocolate Awards winner. Dried figs steeped in Noval 10-year-old Tawny Port with honey and cinnamon, blended with Madagascan dark chocolate.
New for 2017, there is also Pistachio, Passionfruit Caramel, Marzipan and Hazlenut. The other flavours include Arbequina & Sea Salt, Sea Salt, Mince Pie, Nutmeg, Mulled Wine, Kumquat and Blackcurrant Beauty.
Buy yours here.
Rosebud Preserves – Ideal Christmas Chutneys
Chutneys and preserves are the unsung heroes of the Christmas dinner table and usually go unnoticed. However, Rosebud Preserves, who have been making jams, marmalades, chutneys and jellies since 1989, have created a cracking range of festive goodies for 2017. The North Yorkshire based company use locally sourced produce (where possible), traditional recipes and techniques, and no additives or preservatives for the most authentic and classic taste.
This Christmas we highly recommended their Christmas Fruit Chutney for an indulgently rich accompaniment. Packed full of prunes, dates, apricots, aromatic allspice and strong dark ale, this is a taste of the Winter season. Gorgeous! However, if you are looking for something to have with cold roast ham, try their juicy Fig Chutney, with molassed sugar, warm cinnamon and fresh orange. The orange cutting through the sugar for a deliciously well-balanced taste.
Find out more here.
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