Whether you’re on the hunt for a Secret Santa present or want to fill a food and drink fan’s stocking, our pick of the best food and drink Christmas gifts has you covered.
Jaz & Jul’s Hot Chocolate
You’ll catch Jaz & Jul’s at the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market daily until January, serving award-winning proper hot chocolates. But you can also snuggle at home with one of the duo’s vegan-friendly, single-origin and naturally flavoured organic hot chocolates (including the Christmas classic, Gingerbread, Man!). Hot stuff.
Jaz & Jul’s | Stock up on packs at Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House, 1 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ as well as at selected coffee shops, hotels and retailers across the UK and Europe, or buy on their website
Anna Mae’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe Book
In 2010, Anna Clark and Tony Solomon quit their jobs, and went on a road-trip to the US – a 5,000 mile round journey – with the aim to bring us the ultimate Southern-style comfort food: pimped up mac ‘n’ cheese. Now the Anna Mae’s truck can be found in street food hot spots across London. Try recipes like the Mac ‘n’ Cheese Fries and Deep-fried Ice Cream with Anna Mae’s cookbook. The perfect Christmas gift for the cheesy at heart.
Mac N Cheese: Recipes from the legendary food truck by Anna Clark and Tony Solomon | Available at Oliver Bonas, Waterstones, Urban Outfitters, Amazon, as well as various boutique book shops | £12.99
Find out more about Anna Mae’s food truck and Mac N Cheese in our interview HERE.
Freya “Wild by Nature”
The world’s first spirit made from foraged Northern European birch sap, this one’s an alternative tipple for the (almost) clean-living types. Freya, named after the Norse goddess of love and fertility, has been lovingly crafted and serves well with elderflower tonic and lashings of mint, or nice and simple on the rocks. It’s the first in a new line of sustainable, natural alcoholic beverages from Pure Wild Spirits Ltd. so look out for its brothers and sisters very soon.
Freya | Available in the following bars: Barts, The Shed, RISE 46, Rabbit, Nutborne and online via Master of Malt | £34
Andreas Christmas Hampers
Want to splash out and indulge this Christmas? This month, Andreas of Chelsea Green have launched two exclusive Christmas hampers, filled with delicacies sourced from around Europe and the UK. The Andreas Hamper, includes the likes of the exclusive Campo Lisio, Olive Oil Delicato 2016, Mr Duck Free Range Foie Gras and the Andreas Panettone, while The Truffle Hamper features Wiltshire Truffles for four, Truffled Acacia Honey and Truffled Camembert.
Andreas | The Andreas Hamper, £200 | The Truffle Hamper, £180
Jude’s Hot Toddy Ice Cream
Jude’s have collaborated with legendary whisky distillers Laphroaig to create the Hot Toddy Ice Cream, combining smooth, creamy ice cream, honey, cinnamon and award-winning Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch whisky for a dash of smooth, peaty, smoky elegance. All we need now is a log fire…
Jude’s Hot Toddy Ice Cream | Available exclusively on Ocado during 2016 | £4.79 per 500ml tub
LEON x John Lewis
It’s not all about dogs on trampolines this Christmas, as John Lewis have found time to team up with the ‘Naturally Fast Food’ chain LEON to jazz up your kitchen this festive season. The outcome: an exclusive 40-piece cookware range. The collection includes staples, such as a cast iron griddle pan, coloured stock pots, wooden tool set and terracotta tapas and lasagne dishes. Or you can grab a pinny, tea towel set or oven mitt.
Chandon Sparkling Wine
Celebrate with bubbles this Christmas and New Year! Any excuse. Established in 1959, the Argentine cousin of Moët, sparkling wine Chandon Brut has a fresh and fruity taste with citrus notes. If you’re a pink fan then look to Chandon Rosé, which is vibrant yet delicate, and boasts fresh red fruits to complement cheese, puddings and, well, all things festive!
Chandon | Available from Majestic and Ocado | £16.99
Fifth Dimension Chocolates
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without chocolate. Self-taught British chocolatiers, Fifth Dimension Chocolates, are now accepting Christmas pre-orders for all of their luxury chocolates handmade using premium, fine-flavour, single-origin cacao. Plus, you can personalise the selection to make it extra special. The range includes their “New York” Apple and Calvados Caramel that was recently crowned a Gold winner in the International Chocolate Awards World Finals, as well as their “Hanoi” Ginger Caramel and “Orléans” Raspberry Chambord, which both won two stars at Great Taste Awards 2016. Top marks.
Fifth Dimension Chocolates | Get 10% off Christmas pre-orders placed on the website until Friday 2 December 2016 using the checkout code XMAS2016 (the chocolates will be sent out on w/c 12 December to ensure freshness)
Move aside Malibu, there’s a new kid in town. Immerse yourself in the jet-set lifestyle of 1950s Jamaica with coconut-flavoured rum Koko Kanu – this new spirit makes a mean Koko Kolada, and as this cocktail uses Koko Kanu instead of coconut milk, it’s lighter in calories than the classic piña colada. Winning.
Koko Kanu | Available from Sainsbury’s, Ocado and specialist retailers | £19
Balans Soho Society Christmas Crackers
Who wants boring old crackers when you can have booze-filled ones instead? Balans Soho Society have created limited edition, alcohol-packed crackers. Each cracker features a miniature bottle of a signature festive cocktail, using the finest ingredients including Tito’s handmade vodka, Quinta Vallado 10-year matured port, Combier triple sec and Broker’s gin. Plus, there’s also a voucher for a free cocktail to be enjoyed at any Balans Soho Society venue, a witty saying and a festive crown. Now that’s what we call Christmas spirit…
Balans Soho Society | Crackers can be purchased at all Balans Soho Society restaurants and cafés, as well as online at www.balans.co.uk for delivery across the UK | £60 per box of six, excluding P&P