There are so many festive foods that make their appearance in shops around Christmas time. I’ve compiled a list of 10 favourite festive foods, all of which can be bought from shops on the high street. Have you got any favourites to add to the list? Let us know!
Cadbury Festive Friends
I remember these fondly from my childhood with a box always in the cupboard for an after-dinner treat. These are bite sized little biscuits, half covered in chocolate with different festive faces on including a reindeer, Father Christmas and a snowman - great for children as well as us older ones! They are very moreish and I could easily finish a box in one sitting- oops!
This is a traditional Italian sweet bread, originating from Milan and a favourite for Christmas. Inside a traditional panettone, you’ll find a burst of flavour including lemon, orange and citrus as well as raisins. It can also be bought plain or with chocolate added. A Panettone is large and dome shaped in design, meaning you’ll always end up with a generous portion- perfect alongside a cup of tea.
I absolutely love a mince pie and especially a homemade one! For me, they are a must-have addition to any Christmas buffet.
Another seasonal classic and available to try in a variety of shapes and sizes! It’s a taste that I have learned to like in small doses but it certainly reminds me of this time of year. It’s a popular flavour that has also made its stamp in coffee houses and is highly anticipated in the lead up to Christmas. Making gingerbread can be a family fun activity in the kitchen, with the option to get creative in the decorating department!
Ah Candy canes, the peppermint taste that is refreshing on the palette! The beauty of candy canes is that they have many uses. Not only are they a sweet treat, they can also be used as Christmas tree decoration or used to add flavour in a hot chocolate as well as being a handy stirrer!
A great stocking filler, chocolate coins appear everywhere around Christmas time. I always receive some as a gift and they are usually gone by the time Christmas day is up! Now that they come in both white and dark chocolate too, what’s not to love?
Much like marmite you either love them or hate them and for me it’s a definite love! No Christmas dinner is complete without sprouts dripping in gravy. Mmmm. If you’re not a fan, you can now opt for the chocolate kind! It could also serve as quite a good prank…
‘Oh bring us some figgy pudding, oh bring us some figgy pudding, oh bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it right here!’ A verse from a popular Christmas Carol but how many of us has actually tried figgy pudding? This traditional dish dates back to the 16th century and it’s crazy to think that it is still loved to this day. Serve with a dollop of cream and there we go.
Another classic dish that appears at this time of year in a variety of forms, a chocolate yule log is sure to be a hit with all the family. Staying true to its name, this cake does in fact resemble a log, although definitely tastes a whole lot better. Inside, you will find a swirl of double cream, which keeps the cake creamy and easy to digest! You can even buy mini versions for on the go!
Last but not least is the Christmas Cake. Packed with dry fruit such as currants, cranberries and cherries, this cake actually takes a lot of effort and time to make. It’s traditional to feed the cake with brandy or rum to keep it moist and this process is typically continued over a couple of weeks before any icing is added. I have to admit, while this is included on my list and it can look so appealing, I’m not a fan! Maybe I’ll give it another go this year…