A Mini Christmas Treat Guide – Perfect for hampers and stockings!

This mini guide presents some of the top winter hamper ideas for Christmas 2012! Ranging from chocolates, to chutneys, to traditional tea sets, to iconic Guinness sets, to sweat treats from Barratt`s, you will find something here to place in your wicker basket this Yule tide!

Chococo Christmas Gifts

Chococo is a Dorset based online chocolate shop offering the finest in fresh, luxury handmade chocolates to buy with an express mail order service. We also offer personalised gift chocolates for weddings, parties and corporate customers.

Milk Chocolate Crackle Tree (£10.50/18.50 for two)

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This little stunner was a best seller last year and we predict it to be one this year. Each crackle tree is a handmade cone (or tree) shaped milk chocolate treat, complete with white chocolate and edible glitter. The white chocolate has been lovely added to the tree to make it look like a snow cap – it is a really gorgeous looking piece of chocolatiering! The crackle tree comes in a cute box and is perfect for wrapping.

For the chocolate enthusiasts, these very stylish cone trees are handmade with 44% trinitario bean milk chocolate from the Caribbean island of Grenada, hand decorated with white chocolate ‘snow’ & edible glitter. Each tree is studded inside with naturally coloured milk chocolate beans & fizzing popping candy

Set of 4 Assorted Chocolate Snowballs (£16.50)

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These chocolate snowballs come in a pack of 4 and are a real winner this Christmas! Handmade with only the finest milk and dark chocolate, they come in the following flavours:

• Crystallised ginger in dark chocolate (gold foil)
• Handmade crunchy honeycombe in milk chocolate (pink foil)
• Oak-smoked chilli & roasted cocoa nibs in dark chocolate (red foil)
• Tangy raspberry pieces & crunchy meringue in milk chocolate (purple foil)

The snowballs are wrapped in gold, pink, purple or red foils and presented in dinky clear tubes with personalised ribbon to make a lovely present for someone. Our favourites are the combination of honeycombe and trinitario bean milk chocolate – the chocolate melts in the mouth and the honey comb adds a great sweetness. In short, it taste gorgeous. The oak-smoked chilli and dark chocolate was also a real hit!

Find more information here: http://www.chococo.co.uk/

Paxton and Whitfield

Paxton and Whitfield have a vast array of hamper suitable offerings (and even full hampers to sell), but here are some of our favourite products being sold this Christmas!
British Gooseberry Chutney (£4.75)

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What Christmas hamper would be complete without some fantastic chutney? This delicious gooseberry chutney is based on an old recipe from the 1850s. But to build upon the classic taste, modern elements such as Colman`s mustard and peppercorns have been added, just to jazz up the flavour and bring out the gooseberry goodness! A really, really delicious chutney – it goes perfectly with the Paxton and Whitfield “New Brits” cheese selection (see more below) and compliments savoury tastes brilliantly.

Nuts about Figs (£2.95)

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This rich and tasty Fig paste with walnuts is a real treat with goats cheese and blue cheeses. The sweet, fig taste really stands up to the flavours and adds a fruity dimension. This gorgeous paste is handmade in the French Pyrenees by an artisan producer and can be purchased exclusively through Paxton & Whitfield within the UK market. We love fig and we love this – there is something pretty special in this little jar and we hope you think so too!

New Brits (£30)

Looking for a Christmas cheese selection to enjoy after your roast turkey this Christmas? If so, take a look at this unbelievable selection of up and coming British made cheeses

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Paxton and Whitfield Tasting notes:

• Beauvale (pasteurised, vegetarian) – a new blue cheese from Cropwell Bishop – rich, creamy and delicious
• Good Queen Maude (unpasteurised, vegetarian) – a hard sheeps milk cheese made in Oxfordshire by Roger Crudge
• Morangie Brie (pasteurised, vegetarian) – a camembert style bloomy rinded cheese from the Highlands
• Eve (unpasteurised, traditional) – a soft goat’s milk cheese that has been washed in cider brandy and wrapped in a vine leaf.

Our Highlights:

The Morangie Brie is a particular highlight for us; the camembert style is rich and perfect for crackers and chutneys. This is certainly one to have ready for Christmas day and can be enjoyed by all of the family! For those a little more adventure is, the Beauvale is a strong flavoured and yet not overpowering blue cheese. Again, the cheese is has depth and richness to die for.

Find out more here: http://www.paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk/

Lahloo White Tea Gift Set (£50)

Lahloo is a fantastic tea company, which has one of the best histories of any company out there today! Taking its name from the Lahloo – a clipper ship, racing tea from China to Britain in the mid-19th Century, this brand is saturated in tradition and family values. This gorgeous little tea set from Lahloo contains boxes of Silver Tips (25g), Snow Jewel (25g) and White Whisper (25g) teas, an individual Hario glass infuser teapot and two Japanese white teacups.

Check it out…

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This is the ideal gift for any tea enthusiast, as the set is crafted with a real sense of quality and refinement. Please also check out the site for information on smaller, more hamper friendly sized tins of Tea – some of which begin at an affordable £6! Click here for more information: http://www.lahlootea.co.uk/

Guinness Ultimate Pie Set (£15.00)

The Guinness brand has to be one of the most iconic and most well known in the world. But have you ever tried to make a Guinness pie? Well, if you haven`t then you are really, really missing out!!

This set allows you to make the perfect winter pie with minimal fuss. Complete with recipe card, this set has all the elements you need to pull off your perfect pie.

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It includes:
• Guinness Pie Dish
• Guinness Pie Funnel
• Guinness Pastry Brush
• Guinness Pie Recipe Card

Buy yours here: www.boots.com

Barratts Sweets For Christmas!

Add a touch of sweetness this Christmas with these stunning gifts from sweet officiando`s Barrats! All ages will appreciate these timeless goodies, trust me! Also, these gifts would make a quirky addition to any hamper or would make perfect stocking fillers!

Sherbet Fountain Limited edition Mug (RRP 4.99)

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This super limited edition Sherbet fountain mug is, as you would expect, packed to the rafters with 4 sherbet fountain tubes. So not only does it look the part, but it tastes the part too!

Catherine Wheels tin (RRP 3.99)

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If you know someone how LOVES liquorice, then this is the ideal present for them! Approximately the size of the standard pencil case, this tin is packed full of liquorice goodness and really hits the spot!

You might also like, the Barratt`s Time Capsule (RRP £4.99)

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Barratt`s time capsule (RRP £4.99) contains all your childhood favourite sweets, sealed into a sweetie cylinder capsule that can be used as a money box once empty – the perfect gift for big and small kids alike! The capsule contains the bestselling Barratt sweets – Black Jacks, Fruit Salads, Sherbet Fountains, Dip Dabs, Flumps, Refreshers and Nougat.

Barratt`s Christmas gifts are available from B&M, BHS, Matalan, Selfridges and a selection of independent specialist stores.

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