Christmas chocolate is hitting the shelves, people! Here’s the low-down on the best festive treats to enjoy this winter.
While this hasn’t been the easiest year, the fact that Christmas is just around the corner is enough to make anyone smile. It won’t be quite the same as normal, with many of our usual traditions having been cancelled or restricted in line with Covid guidance, but one thing we can rely on even in 2020 is that the festive period will bring with it fistfuls of seasonal chocolate.
So, we better get stocked up then, eh? The wonderful news about this year (we’re sure you’re glad to hear there is some of that going around), is that the Christmas chocolate offering is top-notch.
Like confectionary elves, we’ve been gathering up a list of the best Christmas chocolates on the market and adding to it as winter has gone on. Feast your eyes (and then your tastebuds) on this epic edit of the yummiest festive treats.
Marks and Spencer Christmas Colin the Caterpillar
Sometimes, you just can’t beat a classic, and Colin the Caterpillar is most certainly that.
Possibly the most recognisable celebration cake you can get in the UK, the well-known, white chocolate face of birthday parties for both children and adults alike has had a festive revamp. Now coming complete with a bright red Santa hat and a selection of tasty looking Christmas presents, Marks & Spencer have pulled out all the stops to get Colin ready for the big day.
We’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced back in September, and it is finally available to buy in-store at Marks and Spencer or preorder online.
Asda giant chocolate eclair
It looks like Asda has been reading our wish lists for Christmas as the supermarket has launched an incredible dessert just in time for festive feasting.
The giant eclair can feed a whopping 10 people (although we’re tempted to see how much of it we can scoff solo) and is made with light choux pastry and filled with fluffy Belgian chocolate mousse, sticky caramel sauce and topped with chocolate fondant.
The store has called it a ‘centrepiece’ and we couldn’t agree more. After all, who would complain at sitting down to Christmas dinner with this chocolatey delight in the middle of the table?
Freddo & Friends chocolate tub
Get your fill of everyone’s favourite frog with Cadbury’s new sharing tin, which you can buy exclusively at ASDA.
Inside you’ll find a selection of classic Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo bars, alongside the caramel version of Freddo, too.
Cadbury Dairy Milk treatsize buttons and Cadbury treatsize fudge are also thrown into the mix. Could this be the tin to knock favourites like Celebrations or Heroes off the top spot?
Morrisons Gingerbread custard doughnut
Morrisons have given its classic doughnuts a Christmassy twist and released a new gingerbread version for the season.
They’re inspired by Morrisons’ long-standing love of gingerbread people, especially at this time of year.
The doughnuts are fluffy and soft on the outside, finished with a picturesque dusting of sugar. They are filled with a rich ginger cream custard which is made from an intense blend of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise.
Each doughnut is made fresh each day from scratch by skilled craft bakers in Morrisons’ stores, where they are filled and sugared by hand. What’s more, they’re suitable for vegans.
Buy Morrisons new gingerbread doughnuts in store, £0.50p for a pack of five.
Sainsbury's Gin and lemon marshmallows
These fancy marshmallows are made with zesty lemon and London Dry Gin to give you a taste of G&T.
Each one is delicately cut, cooked in a small batch and dusted with icing sugar in Yorkshire, to ensure that every marshmallow is perfectly light and fluffy.
They’re part of Sainsbury’s new range of sweet treats for Christmas and the ideal gift for a gin lover.
Marks and Spencer Percy pig mince pies
Everyone’s favourite farmyard animal, Percy Pig, is back for Christmas and this time he’s commandeering the humble mince pie.
He’s making it his own, though, because instead of being stuffed with raisins and the like, these limited edition treats are filled with Percy flavoured jam, Percy Pig icing and topped with a classic Percy sweet.
They’re only sold in-store, so head down to your local Marks & Spencer to try them.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Selection Box
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Selection Box comes with a mix of four different delicious flavours including milk, white, dark chocolate and a peanut butter cup stuffed with Reese’s Pieces. Yum.
You should be able to get your hands on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Selection Box at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons for £3.
Maryland’s latest release is a Christmas bonanza which sees one of our favourite flavour combinations come alive: orange and milk chocolate.
The Jaffanator cookies are chunky and crumbly with milk chocolate chips, the perfect biscuit to dip in tea. They’re also themed around The Terminator, which isn’t very festive but is quite funny considering the packet’s tagline is: “I’ll be back”.
You should be able to find Jaffanator cookies in store in Sainsbury’s already, but they’ll also be launching in Lidl 8 October and Asda 7 November.
Galaxy Truffles Caramel Chocolate Gift Box
Anyone who has ever fist-pumped the air at pulling a Galaxy Caramel out of a box of Celebrations will be over-the-moon to hear that their favourite chocolate has had an exciting update.
That’s right, Mars has treated us with a new truffle creation combining Galaxy’s signature smooth milk chocolate with a caramel filling and truffle texture.
These gift boxes are already available at Morrisons and will be hitting the shelves in most supermarkets throughout September.
Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Baileys
The new Bahlsen Choco Leibniz Baileys release has got the contrasting creaminess and snap of Leibniz biscuits as you know them, but with a Baileys twist.
The milk chocolate which covers the biscuit has been infused with alcoholic Irish cream liqueur, and is all the better for it.
These biscuits are due to be stocked in Tesco imminently, although they’re not currently showing on the website, so keep an eye for them in-store and online.
Mint Maltesers Biscuits
There’s a special place in heaven for the person who created Malteasers biscuits. With all the malty deliciousness of the original snack we first fell in love with, but the ease and satisfaction of biting into a bar.
Now, the Malteasers bar is getting a minty update, which we think sends its appeal through the roof. The new biscuits are shaped into three Maltesers bobbles filled with mint-flavoured malt and then wrapped up in a layer of smooth milk chocolate.
These bars should be hitting ASDA and Sainsbury’s shelves in September, and then Tesco in October.
Terry's Chocolate Orange White Ball
Nothing says Christmas chocolate like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, right? There’s something so festive about that orange taste and now we can enjoy the white chocolate version, too.
This new addition is already available at Morrisons for £2, but will be available to buy in other big supermarket chains soon.
Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolate Selection Tin
We’ve hit the big time here: Lindor has released a whole selection box crammed full of different flavours of melty Lindt chocolate balls. Heavenly.
The tin includes a mix of milk, white, extra dark melting chocolate balls, alongside milk and white, plus hazelnut and salted caramel flavours.
You can buy them from Tesco right now, or from Sainsbury’s in October.
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