It’s that time of year, when we eat until we’re fit to burst.
Mince pies, sprouts, pigs in blankets… they’re all top of our Christmas food list.
But this year, supermarkets have taken Christmas food to a whole new festive level with some very unusual combinations.
With Brussels sprout pizza and crisps, pigs in blankets tea and Christmas pudding gin, there’s a whole range of goodies to choose from.
But will they be a festive hit or a festive flop?
Walkers Sprout six pack
Sainsburys – Multipack of six £1
Sprouts. Even the word makes me shudder. I’ve never liked them, but how bad could a crisp be? The sprout crisps come in multipack with more appealing flavours, pigs in blankets and cheese and cranberry.
But the sprout ones certainly looked the most Christmassy, in their dark green packet.
They didn’t smell too bad, but the crisps had a greenish tinge to them, which didn’t make them look too appealing. But when in ‘sprout,’ you’ve just got to take the plunge.
And the first taste, well, it was ok. But seconds later, that cabbage aftertaste hit. And quite frankly, that’s not a taste anyone wants to be left with.
I’ll do my Christmas bit on the day, and have a sprout with my turkey, but I won’t be putting the crisps out as nibbles!
JS Pigs in Blankets Teabags
Sainsburys – £1
Now I love tea. And I love pigs in blankets. But when I discovered Sainsburys were doing a pigs in blankets tea, I wasn’t so sure. And to be honest, I had every right to be a little bit hesitant about mixing the two!
As soon as the boiling water hit the teabag, a meaty smell floated out of the mug.
This was one cuppa I wasn’t looking forward to… to be fair, the tea did taste just bacon. But it was just wrong.
It tasted and looked more like a watery soup. But I’m not sure even that would work.
Sainsburys are also doing sprout tea, and while I don’t think either should be served up on Christmas morning, they would make a great secret Santa gift.
Just don’t ask to dunk your chocolate biscuits in it!
Co-op Irresistible Pizza Natale
Co-op – £5.25
Christmas dinner on a pizza, yes please, I hear you say! Well, to be fair to the Co-op, their festive Pizza Natale certainly looks tempting.
Described as a ‘slow-cured Italian pancetta and mozzarella topped with chestnut puree, finely shredded roast sprouts and a tangy cranberry and port chutney,’ it seems to have all those festive favourites on board.
Sadly, the taste says otherwise. The sprouts cancel out all the sweetness of the cranberry and port chutney.
And you can barely taste the succulent pancetta.
There will be some who will enjoy this Christmas pizza, but sadly for me, I won’t want a ‘pizza’ the action this year.
Ham and mushroom anyone?
White stilton with cranberry, orange and mandarin liqueur
From Sainsburys – £12 per kg
A Christmas cheeseboard is a must, but this year Sainsburys have introduced a cheese with a twist.
This white stilton is deliciously smooth, but the sweetness of the cranberry, orange and mandarin liqueur is the first thing to hit. It’s quite overpowering and it takes a while before the cheese flavour itself comes through.
But once you get used to the sweetness, the combination is actually quite pleasant.
This cheese would be perfect on Christmas Day night, once the turkey has gone down, washed down with a nice port… it’s definitely going on my letter to Santa.
Sacred Christmas Pudding Gin
Amazon – £34.99
Is it wrong to buy yourself a gift for Christmas? If not, then I’ll definitely be stocking up on this amazing gin.
Made by the Sacred Microdistillery in London, the founder, Dan Hart, came up with the unique recipe after being left with too much Christmas Pudding.
This original Victorian recipe, which can be found on the inside of the bottle, was passed down by his family, and used by Dan’s grandmother when he was a boy.
She’d hide a lucky sixpence inside, for one of her lucky grandchildren to find.
And with this gin, Dan has certainly hit the jackpot. The spices and fragrance of the Christmas pudding totally compliment the sometimes sharpness of gin.
I mixed mine with tonic, but it would work just as well with lemonade. It’s smooth and (too) easy to drink… but hey, it’s Christmas. Cheers!
Taste The Difference Mince Pie Ice Cream
Sainsburys – £2.85
There aren’t many ice creams I don’t like. And while this festive dessert is smooth and creamy, I’m not sure that mince pies should be mixed with the frozen classic.
The ice cream looks very presentable and the aroma of mince pies is evident as soon as you take the lid off.
But whilst you can taste the mince pies, it kind of gets lost and you struggle to get hold of what the ice cream is all about.
But it’s certainly not horrible, and could definitely be served up alongside a warm mince pie.
They would probably compliment it very well. Just remember, if you want Father Christmas to have some ice cream with his mince pies on Christmas Eve, leave a not to tell him it’s in the freezer!
Iceland Luxury Christmas Tree Flavour Salted Hand Cooked Crisps
Nothing says Christmas more than the smell of a real tree. But would I really want to eat it? That’s what Iceland is hoping, with their Christmas Tree flavoured crisps.
Whilst there is a slightly pine taste to the crisps, it’s mainly just the salt you can taste.
But the subtle pine taste isn’t great when you do get a hit. When it comes to Christmas trees, I just want to hang my baubles on them, not eat them!
Brie and Cranberry Crisps
These crisps are amazing! Morrisons have gone straight to the Christmas number one with these crunchy and tasty crisps. You can really taste the brie, and the sweetness of the cranberries is subtly there, but enough that the two bounce really well off each other.
Morrisons have mixed two Christmas classics and hit the jackpot.