With the build up to Christmas and all, I thought I’d do a festive edition of my To The Door post in honour of all the products I’ve been sent recently. It’s a thank you to the producers who have been kind enough to send me things to try and it will hopefully give you some ideas for stocking fillers and Christmas goodies!
Selection of stocking fillers from Storm Communications
Storm sent me some products from their ‘Seven of the best stocking fillers for foodie lovers’. All products are under £9.99.
New Zealand Honey Co’s Manuka Honey With Root Ginger-This was a very tasty honey and the addition of the ginger gave it an interesting and unique taste. It reminded me of a natural cold remedy. So if like me you always end up with a cold at Christmas, this is ideal!
Marshmallow Fluff– I became quite fascinated by Marshmallow Fluff when I tried it as a student and this brought back memories. For something so sweet and sticky, it’s surprisingly low in calories too.
Nakd Bars and Trek Bars– I’ve tried Nakd Bars before but I was sent some new flavours; Apple Pie, Rhubarb and Custard and Gingerbread. I’d never tried Trek Bars but they are very similar to their Nakd friends. I was sent Cocoa Brownie but it was significantly lacking in the naughtiness you’d expect from a brownie I have to say. Nice as a healthier snack though.
Steenbergs ‘Spice it up’
Steenbergs fair trade gift box was nicely presented and contained four organic spices; Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and 4 colour peppers. Perfect for making muddled wine, it retails at £6.99.
My favourite spirit and my favourite brand of said spirit. I was very pleased to receive this in a presentation box with a list of cocktails to try. Here is one that I took a liking to:
Bombay Sapphire Golden Wonderland
50ml Tuaca Liqueur,
200ml ginger beer
200ml cranberry juice,
1 lime cut into wedges.
Fill a jug with cubed ice and squeeze in the lime. Pour in the Bombay Sapphire, Tuaca and cranberry juice and stir. Finish with ginger beer and garnish with a mint sprig.
A bottle of Bombay Sapphire this size retails at £19.99
I was pleased to unwrap 20 miniature bottles of Drambuie. For me Drambuie is a Christmas drink but I find it a little too strong on it’s own even though I love the flavours of the honey and spices. However, I tried this cocktail which was delicious!
50ml Drambuie Original
150ml Pressed Apple Juice
1 Cinnamon Stick
20ml Sugar Syrup
25ml Lemon Juice
2 Orange Twists
Heat all the ingredients together except the Drambuie. Add the Drambuie to a teacup or handled latte glass, then, strain in the warm apple juice mixture. Garnish with a lemon slice and a fresh cinnamon stick.
I thought cake pops were going to be the next big thing but I haven’t seen that many around recently so a delivery from Popkakery was very welcome! The ‘Popkakes’ came beautifully presented in a colourful gift box and each pop had a label with flavour and ingredients.
I had red velvet, bling bling and chocolate noir. All were very nice with a rich cakey centre and thick crunchy chocolate shell. My favourite was the bling bling because the sparkly sprinkles gave it extra bite.
Sherry is the Christmas drink of choice for lots of people. My family only have Sherry at Christmas so it certainly says Christmas to me. This is a dry sherry and personally I prefer a sweet one but at £9.99 a bottle, if dry sherry is your tipple, this is a good option and great for an aperitif.
I am already a fan of Bottle Green cordials but I was very impressed by this Spiced Berry Cordial which is to be enjoyed warm. It can be added to wine to drink like mulled wine but the cordial on its own with hot water was lovely. A real taste of Christmas and a great non alcoholic alternative to mulled wine.
Rachel’s Apple and Cinnamon yogurt
I eat a lot of Rachel’s yogurt and it’s always good but I think this in one of my favourites. Apple and Cinnamon is a great flavour combination. Delicious! Perfect for Christmas.
Thanks to everyone for sending me your Christmas inspired goodies!