Food usually takes centre stage during our Christmas celebrations. From the snacks, drinks and sweet treats, to the all-important showstopper: Christmas dinner.
Finding unique foods from brilliant independent businesses could make your festivities even tastier. What better way to show you care at Christmas than supporting hard-working, local producers?
We’ve found some wonderfully different festive foods that all deserve to be celebrated. Some are perfect for the main event, others make ideal gifts. Some could even make it onto your own gift list!
Which will you be trying this festive season?
The Trimmings – Chutneys and Sauces
What’s Christmas dinner, without a few spoonfuls of something tasty on the side?
Dips was founded by Dipti, a mother and lover of cooking. Dipti was so renowned for her sauces and dips that friends and family would hoard them.
Buoyed by their popularity, Dipti created Dips, a range of chutneys, sauces and pastes. The Garlic Chilli Pastes (both mild and hot) are so good, they’ve won two Great Taste Awards!
There’s also a range of gift sets starting at £7.99.
At Christmas, even mayonnaise deserves a spruce, and this is where Fussels comes in.
Their delicious twist on a staple British condiment will jazz up any Boxing Day spread. Choose between mint, garlic or classic English from this Somerset, family run business.
Fussels are famed for their cold pressed extra virgin rapeseed oil, which is used in all their products. They also offer a range of gorgeous dressings, flavoured oils, sauces and gift box options. Gift Boxes start from £12.50 or you can grab two jars of mayonnaise for £5.99 on their website.
Perhaps you’re partial to a post-Christmas turkey curry? Or maybe you have a Christmas Eve family curry tradition? Twisted Curry have a spice mix specially blended for Christmas.
These spices also make the perfect gift for someone who knows a curry is not just for Christmas!
Christmas curry spice packs are £2.95 each.
Keeping Everyone Sweet
Snacking on the sweet stuff doesn’t have to involve a huge tub of bog-standard chocolates. Things can be a whole lot more interesting!
Traditionally baked Yorkshire biscuits from Sawley Kitchen have a real home-made feel.
Choose from enticing flavours such as Rhubarb & Custard, Cranberry & Orange, and Apple & Cinnamon. They’ll make a lovely addition to a handmade hamper and are the perfect after dinner treat with coffee.
Packs start at £2.50, and their mixed selection packs are available from £6.75.
Just Because Treats
South American sweet treats from Just Because Treats deliver a Latino allure to a UK Christmas.
Their handmade gluten free Alfajores are the perfect selection for any gift basket. We think they would make delightful table favours too, if you’re feeling extra fancy.
Grab a box of three from £4.50. Flavours include original Dulce de Leche, refreshing Lemon & Lime and indulgent Nutella and Pistachio.
If savoury treats is more your thing they also do an amazing looking sustainable pan de jamon from Venezuela.
If you want to add a little spice to your Christmas, then Chins Kitchen might be what you’re looking for.
Offering ‘artisan baking with a twist’ they have a delicious choice of biscuits. All add that special something to any feast. Or they could help you break from tradition and give spicy stocking fillers!
Try their Nankhatai biscuits which are just like shortbread. They’ve added warming ingredients such as peanut butter, chai spice, orange, ginger and cinnamon.
The biscuits are presented in a decorative box and start from £10, making them a perfect Secret Santa gift.
Luscious Organics have developed a delicious winter spiced orange ice cream. Which sounds like the perfect accompaniment to Christmas pudding!
‘Christmas in a pot’, this ice cream is made from organic ingredients and is vegetarian and gluten free.
There are lots of other delicious flavours to choose from too. Find them in Selfridges in London and other smaller outlets nationwide.
One for You, One for Me – Gift Sets
Boxed gift sets can be equally good for both you and your guests!
One of these nostalgia infused fruit cakes from Tipple Tales will flood your taste buds with the flavours of Christmas.
The creator, Jane, evolved her cake business from her popular Christmas fruitcake. With her cakes beautifully presented in a keepsake tin, they make the kind of gift you might not want to give away. With flavours including cherry, cinnamon and ginger we suspect that you might be keeping one of these for yourself.
Cakes start at £17.95 with a four month subscription service available for £65 – now that’s one for your Christmas list!
Ross and Ross – Christmas Roast Dinner Box
If you’ve been invited by loved ones for Christmas lunch this year then why not gift your host a box of goodies in advance?
The Christmas Roast Dinner Box from Ross & Ross is ideal. It contains Roast Potato Oil, Pigs In Blankets Dust, Brussels Sprouts Dust and Roast Turkey Rub. What else could anyone need to make their festive dinner stand out?
We also love that the Roast Potato Oil comes from local rapeseed oil producers, Cotswold Gold. Cotswold Gold is a small family business where there is a zero waste philosophy. The seeds are pressed for their oil, then any leftovers are turned into biofuel with the spent pulp used for animal feed.
Possibly the best roast potatoes you’ll ever have?
The English Cream Tea Company
What could be a more quintessentially British gift, than a festive scone baking kit?
The English Cream Tea Company endeavours to bring the luxurious tradition of a high quality cream tea to your own home. We were particularly taken with the Festive Kit, as it has all the elements you need to create a seasonal tea time treat.
It makes the perfect gift or even a kit to create a pretty afternoon tea display for your December table. They also have other charming gift tins. These include afternoon tea selections with a quaint tea towel and cute sugar hearts.
The Festive Bake Kit is £25.00 with all other gift tins starting at £23.00.
There’s bound to be at least one irresistible festive food in this selection. Whether for a loved one or to treat yourself. Support a small business this Christmas by thinking a little outside the gift box.