Sainsbury’s Classic Italian Panettone

I know I’ve been a bit quiet just recently on here…kind of been struggling for interesting Christmas stuff to talk about…still, only a week or two until the TV guides come out and I’ve got some things planned for the next couple of weeks too…so keep stopping by, there will be plenty of interest. On…

The Mince Pie – League Table Update

You can always get the Mince Pie League Table by clicking the link at the top, but here’s the latest update. We’ve now reviewed 13 different mince pies, I have a couple more to go and that will probably cover it for this year. December starts very soon and next weekend it’s time for the…

Thorntons Christmas Catalogue

Dropped through the door today. Best couple of pages here: Not sure about this year’s advent calendars to be honest. Will have to go and check them out in person. And here’s some quite fun and interesting stuff. Think I’ll pop to Thorntons over the next week or two and pick up some trees for…

M&S Christmas Biscuits

Can’t really review biscuits…but I figured I’d draw these out. It’s the middle of November after all and this is the inevitable lull before Black Friday and the madness of December really kicks off. So this lot then, as my daughter said, is this really Christmassy? Well, it’s a good question, but I can see…

Quality Street…in a tin!

Yes for real. Found in various places for £7 right now, this is a 1.3Kg tin (actual tin, not plastic tub) of Quality Street. This is hugely better value than the £5 tubs of the same sweets that weigh 725g so if you’re thinking of Christmas sweets, there aren’t really any better deals. The tin…

Co-op Irresistible Cookie Collection

Featuring triple chocolate, white chocolate and cranberry and stem ginger cookies, this is a tidy little package of premium biscuits. The packaging is the fairly standard new style branding for the co-op and, I know some have said it’s not particular Christmassy, but I think it’s pretty classy overall. It’s all quite predictable on opening…

Advertising Celebrations

Well, seeing as I did a little rundown of Quality Street, it’s only fair. I’ve had a trawl through Youtube to save you bothering, here’s the best of the adverts for Celebrations. Slim pickings I’m afraid, not even close to the personality of Quality Street. That said, this effort from 2015 is actually very very…

Punish the Halloween kids with Celebrations

We all know Celebrations are basically the poor kid who sweeps chimneys of the Christmas chocolate and sweets tub world right? Even more so than the particularly peasant-like Haribo tubs if you ask me. I’ve been pretty critical on this blog about Cadbury Roses and their ridiculous packaging change and I’ve been fairly complimentary about…

Cadburys Roses and the case of the severely impaired judgement!

Welcome to my Cadburys Roses rant! And this will be a rant, as actually I’m very irritated by this. How can a company, especially a clever one like Cadburys, completely misjudge their customers so badly. Now, I’ve always had this vision of Roses as the more premium of the two big dogs in town for…

Review: Coop Irresistable Cherry Brandy Liqueurs

Bought by my good friend @sheandthecity these little bad boys look a very interesting prospect. Of course, they aren’t Mince pies and you could argue, a liqueur isn’t strictly that Christmassy but I’d disagree. Any and all decadent chocolates and especially alcohol connected chocolate, is a total Christmas must. So what have we got here…

Quality Street and the case of the Honeycomb Crunch

This weekend, as promised, I’ve been and bought some Christmas chocolates, for testing purposes only. I got a tub of Roses and a tub of Quality Street. Although I intended to focus on the new Roses wrapping, I actually went for the Quality Street first to have a good go at the new Honeycomb Crunch…