Make Someone's Christmas Sweeter With These Edible Gifts



I think we can all agree that one of the best things about Christmas is the food. Together we abandon our healthy eating regimes and indulge in the rich, spiced festive delicacies. Whether you are looking for stocking filler inspiration or something bigger, we have come up with some edible Christmas gift ideas that should help you out.


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Traditional


You may wish to keep things traditional and give a fruitcake. If you know the person you are giving this gift to enjoys Christmas fruitcake, then your job is done. However, this dense cake is a bit like marmite; you either love it or hate it. So, in order to avoid your gift going down like a lead balloon, why not give a traditional treat from a different country. This will give you a wider range of delicious items to choose from and may turn out to be a conversation piece as your friends and family discuss the traditions and customs of foreign lands.


We have come up with a couple of ideas to get you started. The Italians enjoy panettone around Christmas time. This is a very light sweet bread loaf filled with candied fruits and raisins. Couple this gift with some good quality rich, dark hot chocolate and instruct your friends and family to dip their panettone in the chocolate, like the Peruvians do. The Germans eat Christstollen at Christmas time. This is also a bread-like fruitcake but is denser and much sweeter than a panettone. The cake contains dried fruits, marzipan and is spiced with cardamom and cinnamon. Both of these European Christmas traditional cakes are largely available in the shops, but if you are struggling to find one, you will have more luck online.


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Chocolate


Christmas wouldn’t be complete without chocolate. During the festive season the shop shelves are filled with chocolate gifts all with different flavour combinations, shapes and textures. For example, you may like to buy a milk chocolate Santa for your kids or beautifully hand-painted dark chocolate tiles. If your friends and family enjoy refined confectionary then you should check this out for a range of chocolate cigars. If you have a bigger budget, you may wish to treat your family and friends to a chocolate making class. Have a look online to see if there is a local cookery school or restaurant that offers such classes. A typical chocolate making course will include a history of cacao and information on the various beans. However, it will mainly be about chocolate tasting and making.  


Savoury


Spiced chutneys, pâté and pesto are all yummy Christmas gifts, and you can make them yourself. Homemade treats make great presents, and you can be as creative and crazy as you want with the ingredients and packaging. You could make some smoked trout pâté or rabbit terrine, for example, and couple this gift with some homemade oatcakes. If you are keen on this kind of present, have a look online for more inspiration. If you are looking for a romantic gift idea, a cheese fondue set may do the trick. Cosy up next to the fire with your other half and enjoy this luxury eating experience.


We hope you gather some inspiration from these suggestions. Have a very yummy Christmas!

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