With less than 10 weeks to go until Christmas we have taken a look at what foodie treats we can expect to be tucking into this festive season. We’ve sifted through the top supermarkets’ finest festive offerings which they traditionally unveil in the very unfestive month of July, to see what Top food trends for Christmas 2017 have emerged.
Not a food trend you’d immediately think to make a comeback, but dust off your flares and velvet ties because the flavours of the 1970s are arriving! Waitrose are leading the throwback charge with some Blackforest Gateau flavoured products including both a Pannatone and a Sparkle Dessert bar dessert. They’ve also got the most retro canapes about with their 24 Christmas tree shaped puff pastry vol au vents. The fillings sound delicious – roasted mushroom and Madeira in a creamy sauce, smoked ham & Cheddar cheese in a creamy sauce. Tesco also gets in on the 70s vibe with their Blackforest Wreath Cake.
Gin Gin Gin
It’s no surprise that the nation’s trendiest tipple has made significant headway into 2017’s Christmas menus. Expect to see gin-cured salmon, gin choclate truffles and even gin flavoured crisps.
Budget supermarket Aldi will be stocking a staggering six types of gin as well as their Specially Selected Sloe Gin Mince Tarts. Ginspirational!
Gin might be big, but Italian fizz is still in demand. Waitrose are offering up a hand prepared boneless turkey breast basted with prosecco and stuffed with Pork, veal and italian herbs. Topped with porcini mushroom butter and fresh sage under a crispy pancetta lattice. Yum! M&S have a fabulous looking Raspberry and Prosecco Pannacotta Terrine, while Sainsburys are encouraging you to get the party started with mini jelly shots in two fruity flavours: strawberry and prosecco and buck’s fizz.
Spectacular centre pieces worthy of the finest medieval banquet table are all the rage, it’s all about sumptuous roasts, pies and showstopping desserts. We wonder if people have strong enough tables to carry the weight of such a feast! Here’s a selection of what’s caught our eye:
- M&S: Tudor Pie Pork Cranberry Turkey, stuffing and chestnuts in a hot water crust pastry
Cornish Cruncher and Cider Cheese Bake
- Asda: Extra Special Pork and Cranberry Jumbo Sausage Roll
- Iceland: Proper fancy fayre including Vintage Cheddar Souflettes, Scallop and Champagne Pastry Crowns and dainty Macarons
- Lidl: Croquembouche which you can put together and decorate at home
- Sainsbury’s: Taste The Difference Tiffin Wreath with a shimmering gold finish
Taste the differnce cheese stack Cheese lovers will adore this stack of favourite cheeses, from full-flavoured farmhouse Cheddar and mature blue Stilton® to rich camembert and festive Wensleydale and cranberry. A real talking point for a party.
- Waitrose: Three Little Pigs: Three British cocktails sausages wrapped in bacon, for a larger pig in blanket.
- Tesco: Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb
It’s encouraging to see the supermarkets producing a great range of festive products tailored to people with specific dietary needs. From vegetarians and vegans to those who follow a gluten-free diet, there’s some lovely stuff on offer this year. Just because you don’t eat meat, doesn’t mean you have to miss out.
M&S are really ahead of the game with their Butternut and Beetroot Filo Parcels and a glorious Roasted butternut squash, almond and pecan nut roast with a red wine and thyme gravy.
Festive breakfasting is gathering momentum, after all it’s usually hours before the main Christmas dinner is ready so it’s good to start the day off in a decadent manner to set the tone!
We think Morrison’s Christmas Tree shaped Crumpets? are great fun. We also love the Waitrose pack of 24 mini stuffed croissants with two fillings. 12 filled with smoked Wiltshire ham and Emmental and 12 filled with Emmental, tomatoes and roasted mushrooms in a cheese sauce. They’re also offering a pack of filled croissants that come with six shots of Bloody Mary – cheers!
Happily supermarkets seem to be moving away from the traditional festival of beige canapes that hit your stomach like lead, in favour of bright and creative finger food for your party guests this Christmas. We especially love the look of:
M&S: From a small smokehouse, established in 1913 on the shores of Speybay in Scotland, this twice-smoked Scottish Lochmuir™ salmon is marinated with beetroot, vodka and lemon juice for a distinctive appearance and flavour.
Also their fab cheese tower of bite-size pieces of Red Leicester; Double Gloucester; Cornish Cove; Blacksticks® Blue; and Stratford Blue®; plus P’tit Basque cheese flowers. Comes with chopped, dried apricots and a raisin medley.
You might love the joy of food prepartion at Christmas, but the supermarkets are all up for doing it for you. Whether you opt for some of their pre-prepared and creative side dishes, or a fantastically dressed roast that simply needs to be whacked in the oven, it all lightens the load on the big day.
And if it’s just two of you this year, Co-Op have even got a Christmas Dinner kit for two – simple!
Pimped up Mince Pies
You might be a traditionalist when it comes to the humble mince pie, but the supermarkets are all busy trying to outdo each other with as many variations as they can think of. Our faves:
Aldi: Gingerbread Mince Pies
Waitrose: Ginger Spiced Mince Pies with all-butter chocolate pastry
Reveal Cakes & Desserts
And finally, there’s definitely a Great British Bake Off inspired trend for cakes and desserts that have a hidden surprise. Ones to watch out for:
- Asda: Extra Special Chocolate Reveal Cake layered with profiteroles with hot salted caramel sauce
- M&S: Santa stuck in the chimney with a belt going through the middle
Christmas Pudding Cake with Gold Coins in the middle
Rodney the Reindeer
- Tesco: Finest Christmas Tree Pinatas
Food Bloggers’ & Press Christmas Previews
Here’s a little round-up of what was on offer at the Christmas in July Press Shows if you want even more detail:
- Jo’s Kitchen – Iceland Christmas Preview
- Munchies – Christmas in July
- Edible Angel – Christmas in July Anyone?
- Delicious Magazine – Ho Ho Hot!
- Recipes & Reviews – Celebrating Christmas in July with Iceland
Top food trends for Christmas 2017 – what are YOUR favourites?
What Christmas food trends have you spotted for 2017? Did you go to any of the Christmas in July Press Shows?
We’d love to showcase indie food producers Christmas offerings too, so leave a comment or send us an email and we’ll include them in another round up.