FOOD & DRINK, SHOPPING

The best Christmas gifts for foodies

Because everything tastes better with chocolate

 

Godviva Chef Inspirations

Godiva Chef Inspirations
£26, godivachocolates.co.uk
Now this is a fine showcase of chocolate if there ever was one. Divine flavours such as banana-coconut ganache and Sichuan pepper and black tea mousse are the result of four Godiva chocolatiers taking inspiration from far-flung location to produce a single, exotic collection that will excite even the most well-travelled of chocolate fiends.

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The Marshmallowists Hot Choc Kit

The Marshmallowists Hot Choc Kit
£20, themarshmallowists.co.uk
If you think any plain old marshmallows with a mug of molten hot chocolate will do, this set will make you think again. There are enough 70% dark chocolate shards for four helpings, a Le Creuset mug and two pairs of gourmet mallows – peppermint and brandy-soaked spiced fruit – to liven the whole thing up.

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PAUL BUCHE ROULEE CHOCOLATE LOG

PAUL Buche Roulee Chocolat
£28.95, paul-uk.com
No prizes for guessing who wins the crown for Best Chocolate Log. This one contains almond biscuit, milk chocolate and dark chocolate mousse. Perfect for whipping out to impress dinner guests and we suspect, attempting to pass off as your own.

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Rococo Chocolates hamper

Rococo Chocolates hamper
£195, rococochocolates.com
Fancy being your own chocolatier? There’s a kit for that. With all the tools of the trade, plenty of ingredients to start you off and a copy of Mastering the Art of Chocolate by Chantal Coady, founder of Rococo Chocolates, by your side, you’ll be vying for her job in next to no time.

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Thorntons dreamy winter desserts

Thorntons Dreamy Winter Desserts
£10, thorntons.co.uk
Just when you thought chocolates couldn’t get any better, along comes a box with eight of the most delicious dessert re-workings. Think clementine crème caramel, banoffee pie and chocolate fudge cake – all cased in chocolate. Absolutely divine.

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The Wuyi Collection by William Curley & JING

The Wuyi Collection by JING Tea and William Curley
£25, jingtea.com and William Curley boutiques
If you’re a fan of savouring your chocolate, try pairing it with some tea. Better still, let the experts guide you. This set contains an Oolong tea and perfectly matched chocolates – muscovado caramel, Piedmont hazelnut and a specially-created oolong tea-infused caramel.