Everyone loves food, and I'm sure you have someone who is a challenge to buy for at Christmas time. You're sick of buying chocolates, perfume, lynx sets and makeup, so it's time to step up the game and find something unique but special. This is your ultimate gift guide for your favourite foodie to make them go 'wow' this festive season.
BBQ Branding Iron
Got that manly-man in your family that is king of the BBQ? Now he can staple his famous burgers with this personalised branding iron. Make any message as it comes with all the letters of the alphabet and doesn't require any tools. You won't go unnoticed, that's for sure.
Choc On Choc All Chocolate Biscuit Selection
Is it a biscuit? Or is it a chocolate treat? This little novelty stocking filler is a selection of family favourites such as Custard Cream, Bourbons, Party Rings and Digestives! Made with Belgian chocolate to create a rich, creamy taste. The question is, where is the Gookie Dough at?
Christmas Tree Gin
The best Christmas tree decoration ever? These mini bottles of gin look adorable on a tree and taste delicious. Each set contains 6 bottles of the London Dry Gin with a Sipsmith ribbon displaced in a presentation box. Quench that gin-lovers thirst and give them an adult treat!
Krispy Kreme Puzzle
A puzzle that's good enough to eat! This 500 piece circular jigsaw is great for those who are a true problem-solver at heart. Presented in the famous doughnut-styled box, this will tantalise the tastebuds and features a range of the most popular treats. From strawberry glaze to Nutella and how can we forget lemon cheesecake?
Bubble what? Create your own flavour from your favourite beverage, whether this is cherryade or prosecco! Mix it with the base bubble liquid provided then blow the bubbles and try to catch them on your tongue. Great fun for all the family and a quirky gift for all ages! Funfetti flavoured bubbles? Why not!
Work It Out Exercise Mat
Get super stylish and become a trendsetter at the gym with this 'After this we're getting pizza' quoted exercise mat. Made to be extra girly with pastel pink, the inspiration quote will encourage you to burn off those calories so you can fit a beloved pizza in. After all, pizza will always be a girl's best friend.
Retro Mini Popcorn Maker
Make your sleepover super with this mini popcorn maker. This little gem can make up to 8 cups of popcorn per batch which is super easy. The maker uses an electric system which means no oil is required so is overall better for your health. Pour the kernels into the kernel measuring cup provided and switch on. Snuggle up with a movie and hot chocolate and voila, your own cinema. Coming to a kitchen near you!
With a high quality cast iron skillet and miniature Reese's peanut butter cups, this will make you squeal with delight on Christmas morning. The peanut butter food trend is at the top of the list right now and you can make up some cookies or pancakes. Get creative!
So, now you have inspiration on what to buy your Foodie this Christmas. What will you be buying?
As much as we love chocolate, it is nice to have a change. We don't always want to dive straight into the bar; we want to make a combination of goodness and treat ourselves. The more calorific, the better, yeah? Maybe you're not a pro baker and have guests coming over, or you're just a workaholic-chocoholic. Here are a few delicious desserts that take no time at all!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
It's as simple as it sounds. Cookie dough pressed down into a cake tin and baked to golden perfection, then topped with a dash of buttercream and sprinkles. Better yet, take some Gookie Dough, push it down into a tin and refrigerate until it is set, decorate with whatever takes your fancy and viola, a Gookie Dough pie!
Chocolate M&M Peanut Butter Cookies
Chocolate and peanut butter will always be those best friends that should never be separated. Time to be daring and get out of that classic cookie recipe. 10 minutes prep and ten minutes to bake? YES! All you need to do is combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a more substantial dish until creamy and then add the egg and beat. Then add some peanut butter and honey. Add your flour, a generous dash of chocolate chunks and of course, REESES PIECES.
Roll the dough, pop them on the baking sheet and away they go. Perfect when they're warm, rich and gooey.
Salted Chocolate Fudge
Nothing tastes better than homemade so stop buying fudge from your local sweet shop and get to that kitchen. All you need is evaporated milk, sugar, kosher salt, vanilla extract, marshmallows (mini), chocolate chips and flaky sea salt.
Firstly, bring the evaporated milk, sugar and salt to a simmer and stir occasionally. Reduce the heat gradually and add the vanilla extract, marshmallows and chocolate. Let this sit for 30 seconds so the chocolate can melt, then fold in the marshmallows. Pour your fudge mixture into a square pan and spread out evenly. Sprinkle sea salt, cool at room temperature and then put in the fridge to set. No baking, no fuss and hardly any washing up. Perfect.
Not the most appealing name for a dessert as it kinda reminds you of a bit of scrunched up paper but don't knock it until you try it. Fudgy and scattered with snowy icing sugar, these cookies are a perfect festive treat.
Bring out your inner child with this treat. All you need is store-bought pizza dough, Nutella, Amaretti cookies and icing or squirty cream of some kind! Make your base however thick you'd like and pop it into the oven until it turns golden brown, lather on your Nutella, sprinkle with cookies and top with your cream. Makes a change to the savoury treat, right?
The most effortless of the lot. Take your favourite chocolate, for example, mix melted white and milk chocolate and make a marble effect with a cocktail stick once poured onto your baking paper. Add any topping you'd please, sea salt, dark chocolate, chilli, anything! Nuts add a great crunch and fruit adds that colourful kick. Once your creative side has satisfied you, pop in the fridge to set and then smash it up. Great if you need to let off some steam! And guess what, you don't even have to measure ingredients. The world is your oyster.
Chocolate Pudding Cookies
Best till last?! Add a twist to your regular cookie and pop instant vanilla pudding mix into the bowl. Your result will be super soft cookies that have that kick of sweetness and almost remind you of cake. The joys of baking are always down to the combinations!