Candis Christmas taste test

Choosing the little extras for your Christmas celebrations can be difficult when time is of the essence and you’re spoilt for choice. We’ve had an in-house taste test (it wasn’t a hardship!) to help you decide which luxuries are worth indulging in.


Panettone Apricot 500g (png)Candis favourite:

Crosta & Mollica Apricot Panettone

We loved its gorgeous texture – the apricots were delicious but not too overpowering. Ocado, £6.99


Morrisons Chocolate PanettoneWe also loved:

Morrison’s Chocolate Panettone

Perfect for chocolate lovers who aren’t so keen on the fruity alternatives. Morrisons, £2

NU180-2013-ON-WHITE_760pxNudo’s Olive Oil Panettone

Packed with delicious fruit without any artificial aftertaste., £20 for 750g

Mince pies

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Walkers Spiced Orange and Cranberry Mince Pies

You can really taste the sublime flavours of the orange and cranberry, which would pair beautifully with a brandy butter sauce.,  £2.70 for four

Budgens Own Brand Mince PiesWe also loved:

Budgens Mince Pies

With gorgeous buttery pastry and a tasty traditional mincemeat filling, these are also great value for money. From Budgens Stores, two packs of six for £2

Morrisons Luxury Mince PiesMorrisons Luxury Deep Filled Mince Pies

Lovely, sweet pastry and deep filled for larger appetites. Morrisons, £1.70 for four

Christmas cake

Candis favourite: 

Garland CakeSainsbury’s Taste The Difference Garland Iced Fruit Cake

This tastes as good as it looks. Infused with cognac, covered in icing, marzipan, apricot jam and edible coloured icing decorations – it’ll make a gorgeous centrepiece for your table. Sainsbury’s, £16

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Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Christmas Cake

This pretty hand-decorated rich fruitcake is a treat to behold! Laden with delicious cherries, sultanas and raisins infused with brandy and a Cognac injection. Aldi, £9.99

IDShot_540x540Tesco Finest Iced Rich Fruit Cake

A rich fruit cake with tasty glacé cherries, laced with brandy and Cognac and decorated with festive white icing. Tesco, £10

Christmas pudding

Candis favourite: 

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 15.27.20Aldi Specially Selected Golden Topped Christmas Pudding

This pudding not only looks amazing, it tastes delicious too! You can taste the rich orange liqueur, brandy and port as well as all the gorgeous fruit. It’s topped with glacé orange slices, black and red glacé cherries, almonds and a sparkle of edible gold glitter. Aldi suggests you flambé the pudding and serve with its incredible Specially Selected Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream (£1.99). Aldi, £8.99

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Champagne Christmas Pudding

Now this is a Christmas pudding with a twist! Infused with Champagne, topped with Belgian white chocolate sauce and freeze-dried raspberries, this pud is a feast for the eyes and tastebuds!, £10 plus p&p

01302264_T1Taste the Difference 18 Month Matured Christmas Pudding

With rich fruity flavours infused with the finest cognac, there’ll certainly be enough to go round with this delicious family sized pudding. Sainsbury’s, £12


11SIM_04DES_04SEASON_CHRISPUD_11Mosimann’s Christmas Pudding

Looking for an extra special Christmas Pudding? Then this is the one for you – created by Anton Mosimann, the former chef to The Queen! It’s much lighter than traditional pud’s but with all the rich flavours of Christmas. It’s also beautifully wrapped in red cloth, making it a special gift for a gourmet friend or relative., £16

Raise a glass!

Candis favourite: 

Morrisons Signature Champagne Brut NVMorrison’s M Signature Champagne Brut

Deliciously lemony in taste, this is just perfect for your Christmas celebrations and for sharing with family and friends. It’s also very reasonably priced if you’re looking for a special gift and definitely worth saving for Christmas dinner or a New Years Eve party! Morrisons, £15 until 03/01/16

We also loved:

Prosecco ValdobbiadeneValdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore

We loved this vibrant and creamy Italian fizz and we’re told it makes the perfect Bellini cocktail. Aldi, £7.49



MM Seleccion Especial RoseMarques de la Concordia MM Seleccion Especial Brut Rosé

This elegant pink cava has wild strawberry flavours and is refreshing as an aperitif and lovely served with canapes or desserts. Amazon, £10.99




Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 15.49.42Freixenet Vintage Especial Cava

A crisp and fruity cava that’s ideal for celebrations and for serving with fish, seafood and chicken dishes. Budgens Stores, £14.99




Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 15.49.50Rosado Brut Cava

A hit with the girls! This sparkling wine is light and filled with fruity bubbles, and perfect for last-minute get-togethers with friends over the holidays. Spar, £7.99



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