Adding some Magic and Sparkle to our Christmas treats

Our Christmas shop always includes an element of Marks and Spencer, whether it’s for a turkey dinner, or just a shopping basket full of treats.

This year it’s all about the treats though, before the healthier lifestyle for 2016 kicks in. You know that New Years resolution a lot of people vow to stick to, yes, the diet one. Well don’t even think about it right now, not even a mention, because it’s Christmas treat week, thanks to M&S.

First of all, I spotted a touch of Star Wars on the shelves. Have you seen the movie yet. The reviews are great, check out our review here


 Christmas morning breakfast

Breakfast on the 25th will include these tasty sounding conserves, Strawberry and Champagne or Black Forest. It’s tempting to have it on toast, maybe an M&S brioche or something, but this Christmas breakfast will be all about porridge with strawberry and champagne conserve I think.

Christmas puddings and crackers 

Christmas puddings and crackers are a tradition on the day, and already this year at parties I’ve had the bad jokes and the plastic jumping frogs, but these chocolate filled crackers are looking very tempting with caramel chocolates inside.  

I think I’m finally acquiring a taste for Christmas puddings this year and I’ve already had a couple of awesome experiences after dinners out with friends. But I’m liking the sound of a champagne Christmas pudding. And the there’s the chocolate version. They won’t last long. 


After the big feast of turkey, roasties, veg, gravy, cranberry and all the rest. It’s time for tea. M&S have gone all festive as expected, with Mulled Fruit Tea, Christmas Tea and Christmas Spiced Tea, all of course packaged in festive red. I’m liking the sound of the spiced tea.

If you’ve any space left, you’ll probably end the day with nibbles, or maybe you’ll continue to nibble until the unspeakable starts on Jan 1st? This year we are keeping it festive with Turkey and Maple Syrup Crisps, Shortbread Trees, and boxes of chocolate feasts and a variety of nuts. I always love the honey roasted cashew, but it’s time for a change and we’ll be on to the balsamic cashews. Finally though, is it ever really a proper Christmas without those bags of coins, yes the annoying bags of coins which take longer to open than to eat!! But Tis the season! 

And how could we ever do ANY shop in M&S and not add in a bag or three of Percy Pigs!

Check out M&S online for some great hampers to treat yourself or a good friend with a delivery of deliciousness. Some stores sell hamper baskets you could fill yourself.

Have a magical and sparkly Xmas folks!

Jeff Meredith 

Post Author: Belfast Times

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