A Taste of Christmas
8 yummy gift ideas for your foodie friends and family
Issue: Dec 2015
Giving food as Christmas gifts is a sweet idea
Thinking up Christmas gift ideas for everyone in your life can be stressful. But the love for food is universal. Why not consider some edible gifts this festive season?
Classic Mince Pies filled with apple, pear, blackcurrant, spices and rum; or a fudgy, nutty Pecan Pie filled with pecans and caramel in a buttery crust will make perfect Christmas dessert gifts
Photo credit: Cedele
1. Pick a Pie
What: Mince pies and pecan pies
Pies have long been traditional Christmas fare. Mince pies filled with dried fruit instead of meat are a British festive staple, having graced Christmas tables since the 13th century. When the Knights returned from their Crusades with nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, the spices were added to the recipe. It is believed that eating a mince pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas will bring good luck. Other pies associated with Christmas include pecan and pumpkin – traditions from the United States where the fruit and nut are harvested around the time of the holidays.
You can order both types of pies from Cedele which does them exceptionally well. The rum in the Classic Mince Pies adds a festive taste to the fruity filling while the Pecan Pie is a medley of sticky, chewy, crunchy textures and earthy aromas.
2. Have Your Christmas Cake and Eat It
Reminiscent of traditional log cakes are the Merry Forrest Log Cake which is a velvety black forest cake layered with Grottine cherries and Chocolate Pleasure, a rich dark chocolate cake
Photo credit: O’Coffee Club
What: Log cakes and fruit cakes
Where: O’Coffee Club and Café Noel
Cakes make another ideal Christmas gift. One of the most common cakes eaten during the season is the log cake. Burning the Yule Log was a Nordic tradition during the Winter Solstice, where an entire tree was placed in the fire hearth and burnt throughout the 12 days of Christmas. The log cake was created to symbolise that tradition. Originally made with chocolate and filled with raspberry jam, log cakes now run the gamut of flavours.
O’Coffee Club has two new flavours this year that is reminiscent of traditional log cakes: Merry Forrest Log Cake which is a velvety black forest cake layered with Grottine cherries and Chocolate Pleasure, a rich dark chocolate cake.
Fruit cakes enjoyed during Christmas were first made in Britain in the 13th century where dried fruits from the Mediterranean first arrived. Café Noel at Fairmont Singapore has a Traditional Brandy Candied Fruit Cake that exemplifies the rich, dense and moist affairs that make for the perfect end to a Christmas meal.
3. Tiny Baked Treats
What: Cookies and macarons
Where: Café Noel and Bonheur Patisserie
Christmas cookies date back to Medieval Europe. These days, gingerbread men, sugar cookies and snickerdoodles are popular Christmas cookies. Thankfully, Café Noel’s Assorted Christmas Cookies ensure you will not have to limit yourself to just one type of cookie.
Macarons in the shape of Christmas icons from Bonheur Patisserie will make pretty and delicious gifts
Photo credit: Bonheur Patisserie
Macarons are not usually associated with Christmas but Bonheur Patisserie has such cute Christmas-inspired macarons that they just cannot be left out of your shopping list.
GODIVA’s Christmas Collection include chocolates inspired by images of Christmas as well as Truffe (truffles) that evoke the tastes of Christmas
Photo credit: GODIVA
4. Choc-ful of Chocolates
Chocolates are often the sweet treat of choice for special occasions – Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, and, of course, Christmas. A box of chocolates makes for a fitting festive treat.
Belgian chocolatier, GODIVA, has a new 2015 Christmas Collection in the form of a 20-piece gift box. The chocolates are made extra special for the season because of their designs, which are inspired by images of Christmas such frolicking reindeer, the Christmas star, and snowflakes. Definitely a treat for the eyes and taste buds!
GODIVA’s Christmas Truffe Collection offer three limited edition Truffe (truffles) for a taste of Christmas, each wrapped in festive foil to resemble Christmas baubles: caramel corn truffe, gingerbread chocolate truffe, and raspberry Linzer torte chocolate truffe.
5. The Jam You Wouldn’t Mind Being Caught In
Exotic jams from The Marmalade Pantry are gifts that can be enjoyed long after the holidays are over
Photo credit: The Marmalade Pantry
Where: The Marmalade Pantry
Jams often make their way into Christmas hampers for their versatility and neat packaging, and The Marmalade Pantry offers a fine selection, including Apple and Cinnamon Cider Jelly, Seville Orange Marmalade, Passionfruit and Meyer Lemon Curd, and Pear, Fig & Saffron Chutney. Long after the celebrations, your gift will still be appreciated.
6. Drink to the Festivities
Where: NTUC and Cold Storage
Wines are wonderful gifts and ever so festive. Red, white, sparkly - people are going to be drinking to the season anyway, so why not make a gift of it?
7. Bring on the Beverages
TWG Tea’s Christmas Around the World Tea Set has five types of teas that evoke the flavours of Christmas in different parts of the globe
Photo credit: TWG Tea
Where: TWG Tea
A nice hot cup of tea can be balm for the soul after a heavy Christmas meal. TWG Tea has some Christmas-flavoured teas that will make very apt gifts for the season. The Red Christmas Tea is a caffeine-free red tea with spices that evoke the scent and taste of the season. For a green tea option, there is the Christmas Lights Tea, while the White Christmas Tea is a Yin Zhen white tea infused with fruits and spices.
You can also get the Christmas Around the World Tea Set which has five types of teas: a decaffeinated green tea flavoured with candied Provencal lemon and French spices, Noel in Paris; a decaffeinated black tea with citrus, dark chocolate and spices, Noel in London; two black teas, Noel in Vienna which is spiced with notes of cream and wild strawberries and Noel in New York with hints of cinnamon and pine; and a black and green tea blend with spicy ginger and mandarin orange, Noel in Singapore.
8. Cool Christmas
(Left) The cookies and cream flavoured A Frozen Dream is great for families with children while (right) Honey Manukadamia – a cake comprising Manuka honey ice cream, macadamia nuts, berries, chocolate and a red truffle ball – make for a cool taste of Christmas
Photo credit: Swensen's
What: Ice-cream cakes
We may not have wintry Christmases here in the tropics, but that does not mean we cannot enjoy a cold Christmas treat. Swensen’s A Frozen Dream will give you a wintry blast and make a welcomed gift for families with children. A new ice cream log cake this season is Honey Manukadamia. Manuka honey ice cream, macadamia nuts, berries, chocolate and a red truffle ball celebrate all the tastes of Christmas in one lovely, smooth block.
With these Yuletide treats as delightful and thoughtful gifts, we promise you that calories are not the only things you will gain this Christmas.
Where to buy:
Cedele All-Day Dining Restaurant
Raffles City #03-28A
Cedele Bakery Kitchen
The Star Vista #01-19
Cold Storage www.coldstorage.com.sg
Bugis Junction #B1-16
Funan DigitaLife Mall #B1-04
Plaza Singapura #B2-15/16
The Star Vista #B1-02&35/36
Raffles City #B1-01
ION Orchard #B4-17-19
NTUC Fairprice www.fairprice.com.sg
Bedok Mall #B2-60
Junction 8 #B1-01
Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall #B1-05
Bukit Panjang Plaza #01-15 & 02-11/12
Rivervale Mall #03-01
Tampines Mall #B1-12
Tampines Mall #03-30
Bukit Panjang Plaza #03-04
IMM Building #01-111
Bugis Junction #01-68
ION Orchard #B1-31
Junction 8 #01-39
Plaza Singapura #03-23
TWG Tea Grand Atrium
ION Orchard #01-29