Halloween’s over, the weather’s definitely getting colder and from the beginning of November, it’s basically a big ol’ countdown to the most wonderful time of the year. Yep, the festive season’s ahead of us, and one thing I love about the winter months? Coffee shop Christmas ranges. Whether it’s a special treat catching up with an old friend, or just a moment’s peace during the Christmas shopping, there’s nothing like a festive beverage or cake to get my mood up.
From the rich and warming festive hot chocolates and lattes to the eagerly-awaited Christmas sandwich, Costa’s Christmas range is all about getting you in the mood for the season to be jolly. And I got pretty jolly when I had a peek at this year’s range – in stores across the country from today.
So, without further ado, here’s what to order at Costa this Christmas…
Black Forest Frostinio
As much as I love a good coffee or hot chocolate to warm up on a freezing day, sometimes when I’m bustling about doing my Christmas shopping, a girl just needs to cool down. Enter the Black Forest Frostinio – all the delicious taste of a Costa Black Forest Hot Chocolate…but iced and topped with cream, berry sauce and shimmering chocolate curls. Living the coffee shop beverage dream. It also tastes like just what I need to deal with the Christmas morning hangover…
Festive Pigs in Blankets Panini
Pigs in blankets are one of my fave things about Christmas food. I mean, why don’t we do this all year round? The Costa Pigs in Blankets Panini is top tier in terms of Christmas sarnies. In fact, I’m just gonna copy and paste the official Costa description, so you can drool over it…
‘British pork and onion sausage; British smoked maple cured streaky bacon with a mix of Béchamel sauce; British pork, sage and onion stuffing; mozzarella & cheddar cheeses; cranberry sauce and spinach leaf in a stone baked sourdough panini.’
The description’s a wonderful mouthful, just like each bite…
Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Decadence Cake
This one is definitely named correctly – it’s hella decadent. A chocolate brownie with a zingy layer of luxury raspberry compote, it’s majorly rich and festive. It reminds me of the best desserts after dinner, or chocolate box delights filled with oozing liquid berry centres.
Billionaire Hot Chocolate
Like Millionaire’s Shortbread? Well, this is it – in drink form. Caramel sauce and Costa’s traditional hot chocolate is topped off with fresh whipped cream and a golden, buttery biscuit crumb. Even if you’re buying your pressies in Poundland, you’ll 100% feel like a billionaire when you get a sip of this.
For a start, it’s got a face. A cute little reindeer face that almost makes you feel bad eating it. But you should, cause this is one excellent cake. It’s a sticky toffee sponge filled with salted caramel frosting, topped with chocolate frosting, and of course, a Rudolph face on top. The salted caramel and chocolate are both super dreamy, and this one is my fave cake from the entire range.
Brie, Bacon and Cranberry Panini
A slightly less busy option than the Pigs in Blankets Panini, but nonetheless still super delicious! A simple yet tasty brie and bacon panini given that sweet festive taste with a touch of cranberry sauce.
Chocolate & Hazelnut Shimmer Cake
This one’s a fancy one. Two sponges topped with caramel and gianduia Italian chocolate spread, it’s a luxurious treat with a gold hazelnut perched on top. It’s sparkly and luxe, with melt in your mouth loveliness – you’ll basically feel like royalty eating this.
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As a little special treat for you guys, I’m giving away a £10 Costa gift card so you can get a taste of Christmas on me. Yeah, I know, I’m nice. Just complete any or all of the options on the lil’ Rafflecopter form, and you’re entered!