Forget the presents, everyone knows that the best bit about Christmas is all the indulgent food and drink. In recent years many have snubbed the food halls of M&S for the thriftier option of Aldi. Budget supermarket Aldi deliver on the luxurious festive grub, but at much more affordable prices. Plan ahead with our Aldi Christmas Food 2020 list...
Aldi Weekly Santa Saver
Aldi are once again running their weekly Santa Saver* deals in the run-up to Christmas, with a new festive treat added to the offer each week. This week you can bag a bottle of this Costellore Prosecco Spumante DOC* for just £4.99, or this Nicolas De Montbart Champagne* for only £9.99.
Aldi Christmas Food 2020
Aldi have released information on their Christmas 2020 food selection and it looks like everything you could ever want.
They've something for everyone too, including vegans, Yorkshire pudding lovers, and those with a sweet tooth. Aldi haven't released any prices yet, but when they do we will update the post.
Feast your eyes on these Christmas crackers...
Pigs-in-blankets lovers are in for a real treat this year, as Aldi have a plethora of delights to choose from. There's Truffle Pigs in Blankets, Frankfurters Wrapped in Bacon, Loaded Pigs in Blankets, Vegan Pigs in Blankets, Three Little Pigs in Blankets (cocktail sausages), and even a 2 Metre Long Pig in Blanket*.
We also have our eyes on this Whiskey Infused Smoked Salmon, with responsibly sourced fresh Scottish smoked salmon slices, cured with sea salt and sugar and infused with oak barrel whisky.
Brand new for 2020 Aldi have launched Gingerbread Mulled Wine for under £4! The new Gingerbread Mulled Wine, £3.99, 75cl boasts rich and spicy flavours of ginger and cinnamon. Delicious served warm and with a few gingerbread men on the side.
Aldi are also selling their Specially Selected Mulled Wine, £4.99, 75cl. This is a deep, full-bodied red made with Spanish Tempranillo wine and bursting with traditional flavours. Clove and warming cinnamon are complemented by overtones of oak, spice and red fruits, and it can be served warm or at room temperature.
There's also the regular Mulled Wine, £2.69, 75cl, amazing value at under £3. It’s an aromatic, fruity and spiced Mulled Wine, perfect for warming those winter nights.
Blood Orange & Gin Mince Pies
The ‘gin’-gle bells are ringing early with the launch of Aldi’s new Specially Selected Blood Orange & Gin Mince Pies (£1.79, pack of six). These brand new mince pies have been crafted with rich, all-butter pastry, then filled with spiced orange mincemeat and gin for a beautifully zesty, alcohol-infused eat.
The new flavour is in store now alongside the returning Specially Selected Salted Caramel Crumble Mince Pies (£1.79, pack of six), and Aldi’s Specially Selected Sloe Gin Mince Tarts (£2.49, six pack).
Party Food and Starters
Meat eaters can feast on Mini Beef Wellingtons, Cranberry and Port topped Pork Pies, and a Pulled Pork and Pancetta Cracker with pulled pork, pancetta and seasoned British pork sausage meat in a buttery, flaky and light pastry shaped like a festive cracker.
The popular Duck and Amaretto flavour Paté returns this year, and is joined this year by a new Brussels & Mulled Wine Paté, made from a rich pork liver paté infused with mulled wine and seasonal spices.
Vegans and vegetarians are not forgotten here, with Vegan Cocktail Sausages, No Duck Spring Rolls, Vegetable Tempura Nests and these beautiful Vegan Thai Roses that are handmade red and yellow roses made with vegetable filling, curry paste, spices and wrapped in filo pastry.
If it's all about the turkey for you 2020 sees the return of Aldi's Bronze or Roly Poly Free Range Turkeys, a Vegan Turkey, a Multi Bird Roast with turkey, duck and pheasant or, new for 2020, a Whole Cockerel.
As an alternative to poultry there's a British Beef Rib Joint with Salt and Pepper Seasoning, or a 30-Day aged Sirloin Joint.
Aldi's will be offering three different cheese selections for the 2020 festive season, so we're spoiled for choice. The Exquisite Cheese Selection is made up of artisan cheeses like the silky-smooth Kidderton Ash Goats cheese, matured with ash for a distinctive taste.
The Continental Cheese Selection has favourites like Brie with Truffles, a delicate Brie flavoured with Italian truffle.
The British Cheese Selection includes delights like Gould’s Farmhouse Cheddar, made in Somerset using cow’s milk from the producers own and neighbouring farms, and matured for up to 12 months to develop a strong and slightly fruity flavour.
Deserts, Cakes and Confectionery
Aldi always blow us away with their festive desserts, and this year they're more impressive than ever. Joining that giant Ferrero Rocher style pudding are a Vegan Chocolate Orange Melt in the Middle Pudding with gold shimmer, a Chocolate Dome with hazelnut mouse and chocolate sponge, and a Maple and Cinnamon Parfait with a cinnamon crunch and Bourbon caramel drizzle.
Chocolate Geometric Domes in Black Forest or Lemon and Berry will make a wonderful centrepiece for the Christmas table, of if you prefer a bit more booze with your pudding there's Sloe Gin Mince Tarts, Infusionist Sloe Gin & Elderberry Cheesecake, and a Damson Plum and Pink Gin Pudding.
Our favourite little treat is these new Chocolate Snowmen will melt as you submerge them in hot milk to make hot chocolate, with hidden marshmallows and chocolate drops in their hollow snowmen's tummy!
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