Carluccio's chocolate grissini sticks are perfect with a cappuccino!
Summer is over, the kids are back at school, the weather is autumnal and Christmas is on its way. Christmas? Oh no, I can't bear to think about it - we didn't even get a decent summer this year and pretty soon, it's going to be cold(er), dark and miserable.
When it comes to Christmas, you can usually find me banging my head against the wall, racking my brains in the search for present ideas. Just what can you buy for those in-laws, teachers and work colleagues?
This year I might be a bit more organised because after spending a lovely afternoon picking through the festive offerings from the Carluccio's Christmas range (tasting every one of them) I've now got quite a few ideas! From chocolate covered breadsticks to mini hazelnut meringue buttons, there is something for even the most awkward person on your list, and all are beautifully packaged.
Here are just some of the things I liked from the event. You'll find loads more goodies in their stores from the end of October or order online from their comprehensive website - there are also gift sets, traditional panettones, crackers, oils, vinegars, pastas, mushrooms, antipasti platters, whole Parma hams, canapés and more.
Carluccio's Christmas event
FICHI RICOPERTI - chocolate coated figs stuffed with walnuts £9.95
NOCCIOLINI - mini hazelnut meringue buttons £4.95
CLEMENTE IN CAMICIA - chocolate coated candied clementine pieces £16.95
PANDOLCE DE GENOVA - traditional Christmas cake from Genova £9.95
BACI DI DAMA - hazelnut biscuits with a chocolate hazelnut filling £15.95
GRAPPINI - chocolates with a liquid Grappa centre £7.95
and PANFORTE DI SIENA - Tuscan cake with almonds and spices £9.95
GRISSINI RICOPERTI - chocolate coated breadsticks £10.95
and TORRONE - hazelnut torrone block £24.95 (or £7.95 for a slice)
BIGLIE DI CIOCCOLATO - gianduja filled milk chocolates £5.95
DOLCETTI ALLA CASTAGNA - chestnut cakes £5.95
PIATTO DI RISOTTO - risotto gift box £29.95
Chocolate cigars £4.95
And my personal favourites... CIOCCOLATINI AL LIMONCELLO - chocolates with a limoncello filling, TORRONCINI - hazelnut torrone pieces, CIOCCOLATINI - cherries coated in dark chocolate, £6.95 each or you can get a GRAN MISTO - a large torrone and chocolate assortment £19.95
Carluccio's are having two special shopping evenings, Thursday 1st December and Thursday 8th December. From 6pm at Carluccio's caffès across the UK, you can enjoy a 10% discount on the entire Christmas range whilst enjoying a complimentary winter-warming glass of vino cotto (traditional mulled wine) and piccoli assaggi (festive canapés).
Buon Natale from Carluccio's!
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