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Berries, brandy and brilliant brews: the story of a Whittard Christmas

Our beautiful new Christmas collection has launched in stores. It’s been a year in the making, inspired by frost-topped trees, juicy red berries and the sight of woodsmoke wisping from the top of chimneys…

The First Frost

Inspiration came with the first frost last winter, when our office garden was white and icy. Our Christmas colour palette includes holly berry red, our classic Whittard blue and the silvery tinge of frost-frozen trees.

The bird boxes on the tree inspired a whole flight of mini tree houses filled with tea, coffee and cocoa. Our sturdy winter kilners have also had a touch of frost – you might like to try our lovely Christmas Tea, based on a classic chai with luxurious festive spices.

Tea and the Tree

Why are edible tree decorations commonly made from chocolate… why not tea? Our mini tree houses have been specially designed to hang on the tree – they also look sweet hanging like bunting on ribbons. Inside you’ll find Mulled Wine tea, delicious Brandy Flavoured coffee and our super-festive new confectionery, chocolate coated honeycomb and crunchy chocolate brazil nuts. Hang those last two high – low hanging fruit tends to be nabbed quite quickly!

Spice It Up

What would you say is the smell of Christmas? Cinnamon and cloves? Crackling roast potatoes? Or steamy mulled wine? We’ll have to do a bit more work on the roast potatoes, but we’ve gone to town with the fruits and spices. Our Mulled Wine infusion is an all-time favourite, blending a base of chopped fruit with essence of cloves, a hint of citrus and a sprinkling of blackberry leaves for sweetness. It’s lovely served in our heat resistant glassware as a tea-total alternative to the usual tipple – we usually offer a plate of Chocolate Chip & Orange Biscuits to nibble alongside.

Coffee for Dessert

When it comes to Christmas coffee you can either go super serious (a stylish rich roast like our bespoke After Dinner blend) or full-on festive fantasy. That’s why we’ve created our fanciful flavoured coffees, including Amaretto, Hazelnut and Vanilla. Each one is blended from the finest Arabica beans, so you needn’t swap quality for sweetness. They’re the ideal excuse for a bit of coffee creativity –  we’re thinking nutty cappuccinos and marzipan-sweet mochas…

Lovely and little

Forget oranges, this year we’re hoping for a milk chocolate spoon tucked in the toe of our Christmas stocking. Our little houses fit nicely into those tricky stocking spaces, and our infusers are perfect for squeezing between the sweets and the socks.

Thinking big

That’s the little stuff sorted, but if you really want to impress, go for a bespoke hamper. Select one of our traditional wicker hampers or luxury gift boxes (you can choose the size to suit), and take a look round our site to fill it with treats. We like to go really mix-and-match: caddies, biscuits, chocolates and a teacup or two. You could also create your own theme, like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or a kit for coffee lovers. Add a personalised gift tag to the handle and voilà – quite possibly the best gift under the tree!

Take a look at our hamper gift page for a bit of inspiration…

With plenty of festive treats, luxurious hampers and gorgeous gifts, we’ve started ticking names off our list already. Have you?

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