Aldi has revealed its very indulgent Christmas range for 2021 – including an Espresso Martini Cheese and a box of game.
The UK budget supermarket – which was named Christmas Retailer of the Year for the second year in a row at the Quality Food and Drink Awards – has a a huge range this year, including katsu chicken sliders and specially selected cheese truckles.
It comes as the supermarket had a staggering 47 products receiving recognition at the Awards.
The discount retailer also picked up the sought-after title of Christmas Product of the Year for its Specially Selected Exquisite Belgian Caramel Thins (£3.99, 180g).
Aldi has revealed its very indulgent Christmas range for 2021 – including an Espresso Martini Cheese and a box of game (pictured)
The budget supermarket – which was named Christmas Retailer of the Year for the second year in a row at the Quality Food and Drink Awards – has a a huge range this year, including katsu chicken sliders and specially selected cheese truckles. Pictured is the Garlic Tear & Share bread
The range even has an Espresso Martini cheese (Pictured) sure to be a delight of festive food boards
WHAT’S IN ALDI’S CHRISTMAS RANGE?
· Specially Selected Exquisite Pâté Ingot
An indulgent triple layer of smooth British chicken & duck liver parfit, topped with a vibrant passionfruit & clementine jelly and a hidden cranberry centre. Laced with craft distillery Galloway Gin and blended with Scottish Cream & herbs, this deliciously moreish pâté is the ultimate accompaniment to any festive cracker.
On sale TBC
· Specially Selected Pigs in Beds
Two pork piglets on an apple & honey sausage meat bed, nestled on cranberry pillows under a duvet of smoked bacon.
On sale 19th December
· Mini Chicken Sliders
Get in the party spirit with Aldi’s handmade Mini Chicken Burger Sliders, available in spicy chicken or katsu chicken. So delicious, guests will keep coming back for more!
· Spicy Chicken Sliders
Spicy Breaded chicken burger, with a spicy salsa sauce and mini sesame seed bun. This mini version may even remind you of your favourite from ‘the Colonel’.
· Katsu Chicken Sliders
Aromatic breaded chicken breast in a katsu style sauce in in a mini sesame seed bun.
On sale 10th December
· Pavlova Towers
Raspberry and White Chocolate Pavlova Stack has layer upon layer of chewy meringue with white chocolate flavour cream and raspberry sauce, hand finished with heritage raspberries and white chocolate mini curls. Alternatively, our Millionaire’s Pavlova Stack has toffee meringue with salted caramel sauce and finished with a biscuit crumb, drizzled in milk chocolate.
On sale 25th October
· Figgy Pudding
Sparkle through Christmas with the ultimate sweet, boozy pudding with a twist. A luxurious Christmas pudding made with succulent vine fruits, candied diced figs, white rum, almonds and walnuts. Fully coated in edible gold sparkle glitter, with a hidden pocket of silky rum and toffee sauce in the centre.
On sale 1st November
· Specially Selected Cheese Truckles
Sweet dreams are made of cheese! Treat guests to these rich and smooth Cheese Truckles that simply melt in the mouth. Choose from:
· Wensleydale with Raspberry & Pink Gin
· Let’s Party Tear & Share Garlic Doughball Tree
Made using a traditional dough recipe and assembled, topped and finished by hand with a garlic flavour, a fabulous festive table centre piece treat!
On sale 10th October
· Specially Selected Exquisite Game Box
This selection of fresh British game is set to impress guests. From British estates, it is pre prepared and beautifully presented featuring a brace of garnished partridge, four delicious pheasant breasts and two rolls of pork & cranberry stuffing.
On sale 19th October
· Specially Selected Partridge in a Pear Tree Wellingtons
British Partridge from British estates, complete with succulent pork and pear stuffing and encased in the finest shortcrust pastry.
On sale 19th December
· Specially Selected Perfect British Duck Duo
This fresh British duck is the perfect duo of seasoned boneless duck breast joint with gluten free stuffing and confit seasoned slow cooked duck legs, complete with a port and plum glaze to accompany.
On sale 19th December
· After Dinner Mint Bar
A base of dense chocolate sponge topped with layers of dark chocolate mousse with chocolate chip inclusions, a crunchy mint chocolate feuilletine with meringue pieces, a layer of creamy textured mint fondant, topped off with rippled dark mint chocolate.
On sale 25th October
· Specially Selected Honeycomb Chocolate Cracker Cake
Luxurious, moist & golden Belgian chocolate cracker sponge filled with a hidden golden honeycomb centre and topped with a sticky Belgian chocolate sauce and edible gold stars.
On sale 10th December
· Specially Selected Raspberry & White Chocolate Christmas Tree / Black Forest Christmas Tree
· Specially Selected Choux Rings
Five Choux rings filled with chocolate mousse and a rich toffee sauce hand finished with a Belgian chocolate ganache, gold stars and glitter.
On sale 21st December
· Wensleydale Spiced Rum & Honey
o Wensleydale with a celebratory combination of Jamaican Rum and warming cinnamon and nutmeg spices.
Made in a family-run bakery in Somerset and decorated by hand, smooth caramel is enrobed in Fairtrade Belgian chocolate and topped with pistachios, orange pieces and caramel. The award-winning luxury thins are on sale from 2nd December.
More than 400 judges from the food industry tasted hundreds of products for the QFA, which recognises products leading the way in their sector. Products were rated on taste, flavour, texture, aroma, ingredients list, value for money, innovation, aims in the marketplace, presentation and packaging.
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, told FEMAIL: ‘We are delighted to have been named Christmas Retailer of the Year for the second year running.
‘After last year, shoppers are looking forward to Christmas more than ever before. We can’t wait to share our festive food range, which is full of innovative, high quality products that will help customers take their celebrations to the next level and make Christmas amazing for everyone – all at a price they can afford.’
Pictured: Specially Selected Raspberry & White Chocolate Christmas Tree / Black Forest Christmas Tree
Aromatic breaded chicken breast in a katsu style sauce in in a mini sesame seed bun make the katsu chicken sliders
Wensleydale with Raspberry & Pink Gin is among the boozy cheeses on offer at Aldi this year
Five Choux rings filled with chocolate mousse and a rich toffee sauce hand finished with a Belgian chocolate ganache, gold stars and glitter are sure to be a Christmas showstopper
Luxurious, moist & golden Belgian chocolate cracker sponge filled with a hidden golden honeycomb centre and topped with a sticky Belgian chocolate sauce and edible gold stars will be a hit with the kids
Pictured: Raspberry and White Chocolate Pavlova Stack has layer upon layer of chewy meringue with white chocolate flavour cream and raspberry sauce, hand finished with heritage raspberries and white chocolate mini curls. Alternatively, our Millionaire’s Pavlova Stack has toffee meringue with salted caramel sauce and finished with a biscuit crumb, drizzled in milk chocolate
Specially Selected Partridge in a Pear Tree Wellingtons include British Partridge from British estates, complete with succulent pork and pear stuffing and encased in the finest shortcrust pastry.
WHAT AWARDS DID ALDI WIN AT THE QUALITY FOOD AWARDS?
Aldi Christmas Retailer of the Year
Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Belgian Caramel Thins Christmas Product of the Year
Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Pate Ingot Christmas – Deli
Aldi Specially Selected Truffle Proscuitto Christmas – Deli
Aldi Specially Selected Almond Mince Tarts Christmas – Alternative Mince Pies
Aldi Exquisite Rib Joint Christmas – Beef
Aldi Specially Selected White Christmas Tree Christmas – Centrepiece Desserts
Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Belgian Caramel Thins Christmas – Chocolate
Aldi Specially Selected Champagne Christmas Pudding Christmas – Christmas Puddings
Aldi Specially Selected Cauliflower Cheese Christmas – Seasonal Sides – Vegetables including Potatoes
Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mini Mince Pies Christmas – Traditional Mince Pies
Aldi Free From Christmas Pudding Christmas – Free From Desserts
Aldi Free From Mince Pies Christmas – Free From Mince Pies
Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Belgian Pop Up Advent Calendar Christmas – Gifted Items/Gift Selections
Aldi Specially Selected Christmas Ice Cream Christmas – Novelty
Aldi Specially Selected Panettone – Fruit Christmas – Panettone and Stollen
Aldi Specially Selected Pigs in Beds Christmas – Pigs in Blankets
Aldi Hog Roast with Stuffing Christmas – Pork
Aldi Specially Selected Pembrokeshire Free Range Corn Fed Cockerel Christmas – Poultry excluding Turkey
Aldi Specially Selected Stuffing Slab Christmas – Seasonal Sides – Stuffing
Aldi Specially Selected The Perfect Turkey Christmas – Turkey
Aldi Specially Selected Organic Free Range Whole Turkey Christmas – Turkey
The news comes as Aldi unveils some of its Christmas range. Joining its selection of British turkeys and Red Tractor approved stuffing, are Aldi’s Specially Selected Pigs in Beds (£3.99, 456g), named by QFA as Best Pigs in Blankets.
A twist on the Christmas classic, there’s snow way shoppers will want to miss out on the British pork, apple and honey sausage meat ‘bed’ with cocktail sausage ‘pigs’ all tucked up in oak smoked bacon ‘blankets’ with cranberry ‘pillows’. On shelves from 19th December.
The Aldi Christmas range is also choc full of sweet treats, including the Specially Selected Exquisite Mini Mince Pies (£2.49, pack of nine), named best Traditional Mince Pies, and the Specially Selected Raspberry and White Christmas Tree (£7.99, 540g), named best Centrepiece Dessert.
The white chocolate and vanilla mousse Christmas tree serves six and is filled with layers of sponge cake, topped with raspberry inclusions, a praline feuillantine and raspberry crumb decorations. Available to buy from 15th November.
Chocoholics will also rejoice at Aldi’s highly commended Honeycomb Cracker Cake (£5.49, 700g).
On sale from 10th December, the cake combines luxurious, moist and golden Belgian chocolate sponge, with a sticky Belgian chocolate sauce and edible gold stars. Not forgetting a hidden golden honeycomb centre.
It comes as the supermarket has partnered with much loved brand Tony’s Chocolonely to create a 100 per cent responsibly sourced own label chocolate bar.
The Fairtrade approved Choceur Choco Changer (£1.99) aims to change the norm of the cocoa industry by following Tony’s Chocolonely values. Three delicious bars will be launching as a Specialbuy in stores nationwide from 19th September.
It comes as the supermarket launched their biggest ever range of Christmas hampers.
Having sold out in record time last year, Aldi expects this year’s collection to sell out even faster, as a quarter of Brits have already started their Christmas shopping.
The hamper range includes returning favourites, such as The Ultimate Celebration Hamper, packed with cakes, chocolates, wine and savouries.
These are joined by two new additions – The Sommelier’s Six Wine Hamper and The Ultimate Decadence Hamper. The luxurious range starts from just £19.99, over 50 eer cent cheaper than luxury favourite Fortnum & Mason.
Whether shopping for a cocktail connoisseur, chocolate aficionado or ardent foodie, there is a decadent hamper selection to suit all tastes and budgets to truly sleigh gifting during the festive season.
For a selection of festive heroes at a tree-mendous price, look no further than the Christmas Favourites Hamper (£19.99). Filled with festive picks including: Specially Selected Strawberry Conserve, Florentines, Chocolate & Salted Caramel Bombe, Moser Roth Milk Chocolate Mountain Bar and a bottle of Specially Selected Argentinian Malbec.