On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas | Sous Chef Christmas 2019 Range | Gifted

Christmas definitely has to be one of my favourite times of the year, as I absolutely love all of the delicious Food & Drink that becomes available, especially all the Biscuits, Cakes and Chocolate. That’s why when the guys over at Sous Chef very kindly asked me if I would like to try some of their very delicious Christmas 2019 range, I of course said yes. Well i’ve been eating and drinking my way through it for a little while now, and I thought that I would tell you what I thought of it.

Here’s what Sous Chef say about all twelve delicious products.

Buttermilk Christmas Cracker.

Pull open this celebration Buttermilk Christmas Cracker and tuck into a delicious selection of Fudge from this Artisan Brand. Flavours include Clotted Cream, Sea Salted Caramel and Mince Pie. It’s a really fun gift idea or a fun party trick to end a meal with friends and family.

Gama Mixed Turkish Delight.

Turkish Delight is a soft, sweet treat well loved all over the World. The powdered sugar-dusted squares are traditionally served with strong Turkish Coffee after a meal. This box of Gama Mixed Turkish Delight includes a selection of Rose, Lemon, Orange and Mint flavoured treats.

Joe & Seph’s Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn.

Joe & Seph’s Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn is coated by hand with smooth Caramel and the finest Belgian Milk Chocolate made with 31% Cocoa. The air-popped Corn is light as Air and is covered in a crunchy Caramel Shell. Incredibly moreish, They make a great gift or mid-afternoon treat with a Cup of Tea.

Joe & Seph’s Gingerbread Popcorn.

Joe & Seph’s Gingerbread Popcorn is fiery, sweet and crunchy. Spiced with Stemmed Ginger and Cinnamon, it’s a real Winter warmer and the perfect treat with a Cup of Tea or Coffee in the Afternoon. They make a great gift too!

Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake.

Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake is the ultimate winter Tea time treat. Made with Oats, Treacle and plenty of Ginger, this Yorkshire Parkin is irresistible, sticky and wonderfully warming. Serve slices of Parkin Cake on it’s own or with a bit of Butter with your Afternoon Cup of Tea. Alternatively, drizzle with warm Caramel Sauce to make an indulgent Dessert.

Love Cocoa Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate Bar.

Love Cocoa Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate Bar is a pastel Pink Bar infused with English Rosé Wine and Popping Candy for that extra little bit of fizz. It has background notes of Strawberry and Rose Oil. To enjoy it, pair it with a cool, crisp Glass of English Wine. It’s a really fun Chocolate Bar that makes a great gift.

Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits.

Amaretti Biscuits are traditionally Italian Almond flavoured Macaron Biscuits. The word Amaretti means little bitter things and the Cookies do have a slightly bitter Almond taste to them. Amaretti Biscuits were first created in the early 1700’s in Venice, as an emergency Wedding treat for a Baker who only had Eggs, Apricot Kernels and Sugar in the Building at the time the Priest arrived. Today Amaretti Biscuits are still made in the traditional way, with Sugar, Apricot Kernels and Egg Whites.

This large Packet of Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits is ideal for after Dinner treats, or to crush and use in Baking, perhaps to make a Crumble or a crunchy topping for Ice Cream.

RF Matchi Mochi.

RF Matchi Mochi make the perfect light Snack with a Cup of Japanese Green Tea. The bite-size mini Mochi are flavoured with Matcha Green Tea Powder and filled with a sweetened Red Bean Paste. They have a pillowy-soft, chewy texture that’s almost a cross between Marshmallow and Bubblegum. The glutinous Rice Cake Sweets are especially popular in Japan and Taiwan.

Schluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate.

Schluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate- is a Bar of premium Marzipan wrapped in Milk Chocolate. It’s a sweet treat for after Dinner with a Coffee or to give to a friend who loves Marzipan.

Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam.

Amarena Cherries are a bitter Stone Fruit from Bologna and Modena. It is usually sold in Syrup, but the Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam provides you with their unique flavour in a Spread. Smear this Jam on Cake or dollop in Yoghurts and Creams, it’s particularly good with Chocolate too. The Amarena Cherries take the lead role in this product. Unlike other Jams, it isn’t over-sweet, so it’s great in sweet dishes as well as savoury dishes. Try it with Cheese, with Roasted Duck, or as a glaze for Beef. Alternatively, pair it up with Ice Cream, Sauces, Sponge Cakes or Pastries.

Stateside Texas Barbecue Milk Chocolate Bar.

Yeehaw! The Stateside Barbecue Milk Chocolate Bar is a sweet, salty, earthy treat that tastes just like a barbecue. Flavoured with beef stock, Texas Spices and chilli, this is a chocolate bar with a real rodeo kick. It’s a real talking point, or a great gift for the adventurous chocolate lover.

Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate.

Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate is a luxuriously rich and creamy ready-to-use Hot Chocolate Drink. Try blending it into Cocktails or even into your morning Coffee!

A large dark blue Christmas Cracker shaped Cardboard Box that has Buttermilk Christmas Cracker written in bold blue writing and a picture of a white Christmas scene on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Buttermilk Christmas Cracker.

The Buttermilk Christmas Cracker.

Their taste.

I really liked their taste, as I thought that they all had a delicious sweet and fudgey yet ever so slightly creamy taste to them, and that the Clotted Cream ones tasted incredibly rich and creamy, that the Sea Salted Caramel ones tasted very sweet whilst still having a little bit of a savoury note to them because of all of the Sea Salt, and that the Mince Pie ones had a very slightly spicy note to them that made them very warming.

Their Texture.

I really liked their texture, as even though I was expecting them to be very soft and buttery given that they were little pieces of Fudge, I thought that they felt very crumbly and chewy, and were great for after Dinner when you had something stuck in your Teeth.

Their packaging.

I really liked their packaging, as these came individually wrapped in little compostable packets that kept each one really fresh until I was ready to eat them. I also really liked that they all came in a massive Cracker shaped Cardboard Box, as I thought that it looked really cool and would be perfect to give to someone as a gift.

A large rectangular dark blue Cardboard Box that has Gama Mixed Turkish Delight written in bold gold writing and some pictures of some pieces of flowery Turkish Delight on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Gama Mixed Turkish Delight.

The Gama Mixed Turkish Delight.

Their taste.

I really liked their taste, as I thought that the Rose ones had a very strong fresh and floral yet ever so slightly grassy taste to them, that the Mint ones had a very sharp and fresh minty taste to them, that the Orange ones had a very fresh and zesty orange taste to them, and that the Lemon ones had a very light and delicate zesty Lemon taste to them that were all fantastic to eat after a big meal.

Their texture.

I wasn’t really a massive fan of their texture, as even though I was expecting them to be very soft and marshmallowy, I thought that they felt very tough and chewy, and were more like a very tough and chewy piece of Toffee rather than a soft and flowery piece of Turkish Delight.

Their packaging.

I really liked their packaging, as these came wrapped in a very secure Plastic Bag inside a thick Cardboard Box that kept them really fresh until I was ready to eat them.

A large rectangular clear plastic pouch with a cream label that has Joe & Seph's Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn written in bold black writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Joe & Seph’s Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn.

The Joe & Seph’s Caramel and Belgian Chocolate Popcorn.

Their taste.

I really liked their taste, as even though I was expecting them to be very sweet with them containing both Caramel and Belgian Chocolate, I thought that they tasted really light and subtile, and had a very subtile chocolatey taste to them that only got mildly stronger the more that I ate them.

Their texture.

I really liked their texture, as even though I was expecting them to be really hard and crunchy given that they had been encased in a Caramel Shell, I thought that they felt incredibly soft, and were more like they hadn’t been coated in anything at all.

Their packaging.

I really liked their packaging, as these came in a massive resealable Plastic Bag that kept them really fresh until I was ready to eat them.

A large rectangular clear plastic pouch with a light brown label that has Joe & Seph's Gingerbread Popcorn written in bold black writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Joe & Seph’s Gingerbread Popcorn.

The Joe & Seph’s Gingerbread Popcorn.

Their taste.

I absolutely loved their taste, as even though I was expecting them to taste very strongly of Ginger, I thought that they were actually very subtile, and tasted more and more of Gingerbread the more that I ate them

Their texture.

I really liked their texture, as I thought that they felt very hard and crunchy, and were more like they had been smothered in Ginger infused Caramel or Toffee rather than just having Ginger and Cinnamon sprinkled over the top of them.

Their packaging.

I really liked their packaging, as these came in a massive resealable Plastic Bag that kept them really fresh until I was ready to eat them.

A large rectangular dark brown cardboard box with a burgundy ribbon that has Lottie Shaw's Parkin Cake written in bold brown writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake.

The Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake.

It’s taste.

I really liked it’s taste, as even though I was expecting it to taste very overwhelmingly of Ginger, I thought that it had a very deep and spicy yet ever so slightly fruity Ginger taste to it that was perfect to eat with a Cup of Tea when it was freezing cold outside.

It’s texture.

I really liked it’s texture, as even though I thought that it felt incredibly light and airy, I also loved that it had an extra layer of chewiness to it because of all of the Oats that had been layered throughout the entire Cake.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came wrapped in a very secure Plastic Bag inside of a massive thick Cardboard Box with a little Rope Handle that kept it really fresh until I was ready to eat it.

A tall rectangular white Cardboard Box that has Love Cocoa Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate Bar written in bold black writing and some pictures of some bottles of Rosé Wine on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Love Cocoa Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate Bar.

the Love Cocoa Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate Bar.

It’s taste.

I really liked it’s taste, as even though I was expecting it to taste incredibly boozy given that it was essentially a block of Rosé infused White Chocolate, I thought that it tasted really sweet and floral, and not at all boozy. I also really liked that once I had finished eating a piece of it, that it had a delicious deep and fruity almost Blackcurrant aftertaste to it that cut through all of the sweetness from the White Chocolate brilliantly.

It’s texture.

I really liked it’s texture, as even though it was a Bar of smooth White Chocolate, because it also had little pieces of Popping Candy running all the way through it, I thought that it felt really crispy and crunchy..

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came wrapped in a really secure Plastic Wrapper inside a thick Cardboard Box that kept it really fresh until I was ready to eat it.

A large rectangular white and gold plastic tray full of some small circular golden brown biscuits inside a plastic wrapper that has Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits written in bold black writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits.

The Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits.

Their taste.

I absolutely loved their taste, as I thought that they had a delicious deep and nutty yet ever so slightly bitter Almond taste to them that kind of reminded me of eating the Pastry from a Bakewell Tart.

Their texture.

I really liked their texture, as even though I was expecting them to be quite soft and crumbly, I thought that they felt really crunchy, and were perfect to have with a Cup of Tea as they didn’t go soggy whenever I dunked them into my Cup of Tea.

Their packaging.

I really liked their packaging, as these came in a Plastic Box wrapped in a secure Plastic Wrapper that kept them really fresh until I was ready to eat them.

A tall rectangular green and white plastic bag that has RF Matcha Mochi written in bold black writing and some pictures of some circular bright green sweets that have brown centres on it, on a white background.

A picture of the RF Matcha Mochi.

The RF Matchi Mochi.

Their taste.

I wasn’t really a massive fan of their taste, as even though I usually like Green Tea, I thought that they had a very strange deep and sour yet ever so slightly grassy taste to them that kind of reminded me of eating some old Cake Mixture that had been soaked in some Green Tea.

Their texture.

I wasn’t really a massive fan of their texture, as even though I was expecting them to be really light and fluffy, I thought that they felt strangely flowery and stodgy, and were more like a piece of uncooked Pastry that had been coated in some Flower rather than a soft and bouncy Rice Cake Sweet.

Their packaging.

I really liked their packaging, as these came individually wrapped in little Paper packets inside a massive Plastic Bag that kept them really fresh until I was ready to eat them.

A tall rectangular blue and white Cardboard Box that has Schluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate written in bold gold writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Schluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate.

The Schluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate.

It’s taste.

I absolutely loved it’s taste, as I love Marzipan and thought that it had a delicious sweet and creamy Marzipan taste to it that was perfect for a mid-afternoon treat. I also thought that even though it said that it was wrapped in Milk Chocolate, that the Milk Chocolate tasted very deep and bitter and took away a lot of the sweetness from the extremely sweet Marzipan.

It’s texture.
I really liked it’s texture, as even though it was a Chocolate Bar, I thought that it felt really soft and chewy, and was more like a soft and chewy Bar of Chocolate covered Turkish Delight rather than a hard and crumbly Bar of Chocolate covered Marzipan.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came wrapped in a very secure Plastic Wrapper inside a thick Cardboard Box that kept it really fresh until I was ready to eat it.

A large cylindrical clear glass jar full of some dark red Jam with a clear label that has Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam written in bold white writing and some pictures of some cherries on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam.

The Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam.

It’s taste.

I really liked it’s taste, as even though I was expecting it to taste very sweet and fruity, I thought that it had an incredibly sour Cherry taste to it that was perfect to eat in the morning on a Slice of Toast when I hadn’t quite woken up yet.

It’s texture.

I really liked it’s texture, as even though I was expecting it to be quite thick and stodgy with little pieces of Fruit in it, I thought that it felt quite thin and runny ,and was more like a thin and runny Cooking Sauce rather than a thick and stodgy Jam.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came in a thick Glass Jar with a very secure screw top lid that kept it really fresh until I was ready to eat it.

A tall rectangular white cardboard box that has Stateside Texas Barbecue Spiced Milk Chocolate written in bold red and black writing and a picture of a gold star on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Stateside Texas Barbecue Spiced Milk Chocolate.

The Stateside Texas Barbecue Milk Chocolate.

It’s taste.

I wasn’t really a massive fan of it’s taste when I had first tried some ,but after I had eaten a couple of pieces of it, it actually started to grow on me, as even though it said that it contained Texas Spices and Chilli, I thought that it had a very light and smokey taste to it that complimented the Milk Chocolate brilliantly.

It’s texture

I really liked it’s texture, as even though I was expecting it to feel really gritty, I thought that it actually felt pretty smooth, and was just like a regular block of smooth Chocolate that you would buy from your local Supermarket.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came wrapped in some very thick Foil inside a Paper wrapper that kept it really fresh until I was ready to eat it.

A tall rectangular black and white cardboard carton that has Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate written in gold and red writing on it, on a white background.

A picture of the Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate.

The Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate.

It’s taste.

I absolutely loved it’s taste, as I thought that it had a delicious deep and bitter yet ever so slightly creamy Dark Chocolate taste to it that kind of reminded me of drinking a liquid version of a very indulgent Chocolate Brownie.

It’s texture.

I really liked it’s texture, as I thought that it felt incredibly thick and velvety yet ever so slightly creamy, and was more like drinking a Glass of freshly melted Chocolate blended with a lot of heavy Cream rather than a thin and watery Hot Chocolate.

It’s packaging.

I really liked it’s packaging, as this came in a massive Cardboard Carton with a screw top Lid that kept it really fresh until I was ready to drink it.

My overall thoughts.

Overall I would have to rate the Buttermilk Christmas Cracker an eight out of ten, the Gama Mixed Turkish Delight an eight out of ten, the Joe & Seph’s Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn a seven point five out of ten, the Joe & Seph’s Gingerbread Popcorn a nine out of ten, the Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake an eight out of ten, the Love Cocoa Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate Bar a nine out of ten, the Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits an eight out of ten, the SF Matcha Mochi a six out of ten, the Scluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate a nine out of ten, the Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam an eight out of ten, the Stateside Barbecue Milk Chocolate an eight out of ten, and the Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate an eight point five out of ten. I really liked the Buttermilk Christmas Cracker, as I absolutely loved all of their sweet and fudgey yet ever so slightly creamy taste, and their packaging, but I just wish that they had felt a little bit softer. I really liked the Gama Mixed Turkish Delight, as I absolutely loved all of their delicious sweet and fruity taste, and their packaging, but I would have just liked it if they hadn’t felt so tough and chewy. I really liked the Joe & Seph’s Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn, as I absolutely loved their delicious light and subtile sweet chocolatey taste, their texture, and their packaging, but given that they were coated in Caramel, it would have been nice if they had felt a little bit more crunchy. I really liked the Joe & Seph’s Gingerbread Popcorn, as I absolutely loved their delicious light and subtile yet ever so slightly spicy Gingerbread taste, their texture, and their packaging, but I just wish that there had been even more of them in the Bag. I really liked the Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake, as I absolutely loved it’s delicious deep and spicy yet ever so slightly fruity Ginger taste, it’s texture, and it’s packaging, but I did find it a little bit strange that it also contained Oats. I really liked the Love Cocoa Sparkling Rosé White Chocolate Bar, as I absolutely loved it’s sweet and floral yet ever so slightly fruity taste, it’s texture, and it’s packaging, but I just wish that it had actually tasted of Rosé Wine. I really liked the Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits, as I absolutely loved their delicious deep and nutty yet ever so slightly bitter Almond taste, their texture, and their packaging, but I just wish that they had tasted a little bit sweeter. I really didn’t like the RF Matcha Mochi, as I just wasn’t a massive fan of their strange deep and sour yet ever so slightly grassy taste, or that they had felt so flowery and stodgy. I really liked the Schluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate, as I absolutely loved it’s delicious sweet and creamy yet ever so slightly bitter taste, it’s texture, and it’s packaging, but I just wish that it came in a bigger Bar. I really liked the Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam, as I absolutely loved it’s incredibly sour Cherry taste, it’s texture, and it’s packaging, but I just wish that it hadn’t felt so thin and runny. I really liked the Stateside Barbecue Chocolate Bar, as I absolutely loved it’s very strange light and smokey taste, it’s texture, and it’s packaging, but given that it was called Texas Barbecue Chocolate, it would have been nice to have actually been able to taste some of the Texas Barbecue Spices. I really liked the Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate, as I absolutely loved it’s delicious deep and bitter yet ever so slightly creamy Dark Chocolate taste, it’s texture, and it’s packaging, but I just wish that it had tasted a little bit sweeter.
If you would like to check out any of the Sous Chef Christmas 2019 range for yourselves, then you can find it online here.

I was very kindly sent a Buttermilk Christmas Cracker, a Box of Gama Mixed Turkish Delight, a Bag of Joe & Seph’s Caramel & Belgian Chocolate Popcorn, a Bag of Joe & Seph’s Gingerbread Popcorn, a Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake, a Box of Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits, a Love Cocoa Sparking Rosé White Chocolate Bar, a Box of Matilde Vicenzi Amaretti Biscuits, a bag of RF Matchi Mochi, a Bar of Schluckwerder Edel Marzipan with Milk Chocolate, a Jar of Sosa Amarena Cherry Jam, a Bar of Stateside Barbecue Milk Chocolate, and a Carton of Valrhona Celaya Liquid Hot Chocolate from Sous Chef to review, but all thoughts, opinions, and general ramblings are my own.

Have you checked out any of the Sous Chef Christmas 2019 range yet? What did you think of it? What’s some of your favourite Christmas Food & Drink? Please let me know down below.

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