The Co-operative Food claims it is providing festive cheer with this year’s Christmas range, boasting British meats, and food for all of the festivities.
From Champagne and nibbles on Christmas Eve, smoked salmon and scrambled egg Christmas morning breakfasts, the full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, right up to New Year’s Eve party food, The Co-operative claims it has it covered.
As well as stocking everything required for yuletide, The Co-operative said it has new own-brand products to treat shoppers with, to ensure that Christmas 2013 is memorable and extra special.
Ramp up the excitement on Christmas Eve with a glass of The Co-operative’s award-winning Les Pionniers Champagne 2004 and some sweet treats, the retailer suggests. Have fun with The Co-operative’s fun new Reindeer Noses – balls of chocolate with crunchy red shells – or new Popping Candy Chocolate Snowballs.
For the big day itself, all of The Co-operative’s fresh and frozen own-brand turkeys and turkey crowns are British and higher-welfare. Premium Truly Irresistible British free-range bronze turkeys will also be available in selected stores.
Additionally, all of the pork in The Co-operative’s Christmas dinner accompaniments will be British and higher-welfare in the standard Loved by Us range, and outdoor-reared, Hampshire breed in the Truly Irresistible lines.
And, to cater for those who prefer a different roast on Christmas Day, or like to offer the family a few carvery-style options, The Co-operative said it will be offering a range of roasting joints such as British beef, British pork and gammon at great-value prices.
For a special treat, shoppers can pick up The Co-operative Smoked Salmon Trio Pack, which includes Highland Peak, Gravadlax and Romanov varieties – all made from Freedom Food-accredited salmon. Serve with scrambled free-range eggs and a glass of Bucks Fizz for a fabulous start to Christmas day, or pile on top of salad and serve with slices of brown bloomer bread for a great way to begin the festive family dinner, the retailer recommends.
Another alternative for a show-off starter is The Co-operative Prawn and Crayfish Bloody Mary Salsa and Crème Fraiche – crayfish tails and large coldwater prawns served with Bloody Mary tomato salsa and cooling crème fraiche – all served in shot glasses – for a posh take on the classic starter, according to The Co-operative Food.
For crafty cooks, there are plenty of ways to impress guests at the festive table, with lots of pre-prepared Truly Irresistible products perfect for passing off as homemade, the retailer claims. Try the crunchy and sweet Truly Irresistible Red Cabbage with Port, or the handy Truly Irresistible Roasting Vegetables – carrots, swede, parsnips, beetroot and red onion, with maple butter and clementines to squeeze over after cooking.
Stuffing and chipolatas are covered too and include Truly Irresistible Pork and Caramelised Chestnut Stuffing, made with outdoor-reared Hampshire breed pork, caramelised chestnuts, onions and maple syrup, decorated with a whole chestnut and sage garnish; or the Truly Irresistible Pork, Cranberry and Bacon Stuffing, made with outdoor-reared Hampshire breed pork with sweetened cranberries, dry-cured outdoor reared Freedom Food bacon and port, decorated with a cranberry garnish. Both stuffing products are gluten free. Also new are Truly Irresistible Pork and Cranberry Chipolata Sausages, made with our outdoor-reared Hampshire breed pork, cranberries and redcurrant jelly.
Vegetable lines include Truly Irresistible Goose Fat Roast Potatoes, Truly Irresistible Sprouts with Applewood-smoked Bacon and the Truly Irresistible Parsnips with Honey Mustard Dressing.
Traditionalists can tuck into the new Co-operative Truly Irresistible Whisky and Orange Christmas Pudding (907g) – a rich and moist mix of vine fruits, glacé cherries, almonds, walnuts and spices, laced with a single malt whisky and decorated with glacé orange slices and matured for six months. Or, as an alternative to Christmas pudding or mince pies, The Co-operative’s dessert developers have created a Festive Fruit and Nut Slice (613g) – a rich, dark and milk chocolate bar, packed with biscuit and crisp almond pieces. For a festive appearance, the bar is generously decorated with a mix of brazil nuts, moist apricots and whole glacé cherries, glazed with apricot jam and finished with a decoration of milk chocolate and sprinkling of milk chocolate curls – it serves 10 -12 people.
And don’t forget the crackers. This year, The Co-operative’s beautiful Truly Irresistible Christmas Crackers, which come in a variety of designs and colours to suit any festive colour scheme, are said to be crammed with luxury prizes. Plus, shoppers nationwide will be in with a chance of winning one of five star prizes by finding a golden ticket in their cracker! Prizes include a car, a fabulous holiday and an entertainment system – making Christmas dinner even more exciting.
To fill the house with festive cheer or for a lovely gift when visiting friends and family, The Co-operative’s beautiful blooms are claimed to bring a brilliant touch – choose the spectacular Lords a Leaping Bouquet at just £10.00 – a rich red premium bouquet with a beautiful Grand Prix rose in the middle. In reds, creams and whites, it will fit with festive décor. For a jolly festive bouquet for just a fiver, go for the Turtle Doves Bouquet – available in two different colours schemes, silver and purple or all gold, the bright and cheerful, great-value bouquets consists of carnations and chrysanthemums.
The Co-operative is also on hand with a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits at great-value prices, with lots of deals to save shoppers money. And, for a last-minute gift idea, The Co-operative is perfectly placed. Pick up a beautiful bottle of wine or award-winning Champagne, or opt for a box of The Co-operative’s Fairtrade boxed chocolates for that special someone.
For further details of The Co-operative’s range, deals and local stores, customers can visit www.co-operativefood.co.uk