It only comes around once a year, so you want to serve the best food and drink for all your Christmas meals, festive treats, and parties. With so many occasions to stock up for, a little forward planning is definitely in order to fill kitchen cupboards, fridge and freezer with all you’ll need.
Shop at Iceland and you can get beautifully organised ready for friends and family to descend. The store has plenty of delicious treats as well as Christmas staples and, because we know there’s no time for you to waste now we’re days into December, we’ve created a shortlist of our favourites.
Ready to buy? These are our recommendations.
Iceland Christmas dinner best buys
Goose can be a pricey option for the 25th December table, but three to four people can indulge for just £10 with Iceland bacon wrapped goose (opens in new tab). It has cranberry and apple stuffing, so that’s one less thing to worry about, and it’s easy to cook and to carve.
Must have gammon? Then check out Iceland marmalade flavour gammon joint (opens in new tab) for the seasonal table. It scored highly in the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Christmas ham and gammon testing, and we like the combination of salty gammon with sweet marmalade.
Cater for the vegetarians around the table with Iceland luxury brie and cranberry pastry crowns (opens in new tab). They’re appealing to the eye as well at the tastebuds, and you can just slide them into the oven for 25 minutes, and hey presto.
Iceland Christmas pudding best buys
Even when we’ve made our own Christmas puds, we haven’t forward-planned sufficiently to do so months ahead to develop the flavours. The Iceland luxury 12 month matured Christmas pudding (opens in new tab), on the other hand, has had plenty of time to mature – and jolly good it tastes. We’re not the only admirers. The Good Housekeeping Institute gave this joint number one slot in its Christmas pud category.
OK, you can’t set this little number alight, but it will look great when you bring it to the table. The Iceland luxury melt in the middle pudding (opens in new tab) has toffee-flavoured sponge with chocolate ganache, cream, and salted caramel sauce, which, we reckon, are flavours that’ll please a whole lot of people.
Fans of salted caramel, here’s another pud worth stocking up on. Iceland luxury salted caramel Christmas tree cheesecake (opens in new tab) just needs a serving plate to show it off on, time to defrost, and you’re all set to serve the family a treat.
Iceland mince pies and cake best buys
Which? scored Iceland luxury mince pies (opens in new tab) highly in its Christmas taste testing, and we’re big fans of these attractive snowflake-pattern topped pies, too. Buttery pastry and juicy mincemeat make these a welcome seasonal nibble in the run-up to the day and into the new year.
Runner-up in the highly competitive Christmas cake category in the Good Housekeeping Institute Christmas taste testing is no mean feat, but it’s what the Iceland luxury Christmas cake (opens in new tab) achieved. The experts enjoyed ‘the sweet, spiced aroma and the fruity flavour of this moist spiced cake’, and with that on offer there’s really no need to regret not baking your own cake, is there?
Iceland party food best buys
The expert tasters at consumer champions Which? enjoyed Iceland no duck spring rolls (opens in new tab). These meat and dairy-free nibbles, which have a just-like-the-inspiration spicy filling and crunchy coating, were pronounced ‘a crowd-pleaser that didn’t shout “vegan”’.
The store was also acclaimed for Iceland no bull mini burger sliders (opens in new tab) – both by Which? and BBC Good Food, and the latter made these the winner of its vegan canapés category. These meat-free burgers have authentic style with ketchup and mustard included, but in a bite-sized package. We reckon they’ll satisfy non-meat eaters, those who are cutting down, and even confirmed carnivores.
There aren’t just party options for non-meat eaters that stand out at Iceland. Check out the Iceland 10 prawn lollipop selection (opens in new tab) for seafood fans. These coconut and coriander flavoured prawns are ready to serve in under 15 minutes, so keep them coming.
Yes, we know marcarons aren’t a specifically Christmas treat, but they always look so good as part of a buffet with their wonderful colours. Iceland 12 marcarons (opens in new tab) cost just £3, but with two packs on offer for £5, why wouldn’t you?