With less than three weeks to go until Christmas, another round of brands, food-to-go specialists and retailers have unveiled festive bakery NPD.
There’s Christmas pizza galore – complete, in some cases, with dipping gravy and Brussels sprouts – as well as vegan sandwiches and wraps and even a new take on mince pies.
Here’s what is in store:
Twisted, famous for its recipe videos on social media, is celebrating the launch of its delivery-only pizza restaurant, Twisted Slice, with a limited-edition Christmas pizza.
Called Santa’s Little Dunker, the pizza has a BBQ sauce base with mozzarella cheese and is topped with pigs in blankets, pork stuffing balls with sage & onion and chargrilled Brussels sprouts. It’s finished with a drizzle of cranberry sauce and a homemade Yorkshire pudding in the middle, which can be filled with a pot of turkey gravy for dunking the slices into.
The pizza costs £10 and is available to order via Uber Eats until Sunday 22 December.
Healthy fast food chain Leon has spruced up its savoury menu this December with the launch of two festive wraps and a Christmas breakfast roll.
The vegan Festive Falafel Wrap (£4.95) features baked sweet potato falafel with cranberry & clementine sauce, vegan sage & onion mayo, crispy onions and toasted pine nuts in a flatbread. The Christmas Wrap (£5.65, right), meanwhile, is filled with British turkey, ham hock and pork, sage & onion stuffing balls with tarragon mayonnaise, crispy onions and a cranberry & clementine sauce.
Allowing customers to start the day in a festive way, Leon has also introduced the Pigs on a Blanket Muffin (£3.95, left), which sees British Cumberland sausages on a bacon ‘blanket’ with cranberry & clementine sauce served in an English muffin.
A late addition to Lidl’s Christmas range – the rest of which was unveiled earlier this year – is the Pigs in Blanket Festive Feast Sourdough Pizza. The stone-baked sourdough base pizza is topped with a Mediterranean-style tomato sauce, red onions, cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets. It costs £3.29.
Subway is offering the “antidote to yet another turkey sandwich” with its Ultimate Cheesy Garlic Bread Steak Sub. The sandwich is filled with steak, salad, and a mozzarella and Cheddar blend cheese served between two slices of Subway’s Ultimate Cheesy Garlic Bread.
For a sweet treat, the sandwich specialist has created a limited-edition Mince Pie Cookie – a spiced cookie studded with raisins, apples and hazelnuts – and a limited-edition Dark Chocolate & Gingerbread Cookie comprising dark chocolate chunks in a gingerbread cookie. The Chocolate Orange Cookie is also back by popular demand, according to Subway.
Pizza specialist Papa John’s has gone all out this Christmas with an entire festive menu. First up is the Festive Pizza that features the traditional trimmings found on a Christmas plate – it has a red wine gravy base, turkey meatballs, roasted vegetables, Brussels sprouts and a cranberry drizzle.
It’s also launching a Vegan Festive Pizza which sees the turkey meatballs removed and the mozzarella replaced with a vegan alternative ‘sheese’. Both the pizzas come in a limited-edition box that features seasonal artwork.
For pudding, Papa John’s is offering Mince Pie Scrolls, made from fresh dough rolled with spiced mincemeat and topped off with a drizzle of icing.
There are options for vegans and meat-eaters alike on Caffè Nero’s Christmas menu.
Kicking things off is the Christmas Beef Pastrami & Horseradish Deli Sandwich (left), which has a mix of crispy potato, carrot and red onion in it, alongside tomatoes and spinach on Italian bread.
Turkey fans aren’t forgotten, with the Turkey Feast Ciabatta with British turkey, coffee-cured bacon, pork & apricot stuffing and cranberry sauce inside. There’s also the Vegan Roast Dinner Ciabatta filled with a parsnip fritter, spiced butternut squash, kale and cranberry sauce.
For an accompaniment to coffee, Caffè Nero has Star-Topped Vegan Mince Pies and Sparkling Red Velvet Bauble Cake (right) which is filled and decorated with cream cheese frosting and finished with sparkling balls, white chocolate curls and sugar snow.
Find out what other bakery brands have planned for bakery this Christmas by visiting these pages:
- Aldi and Booths
- Asda, Ocado and Tesco
- Co-op, Fortnum & Mason, Waitrose
- Iceland, Lidl, M&S and Morrisons
- Bakery brands including Biscuiteers, Central Foods and Mindful Bites
- Bakery brands including Aryzta, Burton’s Biscuits and McVitie’s
- Food-to-go specialists including Pret A Manger, Costa and Starbucks
- Bakery brands including Paul UK, Maître Choux, Hummingbird Bakery and Paul Rhodes
- Festive afternoon tea