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Aldi is selling halloumi ‘pigs in blankets’ just in time for Christmas

Christmas has come early…

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Pigs in Blankets are out, chunks of halloumi wrapped in bacon are in.

Summer is officially over and the temperature has dropped a fraction, so it only makes sense for Aldi, the undisputed kings of all supermarket bargains, to unveil their range of festive goodies. 

And perhaps the most talked-about item this year is the return of the iconic halloumi version of Pigs in Blankets, their bacon-wrapped halloumi bites.

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Okay, I know that Pigs in Blankets are a staple Christmas dinner favourite and, for many, to hear a bad word against them is pretty much a form of blasphemy (can I admit that I prefer sprouts?).

But trust me when I say this; Aldi’s halloumi versions of the Christmassy treats could very well be on the same level – if not better! 

Courtesy of Aldi’s primary meat supplier, Ashworth Farm, each packet contains ten halloumi cheese chunks individually wrapped in a rasher of unsmoked streaky bacon. All you need to do is pop them into the oven until the bacon is cooked through and the cheese is golden brown. 

And to make them even more appetising? They’re priced at just 79p a pack. I’ll take twenty, please.

People on social media have been sharing their joy over the return of the bacon-wrapped halloumi bites, with one person writing: “Can confirm the bacon wrapped halloumi from Aldi is the business.”

One (admirable) person even went as far as suggesting a halloumi-bacon advent calendar, writing: “Dear Aldi, can I have a Halloumi Wrapped in Bacon advent calendar please.”

If you fancy gorging on bacony-halloumi goodness this winter, head over to the Aldi website. Or, alternatively, you can find your closest Aldi store here.

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Cadbury launches Dairy Milk chocolate choux pastry éclairs with a Cadbury Flake

Cadbury has done it again!

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It isn’t unreasonable to argue that éclairs are perhaps the best sweet treat going in the dessert world.

The French pastries – or the pain à la Duchesse, if you want to get technical – have become massively popular on this end of the pond for their pastry cream fillings and delicious fondant  toppings. 

And now, just when you thought these tasty pastries couldn’t get any better, Cadbury has unveiled its very own range of éclairs, complete with Dairy Milk chocolate and fresh cream. 

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And before you try to say that Cadbury Eclairs have been around for years; these are a little different.

While Cadbury has indeed been selling their small toffee ‘eclairs’ for decades (the ones found in the bottom of a tub of Heroes), their latest invention are authentic choux pastry eclairs.

The tasty treats, which are already been spotted in supermarkets by a number of excited Instagrammers, are described as being, ‘Choux pastry eclairs filled with cream and topped with Dairy Milk chocolate topping decorated with a Cadbury’s Flake.’

Yep, they even come with a Flake. 

You can now buy a two-pack of Cadbury Chocolate Eclairs for just £2 in all Asda stores now.

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This comes just after the launch of Cadbury’s ‘half and half Creme Eggs’ competition, which sees 146 half milk and half white chocolate Creme Eggs hidden in various retailers across the country, each of which boast generous cash prizes.

But there’s a catch; each half and half Creme Egg are wrapped up in regular Creme Egg packaging, so hunting one down is going to be quite the challenge.

Each egg is worth a different sum of money, too; there are just six eggs worth £10,000, three eggs worth £5,000, four eggs carrying a £1,000 prize, twelve eggs worth £500 and the remainder carrying £50 prizes.

For more information and to read the full terms and conditions, head over to the Cadbury website.

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Award-winning pie butty shop is moving to Manchester city centre

Wigan kebabs in the city centre?!

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In 2022’s most exciting food news yet, Stockport’s award-winning pie butty and wigan kebab shop has announced its big move to Manchester’s city centre.

After transforming his existing Stockport site into a late night dive bar, the head-chef and owner of Ate Days A Week Andy James has confirmed that he will be bringing his pies to the city centre in a venue ‘close to Albert Square’. 

Andy announced on Instagram: “This wasn’t an easy decision to make but the way the last year has panned out it just makes sense for us to move Ate Days A Week to a site that allows us to continue to push on with what we do, get bigger and better and fully flourish as a seriously good restaurant in a location that will also play a vital part to that.”

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Details on the exact location are yet to be confirmed, though it is known that the new venue will be called Come Together and will see an expanded menu of pies, sandwiches, fish and chips, bangers and mash, and even Sunday roasts on the weekend.

The restaurant will be quite intimate with just thirty-six covers, and will also include a Pie & Pastry Counter for those looking for a quick lunch on the go.

And did we mention their legendary Wigan kebabs? 

For those of you with innocent eyes, ears and stomachs; a Wigan kebab is basically a pie slapped in between a barm, and Ate Days A Week have been making God-tier ones, complete with minted peas and gravy. 

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@atedaysaweeksk1 / Instagram

And, of course, we can also expect to see some old favourites from the Ate Days A Week menu too, such as the Bartender & The Beef sandwich; slow-cooked ale beef, red wine sautéed onions and Welsh rarebit all served within a rosemary focaccia alongside a pot of red wine gravy for dipping.

This won’t be Andy’s first time in the city centre following a successful stint in Hatch, so we can expect some seriously good stuff from his next venture.

Make sure to follow Ate Days A Week on Instagram to stay posted with any news and updates for the launch of Come Together.

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NEW OPENING: Kong’s Chicken Shop is launching an American diner in Dog Bowl

Some exciting food news to kickstart the year…

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The fried chicken legends over at Kong’s Chicken Shop are set to launch their very own American diner right in the heart of Manchester.

Kong’s, the very place that sent the city into a frenzy with its fried chicken Sunday roast last year, was born out of the popular Northern Quarter ramen spot, CBRB, where it operated on a collection and delivery basis.

Thanks to its success however, Kong’s has been quick to grow and, in its short life, has held residencies in a number of city centre venues such as Foundation Coffee on Portland Street, Northern Monk Refectory, The Head of Steam in Didsbury Village and, most recently, Clubhouse in Spinningfields. 

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Manchester’s Finest Group

And now, Kong’s has its sights set upon its next venture; this month, the fried chicken connoisseurs will be launching their very own American-style diner in Dog Bowl on Whitworth Street.

The diner will specialise in sandwiches, with the menu already boasting some some seriously tasty new additions, including the Kong’s Buffalo & Blue Cheese Sandwich – fried chicken topped with a blue cheese dressing, crumbled blue cheese, chives, and slaw – and Kong’s Bombay Chicken Sandwich – curry-salted fried chicken thigh, madras mayo, raita, coconut, crispy shallots and pickles.

The Diner sandwich menu also includes Kong’s Cheeseburger – two beef patties, aged cheddar and chunky burger sauce – and the classic Philly Cheesesteak -hanger steak, caramelised onions, provolone cheese, smoked cheddar and mustard mayo.

Manchester’s Finest Group

Manchester’s Finest Group

There will also be a number of ‘plates’ options on the menu for those fancying something a little different, with tempting additions like Buffalo Chicken Poutine, Hanger Steak Poutine, and Nashville Fish & Chips.

And it’s worth mentioning that Kong’s don’t mess about when it comes to sides; their fried chicken can be accompanied by Kong’s Slaw, Onion Rings, Buffalo Blue Cheese Fries and a range of BBQ chicken wings and tenders.

Kong’s will be opening in Dog Bowl next week on January 19th and, to celebrate, will be offering 25% off food for all bookings in its first week.

Head over to the Kong’s Instagram page for news and updates, and drop an email to reception@blackdogballroom.co.uk to make a booking.

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