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Aldi’s sell-out Christmas hampers are back and you can order them online this year

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Aldi’s Christmas Hampers sell out every year, this year they’re back and you can even bag yourself one in a nice easy online order. 

This year there are seven different themes of Hampers ranging from Fancy Food to the Ultimate Celebration Hamper.

Prices start from just £19.99 and go all the way up to a huge £99 hamper for the ultimate Christmas gift. 

The cheapest of the boxes is the Christmas Favourites, which has a selection of Aldi’s premium ‘Specially Selected’ range products in. 

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There are five goodies in total in this box including a bottle of Argentinian Malbec and strawberry and Champagne chocolates. 

The Ultimate Celebration Hamper, costing just shy of £100, is new this year, but is packed full of 26 items in total.

There’s a range of Specially Selected and normal items including three boozy bottles of Vueve Monsigny Champagne, Argentinian Malbec and A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – making sure all taste buds are covered.

There’s also posh chocolates, clotted cream fudge and florentines. Plus a range of cheese and chutney. 

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Another newbie this year is the Chocolate Celebration Hamper, which is perfect for all those chocolate lovers in your life (so everyone). 

It’ll set you back £29.99 and comes with a range of nine different chocolate surprises including Roth pink gin creams and milk chocolate honeycomb.

Some people have pointed out that this one is an incredible dupe for the Fortnum & Mason’s hamper that sets you back £2,500. OUCH. 

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Other hampers include The Luxury Collection Hamper (£59.99), The Christmas Feast Hamper (£79.99), Afternoon Treats Selection Hamper (£39.99) and The Vegan Hamper (£29.99).

The hampers are incredible value for money in comparison to others on the market, including some of the Chocolate Collections from Hotel Chocolat which range from £25 to £100. 

Each hamper is beautifully packaged in a wicker basket but it is possible to buy all the ingredients separately and build your own at home.

You can only order the hampers online this year, and they went live for pre-orders on September 21st so you can bagsy one now (they’ll dispatch on November 11th). 

You’ll also have to fork out an additional £2.95 for delivery this year!

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Seven Brothers make beer inspired by Andy Burnham called ‘The King of the North’

Burnham Beer!

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Seven Brothers Brewery have created a new beer inspired by Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.

Andy Burnham has been nicknamed the ‘King of the North’ across social media for his efforts towards government support for a tier 3 lockdown in Greater Manchester.

But one Manchester-based company has gone a step further, dedicating a new batch of beer to him.

‘King of the North’ is a North England IPA that has been created by Seven Brothers.

The beer is a collaboration with Tip-Jar and their ‘hospitality mates’ across the city of Manchester to help raise funds for individuals who are most vulnerable at the minute. 

They shared the news on social media writing: “Tiers are flooding, the tips have dried up… enter KING OF THE NORTH!”

“Inspired by the Mayor of Greater Manchester and his fight for funding across the North, we’ve teamed up with Tip-Jar and our hospitality mates from across the City of Manchester to raise funds for hospitality workers in need during this difficult time.”

“There are two ways you can help. You can visit the link in our bio and leave a tip at the Tip-Jar link for a struggling hospitality worker. At this not-for-profit venture, all your kind tips are supporting carefully selected individuals.”

“You can also grab a can of our KING OF THE NORTH beer, a portion of all profits will also benefit this venture. This New England IPA is getting a North England twist and it really packs a punch.”

You can pre-order the beer now and they will be dispatched from November 18th. 

Seven Brothers are also creating free packed lunches with their sister company Four Sisters as part of the End Child Poverty campaign.

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Aldi’s giant Ferrero Rocher is finally available in stores

Take my money!

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The massive version of a Ferrero Rocher is now available in Aldi stores.

The Specially Selected Chocolate & Praline Dome is part of their Christmas collection this year and was announced way back when in August.

It feels like we’ve been waiting a lifetime for it to be available but it is finally in stores as of Monday 26th October!! 

The limited-edition Christmas dessert can be found in the frozen section of Aldi stores. 

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The huge domed dessert is filled with a milk chocolate and hazelnut mousse, milk chocolate feuilletine, cocoa sponge cake and a covered shell. 

It’s not the only new dessert either, a huge Chocolate & Salted Caramel Layered Bar which features dark chocolate and hazelnut mousse with a praline feuilletine, a salted butter caramel mousse, all covered with a chocolate biscuit and dark chocolate shell, will also be available.

An Aldi spokesperson at the time said: “No one knows exactly how the situation will have changed by December but one thing we’re sure of is that Christmas won’t be cancelled.

“What we’re going through now and have been through, means people are going to be even more focused on celebrating with their household, sharing food and drink and gifts with their families, and that’s where Aldi comes in.”

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Costa launches new Christmas drinks including a Quality Street Purple One Latte

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Costa has unveiled their Christmas drinks range and it includes a Terry’s Chocolate Orange hot chocolate and a Quality Street Purple One Latte.

The high street coffee chain has released some brand new festive drinks for the season and they look incredible.

They will be available from Tuesday, November 13th and see the return of everybody’s favourite Quality Street Purple One Latte.

There will also be Terry’s Chocolate Orange and After Eight hot chocs available for those who like a sweet drink.

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A festive twist on a Costa latte, the Purple One Latte is made with a rich caramel chocolate sauce and roasted hazelnut syrup. It’s topped with a dairy swirl and a drizzle of caramel chocolate sauce. 

And the best part? It event comes with a Purple One chocolate for good measure.

For those who are a fan of Costa’s hot chocolates, there’s a new After Eight for a cooly minty take on the classic drink. Topped with cream, dusting of chocolate powder and served with an After Eight mint chocolate. 

One we’re really excited about is the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate. 

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Described as ‘a perfect blend of Costa Coffee’s Signature Hot Chocolate, flavoured with a specially created orange syrup [and] finished with a light dairy swirl and a festive glittery sprinkle’.

Like the other drinks, you’ll also get a slice of Chocolate Orange too.

The Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate and a Quality Street Purple One Hot Chocolate are exclusive to Costa Express machines across the UK.

The Christmas classics are also available including the Irish Velvet Frostino which features vanilla syrup and non-alcoholic Irish Coffee flavouring. 

There’s also the Black Forest Chocolate Frostino a sweet cherry and velvet chocolate drink with cherry sauce drizzle.

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The Hot Spiced Apple served with a slice of lemon is also making a return to the menu! 

A Costa Coffee spokesperson said: “We are incredibly excited to bring together the festive icons that are Quality Street, After Eight and Terry’s Chocolate Orange for our limited-edition drinks range to truly capture the taste of Christmas in a cup.

“This year, more than ever, we wanted to ensure we make Christmas feel that little bit more magical, every sip of the way, so we’re exceptionally pleased to offer returning and new Costa Coffee lovers these soon-to-be iconic additions, plus their classic favourites too. Now to the tough decision of choosing which to try first!”

Costa also launched new sweet treats including After Eight muffins and Biscoff cheesecake slices. 

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