It’s the Christmas news we’ve all been waiting for: McDonald’s has launched its 2021 Christmas menu with some seriously exciting new additions.
However, the new menu has come at a cost.
The arrival of the new festive items has seen the departure of some old favourites; the Chicken Legend and its variants, the Cool Mayo, the BBQ and the Hot & Spicy Mayo. Other items facing the axe include the Double Big Mac, the ever-so-popular Mozzarella Dippers and the Crunchy McFlurry.
But fear not! Because these items are only being removed on a temporary basis and will make their grand return in January once the Christmas menu comes to an end. Phew.
So, now we’ve got that difficult news out of the way, shall we take a proper look at the restaurant’s new festive menu?
Launching next week on November 17th, the menu boasts a whole array of delicious new additions, such as the Festive Crispy Chicken, a burger consisting of a chicken breast fillet with cranberry sauce, sage and onion mayo, bacon, red onion, lettuce, and cheddar cheese – the Chicken Legend on festive steroids, basically.
Also new to the menu will be the Festive Stack, a burger containing two beef patties, red onion relish, white cheese sauce, bacon, crispy onions, red onion, lettuce and cheddar cheese.
And replacing the famous Mozzarella Dippers will be the Cheese Melt Dippers, delightful little drops of camembert, deep fried and served alongside a tangy tomato dip – better yet, these dippers can be ordered in a sharing box to either share or devour to yourself (I’ll be doing the latter).
For dessert, there will be the Celebrations McFlurry which will contain clusters of Maltesers, Galaxy chocolate drops, Caramel pieces, Mars chewy nuggets and Twix biscuits, all topped with milk chocolate sauce. There will also be the new Festive Pie, consisting of mincemeat and custard.
There’s also two new drinks on the menu this year; the Choco Fudge Latte and the Hot Chocolate Deluxe.
Here’s the new menu in full:
- Festive Crispy Chicken – £4.89 on its own, £6.39 as a meal
- Festive Stack – £4.89 on its own, £6.39 as a meal
- Cheese Melt Dippers – £1.89
- Cheese Melt Dippers Sharebox – £5.09
- Celebrations McFlurry – £1.49 for regular, 99p for mini
- Festive Pie – £1.19
- Choco Fudge Latte – £1.79 for regular, £2.09 for large
- Hot Chocolate Deluxe – £1.39
The McDonald’s Christmas menu launches on November 17th, and will be available for six weeks. Find your closest McDonald’s here.
Reese’s Peanut Butter cheesecakes are coming to Iceland
The cheesecake of our dreams
Public service announcement: Iceland will soon be selling Reese’s Peanut Butter cheesecakes in the not-so-distant future.
Don’t say we don’t treat you.
But now, we may potentially have the king of all cheesecakes on our hands in the form of Iceland’s soon-to-be Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake.
An image of the sensational dessert was shared onto Instagram by John’s Snack Reviews, who wrote: “NEW Frozen Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake! Coming soon to Iceland and Food Warehouse!”
Instagram page UK Snack Attack was the one to originally break the news of the cheesecake, explaining that it is a result of a new partnership between Iceland and manufacturer The Hershey Company Brand.
Sadly, the cheesecakes aren’t currently available to buy in Iceland or on its website, and we are yet to receive a release date – though they are expected to arrive in stores very soon.
In the meantime, B&M Lifestyle has offered a recipe for you to make your very own Reese’s cheesecake at home, and it’s surprisingly straight forward.
For the base, all you need to do is crush 200g of chocolate chip cookies and mix with melted butter before squashing into the base of a baking tin.
And then for the main body of the cheesecake, you’ll need to whisk together 450ml double cream and 100g caster sugar before adding cream cheese, condensed milk, and peanut butter.
Refrigerate overnight and add chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups before drizzling with melted chocolate and peanut butter.
Manchester bar is selling a real life beer pong Christmas jumper so you can play it on the move
Beer pong on the move!
If you love a good game of beer pong, this could be the Christmas jumper for you.
To celebrate its first Christmas, Manchester’s newly-opened bowling, pool and karaoke bar Lane7 has launched a limited edition festive jumper complete with miniature red beer pong cups.
Unlike the original table version of the game, those who wear the jumper – which features a quirky ‘let’s get basted’ design – will be able to stand two metres apart and attempt to land the ball in their opponent’s cups, which are removable from the jumpers in the event of a landed ball.
However, the unique garment won’t be available in your typical run-of-the-mill shop; if die-hard fans wish to get their hands on the jumper, they must visit their local Lane7 venue tomorrow, December 10th, and ask staff to play ‘DecemBeer Pong’ in order to get their hands on one of their own.
Though you’ll need to be quick; jumpers are only being given out to the first five requests of the day. Early morning game of beer pong, anyone?
Jack Jolly, Head of Creative for Lane7, said on the inspiration behind the jumpers: “We know our guests love getting competitive, so we’ve added a new angle on the much-loved tradition of Christmas Jumpers.
“Lane7 loves putting fresh twists on classic games; be it bowling, beer pong, darts, or karaoke.
“After a strange December last year, this year gives us the perfect chance to start a new tradition.”
Lane7 is open now at the Great Northern 3pm-late Monday-Thursday and 11am-late Friday-Sunday. Head over to the Lane7 website for more information.
Aldi is selling a footlong pigs in blankets butty as part of its Christmas range
That’s Christmas dinner sorted…
As Christmas day looms and the majority of the nation frantically gets their turkeys ordered and Brussels sprouts prepped, Aldi has quietly released what could be the ruler of all Christmas dinners far and wide.
Introducing: The footlong pigs in blankets sandwich.
The mammoth butty comes as an addition to the budget supermarket’s already impressive selection of festive goodies – the new hot chocolate mug melts are a must-try, by the way.
But back to the butty; the festive treat is described as a ‘meaty, footlong British pig in blanket‘, and comes slathered in layers of fried onion mayonnaise and sweet cranberry chutney, all of which is sandwiched between a soft footlong brioche roll with a healthy portion of butter basted British turkey.
It doesn’t get much more Christmassy than that, does it?
Shoppers won’t have to wait too long to get their hands on this festive treat either, as it will be made available in all stores nationwide this Friday, December 10th, for just £3.49.
And this isn’t the only good news coming from Aldi this Christmas; the supermarket has teamed up with Man United star Marcus Rashford for its 2021 Christmas advert campaign as part of its pledge to donated 1.8 million meals to families over the festive period.
Rashford shared the new advert – wherein he appears as Marcus ‘Radishford’ onto Twitter, writing: “Well done @AldiUK. This is much bigger than a Christmas ad… Might not be Oscar-worthy but glad I could play my part.”
The footballer added in a statement: “As a family, we relied on the local food bank to get our Christmas dinner. To this day, I remember queuing outside that building with mum, mum feeling embarrassed that she might be recognised.
“It is with that in mind that I’m delighted to lend my support to the Aldi campaign.
“For many children in situations like mine growing up, there is very little expectation around this time of year; add the impact of the pandemic and the very least they deserve is a Christmas dinner.”