Harrods Hampers – the Ultimate Christmas Extravagance:
I am not an organised Christmas shopper. As final posting days loom, I start to panic. Buying gifts for Christmas is, for me, the ultimate Christmas nightmare. Shops are busier than normal at a time when I am busier than normal too. The underground is crowded with families, excited children out to visit Santa or simply to choose their own Christmas present. At times I turn into a modern day Scrooge and just want to ban Christmas for ever.
It doesn’t last long though. One mince pie and a glass of mulled wine and I’m back in the Christmas spirit. But, in an effort to give myself the best Christmas ever my personal extravagance at Christmas is to leave choosing the perfect Christmas food gifts to someone else. Who better than Harrods for that particular task? There’s a mark of exclusivity and luxury on everything that carries the Harrods brand, so, in an effort to make my life simple, I’ve been checking out the Harrods Christmas Hampers.
The Grosvenor is my choice of Hamper this year. Although it doesn’t come with any alcohol, I know that most of my family will have stocked up by the case before Christmas and honestly prefer to choose their own favourites.
What The Grosvenor does have, in addition to the gorgeously cuddly Benedict, is a selection of pretty much everything you might need to help your Christmas feel just that bit more luxurious.
There’s fresh ground coffee in its own smart red and white canister, infused with cinnamon, hazelnut and chocolate flavourings. And, a classic Christmas pudding laced with brandy. There’s an assortment of luxurious Christmas sweets and nibbles including some amazing salted caramel and ginger fudge and beautiful golden cocoa dusted almonds. In fact, if I went shopping at Harrods there isn’t one item here I wouldn’t pick from the shelf. I love the fact that everything is beautifully packaged – so pretty that I’m torn between an evening of total gluttony when I open and devour everything at once and a desire to box up my cookbooks which have somehow taken every inch of shelving and make a pretty display.
There are mincepies with cranberry and all-butter winter spice biscuits mulled with black treacle, sultanas and mixed spices. I’m trying my best to keep some of the more Christmassy things tucked away until the big day – but it really isn’t easy.
And, regretfully, I love the fact that the biscuits are SO good they taste better than anything I could make at home. We manage to eat our way through a packet of oaty clementine and honey biscuits within an hour.
The salted caramel and ginger fudge lasts a little longer – not only does it have a wonderful fudgy texture – a very delicate balance between grainy sugar and soft buttery caramel, but it is probably the best flavour combination I’ve ever tried. The ginger cuts through the sweetness of the caramel perfectly.
Golden cocoa dusted almonds are something of a revelation. Pretty gold and chocolate dusted almond are coated with something that is just that bit thicker than a normal ganache. But, nothing hard and crunchy. And the almonds taste close to fresh – with that special bite and absolutely no bitterness.
I’ve hidden the rest until Christmas Day. All except Benedict, who is currently vying for attention with Lena and winning. The Grosvenor Hamper from Harrods retails at £175, but there are options ranging from £25 up to £10,000 for the ultimate Christmas extravagance
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With many thanks to Harrods for sending a complimentary Grosvenor hamper for the purpose of this review. All comments are editorially given.