Coco Crush: What’s Hot in Food & Drink

October is one of the most exciting months of the year, with the weather turning autumnal, fashion gets cosier, trick or treating at Halloween, and Christmas is on the horizon, plus we start to eat heartier meals and enjoy more warming drinks. What’s not to love!

There are so many new food and drink products to shout about this month, so we at #TeamCoco have put together a little list of a few of our favourite food and drink new releases.

We’ve got chocolates in abundance, wonderfully gorgeous teas, and a couple of cheeky bottles of booze that we’re sure you will enjoy.

Food

Cadbury Heroes

This autumn, Cadbury Heroes has undergone a special makeover in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

New Cadbury Heroes sees the iconic Cadbury-purple tin get a striking new modern make-over, redesigned to look like a celebratory birthday cake. Featuring a standout metallic top with confetti decorations, including an eye catching purple star that carries the Heroes name, the tin is the perfect keepsake to refill time and time again with your favourite sweet treats!

Priced at £9.99, available from all major confectionery retailers and supermarkets.

Montezuma’s Truffle Advent Calendar

There are 25 exciting windows each with a delicious milk, white or dark chocolate truffle behind the numbers, containing a rich dark chocolate truffle, milk and white chocolate hazelnut praline, milk and white chocolate truffle with coffee, dark chocolate with ground vanilla, and white chocolate and raspberry truffle.

Priced at £24.99, available from www.montezumas.co.uk

Thorntons Continental Winter Markets Box

The Thorntons chocolate makers have been hard at work crafting this year’s Christmas range including this Continental Winter Markets Box which brings together an assortment of unique chocolates that are rich and evocative in flavour and inspired by the traditional European Christmas market, adding a touch of glamour to Christmas.

Priced at £9.68, available from www.thorntons.co.uk and from nationwide supermarkets.

Elizabeth Shaw Ginspired Tipples with Pinkster

British confectioner Elizabeth Shaw has collaborated with Pinkster craft gin to launch Ginspired Tipples – a sumptuously fresh and fruity boxed chocolate selection to savour, gift and share – anytime and every time!

The Ginspired Tipples collection is the first boxed chocolates to be unveiled by Elizabeth Shaw beyond its renowned after dinner mint range. Included in the Ginspired Tipples is; lime and raspberry gin-soaked ganache, blackberry ganache with gin fizz, boozy raspberry crème with raspberry pieces, lemon gin truffle, and bitter sweet gin and almond.

Priced at £7 (178g), available from www.sainsburys.co.uk and in store at Sainsbury’s nationwide.

Drink

Hope & Glory® Tea at Hilton London Paddington

One of London’s grandest Victorian hotels, the Hilton London Paddington, has launched a delectable new afternoon tea offering with British artisanal tea Hope & Glory® and Belgian chocolates from Maison Pierre Marcolini.

The menu is a collection of premium teas & tisanes from Hope & Glory®, sweet treats by Pierre Marcolini, and Hilton London Paddington’s scones and savouries. The finest teas & tisanes are sourced from gardens in India, China, Japan, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka.

Priced at £36 per person, or £46 with glass of Champagne or cocktail. Visit www.paddington.hilton.com for afternoon tea, or www.thehopeandglory.co.uk for artisan teas.

PIMM’S No.6 Vodka Cup

PIMM’S No.6 Vodka Cup is guaranteed to delight whatever the season, especially this autumn in front of an open fire with its signature serve, the No.6 & Tonic.
Originally launched in 1964, PIMM’S No.6 has enjoyed a recent revival, and is much lighter and crisper than its gin-based cousin, a perfect alternative to your usual gin PIMM’S.
Priced at £114 (6 x 70cl bottles), available exclusively from Fine Wine and Spirits Merchants Justerini & Brooks – www.justerinis.com

ZeroWater Filter & The Tea Makers of London

There are 100’s of teas for every occasion, every moment and every taste, so when you find a tea you love, why ignore the most important part? Water, 98% of every cuppa is water, yet we often use tap water that is high in chlorine, fluoride and containments.

ZeroWater has partnered with National Tea Day, who work all year round to ensure that you can create the perfect brew time and time again. They’ve joined forces with the best water filter on the market, ZeroWater which removes virtually all dissolved solids and containments, ensuring your water is the purest thing to bottled water.

Some of the amazing Tea’s that National Tea Day work with includes The Tea Makers of London who create a stunning blend of teas including the Finest Japanese Sencha Green Tea. It tastes, sweet and grassy and is very popular in Japan. High in Vitamin C, it is a great tea for autumn and winter months and can help to boost your immunity.

Priced at £39.99 for the ZeroWater Filter from www.zerowater.co.uk, tea is priced from £4.50 at www.theteamakers.co.uk, and visit www.nationalteaday.co.uk to find out more about this institutional day.

Old Curiosity Christmas Gin in Partnership with Ruby Bhogal

Made with natural ingredients, the Old Curiosity Christmas Gin is distilled with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, giving it the undeniably familiar smell and taste of the festive season. The drink also transforms from a deep red to a vibrant pink when mixed with tonic water; the perfect showstopper for any Christmas party!

The Old Curiosity Christmas Gin comes with a bespoke gin spiced shortbread recipe developed by 2018 Great British Bake Off finalist, Ruby Bhogal.

Priced at £35 (50cl), available from www.theoldcuriosity.co.uk, Harvey Nichols, Fenwicks, and Dobbies Garden Centre.

Rachel McAlley

Rachel is currently a UK travel writer and beauty writer for House of Coco, she spends most of the week locked away in her country garden studio watching the world whizz by, and most of the weekend whizzing around the UK!

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