Christmas Eve is probably the most magical day of the year, and with Santa and his reindeer running their hooves off, you’ll want to leave them something extra special to munch on when they arrive at your home.
People around the world leave different treats some Milk, Carrots and mince pies others eggnog, cookies and a glass of sherry – is your stomach rumbling yet? Our’s certainly are!
Watch Mandy on our official YouTube channel showing you some great ideas and alternatives to give the jolly old fellow on that special night.
It doesn’t have to be all about mince pies and milk – however this is one of his favourites but you could also treat him to miniature whisky and cheese on biscuits.
To keep it traditional, we left out Riverford.co.uk organic homemade mince pies which were crumbly, packed full of fruit and can guarantee that Santa has a full belly when he leaves your house, especially as they come in a pack of six!. To wash down these yuletide treats we left out three miniatures (you can buy full sized versions) of malt whisky which included:
- The Macallan Gold
- Highland Park
Before UnderTheChristmasTree laid out these yuletide drinks, John from the team gave them a test – apparently he had to taste first just to make sure Santa would like them… We are pretty sure his nose grew an inch!
John felt The McCallan Gold looked great, with its deep burnished gold colour and white box you could give this as a gift. The malt itself had a vanilla and citrus taste and you could taste a hint of cinnamon through it too. If you ‘ahem’ Santa likes a dry, medium-sweet malt whisky, this is the perfect tipple.
Ardmore has an earthier taste, if you like peat whisky you will love this. You will be instantly hit with caramel and barely notes and according to john easy to drink…we bet!
Highland Park 12 year old will make you get straight into the Christmas mood. Made from a sherry oak cask, this had creamy manuka honey and a touch of juicy citrus with cream and a well-balanced sweetness.
The savoury alternative.
As you will already know Santa does have a sweet tooth however after the 26,000 mince pie, he could probably do with a savoury alternative such as cheese, oat biscuits, chutneys and even a non alcoholic Shlour champagne – which he really should share with Mrs Clause.
To give you an alternative, a good selection of cheese, biscuits and condiments are a great idea. We choose East India’s Caramel and Sea Salted Biscuits, these are sweet-ish however once topped with mature chedder cheese and a good dollop of the chillie jelly (which is full of big flavours icluding red chillies, ginger and garlic) you can’t help but reach for another!
You can also top each of these biscuits and cheese with Mrs Clements English Mustard or if you want to be a little more adventurous try East India’s plum, walnut, rum and raisin jam – this also makes a great topping for porridge and can even be used instead of cranberry sauce.
All products have a great sell by date and come in beautful jars – so if there is any left by the time Santa does arrive, he can take some back to the north pole with him.
We hope we’ve given you some ideas about what you could leave Santa on Christmas Eve to ensure he not only gets something really gorgeous to munch on but something which he will never forget.
What will you be leaving for Santa – sweet or savoury? Share your ideas below using our easy comments box.