The best Christmas chocolates and cheeses – tested by Tom Kerridge | Christmas food and drink


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Chocolates

Waitrose No 1 Luxury Box of Chocolates
288g, £ 16, waitrose.com
Good shine, well tempered. He looks classy. The dark chocolate stick is crisp, quite bitter, not too greasy. The shells are well made. A special occasion box, the kind you buy for mom or your wife.
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Marks & Spencer Magic and Sparkling Chocolates
345g, £ 20, ocado.com
Wow! Open it and the stars twinkle. Dark chocolate is bland, caramelized white is better. For a sweet tooth but I would buy it.
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Classic Swiss Aldi Moser Roth assortment
182g, £ 3.99, aldi.co.uk
The chocolate looks very shiny. It’s a bit greasy. Really harmless nobody is going to hate them but you are not going to think they are the best thing ever.
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Marks & Spencer ho-ho-homball
210g, £ 6, ocado.com
Not a good aftertaste. It is aimed at the children’s market. It looks good fun, tastes sweet, relatively rich, and quite high in fat.
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Fair trade irresistible salted caramel truffles
136g, £ 5, coop.co.uk
Rich, creamy, you wouldn’t overdo it: you could make two or three with a coffee. I like its appearance, it’s very festive. Not bad that.
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Tesco Free From chocolate ball caramel flavor
158g, £ 4, tesco.com
I am quite impressed. I expected it to be awful. The white chocolate buds are very sweet. As a free thing, I think it’s pretty good.
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Box of Waitrose Santa Chocolate Treats
85g, £ 5.50, waitrose.com
A carrot that doesn’t taste like carrot or chocolate, it’s just sugar and cocoa butter. But if you left it out for Santa, it’s great fun for the kids – I know my little man would love this.
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Cheese

TOP GOT:
Tesco Finest brie de meaux
170g, £ 2.75, tesco.com
Incredible. Perfectly ripe. Dynamic. People often think of brie as sweet enough, but when it’s matured like this and gets old, it looks good. Ideal for a family at Christmas.
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Swiss Gruyere Tesco Finest
195 g, £ 3, tesco.com
Very nutty, quite rich. From a texture point of view, it’s great, you know it would melt very well. It’s a good cheese. I would love to have it on a cheese board.
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Waitrose chocca mocha wensleydale
200g, £ 3, waitrose.com
You can taste both chocolate and coffee, which is a little weird because it’s not sweet. Some crazy daredevils will love it. To me, that in no way represents what cheese is.
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Marks & Spencer Ripe Truffle Cheddar
300g, £ 5.50, marksandspencer.com
The truffle tastes a bit strange to me. Would I stick this on my cheese board? Probably not. If it was someone’s house, yes.
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cheese

Waitrose No 1 saint marcellin
80g, £ 3, waitrose.com
Cor, it tastes like a farmyard! If you walk around a petting zoo, this is its taste. Your kids will hate it.
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Waitrose cropwell bishop stilton blue
300g, £ 4.95, waitrose.com
It’s a good all-round blue cheese, for people who are never really sure about blue cheese. Fairly harmless, beginner’s stilton, rich and creamy.
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Jam and chutney

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cranberry Chili Jam
220g, £ 1.50, sainsburys.co.uk
You wouldn’t eat that with cheese at all. No … but you would have it with butter on your toast for breakfast on Boxing Day.
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Daylesford Organic Plum Port Chutney
220g, £ 6.99, daylesford.com
For Christmas only. There is too much cinnamon and ginger spice blend. Is it the perfect accompaniment for cheese? Probably not, but you would eat it on Christmas and you would enjoy it.
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Tom Kerridge is chef-owner of the two-Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers restaurant, Marlow

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