Give fes­tiv­i­ties a Gal­lic twist with th­ese in­dul­gent cup­board stand­bys

France - - Contnets -

The must-have treats to give your Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties an in­dul­gent lift.

Coin­treau, £19 Dis­tilled and crafted in the Loire Val­ley town of Angers, this aro­matic liqueur made from sweet and bit­ter or­ange peel can be en­joyed as an aper­i­tif or di­ges­tif. It is also an in­gre­di­ent in sev­eral cock­tails, in­clud­ing the Coin­treau Fizz, Mar­garita and Cos­mopoli­tan. coin­

Pruneaux d’agen, £16 Th­ese ex­quis­ite prunes are a de­li­cious sea­sonal treat from Agen in the Lot-et-garonne dé­parte­ment of south­west France. Each one is pit­ted and, as an added treat, has a choco­late and or­ange fill­ing. chou­

Calis­sons d’aix, £18 Orig­i­nat­ing in Aix-en-provence, th­ese tra­di­tional iced sweets con­tain a paste of melon con­fit, or­ange zest and al­monds, and make a de­li­cious petit four with an af­ter-din­ner cof­fee. chou­

Nougat Po­chette, £7 Mon­téli­mar in the Drome dé­parte­ment has been mak­ing high-qual­ity nougat since the 17th cen­tury and is now the French cap­i­tal of the con­fec­tionery. Th­ese in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped, melt-in-the-mouth sweets are made with honey, al­monds, pis­ta­chios and hazel­nuts. chou­

Bonne Ma­man salted caramel, £2.19 Add an ex­tra di­men­sion to your cakes and desserts with a 220g jar of caramel spread made with sweet­ened condensed milk and a hint of Guérande sea salt from the Loire Es­tu­ary. bon­nema­

Lob­ster mousse with co­gnac, £3.08 Im­press fam­ily and friends with this lob­ster mousse from canned fish spe­cial­ist La Belle-iloise. The thin, light foam re­leases the lob­ster’s rich flavour and hints of co­gnac, and is a per­fect top­ping for canapés.

Scal­lops with cider brandy, £5.37 This pâté con­tains scal­lops caught in the bay of Sain­tBrieuc in north­ern Brit­tany and then cooked with a dash of cider brandy. The scal­lops are slightly sweet and full of flavour, and can be en­joyed with an aper­i­tif or as part of a starter.

Baeri Royal Caviar, £44.88 This 30g tin of caviar will bring a touch of lux­ury to any Christ­mas party. Se­lected by Kaviari from farms in south-west France, this va­ri­ety fea­tures large dark grey and golden brown grains that come with hints of wood and dry fruit.

Fal­lot mus­tard pack, £21.47 Broaden your mus­tard hori­zons with a five-jar set that fea­tures flavours of ch­est­nut, green pep­per, white wine, crème de cas­sis and gin­ger­bread. fal­

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