One of my favorite items at Marks & Spencer‘s Food section is the Chocolate Digestives. It’s also one of my food picks to give as gift to friends. But aside from this delicious sweet knacks, there’s also four new goodies that recently got on my fave list at M&S favorites that’s also perfect for the holidays.
The All Butter Cookies line from Marks & Spencer are all delish, but my ultimate fave is this All Butter Pistachio and Almond Cookies! It’s less sweet and delicious nutty taste in every bite! Yum! And for those who love chocolate, try the triple chocolate! 😉
M&S Operetta takes the hazelnut goodness a notch higher, with a whole hazelnut in the middle, surrounded by praline cream and crispy wafer, coated in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.
Cocoa Dusted Liquid Salted Caramel is just <3!
A new family favorite, my nephews and niece just can’t control themselves when I open a pack. M&S Extremely Chocolatey Milk Biscuit Bars are great paired with coffee.
And to give you more M&S food gift options, here’s Davao’s Pasty Queen Chef Booboo Maramba.
“Food is the wisest gift to give with desserts and chocolates the most popular. It can be enjoyed by many plus the sweet treats can double the happy feelings this season,” says Booboo Maramba, Davao’s pastry queen and the first Wilton Method Instructor of the Philippines.
On special occasions like Christmas she would concoct something special for her closest friends and family. But as much as she wants to customize each gift, the long list will make it a very challenging task. For this reason, she goes to shop food for gifting at her preferred food and fashion brand—Marks & Spencer.
“I am assured of the high quality of their food products.”
The pastry chef is on a 20/20 mission. On Marks & Spencer’s 20th year in the Philippines, the brand is filling the shelves with more than 80 assortments of delectable indulgences exclusive to the holiday season. From these selections, the pastry expert selects 20 of her best food gifts to give.
“Just like the cakes I bake for gifts, the food item choice will depend on the like and dislikes of the recipient, and must of course be age-appropriate.”
For the whole family to enjoy, Chef Booboo suggests the Operetta, Praline and Nut Selection Box, Belgian Collection, Six Month Matured Frosted Snowflakes Christmas Cake, Nine Month Matured Intensely Fruity Christmas Pudding and Biscuits for Cheese.
For tea lovers and their after dinner treats, the chef recommends the Festive Classic Tea, Cranberry & Clementine Jaffa Cakes, Short Bread and Assorted Biscuits in decorative, reusable tin cans.
Kids love chocolates and M&S made it doubly irresistible. The milk chocolates wrapped in shimmering tin foils are quite attractive as it is delicious, and the Paddington Bear bonus stick on will delight the young souls.
The adults tend to have mature taste buds and most favor the less sweet treats. Chef Booboo suggests the Swiss Dark Chocolate Truffles, Viennese Biscuit Selection, Turkish Delight, Brandy Snaps, Pudding Selection, Orange Golden Caramels and After Dinner Mints and for variety, the Milk, Dark and White Selection Box.
“I have always been a fan of the M&S food selection. I have my personal favorites like the shortbread cookies because it’s not too sweet and the unique packaging is a bonus, especially the Christmas tree tin can. I also love the Turkish Delights as it pair well with coffee or tea. The assorted chocolates, which are not too sweet as well, are divine and truly melt-in-your-mouth treats.”
This pastry chef-mom knows best. Trust her.
Fashion: Marks & Spencer 2017 Holiday Collection available at M&S Ayala Center
Photography: Kethley Uy & Tats Naval
Make-up & Styling: Otoy Mercado