Christmas pudding may be the most controversial dish of the festive season: though the traditional fruity dessert is loved by some, younger generations commonly opt for Yule Logs instead. But with its vegan “Christmas pudding, reimagined,” British cocoa grower and chocolatier Hotel Chocolat is bringing Christmas pudding back into the limelight.
Introducing the new festive product on its website, the luxury chocolatier announced, “Pudding is that moment when everyone pauses. Proudly reveal this vegan-friendly showstopper with lashings of traditional ingredients and an inventive twist.”
The Christmas pudding features salted caramel vodka liqueur soaked sultanas and melting drops of 70 percent dark chocolate, which “melts into a generous glug” of the vodka. This rich filling is “nestled among chopped walnuts, citrus peel and warm spices” and the pudding is intended to be served with brandy or warming rum sauce.
Hotel Chocolat claims that each pudding serves eight people. However, it seems likely that everyone will be battling over the dinner table this Christmas to claim a bigger share of this indulgent pudding. The dessert is also quick to prepare, taking only six minutes in the microwave.
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Beyond Christmas pudding, Hotel Chocolat is offering customers an extensive range of vegan-friendly sweet treats this festive season. Among the offerings are dairy-free dark chocolate advent calendars, Chilli Penguins, Enrobed Mango, Turkish Delight, and The All Dark Vegan Chocolate Hamper Collection.
Other retailers are also helping Brits get their sugar fix this winter. FabFudge, a luxurious artisan fudge company, launched a new limited-edition range of vegan Christmas fudge; the new flavours are Biscoff, Amaretto, Peanut Butter, and Christmas Cake. The brand also produces the popular Vegan Baileys “Almande” Fudge. Gourmet sweet company Candy Kittens is also helping to fulfill consumers’ sugary cravings every day of the advent period with its gelatin-free sweet advent calendar.
Leading supermarket chain Waitrose is also offering a selection of plant-based desserts, including a Chocolate Torte, Pineapple & Coconut Panna Cotta, and Iced Fruit Cake. Likewise, Bidfood, one of the nation’s largest food wholesalers, offers vegan Belgian Chocolate and Raspberry Torte, Lemon Swirl Cheesecake, and Honeybuns Mincemeat Crumble Citrus Traybake desserts.
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