The 2020 Marks & Spencer Christmas food range includes over 1,000 newly developed tasty treats, giving everyone something to look forward to this festive season.
April Preston, director of product development at M&S said, “This year, customers have been telling us they want to embrace the spirit of Christmas more than ever.
"We won’t want to confine Christmas to one day, we’ll be looking to extend the festive season and turn it into a series of moments, celebrating with loved ones in whatever way we can.
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"Christmas isn’t a time our customers want to hold back, and food will continue to play a central part in their celebrations.
"Some of the festivities may look a bit different, some might even be virtual, but they will be more special than ever as we treat, thank, celebrate and unite with friends and family.”
Shoppers can explore the festive range online from 1 October, including 14 exclusive online Christmas Food to Order products, like the Star-Studded Sausage Roll Garland Stack (£12) - a three tier tower of sausage rolls.
Here are just some of the highlights from this year’s collection.
This year there are 14 new lines in the party food range, including more vegetarian and vegan products.
New additions include the Battered Mini Sausages ‘chip shop style’, Chicken Doughnut Dippers, and Plant Kitchen Mini No Chicken Kievs.
These canapes all cook at the same temperature and can be frozen, helping to take the stress out of Christmas cooking.
Battered Mini Sausages ‘chip shop style’ with curry dip, £5, in store from 21 October
A perfect taste of the chippy in bitesize form, complete with curry sauce for dipping.
Chicken Doughnut Dippers, £5, in store from 21 October
These jumbo battered British chicken breast “rings” come in their very own doughnut box with BBQ sauce and waffle crumbs for dipping.
Frozen Plant Kitchen mini no chicken kievs, £5, in store now
In January, M&S unveiled the first ever vegan kiev, 40 years after launching the chicken kiev in the UK. This Christmas, they're launching frozen bitesize versions of the soya-based kievs.
Molten mountain cheesebake, £7
A cheese lover’s dream, this fondue pot serves six and consists of Gruyère, Comté and Emmental, and is topped with bacon lardons, roasted onion and Raclette cheese.
It wouldn't be Christmas without turkey, and M&S have a few options for various family sizes, including a turkey crown and turkey legs.
Perfect Turkey Crown, £50, serves 6-8, in store from 19 December
M&S says, "We’ve declared this Christmas is all about JONSO (joy of not stressing out) and our new Collection Perfect Turkey Crown helps you do just that. Needing next to no attention for the perfect, succulent meat every time, we have done all the hard-work meaning you can simply pop in the oven for the specified time, and cook-up the most delicious, fuss-free meat ever."
Slow-cooked Turkey Legs, £12, 1.7kg, serves 4, in store from 2 December
Ensuring that there’s no wastage from the turkey crowns, these specially prepared slow-cooked turkey legs come complete with rich turkey gravy.
Mushroom and Camembert pie, £18, serves 4, in store 18 December
This veggie pie is made with mushrooms and roast parsnips in a creamy, cheesy sauce, encased in flaky pastry shaped like a mushroom.
New vegan dishes include Plant Kitchen festive wreath, Plant Kitchen no pigs in duvets, and dairy-free chocolate tortes.
The M&S team says, "This year’s dessert collection is more impressive than ever and perfect for every occasion, including rounding off the main event.
"Check out our ooziest, chocolatiest treats, which are guaranteed crowd-pleasers, and we have also gone for gold this festive season with our showstopping golden balls profiterole stack and theatrical gold bullion bar."
Golden Balls, £12, 640g serves 8, in store from 20 December
Go for gold this Christmas with this stack of choux pastry puffs filled with whipped cream, layered with rich salted caramel sauce and decorated with gold malt balls and gold shimmer.
Giant Gold Bullion Bar, £20, 750g serves 6, in store from 18 December
A customer favourite, this light caramel mousse is layered with chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate shortbread pieces and salted caramel sauce, encased in a milk chocolate shell.
Festive Colin the Caterpillar Cake, £10, in store from 19 December
After celebrating turning 30 earlier this year, Colin gets a Christmas makeover with a Santa hat and edible decorations.
Some other festive favourites include chocolate orange Christmas pudding and a triple chocolate panettone.
This September, M&S launched the a light up gin bottle containing the popular gold leaf gin liqueur in clementine flavour and a brand new rhubarb flavour.
Popular on social media, this would make an ideal gift for a gin fan or a festive addition to the drinks trolley. Priced at £18, both liqueurs are in store now.
As well as the full sized bottles, there will also be mini gin liqueur snow globe baubles, priced at £12 for a pack of three. Sure to be a top seller, they'll be in store from 3 November.
Bailey's fans can try the M&S chocolate salted caramel brownie cream liqueur, priced at £12. Made with fresh cream from Northern Ireland’ s Ballyrashane Creamery , this liqueur has all the flavour of an indulgent salted caramel chocolate brownie.
The full Marks & Spencer Christmas food range for 2020
Mince Pie cookie - £1Triple chocolate panettone - £10Chocolatey salted caramel brownie flavour cream liqueur - £12Santa’s yumnut - £1.50Percy Pig Percymas pie - £2A Battered mini sausages chipshop style with curry dip - £5Frozen Plant Kitchen mini no chicken Kievs - £5Eight Chicken doughnut dippers - £5King prawns in blankets - £710 Cheesy crumpets and Marmite - £7Ultimate cheese grazing box - £25Picture-perfect antipasti wreath - £10Molten mountain cheese bake - £7Star studded sausage roll stack - £12Merry Christmas giant vegetable roll - £8Merry Christmas giant sausage roll - £8Plant Kitchen vegan festive wreath - £10Mushroom and Camembert pie - £18Seafood rockpool - £254 shellfish puffs - £20Lightly smoked side of salmon with a whisky and honey glaze - £25Best Ever smoked salmon - £5The Perfect Turkey Crown - £50Slow-cooked turkey legs - £12Free range Berkshire Bronze turkey - from £67.36Slow-cooked British pork belly feast - £35‘The General’ slow-cooked British short rib of beef - £50Best Ever pigs in blankets - £5Plant Kitchen no chorizo pigs in duvets - £5Collection chocolate and orange Christmas pudding - £12Golden Balls - £12Giant gold bullion bar - £20Made Without Wheat Chocolate Yule log - £6Plant Kitchen chocolate torte - £12Christmas tree Colin the Caterpillar - £10
For more information on the full Marks and Spencer Christmas range, visit the M&S website.
A version of this article first appeared on The Scotsman