Picture the scene. Bing Crosby is gently playing, the sound of the fire cracking in the background, and children’s laughter rings around the room as they play with their new toys. Your tranquil scene is momentarily disturbed by excitement as your sister and her family come through the front door, wearing their matching Christmas jumpers. After a warm greeting you say the words, “Let me get you a drink, help yourself to a snack…” as you present the finest mince pies and Christmas appetisers.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? But the scene wouldn’t be quite so perfect without the right Christmas snacks to offer your guests. Here we’ll take a look at our favourite Christmas snacks. From Christmas chocolates to the best mince pies and a few Christmas savoury snacks that will satisfy your guests, without spoiling their dinner! Also ideal for a post-dinner treat. All available from your local convenience store, even on the big day itself.

Christmas chocolates

Our Choice of Christmas Chocolates

Chocolate is synonymous with Christmas. Only in December are we happy to send our little ones off to school with a small piece of advent calendar chocolate as a breakfast chaser. So naturally, chocolate should be a part of your Christmas snacks shopping list. But which should you choose?

Our top tip is to go for a spot of luxury. Offer up some chocolates that you wouldn’t typically have in your year-round snack cupboard. Some classic Christmas chocolates include:

  • Ferrero Rocher – hazelnuts, wafer, smooth chocolate ganache and beautifully presented with its golden foil resting on a paper pillow. These are a real taste of Christmas and just light enough to offer a guest on arrival.
  • Quality Street – you’ll find some great offers on these in store this year. From caramel kegs to green triangles and strawberry creams, these are ideal for all the family to munch on pre-dinner or during the Queen’s speech. There’s something for everyone in this tub of treats.
  • Lindt’s Lindor – at Christmas time there are many limited-edition flavours available in these delightful little spheres of firm chocolate shell, crammed with smooth and creamy chocolate mousse. Coconut, orange, strawberry – there’s plenty to choose from.
  • Matchmakers – light yet incredibly more-ish, these little sticks are packed full of tangy mint or orange flavour; a useful palette cleanser and welcoming light snack on arrival.
  • After Eight Mints –the tasty ending to most dinner parties, and as many of us won’t host too many lavish dinners outside of December, treat yourself and your guests with a creamy mint finish to the day’s dining.
  • Terry's Chocolate Orange- a festive classic. Bursting with tangy orange flavours and divided into 20 segments, this is the perfect treat to share out amongst friends and family this Christmas. 
delicious mince pies

Which Mince Pies Should You Pick?

Soft, crumbly and buttery pastry, warming brandy-soaked fruits and spices with a sweet sugary top. A welcoming Christmas appetiser for all your guests and for the big man himself to enjoy on Christmas eve if one is left out for him (find out more amongst our ideas for Christmas Eve excitement).

These fruity festive favourites are a must-have on your Christmas Day menu. And when it comes to choosing the best mince pies to buy, why not pick some award-winning ones? SPAR’s luxury all butter mince pies have recently been awarded gold in the Christmas Quality Food Awards. With judge’s comments including, “The richly spiced mincemeat is moist and juicy. It generously fills the buttery, crisp casing. A moreish Christmassy pie.”. Pick up a box of six at your local convenience store.

 

festive Christmas biscuits

The Best Christmas Biscuits

A Christmas biscuit selection isn’t just a gift for grandad. A luxury box of Fox’s finest can be enjoyed by all the family and they even come in their own presentation tray to save you any hassle. Better still, they are on offer over the festive period! But there are also some traditional Christmas biscuits that are always worth having on standby:

  • Fig rolls
  • Brandy snaps
  • Shortbread
  • Gingerbread men

Packed with joyful flavours, these Christmas biscuits offer a certain grandeur of appearance to grace any festive snack tray.

savoury Christmas snacks

The Savoury Christmas Snacks You’re Searching For

We’ve been quite generous with the sugar up to now, so to finish let’s consider some savoury Christmas snacks. These are the types of Christmas appetisers that you can offer while the turkey is resting and the pigs in blankets are crisping up in the oven.

Peanuts, crisps and breadsticks are commonplace amongst a Christmas spread and are a thirst inducing bite alongside arrival drinks. Other savoury Christmas snacks to consider are:

  • Olives on sticks
  • Bell peppers filled with goat’s cheese or mozzarella
  • Mini sausage rolls
  • Twiglets
  • Mini cheddars
  • Chestnuts – it’s up to you whether they're roasted on an open fire!

Whichever you choose, try and keep strong flavours to a minimum – neutral flavours like ready salted are always a good bet to not confuse the palette ahead of the many flavours featured in the main meal.

essential Christmas snack ideas

Stock Up on Christmas Snacks at SPAR

Make sure your guests’ Christmas Day includes some delicious treats to enjoy alongside their welcome drinks and later with a Christmas movie when darkness falls. Find great offers on everything you need, from Christmas chocolates to mince pies, at your local SPAR! And don’t worry if your guest list has suddenly expanded at the last minute, most of our stores are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Sign up to our newsletter to receive our festive updates, seasonal guides and more!

 

 

Merry Christmas, from SPAR.