Regular readers will know I am a HUGE fan of all things Christmas. So when I was sent a Christmas Joy Hamper to review, it was a joyous day in the Geek household!

The Hamper arrived very well protected in a huge cardboard box. Inside that, the hamper products were beautifully presented in a gorgeous Seagrass and wooden basket, wrapped in cellophane and with a luxurious ribbon bow. It really did look stunning – my camera skills don’t do it justice, really.

This is what you get inside the hamper, and a brief summery of what we thought:

Baronie Whole Cherries in Cherry Liqueur 200g – Very strong, but tasty!

Olives Et Al Smoky Chilli Nuts 90g Jar – Perfect for nibbling on a cold, Winter’s night

Belgian Dark Chocolate Selection 200g – Thornton’s – as gorgeous as you’d expect!

The Wooden Spoon Three Fruit Marmalade (Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit) 340g – The best Marmalade I have ever had!

Cairnsmhor Crushed Black Pepper Crackers 150g – Great with cheese!

Honey Baked Flapjack 120g – Tasty, and the wrapper made me laugh for days! (See below)!

Chunky Apricot Flapjack 120g
– Great, filling snack.

Christmas Spices – Six Mulled Wine Pouchettees in Acetate Triangle
– Perfect for making a quick, festive drink!

Alice McPhersons Petticoat Tails Luxury Shortbread 150g
– The nicest shortbread I have ever had – outside of Scotland!

Luxury Iced Christmas Fruit Cake 300g – It’s not Christmas without Fruit Cake!

Milk Chocolate Discs 100g
– Tasty!

Traditional Brandy Christmas Pudding 130g – Festive Must Have

Hand Made Sundried Tomato & Sesame Biscuits 100g– Great for snacking on

H.R. Higgins After Dinner Blend Coffee 125g – Amazing blend.

Belgian Dark Cappuccino Pieces 100g – Gorgeous Belgian Chocolates!

My favourite things in the Christmas Joy Hamper were:

The Wooden Spoon Three Fruit Marmalade. This was definitely the best Marmalade I have ever had. You could taste the differences between the strands of Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit, and it was obvious that this was a high quality product. I had it on freshly baked bread (toasted) for breakfast, and it set me up for the day! I will definitely be getting more ahead of Christmas.

Belgian Dark Chocolate Selection 200g – I can’t resist Thornton’s. These were so more-ish, I had to leave them out of sight and just treat myself to two a night. Had I taken the box into the lounge, I am sure they’d have been demolished in one sitting! If dark chocolate isn’t for you, they make a great present for someone else for Christmas too – Teachers or that Aunt you visit once a year…!!

Alice McPhersons Petticoat Tails Luxury Shortbread 150g – My Mum is from Scotland, so Shortbread has always been a big part of my life. (I have no idea why, but Scottish shortbread is always MUCH nicer in my experience. This is definitely the best shortbread I have ever had out of a box! Generally speaking, I like home made or expensive, tinned varieties. (I’m a bit of a shortbread connoisseur, ok)? This was definitely up there with my top 3 favourite shortbread EVER! (Don’t tell my Granny)!!

Last but by no means least, the Honey Flapjack was not only tasty, but the packaging had me laughing for days.

Check out the first item on the ingredients list….

I thought I was going a bit mad when I saw this. I’m hoping it’s meant to say oats, and that I didn’t eat a honey baked kitty for brunch!!

All in all, I thought the Christmas Joy hamper was brilliant. With an RRP of £53.95, it isn’t the cheapest hamper out there. This is definitely a case of “You get what you pay for” though – it oozes quality, and would make a fabulous festive gift for family, friends or employees. Every item had at least 8 weeks’ lifespan after Christmas, so it’s not something which needs to be consumed with haste, either. (Some items had years on their shelf life)!

I give the Christmas Joy Hamper 5/5. Well done


This is not a sponsored post. I was sent the hamper to review, but all words and opinions are my own.


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