Marks & Spencer’s Christmas food range is a hotly anticipated release each year, with M&S fans keen to get their hands on the limited-edition goodies before they sell out.
The much-loved supermarket is well known for innovative products when it comes to seasonal specials, and the 2021 M&S Christmas range is no different. With a whole host of new quirky products, M&S really has thought of everything you could want to help make your celebrations this year extra special. From gin and pre-mixed cocktails to chocolate truffles and luxury biscuits – the iconic British shop is catering to all crowds with something for both big and little kids.
Aside from all the trimmings and extra bits, you can of course count on Marks & Spencer to come up with the goods for the main event itself, because an M&S Christmas dinner has a pretty legendary status. From pre-ordering your turkey to picking out the carefully honed sides and sauces, you can find everything you need for your feast in 2021 at Marks & Spencer.
You might think a launch date of September is a little premature for M&S to release its festive range, but the demand for festive goodies is as high as ever, so releasing the products early means hopefully everyone can get their hands on them before they sell out. In fact, the snow globe gin liqueurs are already available online now and you’ll be able to find them in stores later this month.
Here at SquareMeal, we are huge Christmas fans and because we get a little too excited by this kind of thing, we’ve rounded up the best Marks & Spencer food in the 2021 range, so you can choose the cream of the crop next time you’re picking up your groceries or shopping for M&S Christmas food on Ocado.
M&S Light-Up Snow Globe Gin Liqueur
Of course, for us, the best of the best in the M&S 2021 Christmas range had to be the gin. If you’re a fan of this heritage British brand, you’ll know that last year’s light up gin was a knockout, sell-out success. This year, the supermarket has upped its game one step further to give us three light-up snow globe gins, each poured into pretty bottles boasting designs inspired by The Nutcracker. The popular Clementine flavour is back and joined in 2021 by Spiced Sugar Plum and Madagascan Vanilla varieties.
Buy it: M&S Light-Up Snow Globe Gin Liqueur, 70cl - £20
M&S Collection Magic & Sparkle Light-Up Chocolate Box
As if light-up gins weren’t enough, this year M&S is also treating us to a light-up chocolate box. You will find a wintry, snowy landscape depicted underneath the lid of the box, as well as a selection of miniature snow-dusted milk, dark, white and golden blond chocolate houses. The box would make for a great Christmas gift or work perfectly as part of a Christmas Day dessert table.
Buy it: M&S Collection Magic & Sparkle Light-Up Chocolate Box, 345g - £20 (in-store only)
M&S Shortbread Light-Up Houses
Completing M&S’s trio of light-up Christmas products are these cute shortbread tins, shaped to look like houses. The tins all contain the same all-butter Scottish shortbread, but there are three colours to choose from. In the spirit of sustainability, you can always repurpose your biscuit tin as a charming Christmas ornament and at only £5 a tin, we reckon they are a pretty good investment.
Buy it: M&S Shortbread Light-Up Houses, 230g - £5 each (in-store only)
M&S The Marksologist Pre-mixed Cocktails
Everyone knows that Christmastime is the official party season, so cocktail gifts will always go down a treat with friends and family. In 2021, you can treat someone (or yourself) to The Marksologist range, a selection of six ready-to-drink cocktails. The range features a little something for everything, with available options including pre-mixed Margarita, Espresso Martini, Passion Star Martini, Clover Club, Golden Negroni and Aged Rum and Cacao Old Fashioned.
Buy it: The Marksologist pre-mixed cocktails 50cl - £18
M&S Collection The Perfect Turkey Joint
Promising to be its tastiest turkey yet, The Perfect Turkey Joint from M&S is cooked in a buttermilk stock brine and filled with a pork, chestnut, cranberry and sloe gin stuffing. It’s then topped with applewood-smoked streaky bacon, goose fat butter and a salt and pepper sprinkle.
Buy it: Collection The Perfect Turkey Joint, 2kg - £45
M&S Percy Pig ‘Pigloo’
Marks & Spencer has released a seemingly endless range of Percy Pig products in recent years, but we’re not complaining! This festive addition to the line-up sees a madeira sponge filled with Percy Pig flavoured buttercream and fruity jam. Atop the cake, you’ll find a smashable pink chocolate dome which conceals mini marshmallows, fudge and of course, Percy Pigs.
Buy it: Percy Pig Pigloo, 760g - £15 (buy in-store from 30 November)
M&S Decorate Your Own Cheesy Pastry Christmas Tree
Planning a bit of kitchen arts and crafts this Christmas? Check out this fun Christmas tree-shaped pizza, which comes with cheddar, mozzarella, pesto and sweet-drop peppers, so that you can ‘decorate’ the tree before baking it in the oven.
Buy it: Decorate Your Own Cheesy Pastry Christmas Tree, 415g - £8 (buy in-store from 15 November)
M&S Molten Cheddar Cheese Profiteroles
If you always find yourself entertaining during the Christmas party season, stocking up on festive snacks is essential. Coming in packs of 10, these savoury profiteroles are filled with a rich and creamy cheddar cheese sauce and topped with Pecorino cheese.
Buy it: Molten Cheddar Cheese Profiteroles, 250g - £5 (buy in-store from 20 October)
M&S Golden Blond Chocolate Spread
Move over ruby chocolate, as there’s a new specialty choc in town. Within its 2021 Christmas range, M&S has included a miniature range dedicated to golden blond chocolate, which is made by slowly caramelising white chocolate over several hours. In the range, you can find a golden blond chocolate spread, a golden blond panettone and a golden blond cream liqueur. We’re not sure what exactly makes this flavour festive, but we’re also never ones to turn down chocolate - so bring it on!
Buy it: M&S Golden Blond Chocolate Spread, 400g - £3 (in-store only)
M&S Collection Christmas Pudding Truffles
Chocolate truffles are among the most popular forms of Christmas indulgence and this year, M&S is bringing something new to the table. You can treat yourself to a handful of Christmas pudding truffles, which M&S describes as being ‘fruity, warming and a little boozy’ - so essentially all the key components of a traditional Christmas pud presented in a bitesize portion.
Buy it: Collection Christmas Pudding Truffles, 125g – £6 (in-store only)
M&S Collection Belgian Chocolate Luxury Biscuits
Biscuit selections appear to only be acceptable around the Christmas period (a social etiquette that we hope is soon changed), so you better make the most of these belgian chocolate biccies from M&S while you still can. The tin features hazelnut praline and salted caramel biscuits, both covered with indulgent Belgian chocolate.
Buy it: Collection Belgian Chocolate Luxury Biscuits, 380g, £8 (in-store only)
M&S food to order
The below range of Christmas dinner items are all from the M&S food to order range, which is popular with busy foodies for giving them great tasting, great-value food without any of the hassle of prepping it. This service allows you to ordered through Marks & Spencer's site for in-store collections from 22 December. Check out some of our favourites from the range below.
M&S Collection Sticky Toffee Pudding Crown
Christmas is the time for rich and indulgent desserts and it seems like this M&S creation won’t disappoint. Serving 12, the sticky toffee pudding crown comes ready with salted caramel sauce and Madagascan vanilla custard to slather over the sweet treat.
Buy it: M&S Collection Sticky Toffee Pudding Crown, 1.4kg - £20
M&S Collection Turkey & Ham Christmas Pudding Pie
Double up on your meat intake this Christmas, with this all-butter shortcrust pastry pie which serves six. The pie comes stuffed with British turkey, pulled ham hock and fruity pork stuffing and is finished off to look like a classic Christmas pudding.
Buy it: Collection Turkey & Ham Christmas Pudding Pie, 1.19kg - £20
M&S Elf Colin the Caterpillar
Everyone’s favourite birthday cake has had a festive makeover, with cutesy edible decorations including miniature candy canes, an elf’s hat and wrapped up presents.
Buy it: Elf Colin the Caterpillar, 670g - £10
M&S Christmas hampers
There’s nothing that says Christmas to us more than a festive hamper packed with treats we’d never usually allow ourselves to indulge in. This year the M&S Christmas hamper is stuffed with 13 of the shop’s favourite seasonal picks including the light up gin and a magnum of Prosecco. While this makes the perfect present, it also makes a wonderful gift to yourself if you’re looking to try a few new things you might otherwise have skipped past on the shop floor.
M&S advent calendar
We’re not afraid to say that we are mad for an advent calendar and get pretty excited to see what people have thought up in a bid to win the imaginary accolade of the year’s best advent calendar. Marks & Spencer’s advent calendars have legendary status with the brand always coming up with something creative and fun for both kids and adults (as well as the sell-out beauty advent calendar they usually do). The 2021 M&S advent calendars have yet to be released, but we’ll update you here as soon as we know what the range is.
M&S food catalogue 2021
For traditionalists there’s no better way to browse the M&S food range than through the supermarket’s annual catalogue of treats it releases to share details of its Christmas food with fans of the brand. The shop is yet to release its catalogue for this year, but it’s generally available as both a PDF and a printed version, which is perfect for both people still shielding or those trying to get back out and about.
M&S Christmas food deliveries at Ocado
You can order your M&S Christmas food delivery this year through Ocado, and pick and choose the best of the seasonal range. The beauty of ordering your M&S Christmas food from Ocado is that you can pop other favourite brands in the trolly too, from Ocado’s other ranges. Some of our favourite things are the Natoora fruit and veggies and the French range, which allows you to purchase products typically only found on the continent – the perfect thing to treat yourself to for Christmas.
Looking for more festive treats? You might like our round up of the best chocolate advent calendars in the shops for 2021.