Costa has unveiled its festive food menu for 2022, and it’s packed full of indulgent goodies to get you in the Christmas spirit.
The popular coffee shop chain is known and loved for its limited-edition seasonal menus each year, and now, with the countdown to the big day officially on, Costa has given fans what they’ve been waiting for and unveiled its 2022 Christmas food and drink menu – with a whole host of brand-new treats, as well as some returning fan favourites.
The star of the show this year has to be the Toblerone Latte and Hot Chocolate, which are described as a “true classic with a festive makeover”.
An indulgent chocolate and honey-flavour sauce gives that iconic Toblerone taste to each drink, which is the topped with a light dairy swirl, a festive twinkle topper, and, for that extra bit of seasonal magic, it also comes with a wrapped Toblerone tiny bar to enjoy on the side.
Other festive drinks on the menu this year include the comeback of the much-loved Gingerbread & Cream Latte, and the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate, as well as the limited-edition Gingerbread Latte coffee in a can returning for a quick caffeine fix.
The festive drinks selection will also be available at 12,000 Costa Express machines nationwide.
If you fancy tucking into a hearty festive feast to go along with your limited-edition drinks, then this year’s new food range includes the Brie & Cranberry Toastie, which is filled with creamy brie slices and sweet cranberry sauce, and the brand-new Maple Bacon Mac & Cheese, which features creamy macaroni and cheese with fresh spinach that’s topped with maple cured bacon and sprinkled with a parsley crumb.
There’s also a new Vegan P’gs & Blankets Panini, which is made up of plant-based sausages and bacon, sage and onion stuffing, sweet cranberry sauce, vegan mayonnaise and cheeZe, packed inside a sourdough panini.
Back by popular demand is the Turkey & The Trimmings Toastie, Pigs & Blankets Panini, Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Panini, and the Turkey Feast Sandwich.
As part of Costa’s ongoing M&S collaboration, there’s also a Turkey Feast Sandwich packed with succulent British turkey breast, pork, sage and onion stuffing, onion mayonnaise and cranberry chutney and with smoked British bacon on malted brown bread, and the vegan version of the same – the Plant Kitchen No Turkey Feast Sandwich.
There’s also a new Turkey Ham Hock Toastie too.
For those with a sweet tooth, there’s the Toblerone Muffin and the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin to accompany your hot drinks.
And of course, there’s a bunch of new treats too, including the new Loaded Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake, White Chocolate Trillionaire’s Slice, Crispy Festive Wreath, Christmas Tree Shortcake biscuit, Santa Gingerbread Biscuit, and the Reindeer Muffin – which is a vanilla muffin filled with raspberry sauce, topped with icing, and decorated with milk chocolate antlers and a red-coloured chocolate nose decoration.
There’s also a Raspberry Trifle Loaf Cake, made up of a sherry-flavoured sponge with raspberries, topped with custard-flavoured frosting, white chocolate, and freeze-dried raspberries.
On top of that, the scrumptious Mince Pie, and Gluten-Free Vegan Mince Tarts are back too.
The 2022 Christmas menu which will be available at all Costa branches and Costa self-serve machines from Thursday 3 November.
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‘Provocative’ life insurance firm hit with advertising restrictions after using Harold Shipman picture
A life insurance company that controversially used a picture of Harold Shipman in a recent advertisement is to have all of its future marketing campaigns restricted.
Leicester-based firm DeadHappy – which is known for its strapline ‘life insurance to die for’, and has a reputation for shocking adverts – grabbed headlines last week after it used a picture of the infamous Manchester serial killer alongside the text “Life insurance: Because you never know who your doctor might be.”
The use of Shipman’s picture understandably received a barrage of backlash online, and was consistently branded “tasteless” and “disgusting” by critics.
The advert was even condemned by the families of some of Shipman’s victims.
A “popular” and “well-liked” local doctor, Shipman had been practising in Hyde for over 20 years, but went on to become Britain’s most prolific serial killer after doubts were raised over the validity of the will left by one of his patients following her death in 1998.
Shipman was eventually found guilty of killing 15 of his patients back in 2000, with his total number of victims said to be around 250.
After the advert continued to draw backlash, and a number of formal complaints were made by industry professionals, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – which is responsible for regulating the financial services industry – has now ruled that all of DeadHappy’s future adverts and marketing campaigns must be cleared by its risk carrier before being allowed to run, according to BBC News.
The FCA now states that the company “must cease to communicate any further financial promotions that have not received prior approval”, which means future adverts will need to be cleared by DeadHappy’s insurance provider, Shepherds Friendly.
On top of being hit with these restrictions, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has also said it is currently in the process of reviewing more than 50 complaints about the Harold Shipman advert.
DeadHappy has now apologised for the advert.
Addressing the FCA’s ruling, Andy Knott – founder of DeadHappy – said: “In our attempt to be provocative and make people really stop and think about their need for life insurance, we have made a mistake and for this we apologise.
“We will now go away and immediately review all of our current and future marketing campaigns to ensure we learn from this mistake.”
Shepherds Friendly says it is “committed” to its values and the advert “does not align” with them.
Although the sudden signing might have seemed like it came out of nowhere, ten Hag clearly had him on his shortlist and for any fans still sceptical as to whether it was the right move, a recently surfaced clip of the Bayern Munich man speaking at Old Trafford will no doubt have gone down well.
Speaking ahead of his former club RB Leipzig’s match against his new team in the Champions League over two years ago, the 28-year-old was asked if he felt nervous about playing in such an iconic stadium and big competition.
While his nerves were evidently calm ahead of the game, the Austrian midfielder stated, “I’m just happy to be here because I used to see this stadium on TV as a kid and I always wanted to come here… being here as [the] opposition is something very special”.
The interviewer went on to ask how he felt being part of the squad expected to win the tie, to which Sabitzer responded: “In my opinion, United are a big name, a good team and therefore favourites as well”.
Despite acknowledging the size and history of the club, the dynamic midfielder (who has often been used as a defender too) also insisted that he and his teammates “won’t hide from them” — yet another positive soundbite for United fans hoping he can carry the weight of the shirt and show up in big games.
Not only is the sort of thing Reds will be pleased to hear from the fairly impromptu signing, especially given the scattergun approach to the club’s recruitment strategy over the past decade, but Sabitzer is a key player in his national team and captained Leipzig during the most successful spell in their history.
It isn’t the only old video of a new United face fans have been enjoying recently either:
Moreover, the deal seems to have worked out for all parties. With Sabitzer looking for more game-time at the top level and having moved down another notch in the pecking order now the equally versatile João Cancelo has joined Bayern on loan, City looked to have done their neighbours a favour.
Issuing a statement on the club’s website confirming the move, Sabitzer said: “Sometimes in life you have to make quick and important decisions. From the moment I heard about this opportunity I knew it was right for me. I am a competitive player; I want to win and help the club achieve its aims this season.”
That kind of attitude is music to any fans ears.
They’ll also be looking forward to hopefully seeing worldies like this: