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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Greater Manchester customers slam Sainsbury’s policy that makes them ‘feel like thieves’
Customers at a number of Sainsbury’s stores in Greater Manchester have been left fuming as the result of a policy requiring receipts to be scanned before they can exit
Upon leaving stores, shoppers at Sainsbury’s supermarkets in Fallowfield and Salford are being confronted with automated barriers that can only be opened by scanning their receipt – or by contacting a store assistant.
Many have taken to Reddit to slam the new policy, with several claiming it is a ‘pointless waste of money and time’ and others saying they have been left ‘feeling like thieves’.
The receipt barriers, some shoppers say, only ‘makes life harder’ – yet it appears that Sainsbury’s is planning to roll them out at other stores across the UK too, following on from the introduction of cameras at its self-service stations in recent years.
The move by the supermarket echoes similar moves by the American supermarket Walmart, which is notorious for staff approaching ‘random’ customers at its exits and asking them to produce their receipts as they leave stores.
A series of recent posts on Reddit exposes several threads in which users commented on the introduction of the receipt barriers, both here in Greater Manchester as well as further afield.
The social media site reveals that stores in Fallowfield and Salford have both become unpopular since they started adopting the policy, which requires customers to scan receipts in order for them to exit.
If receipts are not scanned, barriers prevent customers from leaving until a store assistant is contacted.
One Reddit user has posted a picture of a notice in one of the Sainsbury’s store, reading: “We’ve introduced new barriers as you leave this store.”
“You’ll need to take your receipt and scan this on the barcode reader in front of the barriers.”
The original poster said they were ‘not a fan of how this is spreading’, leading other users on the site to agree.
Another person said the policy was a ‘pointless waste of money and time’ that ‘just makes everyone’s life harder, whilst another customer added: “Looks like Sainsbury’s can get f****d then.”
The installation of the barriers has left some customers “feeling like thieves” since their arrival last year but it appears that the supermarket has no plans to suspend the rollout, despite the backlash from shoppers.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said that the barriers are “one of a range of security measures” installed in a “small number of stores” but would not disclose how many it has installed in the UK.
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Walkers is opening a string of crisp butty cafes across the UK￼
We all love a crisp butty here in the UK. Or, at least 98% of us do, according to research conducted by Walkers.
There’s simply no denying how those crunchy slices of potato – be they deep-fried, air-fried or baked – add a lift to even the most humdrum sarnie.
So when we heard the news that Walkers is opening a host of crisp butty cafes across the UK we were pretty gassed, to say the least.
Locations are yet to be confirmed, with each shop set to run a unique menu of crisp-filled sandwiches alongside their own regionally-inspired offerings, reportsThe Hoot.
Loaded up with the likes of Quavers, Wotsits and Monster Munch, the new UK cafes will serve up the very best crunchy sandwiches created in collaboration with Max Halley, the guru behind the famous London sandwich shop Max’s.
Whilst most of the sandwich combinations are still being kept under wraps, we have heard talk of a fish finger Monster Munch hybrid with added chipotle mayo, Pic De Gallo and cabbage on focaccia, aka the ‘‘Might Monster Muncher’.
The decision to open the new UK crisp sandwich shops is inspired by Walker’s own research after the company discovered a whopping 98% of adults strongly believe that crisps make their sandwiches better.
Philippa Pennington at Walkers said: “Last year the residents of Sandwich voted “Crisp In” as the winning combination, but this year we’re widening the debate to showcase the wide range of crisp and sandwich combinations – from classic Walkers crisps through to Wotsits and Monster Munch.
“With Walkers Sandwich Shops located across the UK, we’re calling on people to head to their nearest shop, taste the sandwiches and have their say online by sharing their favourite combination from the menu, or favourite crisps to enjoy in a sandwich.”