If you’re unfamiliar with what the phenomenon that is mochi and Little Moons, then the Japanese-inspired sweet treats began to skyrocket in popularity and capture the attention of more than 500 million viewers from across the globe on the video sharing platform TikTok since the beginning of 2021.
Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake made with “mochigome”, which is a short-grain glutinous rice, and they’re made by pounding the rice into a paste and then moulding it into the desired shape.
Traditionally, mochi balls are made during a Japanese ceremony called Mochitsuki.
The new advent calendar has 24 doors that each hiding a full-size mochi ball in a range of flavours, including some new limited-edition varieties – Mince Pie, Nutcracker, Candy Cane, and Little Moons’ latest flavour Belgian Chocolate Hazelnut.
Each of the new festive flavours can also be bought separately in boxes, both online and at Pick & Mix stations at Selfridges.
A description for the advent calendar on the Little Moons website reads: “This Christmas, we’re decking the halls with balls of mochi. Hold on to your Santa hats, because festive just got freeeezing.
“Behind the doors you will find our decadent Chocolate Hazelnut, as well as three limited edition flavours inspired by festive classics.
“Go nuts for our Nutcracker, with caramelised hazelnuts and salted caramel crunch, feast on our warm spiced Mince Pie with tangy citrus and hints of brandy, and tuck in to our cool peppermint Candy Cane topped with a white chocolate swirl.”
A post sharing the calendar on popular food spotting social media account NewFoodsUK has already amassed thousands of interactions and comments this past week.
The calendar will set you back £35 each.
The Little Moons Advent Calendar is available at Selfridges branches nationwide, and also via the Little Moons website here.
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James Corden is trending as football fans joke loser of England vs USA ‘has to keep him’
Twitter users might have noticed that James Corden is trending again – and it’s not because it’s nearly Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special season.
The reason the British actor, comedian and presenter is trending is much funnier.
Once the World Cup games were matched up and we realised England and USA would face off in the group stages, people started joking that they would use Corden as a punishment for losing.
It’s become an ongoing joke that the loser of tonight’s World Cup match will ‘have to keep James Corden’.
And nobody seems to want that.
Corden fell out of favour last month when New York restaurant Balthazar called him ‘a tiny Cretin of a man’ and said that he abused their staff on his visit.
He was banned, then apologised, and now all seems to be forgiven.
But the internet does not forgive so easily.
At the time of writing, England vs USA is drawn 0-0.
Here are some of the tweets that sum up why James Corden is trending tonight:
You can buy half Christmas trees so you don’t have to decorate the full thing
December is nearly ready for rolling around once again.
It’s time to reach out the decorations out and get into the festive spirit, but for those who’d consider themselves a bit lazy, there’s an invention that could be a life saver, and it’s quite honestly genius.
You can now buy ‘half Christmas trees’ – otherwise known as or ‘against the wall Christmas trees’.
Unless your tree’s going to placed in front of a street-facing window for rafts of passers-by to see on a daily basis, it can be really tempting to just not decorate the back of it at all, right? The faff off trying to evenly-distribute strings of lights, tinsel and baubles around a full tree is often a lot more trouble than it’s worth, especially when it’s not going to be properly seen anyway.
Some would probably say it’s pointless, and it’s this thought that has presumably prompted companies to start selling these ‘half Christmas trees’.
If you’re wondering what a ‘half Christmas tree’ is, it’s basically exactly as it sounds – half a tree.
Half Christmas trees – which are also a great option for those with slightly less space to dedicate to seasonal decorations – are available in various places, and for all manner of budgets, so it should be fairly easy to get your hands on one this festive season.
According to the product description on the Very website: “This may look like a regular Christmas tree, but it’s been cleverly designed so that one side is completely flat, so no matter how limited your space might be, you and your family can still enjoy the magic of having a tree in your home,”
“Standing an impressive 6ft tall and featuring 511 tips for a lush look, you can stand it flat against the wall to save on valuable floor space,
“It also means you don’t have to worry about any of your favourite decorations being out of sight at the back”.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper though, then there’s plenty of different options available on eBay and Amazon too, and our pick for this would be the vidaXL Artificial Half Christmas Tree – which is currently being sold on eBay by a number of different sellers for prices starting at £24.