Christmas snacks to leave for Santa, his reindeer... and you
Get the kids involved and 'win' yourself some favours with good old Father Christmas with our guide to the tastiest Christmas eve treats to leave out for Santa and his gang
Making the same thing for Santa and his reindeer every year can get a little tiresome. But this year, instead of compromising on the magic of Christmas, why not make something that everyone can enjoy? From boozy hot chocolate to caramelised white chocolate cookies, here's a selection of treats that will keep everyone feeling happy and content:
By the time Mr Claus gets around to your house he will be so bored of normal mince pies that these shortbread twists will be such a wonderful surprise.
Festive and sweet on-the-go treats that can be wrapped up and saved for a lovely Christmas Day breakfast – Father Christmas will definitely appreciate the thoughtful offer.
You won't find any coal in your stocking if you leave some of these melty Toblerone cookies out for Saint Nick.
As satisfyingly crunchy as the snow and ice outside, these indulgent caramelised white chocolate cookies will give the big man in the red suit a much needed energy boost. Don't forget to leave some out for his elves as well!
As bright and red as Rudolph's nose, these strawberry jaffa cakes are small enough to eat in one quick, bite – perfect if Father Christmas is running a bit behind schedule.
If you leave this snappy and indulgent chocolate bark out by the tree, it might win you some friends in the North Pole...
These irresistible salted caramel brownies might just keep you off the naughty list for a few years to come.
By the time midnight comes around, old Nick will no doubt be tried of all the sweet treats. So these crisp savoury snacks will probably come as a welcome relief.
These are freezable, which means Kris Kringle won't have to worry about them spoiling if they get too cold on his sleigh.
Because we're sure not even those from the North Pole are exempt from the kale hype. Plus, you can't knock a bit of lemon aïoli.
Let's just hope he doesn't drop any cheese on his winter suit – imagine the dry cleaning bill!
Don't forget to cater for Santa's crew of reindeers; they're arguably the most important part of his business after all.
We've heard a rumour that Dasher, Dancer and Prancer have a thing for Italian flavours. The salsa verde dip for these parsnip fries is sure to go down well.
Whereas, word on the street is that Vixen, Comet and Cupid are more into their Middle Eastern and Mediterranean snacks...
Who said Reindeer's don't appreciate a bit of dip with their veg?
... For you
Santa can have the last one, yeah?
Mr C. is driving so you should probably drink this warming, wintery marshmallow cocktail for him before he arrives. Better safe than sorry, really.
Because nothing says Christmas like gingerbread... espresso martini cocktails. Oh yes.
Looks like butter beer, tastes like chocolate, either way it tastes as magical as a Christmas feast in the Great Hall.
Skip the sweets and get straight to the point with this festive cocktail. We're sure St. Nicolas will appreciate your efficiency.
Apparently Santa went off mulled wine around 1966 after an incident with a wood-burning fire and an overly enthusiastic jack russell terrier. So obviously mulled beer is the answer to that predicament. Plus, it makes four so that's one cup for old Nick and three for you...
Why make Mr Claus a normal hot chocolate when you can put booze in it and possibly win yourself a few more stocking fillers in the process?
Because after consuming all that booze, you might need one of these...