According to my Husband - Christmas begins when the first mince pie hits the supermarket shelves. I don't have the same opinion - mince pies just aren't my bag. I don't really get the whole mincemeat thing, and that's before we even reach the gluten issue! Not eating mince pies at Christmas can make one feel somewhat Scrooge-like so I was delighted when the lovely people at Hotel Chocolat sent me some Alternative Mince Pies.
These little chocolate cups are filled with salted caramel and praline and are a lot more special than a boring old mince pie. No dried fruit, no soggy pastry, hallelujah! They are seriously decadent but, hey, it's Christmas! Their size makes them a perfect after-dinner-coffee accomaniment (or a sneaky wee before dinner snack!) These would be a great secret Santa gift, or stocking filler, and I fully expect to be unwrapping a box of these on Christmas morning (hint, hint.)