Yes, we may be in the full swing of summer, but it seems the good people at the Leeds-based supermarket chain have been working overtime to plan some Yuletide grub to get us in the mood once winter rolls around.
Aiming to add a “touch of novelty” to your Christmas, the menu has everything from elf ice cream (we’ll explain) to a questionably traditional festive pizza.
Plus, there’s a fabulous range of booze for making merry with.
Here’s what’s on offer:
The main event
From a super-sized pig in blanket to a tree-shaped “Christmas pizza”, which comes complete with a roast dinner (stuffing balls, turkey and pigs in blankets), there’s more than enough to get excited about.
Then there’s the Extra Special Christmas Cracker and Extra Special Pigs in Blankets Centrepiece. It consists of regular bite-sized pigs in blankets served on a bed of stuffing containing turkey, pork, mashed potato, parsnips and Brussels sprouts, topped with bacon.
Also, for those who frankly don’t see the hype around turkey, you’re in luck: there’s the Extra Special Whole Lamb Leg with Smoky Mint and Redcurrant – and its green and red garnish will help you set right anyone claiming it’s not “Christmassy” enough.
Covering all bases, the chain will also be selling a Vegan Festive Wellington: puff pastry filled with chickpeas, cranberries, apricots and blended with festive spices, and finished off with a cranberry sauce.
For dessert, there’s mini penguin chocolate log cakes which look suspiciously like M&S’s Colin the Caterpillar. There’s also a “Pip the Penguin” sponge cake with a raspberry jam filling.
Plus, there’s the aforementioned elf ice cream (what do you mean, you haven’t heard of it?!) which, if you’re wondering, is green-coloured, raspberry flavoured, and swirled with white candy-floss flavoured ice cream, then topped with green, white and red candy cane shaped sprinkles.
Talk about a showstopper dessert.
One for the grown-ups: Asda are selling Extra Special winter spiced gin.
That’s a spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with notes of cranberry and clementine, designed to be combined with orange-flavoured tonic water. Well worth swapping your Aperol Spritz for once the season changes.
On the horizon, the supermarket will also be offering marshmallow and mince pie flavoured gin liqueurs, although further details have not yet been announced.