Christmas is a joyous season indeed. All through the month of December, spilling into January, the sheer delight of the festivities keeps us on a holiday high! Best wishes and love in abundance flow for our loved ones and what better way to further Christmas cheer than with delightful little gifts for one and all?
Edible gifts are all the rage now and nothing embodies Christmas more than a simple, stunning edible hamper replete with familiar tastes conditioned to this beautiful holiday. Tantalising whiffs of Cinnamon and nutmeg, dried plums and rum, peppermint, citrus peels and gingerbread fill the air as bakers across Cochin plunge themselves headlong into what they do best. The goodies are extensive and thoroughly delightful, ranging from rich, moist, rum soaked plum cakes and dessert jars to good old fashioned homemade caramels and chocolate chip cookies.
The choices are endless and as a food writer with absolute goodwill for bakers, I’ve decided to compile a comprehensive list of Christmas hampers available in Cochin to keep your foodie radar up to date and help your decision making a little easier! The list assembled in alphabetical order is complete with pictures of the hamper, a description of its contents and a price estimate (for exact price and customisation, you will need to contact the baker). A link to each baker’s social media and contact number has also been provided so you can contact them for orders and enquiries right from this blog.
1)Beurre De Vanille
Gauri’s hamper is a true delight for anyone with a sweet tooth! Apart from some Christmas familiars, this hamper has a few surprises that are mouthwateringly unique!
The hamper can be customised as per requirement.
Hamper contents: Irish Fruit Cake (300 gms) – Chocolate Babka – Cookie Butter Spread – Fudge Brownies – Gingerbread Cookies – Rum Balls – Saltine Toffee Crackers – Cinnamon Rolls – English Lemon Cake – Chocolate Snaps with Dry Fruits
Price: Rs.2000 onwards
Contact: Beurre De Vanille
2) D’Pastry School
Vinoshnee has gone old school with moist rich fruit cakes for Christmas. A popular choice for cakes in Cochin, D’pastry School has fruit cakes from 250 gms to 850 gms. They also take bulk Christmas orders.
Price: Rs.230 onwards (Rs.230 for 250 gms)
3) Eva’s Healthy Bakes
Jeemol brings to you a gorgeous and delicious hamper; ‘Box of Love’ filled with healthy goodies high in nutritional value and free of synthetic additives, preservatives and ingredients. The hamper comes at Rs.2000 for EARLY BIRDS!
Hamper contents: Grandma’s rich fruit cake – Signature Belgian chocolate and organic wheat bran brownies – Organic Peanut and flax meal spread – Organic lemon and chia loaf – Special handmade fruit and nut Granola – Belgian chocolate marble loaf – Farm fresh aromatic cardamom – Organic rolled oats high fibre digestive cookies (sugar free) – Organic multigrain cinnamon rolls – Italian Panettone.
Price: Rs.2000 onwards
Contact: 9526634777 / 9526834777
4) Fluff in a Cup
One of the most creative bakers in town, Sarah teams up with the spectacular florist and personalised gift planner, Fiorie to bring you two absolutely stunning Christmas hampers named Box of Joy and Merry in a box.
Hamper contents: Box of Joy– Cupcakes – Nutella Brownies – Cakesicle – Chocolate chip cookies
Merry in a Box- Cupcakes – Chocolate Chip Cookies – Red velvet brownies-Cakesicles – Oatmeal cookie premix (for those who love to bake) – Customized Chocolate Bar
Price: On request
Contact: Fluff in a Cup
5) Foodie and her Feast
Get ready for decadence with Anna’s Christmas in a bucket! (Given below) Yes a literal bucket! It consists of five layers of rich chocolate cake with varied fillings in each layer – Creamy ganache, crunchy caramel and chocolate cheesecake. The cake is then toopped with loads of Nutella and an assortment of premium chocolates- Ferrero Rocher, Maltesers, Twix, Snickers and Mars. The Christmas in a bucket is available in 1 kg and 1.75 kg.
Apart from this innovative treat, Christmas hampers and pull apart wreath and Christmas tree cupcakes are also available.
Hamper contents: Grand Christmas hamper- Rich fruit cake – Christmas themed cupcakes – Assorted brownies – Macrons – Homemade grape wine (Small) – Assorted chocolates and fudges – Assorted Christmas themed cookies – Choco-caramel jar cake
Merry Christmas Hamper: Christmas themed cupcakes – Assorted brownies – Homemade grape wine (Small) – Assorted chocolates and fudges – Choco-caramel jar cake
Mini Christmas Hamper: Christmas themed cupcakes – Assorted brownies – Homemade grape wine (Small) – Assorted chocolates and fudges
Price: Hampers- Rs. 1200 onwards
Cupcake wreath and tree- Rs. 800 onwards
Bucket Cakes- Rs. 1950 onwards
Contact: Foodie and her Feast
6) Indulgence by Shazneen
Well known for her exceptionally crafted desserts, Shazneen has some pretty Christmas themed desserts coming your way this holiday season. You can purchase the whole hamper, mix and match to create a personalised one or simply order a single dessert just for yourself!
Individual desserts: Mini bundt cakes – Christmas themed Macarons – Signature Brownies
Price: Rs 400 onwards (Individual desserts)
Rs. 2500 onwards (Hampers)
Contact: Indulgence by Shazneen
7) Incredible Art
Classic french pastries can only bring to mind Rumana. Incredible Art will be churning out Incredible Desserts this Christmas; cakes, truffles, mediants, brownies, you name it, she has it!
Apart from Christmas fruit cake tins and French chocolate cake tins, Rumana has a mini macaron tower and a gorgeous hamper that one can customise from a list of delectable desserts
Hamper contents: Choose 3 goodies from list A- Hazelnut dragees – Almond dragees – Almond Ronia cookies – Black sesame and coconut nougat – Florentines
Choose 2 goodies from list B- Christmas fruit cake – French chocolate cake – Macarons – Walnut and Belgian milk chocolate blondies – Chocolate blisters – Chocolate indulge (An assortment of Belgian chocolate bon bons, chocolate mediants and chocolate caramel fudge)
Price: On request (for hamper)
Mini Macaron tower- Rs.1500 onwards
Contact: Incredible Art
You can also visit: www.incredibleart.net to view the entire Christmas range
8) Jeny’s Cake Corner
Jeny’s Christmas hamper has something in store for everyone! The prettily wrapped sweet treats are available in three sizes: Full size, small and mini, all exceptionally delicious. The best part is that shipping across India is available. Corporate orders are also undertaken.
Hamper contents: Rum pound cake – Dessert jar – Christmas themed cookies – Themed crumble bars – Themed chocolate barks – Themed cakesicles
Price: Rs. 1800 onwards
Contact: Jenys Cake Corner
Synonymous with couverture chocolates of exceptional quality, Kerala based chocolate manufacturer Liso has some chocolatey goodness up its sleeve. A versatile hamper, one can mix and match as per requirement.
Hamper contents: Neapolitans- couverture milk- Dark- 70% dark – White chocolate – Hazelnut spread – Vanilla hazelnut spread – Pan bon gift jar – 7 Pan bon cassette flavours – 2 flavours of Medium fruit and nut bars
Price: On request
Contact: 9061203322/ 7510529333
You can also visit their website: www.liso.in to view the entire holiday hamper range
Beautifully packed and presented, this Christmas hamper from the extremely talented and versatile baker Candy is one to please any giftee. Chock a block with a myriad flavours and textures, it is pleasing to the eye as it is to the taste buds. The hamper is available in three sizes: Large, medium and small.
Hamper contents: Plum Cake – Wine – Ginger Ale – Mediants – Chocolate inclusion bars – Cinnamon rolls – Truffles – Chewy caramel toffee – Matrimony sweet (Full Hamper)
Price: Rs. 2000 onwards
Jaya has some delicious treats up for grabs in her holiday hamper. Apart from her regular hamper, she has an extra special one on request. It’s called the ‘boozy’ hamper and quite obviously guaranteed to provide a lift in ones Christmas ‘spirits’!
Hamper contents: Christmas Hamper- Christmas Rum fruit loaf cake – Chocolate Fudge Brownies – Cake in a jar – Homemade chocolates – Caramel tarts – Butter cookies
Boozy Hamper- Rum soaked fruit cake – Rum cake in a jar – Boozy fruit tartlets – Boozy salted caramel sauce – Spiked mint chocolates – Rum Balls – Homemade grape juice
Price: Rs.2000 onwards (Christmas hamper)
Price on request for Boozy Christmas Hamper
Bhavana bakes classic, vintage beauties and her Christmas hamper is no different. This year she presents two elegant hampers: Mrs Claus and Rudolph’s sleigh with a range of delightful goodies. I could stare at the boxes all day long!
Hamper contents: Mrs Claus Hamper – Rich fruit cake – French Macarons – Double chocolate walnut brownies – White chocolate blondies – Assorted cookies – Almond florentines – Homemade chocolates/cupcakes
Hamper contents: Rudoph’s Sleigh – Chocolate and salted caramel jar cake – Double chocolate walnut brownies – White chocolate blondies – Assorted cookies – Almond florentines – Homemade chocolates or cupcakes
Price: On request
Contact: The Sugar Sifter
Call: 9895235399 (Pre orders close on 7th Dec)
13) Tandr Kitchen
Tresa and Rekha have an adorable Christmas hamper that’s a lot of fun to customise. You get to choose what goes into your hamper from a sweet treats list. A minimum of 8 items need to be chosen; of course you can go the whole hog and order all 11 after all, it is Christmas!
Hamper contents: Pick and choose from the following 11 treats. A minimum of 8 need to be selected- Cupcakes – Chocolates – Snowballs – Tartlets – Cookies – Cake – Dessert Jar – Passion fruit juice – Banana Jam – Brownies – Millennium squares
Price: Full hamper: Rs.4500 (Full hamper)
Contact: Tandr Kitchen
14) Vanilla Bean Cakes
Gifted baker and macaron artist, Lakshmi presents a range of brownies, cookies, cakes and her signature macarons to make gifting this Christmas all the more sweeter.
Hamper contents: Jar cakes – Gooey chocolate brownies – Cinnabon (Salted caramel/ Nutella/ Strawberry/ Cream cheese) – Loaf cakes – Sugar cookies
Price: As per customization
Sweetest holiday greetings to one and all!