Last night I was invited to Costa Coffee to sample their Christmas menu for this year. We were greeted with 5 different desserts and 3 hot drinks to taste. Now if you’ve been following my posts, you will know that I’ve been following a low sugar diet (for health more than aesthetic reasons!) so I was a bit nervous and equally excited to taste these sugary treats. The staff was patient enough to let me cut tiny pieces and have just sips of the drinks. Rest assured, ladies and gents, that this took a lot of will power, because my taste buds went wild with the delicious things presented to me.

Since I was there to give my opinion I will tell you about my favourites: it was a hard choice between the Mini Mince Pies and the Orange & Cranberry Muffins, both tasting just like they had been made at home in a warm kitchen.

The Caramel Fudge Hot Chocolate was the hardest to put down I’d say (ok, maybe I had 3 sips of this one) because not only did it look really pretty with that thin layer of chocolate weave that started to melt as I drank, but it tasted of the best chocolate-y goodness. Did you know that Costa source chocolate from rainforest alliance certified farms? Which means from farms that are more sustainable and where farmers are paid fairly.

Having said that about the hot chocolate, if I was writing in there right now and wanted a treat, I would opt for the Gingerbread & Cream Latte – served with tiny golden chocolate stars. I think that this was my absolute favourite. But I may need to try it again… with a Mini Mince Pie… just to be sure… 😉

Incidentally, Costa Coffee is giving Istrina 25c from every pack of Mini Mince Pies purchased. So you’ll be doing your bit too.

But of course, don’t forget to walk that sugar off!