Waitrose Christmas Preview 2012

This giveaway is now closed. The winner was Erica Price, West Midlands.

Welcome to the first ever Christmas giveaway extravaganza on Maison Cupcake!

Get set for twelve fabulous days of present giving lined up between now and December 17. There will be books, hampers, cookware, chocolate, you name it, it’s being given away here over the next twelve days.

There’ll be a lot of variety and several of the giveaways will also be open to international readers.

Today I am giving you the opportunity to win some fabulous Christmas goodies from Waitrose:

1. A sought after Delia Classic Christmas Cake kit RRP £10 but likely to disappear from the shops any second and go the same way as Heston’s Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding i.e. getting bought on Ebay by crazies with holes in their pockets

2. Borsari 750g Chocolate Panettone RRP £8.99 in a box so gorgeous Sarah Jessica Parker would probably use it as a handbag.

3. 400g Farmhouse Butter Biscuits RRP £5.99 in a tin adorned with cutesy red dress like something out of Mad Men. I’ve not seen Mad Men yet. It’s good apparently?

4. Silver Foodie Christmas Crackers – I can’t find these on the Waitrose or Ocado websites so they must be really exclusive and will be RRP at least £10.

To find out how to win these wonderful Waitrose goodies and more about other prizes being given away between now and December 17, read further down the bottom of this post.

But first let me show you some of my other favourite Waitrose goodies that I saw close up at their Christmas press launch back in the summer…

Lots of little tree decorations and stocking fillers ranging from these Bah Humbug chocolate discs to individually boxed Choc on Choc christmas chocolate cupcakes.

Raymond Briggs style The Snowman cake.

Father Christmas Cake for “Another Bloomin’ Christmas” – as is the phrase beloved of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas. My son watched this film so much last year we were concerned he might start saying “Happy Bloomin’ Christmas”.

Much more polite than the cartoon grumpy Father Christmas are these Three Kings and fondant nativity cake.

My favourite product of all is here, salted caramel delices, like truffles rolled in cocoa but with a hard shell inside which a liquid salt caramel bursts into your mouth. I have a bit of thing about salt caramel right now (don’t we all) and these really did it for me. Alongside them are almond and cinnamon clusters. Either would make great gifts to take along to a dinner party during the festive period.

For the children I loved these felt stockings and dinky jelly bean dispenser with miniature metal scoop.

I think these biscuits were gingerbread. I especially like the reindeer!

Last but not least, my other favourite product was this Love Christmas Gourmet Popcorn which comes in either Strawberry & White Chocolate or Pecan Caramel and Milk Chocolate flavours. Both are to die for. To my joy, Waitrose sent me a pack of each after the show and although I could have happily woofed them down I was incredibly restrained (or bonkers – you choose) and incorporated them into ice cream.

I’m really making you wait for these prizes aren’t I. Keep going and you’ll get them after the ice cream.

Pecan Popcorn Ice Cream


(adapted from “Basic Vanilla Ice Cream”, Nigella Lawson, How to Eat)

500ml single cream

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

6 egg yolks

125g caster sugar

150g sweet popcorn

50g roughly chopped pecans

2 tbsp Dulce de Leche

50ml amaretto or Baileys or a liquer of your choice (optional)

You will also need an ice cream maker. I use the sort with a bowl you put in the freezer before churning.


1. Half fill the sink with cold water.

2. Heat the cream in a medium size saucepan until it’s about to come to the boil then turn down. Add the vanilla extract.

3. In another pan, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and creamy. Stir in the cream mixture beating all the while and then returning to a low to moderate heat. Stir continuously for 8-10 minutes.

4. Stand the pan in the sink of cold water and continue to stir vigorously.

5. When it is cold, churn in an ice cream maker for around 45 minutes.

6. Finally tip your ice cream into a tub for freezing. Before placing in the freezer, stir in the popcorn, Dulce de Leche and pecans with a spoon saving a small handful of popcorn and nuts to sprinkle on the top. Also at this point, if you are adding amaretto, stir that in now. Some booze added to homemade ice cream does make it awfully easier to scoop out later! Freeze for at least several hours before serving.


You made it. Well done.

There is one mandatory way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries.

This giveaway is open to readers with UK mailing addresses. Readers from overseas are welcome to enter provided they can give the UK mailing address of a friend to receive the gift on their behalf with any onward delivery being at their own cost.

The winner will be chosen using an online randomiser and announced in a subsequent post on this blog – the winners of several of the 12 giveaways will be will announced together across 2-3 posts according to their closing dates.

To win these Waitrose Christmas goodies with total retail value of around £35 you need to:

1. Mandatory. Leave a comment at the end of this post telling me your favourite Christmas movie.

2. Second chance to win, tweet a link to this giveaway as follows: “Win Waitrose goodies RRP £35 @maisoncupcake” WITH A LINK TO THIS POST as it may no longer be the home page item if you enter later this week. Then leave a second comment saying you’ve done so telling me your Twitter ID and another favourite Christmas movie.

3. Third chance to win, share a link to this blog post on your Facebook wall saying “12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on Maison Cupcake – I’ve entered to win Waitrose goodies today” and then leave a further comment that you’ve done so… with, you’ve guessed it, another favourite Christmas movie. What do you mean you can’t think of three?!




























































You must leave a further separate comment for each bonus entry otherwise they will not be counted.

Closing date: midnight BST on Sunday December 12th.
The winner will be notified by email. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Good luck everyone!
With thanks to Waitrose.

Also coming up during Maison Cupcake 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways:

Interflora Christmas Hamper RRP £100

Books from Octopus and Quadrille

Cookware from Sainsbury’s, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Living Collection and Mum et Moi

Chocolate from Green & Blacks and Matcha Chocolat

Spices from Steenbergs

and more!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see which prize is next!

Sarah Trivuncic

Sarah Trivuncic is one of the UK's leading food bloggers. She is the author of Bake Me I'm Yours... Sweet Bitesize Bakes and has been the voice behind Maison Cupcake since 2009. You can also connect with her on Google+


  1. What a great selection, Waitrose used to be my only local supermarket and I really missed their quality and choice when I moved to an area which doesn’t have one (and what ever people say it’s not really more expensive if you care about the quality of what you buy. Anyway I don’t have one favourite Christmas movie but a selection we watch every year; White Christmas, Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. They all make me feel very festive.

  2. my favourite christmas movie has to be Muppets Christmas Carol (watched it yesterday). Scrooge being visited by the 3 ghosts is a classic but with the Muppets turns it into such a great family film.

  3. I have tweeted a link on twitter. My twitter id is @dmbaxt.

    Another of my favourite Christmas movies is The Grinch with Jim Carey!

  4. My favourite Christmas film is “Truly Madly Deeply” – it doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas, but it is a lovely girly film that just suits being wrapped up in a blankie on the sofa with a cup of mulled wine, some chocs and a box of tissues to cope with the weepy bits.

    I tweeted too. :)

  5. I love the madness of the Muppets Christmas Carol but also how it still gets across that lovely message of Christmas too. Love the Christmas Carol
    I tweet as @netcurtains and have retweeted and done the Facebook thing too.
    Lovely Waitrose competition

  6. What a generous set of prizes!

    My fave film (not just for christmas) is Nightmare before Christmas – the craft of that animation is amazing and the story, though dark, is great

  7. Have shared link on Facebook. My final festive favourite is Jingle all the Way! Arnie at his cheesiest! Thank you for a lovely giveaway xxx

  8. My favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually . . . it’s gotten so bad that I already start tearing up at the opening credits!

  9. The one film to some up the triumph of hope over adversity and also be full of Christmas cheer would be James Stewart in It’s A Wonderful Life

  10. My favourite Christmas movie is Serendipity….my husband and I always cuddle up together and watch it every Christmas whilst drinking some mulled wine :-)


  11. BTW….apologies, not sure why it added ‘Emma recently posted….’ to the end of that, some sort of automated thing as I’m logged into WordPress?

  12. Great prize, looks scrummy, my favourite xmas film is the Gruffalo from last year perfect for all the family!

  13. My favourite Christmas ‘time’ movie is Wizard of Oz, its not Christmas in my house otherwise. My favourite Christmas ‘movie’ has to be Its a Wonderful Life :))

  14. you have the same icecream maker as me so that popcorn icecream will be made as part of my Christmas to do list… in fact i’m going to post it today as part of my list and include a link to your blog… does this get me a 4th chance to be entered?

    My fave Christmas film is ‘Its a Wonderful Life’ for obvious reasons… I WANT that Waitrose hamper!

    Dom x

  15. My favourite is the remake of Miracle on 34th Street – sorry to the purists who love the original, but the remake was the one I saw first, so it’s my favourite!

  16. Have tweeted – @cheekychicken24

    Another favourite – although not really a Christmas film – is Wizard of Oz. It was shown every year at Christmas when I was growing up – back in the days before 500 channels, and millions of DVDs to watch! It always makes me feel Christmassy, even if I watch it in June!

  17. My fave film has to be A Christmas Carol.I have even been known to stay up till 4 in the morning to watch it on tv

  18. what a great roundup of the festive goodies on offer at Waitrose, might have to pay a visit!

    One of my favourite Christmas movies is Home Alone … the original one. It just takes me back to many Christmases spent curled up on the sofa watching this.

    Off to retweet now

  19. Without doubt it’s gotta be ‘National Vacation – Griswold Family Christmas’, a bit of smoltz, a bit of christmas spirit, a bit of comedy and a huge bag of fun our family watch every year without fail!

  20. my fave xmas film is the animation of the classic xmas song ….grandma got run over by a reindeer….i love a good cartoon at xmas :o)

  21. My favourite Christmas movie is It’s a Wonderful Life.
    Have tweeted @elasticagirl and facebooked x

  22. tweeted via @moomimmel and another fave film for xmas is elf….its naffness personified but very funny at times :)

  23. I’ve posted on Facebook too, my next fave Christmas movie would have to be Home Alone as the kids love it and fill my house with real santa like belly laughs.

  24. My Waitrose favourite is Amattlons chocolate covered almonds. I keep buying them for my partner but eating them myself, mmmmmm. Oh, film? A Wonderful Life of course. Merry Christmas!

  25. My favourite Christmas Movie has to be the Muppets Christmas Carol brings back memories from being a kid and watching it with my parents over and over again!

  26. Whoops forgot my favourite Christmas movie with that one, having one of those days sorry…

    Guessing after that it has to be Home Alone, feel a bit like I’m getting no where in my goal the moment, though how that has anything to do with Home Alone I don’t know…

  27. I’ve just done it on Facebook and Twitter ! My next film is Wizard of Oz… we’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz…. because, because, because, because, becauuuussse….

  28. Have posted a a link on fb, another fab film is scrooged, with bill murray, the story is the same but with murray`s humour thrown in.

  29. My favourite Christmas movie has to be “Miracle on 34th Street”, A classic film which still works wonders today.

  30. I may be slightly odd but I love watching The Nightmare Before Christmas whilst wrapping presents. It gets two annual airings, at Halloween whilst carving a pumpkin and at Christmas. It is a multi-holiday film ^_^

  31. Have also put a link on my facebook page, I don’t use twitter otherwise I’d link there too…

    However to make up for my twitter fail I’ll leave two films as my other favourite…The Nightmare before Christmas, and Love Actually :)

  32. Really? 128 comments at the time of writing and not one person has mentioned The Muppet Christmas Carol…Really? I’m going all in for this prize, so I’ll be back with other faves and re-tweets and the like..!

  33. Planes,Trains and Automobiles – a heart warming tale of goodwill to all at Christmas time :)

  34. I’m choosing a movie that isn’t really festive but they used to show it every Christmas in Scotland – Born Free. I can’t watch it now without crying and it reminds me of sitting in front of the fire with my mum with a box of Quality Street having a good blub!

  35. Favourite movie is the Father Christmas one. My son Samuel watched it for the first time this year and it made him laugh when Father Christmas kept saying bloomin’!

  36. I have left link on Facebook page. Third fave movie is The Holiday. It is romantic, funny and christmassey.

  37. Finally, I’ve shared this post on my Facebook wall. Last but not least, my favourite Christmas film ever (yes, it’s a Christmas film): Die Hard.

  38. Don’t throw stones at me but I can’t help liking the Sound of Music, I love to hate it but somehow remember the words year after year!

  39. Have also shared on facebook and my 2nd movie would be ET – the terror, the tears and the triumph in that order!

  40. Santa Claus the movie – not sure if it is the film itself or the fact that I sneaked in to see it when I wasn’t quite old enough. Not seen it for years but it certainly seemed magical as a kid!!

  41. Easy peasy, it’s White Christmas. I know, before my time, but we watched this so often when I was a kid (my dad adores it) that for some sections, I can talk along with the actors to the lines…

  42. Without a doubt it has to be It’s A Wonderful Life – such a ‘feel good’ movie.
    Have tweeted and commented on FB too.
    @emma1111111 (Twitter follower)

  43. My fave Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street – the Richard Attenborough version. I think he makes a totally believable Father Christmas.

  44. I’ve justed put the link on Facebook. My second favourite Christmas film is White Christmas – yes it’s corny but I love it!

  45. My favourite Christmas movie is a Muppet Christmas Carol. It never fails to fill me with childlike Christmas anticipation and loveliness!1 Infact I watched it the other night while I was writing my Christmas cards

  46. I’ve tweeted @luckyduckyme and another one of my favourite Christmas movies is Christmas with the Kranks – hilarious! :)

  47. I just tweeted @ellacopter.

    Another of my fave Christmas films is Elf. For the same reasons as before really. For adults I think the best thing you can do at Christmas it to remember what it was like to be a kid. Then you get the most of out Christmas!

  48. And finally, I’ve shared on Facebook!

    My third favourite Christmas movie is Die Hard. What? It’s set at Christmas so it counts

  49. My favourite Christmas movie is any of the Indiana Jones films – not strictly festive but they always used to be on when I was wee and the two are now intrinsically linked.

  50. My favourite movie is Scrooged with Bill Murray – it’s a fab film which ends with a real feel good moment

  51. Phew. Took me a while to get to the bottom of your blog as I was distracted by the beautiful photos and am still drooling looking at those marvelous Christmassy treats. My fave movie is “The Snowman” as I used to watch it annually with the kids and they were mesmerised by it. We were full after Christmas dinner and tired after the joy and surprise of all those pressies. It was always a wonderful christmas with them. Grown up now but we still spend Christmas all together and revisit the movie when it is on TV.

  52. My favourite Christmas movie is called “Prancer”, me and my children watch it every year, a really lovely movie about a little girl who finds an injured reindeer in the road, she of course helps the reindeer, it is a lovley family Christmas movie. My kids love it and they are 15 and 12 now!

  53. Holiday Inn
    Great tunes (including that one), animation of a calendar with a visual symbol, and the source of the name for Holiday Inn hotels

  54. The Christmas Story. Reminds me of being a child and snuggled up with my mum and late father it gives me that warm fuzzy Christmas feeling. I got it on DVD last year for a bargain £2.99 must only be me that loves it lol.

  55. “White Christmas” – you could call call me old fashioned but Bing is till trendy even if the others actors aren’t!

  56. It’s a wonderful life. it’s steeped in tradition and leaves you with the feel good factor.

  57. A Tree Stands in Brooklyn – a wonderful Christmas story about children born into hard times and how they have a wonderful Christmas despite it..

  58. The original Santa Claus the Moviw with Dudley moore- perfect in every way for me to feel festive

  59. My second Christmas film is Home Alone
    I like Maison Cupcake on FB and I share a link to this giveaway on my Facebook wall (Marzena Szymborska)

  60. My favourite Christmas movie has to be Home Alone, it was the first video I ever bought myself and is full of hilarious tricks against the evil burglars!

  61. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (the theme tune to which I will now have playing on a loop inside my head for the rest of the day)

  62. We were just talking yesterday about whether or not popcorn in ice cream would work, so thank you for answering that question! my fave Christmas film is Muppets Christmas Carol, who can resist a film with singing vegetables? Brilliant prize too – thanks!

  63. My favourite christmas movie is DEFINITELY A Christmas Story. It’s a national institution in the States, but hardly anyone has even heard about it here! Definitely worth seeking out.

    (melissa, stuck in bed for the 5th day running with swine flu. Yes, swine flu.)

  64. Popcorn ice cream?? Interesting!!

    My favourite Christmas movie is ‘Love Actually’! I LOVE everything about that movie! That reminds me that I have yet to watch it this Christmas season; I’m going to have to schedule it in :)

  65. my favourite movie is ‘Santa Claus – the movie’ especially the first half. We have watched this every Christmas for the last 15 years.

  66. The Santa Clasue 1, 2 and 3, we watch these together as a family and have done for about 10 years on christmas eve with the kids

  67. My favourite Christmas film is “It’s a Wonderful Life” Every time a bell rings an angel gets its’ wings

  68. I have just found this blog tonight – just in the nick of time too as I fly into London tomorrow so will have a mailing address till Jan 1st – what luck for me !! The movie “To Grandmother’s House We Go” is an oldie but a goodie for Xmas time and my daughters watched it over and over as little children. It stars the Olsen twins as little girls. Happy Holidays, everyone !

    • Oh I forgot to add my Twitter Xmas movie… OK.. how about Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly.. good singalong Boxing Day movie this one..

  69. I have Facebooked you – and my other Xmas movie would be Harvey (the rabbit film) with James Stewart. My nephew is called Harvey and we always think of him as the Invisible Rabbit…

  70. Muppets Christmas Carole – I know pathetic isn’t it but I love it, it is such fun! They don’t take liberties with the original and the “casting” is superb!

    I have pasted the competition on my Facebook and my second choice for a Christmas film would be Miracle on 42nd Street – a bit like me elderly but still great!

  71. My favourite xmas movie is ELF I laugh and laugh and laugh all the way through it….embarrasing lol. How do you tweet?

  72. I love any christmas movie, but my fav has to be white christmas-you can’t beat a bit of Bing Crosby at christmas, it’s a proper classic!

  73. I’ve watched The Polar Express many times with my children and not only is it so magical but they are always so entranced! A great feel-good Christmassy film!

  74. Santa Claus the Movie, as a child I always used to cry at the end as I was so happy! Can’t wait to watch it this year with my children now!

  75. Got to be Miracle on 34th Street. I am a grown man but it still makes me smile and shout out ‘I BELIEVE’

  76. My favourite Christmas movie is Polar Express, we love sitting down to watch this and quite often wil watch it a few times in Christmas week

  77. I’ve also shared on Twitter (@drcat1981)

    Another of my favourite Christmas films is Miracle on 34th Street

  78. I’ve tweeted the competition message. My Twitter ID is @Ianthesunlover

    Another favourite Christmas film of mine is: It’s A Wonderful Life

  79. I’ve also shared the competition on Facebook. My third favourite Christmas film is: Holiday Inn.

    Loving the blog postings – Merry Christmas!

  80. The Polar Express its a lovely feel good movie with a bit of a twist. And id love one of those hot hot hot hot chocolates!!


    Okay, it’s not modern, animated or even 3D but let’s face it, it’s as honest as a cupcake!!

  82. I’ve twittered you with a link to this page … I’m secretsquirrel !!

    I also think DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS is a top Christmas Movie

  83. A Christmas Carol – just really brings home the true meaning of Christmas and is great for all the family to watch.

  84. Must be White Christmas- But I also love about another 20 Christmas films!!!

    ps Off to Waitrose to get one of those gorgeous cakes.

  85. Blizzard – a really feel good family movie, with no commercialism, just a real life lesson, friends may not be close but true friendship never dies

  86. I love watching Oliver Twist at Christmas -even though it always leaves me in tears – I am a sloppy old so and so

  87. I’ve tweeted @mackemprincess ohh already mentioned my 2nd fav crimbo movie in my first comment so you’ll have to get my 3rd here and then my fourth..lol….Next I would have to say Elf :-)

  88. I haven’t managed to post on facebook wall because the settings have all changed again and can’t find where to post on my wall…arrrghh!

  89. Favourite Christmas movie is White Christmas, it has a song called Mandy (if there’s a minister handy, well it should would be dandy….) in it, features lots of campness and full on dance routines and even a song telling us how they want to wash their Face in snow, you couldn’t ask for anything more really!

  90. Shared on Facebook – White Christmas.
    Also should have added National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to my tweet post above!

  91. My ALL time favourite Christmas movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life” I was mesmerised by it as a child and that magic stayed with me all my life. After my divorce I met a fabulous man who confided to me during our first Christmas together that his fav movie was – It’s a Wonderful Life! Hopefully this is a sign of happy things to come!

  92. Woo hoo that’s my facebook link up – right in the middle of the x-factor banter! 2nd favourite Christmas Movie is Elf – love singing at the end!!

  93. #kazlau I’ve tweeted the link. 3rd Favourite Christmas Movie – Miracle on 34th Street (the original with Richard Attenborough)

  94. My favourite christmas movie is Home Alone – I’ve watched it 3 times already this year and it still makes me chuckle!!

  95. Tweeted, my 2nd favourite film would have to be Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. “Kevinnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!”

    Tweeted as @shapala84

  96. For me it has to be ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – a timeless classic, hence the fact that they still show it 64 years after it was first released.

  97. Mircica My sister saved this blog for me and I have been reading through it for the past several hrs. This is really going to help me and my friends for our class project. By the way, I like the way you write….

    My sister saved this blog for me and I have been reading through it for the past several hrs. This is really going to help me and my friends for our class project. By the way, I like the way you write….

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