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CHRISTMAS FOODIE ISSUE

Its that time of the year again - beautifully decorated Christmas trees adorn every house, lights twinkling all over, and fabulous presents under the tree. But what about delicious festive treats? Well, we’ve got you covered! Our annual Christmas issue is so huge this year that we’ve split it into three sections - Food, Fashion and Beauty, and Kids. So, enjoy this first delicious issue, next one is out tomorrow! 

 

Christmas is a time for sugar and spice and all things nice, but do we really want the extra effort of stringing the popcorn for the tree, making the eggnog, wrapping the presents, cooking up a Christmas day feast and preparing a stunning centerpiece for the kids and family to enjoy and savour (whew who else is tired)! What if we told you that there were some folks out there who have taken their love of all things Santa and made things a little easier for you this year?

As kids all of us at Rave were glued to our fairytale books; We’re talking Cinderella looking oh so glam at the ball, Snow White getting that romantic kiss to wake her the heck up from a dashing prince, and who can forget that ugly looking duckling who showed its true colours and in the end turned into a beautiful swan? Well, think Hansel and Gretel now because our first foodie ‘must have’ for the festive season looks like it comes straight out of one of those books!

HARCK & HEART is a creative and unique brand created by a sassy lady named Gisela. She’s taken her special memories of her mom and grandma’s love of baking and is sharing it with everyone. Having made Gingerbread and Gingerbread Houses with her grandma every year, she is sharing the love and the recipe with these incredible DIY kits that allow you to create your own memories with your kids and grandkids.

The gingerbread house comes as a flat pack- so its easy for the family to assemble the house together and decorate it just the way the want it. It can be used as a centre piece for the Christmas table and you get to eat it afterwards as the whole house is edible and it just smells delicious; there’s nothing like the fresh smell of baked Gingerbread wafting through the house. The Gingerbread house also has a long shelf life so it can stand for a week or two once it has been built.

Now inside the box you will find the baked walls, roof and chimney, icing sugar, sweets for decorating, a cake board, cotton wool smoke for the chimney and step-by-step instructions. The house is assembled with the icing sugar provided. Just follow the recipe and you’re ready to build. 

WE guarantee that the kids will love you, you’ll adore it (maybe more than the kids), and you’ll treasure eating it after. So how do they say it in the books? Build it, Show it off, Eat it…and they lived happily ever after.

THE HARCK & HEART DIY GINGERBREAD HOUSE COSTS R300.00 AND CAN BE ORDERED ONLINE NOW AT WWW.HARCKANDHEART.CO.ZA 

FIND HARCK & HEART ON FACEBOOK HERE

WE HAVE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE TO GIVEAWAY - TO ENTER - LIKE THE HARCK AND HEART FACEBOOK PAGE, OR FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER, THEN EMAIL GIVEAWAYS@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH GINGERBREAD HOUSE IN THE SUBJECT! 

Onto our next sweet treat for the festive season, and its a goodie!

We attended the glamorous launch of Edgars at the Rosebank Mall a few months ago, and walking into the new River Island store made us all go gaga. No, it wasn’t the clothes or the shoes, it was the Candy display. In the middle of the store was a giant sweet display, and everything was edible. What really stood out, the Cupcake in a Jar.

Candy Wasted was created by a gorgeous couple - Christopher and Tanja, each with a love for all things sweet and dandy, and both with experience in the hospitality and pastry industries. 

Now why are cupcakes in jars so incredible? Well - Candy Wasted dropped some off for us, and let me tell you, they are our new favourite desserts. Not only are they visually fantastic, but they taste as good as they look. And thats no easy feat.

 

We are obsessed with the Red Velvet and Rainbow cake jars which are definitely our favourites.

Whats the Candy Wasted secret? Rave Review believes it lies entirely in the icing.

You know how when you eat a cupcake and sometimes the best part is the icing so you try and eat it slowly to savour it? Well with Cupcake in a Jar there are TWO layers of icing. Just genius. One layer at the top, then comes the cake, and then at the bottom is another thick layer of icing. Yummo!!

Candy Wasted really do deliver their promise of Happiness in a Jar and the flavours and variety are extraordinary. They make delicious hostess gifts for the festive season, and if you want to give your guests something different for dessert then this is it.

Want a treat this Christmas? Then order their brand new festive version of the Red Velvet Cupcake in a Jar. It still has all the yummy flavours as the standard Red Velvet, but has some added colour and a little topping.

Order yours today by either contacting Candy Wasted directly or order your standard Red Velvet and write in the comment box “make it jolly”. Too cute for words!

CANDY WASTED’S CUPCAKE IN A JAR COME IN OVER TEN DIFFERENT FLAVOURS AND COST R35 EACH. R100 IF YOU WANT TO GIFT IT IN A BOX, BOW AND CARD. 

VISIT WWW.CANDYWASTED.COM TO ORDER AND FIND THEM ON FACEBOOK HERE

 

What is Christmas without cookies? It’s nothing at all! So when we discovered these lip smacking cookies, we knew we just had to share it with you.

Beautifully decorated cookies with Christmas tree designs, garlands and Santa faces - they scream festive cheer. Not only do they look the part, but they taste the part too.

 

 

 

They come beautifully packaged in sets of 6 and make the perfect hostess gift. Buy a couple boxes and serve them to your guests, and you can even keep them around the house as treats for the kids. They’ll adore them.

 

TO ORDER - CONTACT WILHELM VAN NIEKERK ON 0824301057. PRICES START AT R12 EACH. 

 

 

Each time Christmas arrives so do the delicious fruitcakes. And when we got a taste of this one, we knew we had to spill the beans on it.

 

Malcolm Burroughs - chef extraordinaire in SA and co-owner of the Cake Brothers has created a festive treat that not only tongue ties the tastebuds, but leaves you visually stunned.

The details are exquisite. There's snow, a Santa Claus and even trees, and when you cut into it, a delicious fruitcake awaits you. 

 

 

 

TO ORDER - CALL MALCOLM ON +27845961106. THE PRICE IS R375 FOR A 2.5KG FRUITCAKE. THE CAKE IS DAIRY FREE AND IS MADE WITH ROYAL ICING. NO MARZIPAN.

 

FIND THE CAKE BROTHERS ON FACEBOOK HERE

 

 THE HOUSE OF BISQUIT COGNAChas prepared two festive season gift packs, perfect for the discerning cognac lover. Bisquit Cognac gift packs will be available in selected liquor retail outlets from 1 November 2014. Choose from either the 750ml Bisquit V.S Classique with a roller glass or the 750ml Bisquit V.S Classique with a 50ml sample of Bisquit V.S.O.P. The recommended retail selling price for the gift packs is R299 each. 

The Bisquit V.S Classique is defined by its softness and freshness, revealing a bouquet of fruity aromas with deeper notes of vanilla, cinnamon and oak. It is made primarily with eaux-de-vie from the Fins Bois area in France and perfected by the unique longer distillation process. It is a radiant gold colour with a nose of delightfully fruity overtones and underlying notes of cinnamon and oak wood. Beautifully balanced, generous and full in the mouth, this superb Cognac is best served neat.

 

The impressive packaging, produced specifically for the roller glass gift packs, will appeal to any Cognac collector. The lid opens in a fold-out motion to reveal a hidden compartment that holds the limited edition roller glass.

 

Bisquit is the only major Cognac House to be awarded for its full range at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) five years in a row.

 

VISIT WWW.BISQUIT.CO.ZA OR LIKE THE BISQUIT COGNAC FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO BECOME A BISQUIT COGNAC CONNOISSEUR.

 

RAVE REWARD - WE HAVE 2 SPECIAL EDITION GIFT SETS FROM BISQUIT COGNAC TO GIVEAWAY. EACH SET CONTAINS A BISQUIT COGNAC AND LIMITED EDITION ROLLER GLASS. TO ENTER, EMAIL GIVEAWAYS@RAVEREVIEW.CO.ZA WITH BISQUIT IN THE SUBJECT LINE. 

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