M&S fans rejoice as retailer launches festive Colin the Caterpillar

‘Christmas has been saved!’ M&S fans rejoice as retailer festive Colin the Caterpillar complete with a Santa hat and presents goes on sale

  • Christmas Colin the Caterpillar edition of the popular cake has been released 
  • Fans have been sent into a frenzy trying to get their hands on the festive offering
  • Others shared their delight with one saying the news has ‘saved their Christmas’

Marks & Spencer has delighted fans by releasing the Christmas edition of the popular Colin the Caterpillar cake.   

The £10 Christmas-themed cake comes with an edible Santa hat, presents and festive decorations available in stores from today.  

Fans of the upmarket retailer rejoiced at the news, with one exclaiming that ‘Christmas has been saved’, while another teased they would be driving miles to purchase one of the festive treats.  

Marks & Spencer has delighted fans by announcing their festive version of their famous Colin the Caterpillar cake has been released in stores

One keen shopper wrote: ‘M&S have launched a festive Colin the Caterpillar Double exclamation mark Christmas has been saved.’ 

Another said: ‘I’m making my father drive us 20 miles the Saturday before christmas just to get a Christmas Colin the Caterpillar cake…. yes,it is worth it.’ 

A third admitted: ‘Once again, I’m being sucked in to commercialism. So tempted to buy a Christmas Colin the Caterpillar cake!.’ 

One very frazzled fan was very eager to get her hands on a Colin, writing: ‘Marks and Spencer’s why are you trying to kill me! I was told the Christmas Colin cake would be in store on the 18th, then you post it’s in store today! Partner got the last one.’  

Fans of the upmarket retailer rejoiced at the news, with one exclaiming that ‘Christmas has been saved’, while another teased they would be driving miles to purchase one of the festive treats

The retailer’s festive range includes more than 1000 new products including more vegan food than ever before, as well as Christmas classics including an oven-ready turkey crown, and indulgent golden profiteroles.

One particularly popular product in the range was their light-up gin, which has proven so popular stores had to limit sales to two per person, while some shoppers took to Facebook and eBay to sell the gin for up to four times the price.

The UK store’s £18 70cl bottle gin comes complete with edible gold leaf and lights up to look like a snow globe comes in Clementine and Rhubarb flavours. 

The grocer are also offering a range of exciting light-up gins. The UK’s first light up bottle of gin liqueur includes 23 carat edible gold leaf at just £18 (following the runaway success of last year’s sell-out Clementine Gin Liqueur Snow Globe)

Fans are able to explore the full festive range online now, which includes 14 exclusive online Christmas Food to Order products like the Star-Studded Sausage Roll Garland Stack for £12 and a three-tier tower of moreish sausage rolls.   

April Preston, Director of Product Development told FEMAIL: ‘This year, customers have been telling us they want to embrace the spirit of Christmas more than ever. 

‘We won’t want to confine Christmas to one day, we’ll be looking to extend the festive season and turn it into a series of moments, celebrating with loved ones in whatever way we can.’  

What’s in M&S’s Christmas range? 

Marks & Spencer have introduced more than 1000 items for their festive range, here FEMAIL reveals a selection of the best bites, with some items available from tomorrow. 

SAVOURY 

Battered Mini Sausages ‘chip shop style’ with curry dip, £5, 290g

IN STORE FROM 21 OCT

A perfect taste of the ‘chippy’ in bitesize form, complete with curry sauce for dipping

Battered Mini Sausages ‘chip shop style’ with curry dip, £5, 290g and are in store from 21st October

Perfect for Christmas morning! Marks & Spencer’s best ever Smoked Salmon cost £5 for 100g

Chicken Doughnut Dippers £5, 330g 

IN STORE FROM 21 OCT

These jumbo battered British chicken breast ‘rings’ come in their very own doughnut box with BBQ sauce and waffle crumbs for dipping.

Dough-nut adjust your screen! Chicken Doughnut Dippers cost £5 for 330g and are in store from October 21

The Molten Mountain Cheesebake, £7 (serves 6)

Hot cheese? Yes please! M&S’s hot and gooey Christmas cheese is renowned across the UK, and this year the supermarket has gone introduced a smouldering cheese-lover’s dream.

This fondue pot of Gruyère, Comté and Emmental is topped with bacon lardons, roasted onion and Raclette cheese, and is ready to pop straight into the oven.

Hot cheese? Yes please! M&S’s hot and gooey Christmas cheese is renowned across the UK, and this year the supermarket has gone introduced a smouldering cheese-lover’s dream 

Fans will be able to explore the full festive range online tomorrow including 14 exclusive online Christmas Food to Order products like the Star-Studded Sausage Roll Garland  Stack (pictured) for £12 and a three-tier tower of moreish sausage rolls

Perfect Turkey Crown £50, serves 6-8

IN STORE 19th DEC  

Needing next to no attention for the perfect, succulent meat every time, M&S have done all the hard-work meaning you can simply pop in the oven for the specified time, and cook-up delicious, fuss-free meat.

Costing £50 and serving 6-8, this free range bird is great value coming pre-basted, pre-stuffed with a pork and cranberry stuffing, pre-wrapped with a flavoursome cured smoked bacon for ultimate succulence and we have even infused a nutty butter under the skin to keep meat super moist and skin super crispy.

Perfect Turkey Crown costs £50 and serves 6-8. It will be in store from December 19th and just needs to be baked

Slow-cooked Turkey Legs £12, 1.7kg, serves 4, in store for 2nd December

Slow-cooked Turkey Legs £12, 1.7kg, serves 4

IN STORE FROM 2 DEC

To make sure there’s no wastage from their crowns, M&S have specially prepared these delicious slow-cooked turkey legs, complete with rich turkey gravy. 

Perfect for anyone who prefers darker meat.

They say it is so succulent, it falls off the bone.

Mushroom & Camembert Pie £18, 975g serves 4 

IN STORE 18 DEC

A Christmas treat for anyone and everyone. Mushrooms and roast parsnips in a creamy, cheesy sauce, encased in flaky pastry shaped like a mushroom.

I’ve only got pies for you!  A Christmas treat for anyone and everyone. Mushrooms and roast parsnips in a creamy, cheesy sauce, encased in flaky pastry shaped like a mushroom, £18, 975g serves 4

Spice lovers can also pick up all the flavours of a pizza in the £4 spicy pizza dip, which has spicy tomato, punchy pepperoni and gooey mozzarella inside, which cheese fiends can indulge in tear and share handcrafted cheese puff pastry with molten Camembert for £12 – both in store from 18th November.

Other products include a twist on pigs in blankets – prawns in blankts. 

These juicy responsibly-sourced Vannamei prawns are wrapped in aldersmoked bacon for a festive surf and turf experience. They cost £7 for 159g and are in stores from 18th November.

Also in the range is ricotta stacks for £7 and a Merry Christmas giant sausage roll for £8, as well as vegan version for the same price. 

A seriously saucy lasagne hot dip for £4 and 10 Cheesy crumpets and Marmite also appear in the delicious range. 

VEGAN 

As well as their traditional range M&S are launching even more vegan items this year, including Plant Kitchen Festive Wreath, Plant Kitchen No Pigs in Duvets and Chocolate Tortes that are deceptively vegan. 

In January, the shop revealed their first ever vegan Kiev, 40 years after launching the chicken Kiev in the UK. 

Frozen Plant Kitchen mini no chicken Kievs £5, 360g 

IN STORE NOW 

This Christmas, they will also have frozen bitesize versions of the soya-based Kievs, which are in stores now.

IN STORE NOW: Frozen Plant Kitchen mini no chicken Kievs £5, 360g. M&S first introduced the delicious kievs (full size)into store in January 

As well as their traditional range M&S are launching even more vegan items this year, including Plant Kitchen Festive Wreath (pictured)

SWEET   

This year’s dessert collection is bigger than ever and made for every occasion, including rounding off the main event. 

Guaranteed crowd-pleasers include showstopping golden balls profiterole stack and theatrical gold bullion bar.

Golden Balls £12, 640g serves 8

Golden balls! Profiteroles with a difference! Go for gold this Christmas with a dazzling stack of delicate choux pastry puffs filled with whipped cream, layered with rich salted caramel sauce and decorated with gold malt balls and gold shimmer

IN STORE FROM 20 DEC

Profiteroles with a difference! Go for gold this Christmas with our dazzling stack of delicate choux pastry puffs filled with whipped cream, layered with rich salted caramel sauce and decorated with gold malt balls and gold shimmer.

Giant Gold Bullion Bar, £20, 750g serves 6


Giant Gold Bullion Bar, £20, 750g serves 6 (right) while the a Triple Chocolate Panettone is described as a thing of dream

IN STORE FROM 18 DEC

Bringing back a customer favourite – this time super-sized to add a touch of theatre to the table. 

A light caramel mousse, layered with chocolate ganache, crunchy chocolate shortbread pieces and salted caramel sauce, encased in a milk chocolate shell.

Simply shatter and share!

But that’s not all!

Some other festive favourites include a velvety Salted Caramel Brownie Liqueur, out-of-this-world Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding, a Triple Chocolate Panettone of dreams and everybody’s favourite – a Festive Colin the Caterpillar Cake, giving a new take on the Christmas Yule Log!

An out-of-this-world Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding is sure to delight fans who don’t opt for traditional fruit cake

Everybody’s favourite! A Festive Colin the Caterpillar Cake, giving a new take on the Christmas Yule Log

Other treats include a Percy Pig ‘Mince Pie’ combing a Percy Pig flavoured sponge with a shortcrust pastry, as well as a traditional mince pie and Rudolph doughnut. 

Those with a sweet tooth can also enjoy a mince pie cookie and Santa’s yumnut, which cost £4 for a pack of three or £1.50 each.

Meanwhile, the mince pie cookie cost £1 and is available from November 4, while Rudolph the red-nosed doughnut cost 85p.


What’s better than a soft, chewy cookie at Christmas? A mince pie one, of course!  (right). This delicious all-butter spiced cookie is topped with a dollop of juicy mincemeat. They cost £1 a cookie and will be in stores from November 4

Other treats include a Percy Pig ‘Mince Pie’ combining a Percy Pig-flavoured sponge with a shortcrust pastry, as well as a traditional mince pie and Rudolph doughnuts (pictured)

ALCOHOL 

Left to right: Classics Touraine Sauvignon Blanc £8, Bright, crisp and fresh with flavours of citrus and green apples. Perfectly paired with seafood or salmon. Classics Claret £7, Rich and fruity with hints of blackcurrant and plum. Amazing value and the ideal accompaniment for turkey and all the trimmings. Classics Gavi £8, Floral, light and refreshing with flavours of pear, fennel and stone fruit. The perfect partner for seafood starters and canapés. Classics Malbec £8, plum flavours. Pairs well with rich meaty dishes, such as roast beef and beef Wellington.

Marks & Spencer’s wine range, available in store now, includes rich wines all under £8.

From a classic Sauvignon Blanc, to a plummy Malbec there’s a range for all dishes in store.

The grocer are also offering a range of exciting light-up gins. The UK’s first light up bottle of gin liqueur includes 23 carat edible gold leaf at just £18 (following the runaway success of last year’s sell-out Clementine Gin Liqueur Snow Globe).

The grocer are also offering a range of exciting light-up gins. The UK’s first light up bottle of gin liqueur includes 23 carat edible gold leaf at just £18 (following the runaway success of last year’s sell-out Clementine Gin Liqueur Snow Globe)

 

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