Coles has previewed a daring but delicious December range, adding dishes rarely seen in an Australian Christmas spread with cashed-up shoppers tipped to spend billions.
Among the 150 Christmas products about to hit the shelves include trendy cheeseburger spring rolls, sweet and sour lemongrass candy canes, and an Aussie twist on the cult American dish ‘turducken’, a three-bird combination of roasted chicken, duck and turkey.
With Australians still unable to fly overseas and more than eight million people in Victoria and New South Wales stuck at home during long lockdowns, experts predict shoppers may be ready to blow plenty of their $140billion in household savings.
Coles have put an Aussie spin on a cult American dish ‘turducken’ as the supermarket giant prepares to fill its shelves to meet anticipated record Christmas spending. It is a three-bird combination of chicken, duck and turkey
Celebrity chefs Luke Mangan and Courtney Roulston launched Coles Christmas range which includes a favourites and a few weird and wonderful new options – including the ‘turducken’
Last Christmas Australians spent a record $55billion over a six week period from mid-November to the end of December.
Early indications show Christmas 2021 could beat that record.
The Australian Retailers Association reported total online sales for August were up 36.4 per cent on the same time last year, while online food sales were 29 per cent up.
‘Most people are expecting this will be the biggest Christmas ever … and we are expecting that they will start spending as soon as they are able to,’ Coles chief executive Steven Cain told The Australian.
Coles’ smoked salmon can be bought hot and ready to eat this Christmas as part of its new range
After a stressful year in lockdown Coles is preparing more food that is ready to reheat and eat this Christmas
Celebrity chefs Luke Mangan and Courtney Roulston launched Coles’ range, which includes a firm family favourite, the smoked crackling Christmas ham as a six-rib rack and made with Sow Stall Free pork.
It also has a traditional roasting ham with a honey glaze, mustard and cloves.
Coles’ Aussie ‘turducken’ has RSPCA-approved Hunter Valley turkey stuffed with native plums, five spice and pistachios, topped with duck and wrapped with an RSPCA approved deboned chicken.
Coles also has a Hunter Valley fresh turkey breast stuffed with truffled mushroom risotto.
Seafood options include a ‘ready-to-eat’ hot beechwood-smoked salmon with maple glaze, and the popular salmon roast with herb, butter and lemon stuffing.
The supermarket expects to sell thousands of fresh cooked tiger prawns too.
Vegan and vegetarian shoppers will be happy to learn Coles again has a plant-based Christmas roast with sweet tomato chutney.
Coles desserts look irresistible especially the fruit and chocolate trifles (pictured) paired with wine or gin
Coles’ mirror glaze mousse desserts, comes in available in Belgian chocolate and salted caramel, and raspberry, vanilla and Belgian white chocolate
Major themes of the supermarket giant’s range are convenience, with quickly re-heatable but tasty food, and sustainability, with ‘100% recyclable and plastic-free’ decorations and wooden toys.
Even its glitter will be plastic-free, Coles said.
Mangan said much of the range was designed to be reheated quickly to save stress after a tough year of lockdown for many Aussies.
Coles is matching drinks to menu choices
These include: mac and cheese bites with BBQ pulled beef, prawn flavoured snacks ‘in fun and festive shapes like star-shaped toasts, lattice baubles and candy canes’ and ‘pumpkin & cauliflower baubles’.
Coles also has a ‘curated’ range of alcoholic drinks designed to match with its Christmas menu items, and increased choices for people wanting low or zero alcoholic options.
‘Sales in low and no alcohol drinks have doubled across the market each year for the past three years,’ Coles said in a statement.
Coles christmas dessert menu includes two amazing sounding trifles, one fruit and one chocolate.
The layered berry trifle includes mixed berry coulis, vanilla custard, sponge cake and vanilla mousse, topped with Belgian white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberry pieces.
The triple chocolate version includes layers of vanilla and chocolate mousse, Belgian chocolate brownies and rich chocolate ganache, topped with Belgian chocolate flakes.