Coles has given a taste of a bold but delicious December range, serving dishes rarely seen in an Australian Christmas spread with silver-plated shoppers tipped to spend billions.
Among the 150 Christmas items soon to hit the shelves include trendy cheeseburger spring rolls, sweet and sour lemongrass candy canes, and an Aussie take on the cult American dish “turducken,” a combination of three birds of roasted chicken, duck and turkey.
With Australians still unable to fly abroad and more than eight million people in Victoria and New South Wales sitting at home during lengthy lockdowns, experts predict shoppers could be ready to spend much of their $ 140 billion in household savings to inflate.
Coles has put an Aussie twist on a cult American dish ‘turducken’ as the supermarket giant prepares to fill its shelves to hit its expected record Christmas spending. It is a combination of three birds of chicken, duck and turkey
Celebrity chefs Luke Mangan and Courtney Roulston launched the Coles Christmas range of favorites and some weird and wonderful new options, including the ‘turducken’
Last Christmas, Australians spent a record $55 billion 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 that total online sales in August were up 36.4 percent from the same time last year, while online food sales were up 29 percent.
“Most people expect this to be the biggest Christmas ever… and we expect them to start spending money ASAP,” Coles chief executive Steven Cain told The Australian.
Coles smoked salmon can be bought hot and ready to eat this Christmas as part of the new range
After a stressful year in lockdown, Coles is preparing more food ready to heat up and eat this Christmas
Famed chefs Luke Mangan and Courtney Roulston launched the Coles range, which includes a real family favourite, the smoked Christmas crackling ham as a six-rib rack and made with Sow Stall Free pork.
It also has a traditional roast ham with a honey glaze, mustard and cloves.
Coles’ Aussie “turducken” has RSPCA-approved Hunter Valley turkey stuffed with native plums, five spices and pistachios, topped with duck and wrapped with an RSPCA-approved boneless chicken.
Coles also has a Hunter Valley fresh turkey breast stuffed with truffle mushroom risotto.
Seafood dishes include a ‘ready-to-eat’ hot beechwood smoked salmon with maple glaze, and the popular roast salmon with herb, butter and lemon fillings.
The supermarket also expects to sell thousands of freshly cooked tiger prawns.
Vegan and vegetarian shoppers will be happy to hear that Coles has another plant-based Christmas roast with sweet tomato chutney.
Coles desserts look irresistible, especially the trifles of fruit and chocolate (pictured) paired with wine or gin
Coles’ mirror glaze mousse desserts, available in Belgian chocolate and salted caramel, and raspberry, vanilla and Belgian white chocolate
Major themes in the supermarket giant’s range are convenience, with quickly reheatable but tasty food, and sustainability, with ‘100% recyclable and plastic-free’ decorations and wooden toys.
Even the glitter will be plastic-free, Coles said.
Mangan said much of the range is designed to be heated up quickly to save stress after a tough year of lockdown for many Aussies.
Coles matches drinks with menu choices
These include: BBQ pulled beef mac and cheese snacks, shrimp flavored snacks “in fun and festive shapes such as star-shaped toasts, griddle balls and candy canes,” and “pumpkin and cauliflower balls.”
Coles also has a ‘curated’ range of alcoholic drinks designed to match the Christmas menu items, and more choices for those who want alcoholic options with or without alcohol.
“Sales of low- and no-alcohol drinks on the market have doubled every year for the past three years,” Coles said in a statement.
The Coles Christmas dessert menu includes two great sounding trifles, a fruit and a chocolate.
The layered berry trifle features mixed berry coulis, vanilla custard, sponge cake and vanilla mousse, topped with Belgian white chocolate and freeze-dried raspberry chunks.
The triple chocolate version features layers of vanilla and chocolate mousse, Belgian chocolate brownies and rich chocolate ganache, topped with Belgian chocolate flakes.