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15 British Snacks to Munch While You’re Bingeing on Love Actually

Watching Love Actually on repeat is basically a requirement of the holiday season. When you’re tired of shopping for presents and decorating your house, and even those holiday parties have lost their sparkle, it’s time to slow down and recharge. And what’s more perfect than binging on your favorite holiday movie and noshing on a British treat while you’re watching? Make use of the cold, wintry weather to whip up one of these holiday recipes, grab your blanket and head to the couch for the perfect winter afternoon.

1. Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Dipped Shortbread: The holidays call for a fancier take on regular old shortbread. Dip yours in melted chocolate and sprinkle with pistachios for a special treat. (via Persephone H)


2. Battenberg Cake: The history of this cake is very British — it was originally named to honor the wedding of Princess Victoria (a granddaughter of Queen Victoria) to Prince Louis of Battenberg. It’s made by baking a yellow and a pink sponge cake separately and combining the pieces together in a checkered pattern. The cake is held together by apricot jam and covered with marzipan. Yum! (via A Bookish Baker)


3. Homemade Penguins: McVities Penguin Biscuits are one of Britain’s favorite store-bought cookies. You don’t have to fly across the pond to try one — you can make your own version at home. (via A Bookish Baker)


4. Millionaire Shortbread: This cookie and cake fusion is made from a rectangular shortbread biscuit base with a soft, creamy caramel filling, then topped with milk chocolate. (via Ginger & Bread)


5. Raw Banoffee Pie: One of Britain’s favorite desserts is the Banoffee Pie, whose name comes from combining its two most distinctive ingredients — bananas and coffee. If you’re tired of baking for the holidays, this no-bake cake is a great option. (via Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen)


6. Sticky Toffee Pudding: Toffee is well-known as a British flavor — drizzle it over a pudding for an extra-special treat. (via Jane’s Adventures in Dinner)

mini victoria sandwich

7. Mini Victoria Sandwich: You might recognize this dessert from The Great British Bake-Off. Spend a dreary afternoon re-creating it to enjoy with Love Actually. The mini versions mean you can extend the snack-age even longer. (via Patty in the City)

eggnog and almond scones

8. Eggnog and Almond Scones: Scones are decidedly British, and this recipe is decidedly Christmasy with its distinctive eggnog flavor. (via Hungry Girl por Vida)


9. A Foolish Mess: British Eton Messes are made with cream or yogurt — make your own vegan recipe with coconut cream instead. (via Quite Good Food)

hot cross buns

10. Chocolate and Orange Spiced Hot Cross Buns: It’s said that those who share a hot cross bun are supposed to enjoy a strong friendship and bond for the next year, so make sure you enjoy one of these while snuggling up with your BFF during the movie. (via Cygnet Kitchen)

bacon scone

11. Cheddar Bacon Scones: Scones aren’t always just the sugar-laden version you find at the coffee shop — they can be savory, too. Think of this as the British version of “bacon egg and cheese, please!” (via XOXO Bella)


12. Victoria Sponge Cake: Use homemade jam left over from the summer for this yummy and light sponge cake. (via The Cooking Doctor)

13. Sticky Toffee Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting: The Brits know how to do dessert. This cake incorporates all the delicious flavors of toffee pudding, and the addition of banana makes it melt in your mouth. (via Rock Recipes)

14. Bakewell Tart: This is a simple British almond tart with a hidden raspberry filling and delicate drizzled icing. You can nosh on leftovers with your afternoon tea. (via Kitchen Trials)


15. Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding: For the British, puddings are an integral part of the holidays. This chocolate-filled pudding will make you wonder why we don’t eat them more in the States. (via Wallflower Girl)

Find more sweet treat inspiration on the Brit+Co Pinterest boards.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)