Outdoor spread: 10 best summer party snacks

Catering for a crowd? We samples a range of moreish savoury and sweet bites to find the tastiest party pleasers

From juicy stuffed peppers to mojito-laced chicken cigarellos and sweet shortcake bites, there’s no need to break the bank throwing a party to remember this summer. Preparation is easy, leaving more time to enjoy the (hopefully) sunshine yourself. Any leftovers will make the perfect next-day picnic, too.

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Verdict:

When cocktails and food come together, you know you’re onto a winner. For this reason, Waitrose’s mojito chicken ‘cigarellos’ are the pick of the bunch and sure to impress party guests. For any veggie friends the Real Olive Co’s juicy organic olives are hard to beat, while those with a sweet tooth will find Sainsbury’s caramel shortcake bites hard to resist.

Buy now

1. Smoked Salmon Appetisers, £2.75 for 12

2. Real Olive Co Organic Pitted Chalkidiki and Kalamata,  £3.05 for 250g

3. Taste the Difference Ham Hock Pasties, £2.80 for 4

4. Mini Pastry Bites, £2.00 for 36

5. Mojito Chicken Cigarellos, £2.69 for 5

6. Caramel Shortcake Bites, £1.50 for 22

7. The Deli Fresh Antipasti Stuffed Sweet Peppers, £1.29 for 120g (in store only)

8. Original Falafel Bites, £2.40 for 300g

9. Mini Macaroons, £5.49 for 12 or available online as £10.00 for 24

10. Finest Jumbo Tempura King Prawns, £3.50 for 8

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