CHRISTMAS pudding is a big day staple for many.
So which is better?
We asked Lynsey Hope to try out the offerings from the 10-rated supermarket.
Christmas Pudding Tasteless (400g) Asda, £2.25 – 5/10
AFTER cooking this in the microwave for three minutes, it had no flavor and was much lighter than anything else I’ve tried.
It had a lot less fruit and was dominated by the taste of cider and brandy.
I found it heavy and bits kept getting stuck on my tongue.
It was more like a cake than a pudding.
I wouldn’t expect him to lose weight, but just one quarter of this pudding contains a whopping 326 calories and 45g of sugar.
Holly Lane 6 months old (400g) Aldi £1.85 – 8/10
FULL flavor with great texture, microwaved in just two and a half minutes.
It contains 36 percent raisins, cider, rum and sherry.
It gave off a wonderful aroma when the microwave hummed and I liked that it was very fruity.
I think it will serve about eight people.
For the price, this is a bargain, and very expensive.
It’s Christmas in a pudding.
No. 1 Christmas Pudding (400g) Waitrose, £7-7/10
THIS is dome shaped rather than square topped and had a lovely eye-catching sheen.
It looked so appetizing that I couldn’t wait to dig it out.
You can cook for a couple of hours, and in the microwave for two and a half minutes.
It’s made with plump grapes, cream, pecans, and a generous helping of cognac, giving it a rich and creamy taste.
It’s juicy, light, not cloying at all, and has a slightly sweet marmalade flavor that I really liked.
The only downside is the price.
Deluxe 9 Month Aged (400g) Lidl, £3.79 – 10/10
Here Lidl’s premium pudding is my choice of all.
It is filled with juicy grape fruit, crunchy almonds and walnuts and generously flavored with cognac and sherry, which gives it a rich and full taste.
It’s not as cheap as some but costs a little more and you would think it was from a high end retailer.
This is a quality product at a great price – a real Christmas present.
Christmas pudding (400g), Tesco £2.40 – 5/10
VERY disappointed with this.
First, after microwaving for two and a half minutes, I tried to pull it out and it looked like crumbly porridge.
I really wouldn’t want to serve this up on the big day.
You can’t really taste the spices at all, and it doesn’t contain nuts, which I would expect in a Christmas pud to bring out the flavor.
The drink was pleasant.
Good price, but there are cheaper, but better.
Rich Fruit Pudding (400g) Morrisons, £2 – 9/10
LOVED this one – for £2 this is a great choice.
It has great taste and texture.
It was very moist, filled with fruit – much more so than some of the others – and it came out delicious.
I finished it and will definitely buy more before Christmas.
Sainsbury’s 6-month-aged pudding (400g), £3-4/10
I am a big fan of Sainsbury products, but unfortunately not this one.
It was a bit dry and didn’t contain as much fruit as I had hoped.
I would like to see some cherries and almonds.
It was more expensive than many other supermarkets and I didn’t think it was worth the extra pennies.
Not my choice for a big day.
12-month aging (907g) M&S £12 – 8/10
I was excited to try this M&S pudding.
It’s pricey, but more than double the price of all the others we’ve tried, so it’s still a pretty good value.
It was very fruity, heady and nutty, really tasty but I’m very picky, I found some of the nuts too big and the texture a bit grainy.
It was very nice to receive this from Marx, which, after all, is the meaning of Christmas!
I would buy this again.
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