For the many Brits contemplating how to pay for Christmas this year, there is some good news on the seasonal food front - a survey has declared budget brand Aldi's mince pies the best on offer.
According to the poll by Which?, the supermarket's Specially Selected 6 Luxury Mince Pies, priced at just £1.69, are tastier than luxury alternatives from the likes of Fortnum & Mason and Harrods.
In a blind taste test by leading bakers and pastry chefs, Aldi's pies contained a "lush, spicy and juicy" filling, wrapped in a "thin, crisp and light" pastry. Another budget brand, Lidl's Snowy Lodge 6 Luxury MInce Pies (£1.79) came in second, while Harrods' Luxury Almond & Brandy Mince Pies, priced at £9.50, placed fifth, and Fortnum's £12.95 offering came bottom of the pile.
What's more, Aldi's Connoisseur Christmas Pudding (£3.89) was declared the winner of a blind taste test by the Good Housekeeping Institute, with its Specially Selected Luxury Champagne Christmas Pudding in second spot, once again beating more high-end festive treats from Harrods and Heston Blumenthal.
The blind taste test for Which? also pointed to Co-op's Prosecco DOC Special Cuvée Brut, at £9.99 a bottle, as the best sparkling wine on offer, describing it as "clean and soft with floral and peachy perfumes and a hint of lemon peel".
So you even if you have to fork out a small fortune on gifts this year, at least you'll be able to impress friends and family with your Christmas fare without breaking the bank.
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