Christmas pudding: which budget supermarket beat luxury rivals?

Christmas puddingThe Christmas pudding taste tests results are in and a budget supermarket has snatched the crown from last year's winner Waitrose.

Aldi reigned supreme with its Connoisseur Christmas Pudding - achieving both winner and runner up by beating everyone from Heston's Hidden Chocolate pudding to Harrods and Fortnums again.
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Consumer magazine Good Housekeeping sampled 165 festive foods in an effort to draw up a league table of Christmas components, from rival supermarkets and up-market retailers across the country.

In the battle of the savoury brands, Good Housekeeping's tests showed consumers should head to the supermarkets for the best after-Christmas dinner cheese - four of the five shortlisted were supermarket own brands. They found the creamy strong-flavoured Morrisons Signature Stilton was the real bargain and overall winner in the cheese test, scoring well ahead of offerings from Harrods and Fortnum and Mason.

It was Marks & Spencer festive food which swept the board, scoring eight top fives across the 13 categories.

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Good Housekeeping consumer director Caroline Bloor said: "Shopping for Christmas dinner - one of the most eagerly anticipated meals of the year - can be very stressful.

"Deciding what to choose when faced with products you may only buy once a year can be hit and miss. That's why we've done all the hard work for you - and tracked down the best options across 13 categories.

"In most categories, the overall winner is from a high street supermarket. If you're going to splash out, save your money for the champagne and smoked salmon."

Winners were:
Champagne: Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
Smoked salmon: Loch Fyne Bradan Orach Traditional Smoked Salmon
Turkey: Morrisons Free-range Frozen Turkey
Stuffing: Morrisons Fruit and Cognac Stuffing Balls
Cranberry sauce: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Cranberry Sauce
Ham: Harrods Orange and Cranberry Ham
Christmas pudding: Aldi Connoisseur Christmas Pudding
Brandy butter: Marks & Spencer Brandy Butter with Remy Martin
Mulled wine: Tesco Premium Mulled Wine
Mince pies: Heston from Waitrose Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies
Christmas cake: Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Stag Iced Rich Fruit Cake
Alternative Christmas cake: Winner: Marks & Spencer Salted Caramel Chocolate Forest Cake
Stilton: Morrisons Signature Stilton

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