Asda and Marks & Spencer take five wins each in Christmas taste test

Asda also won praise for its £3 Extra Special frozen macaroons


Two supermarkets at the opposite end of the price spectrum are the biggest winners of an annual Christmas taste test.

Asda and Marks & Spencer both won five categories out of the 18 up for grabs in the BBC Good Food magazine Christmas Taste Awards.

Asda's Extra Special corn-fed Bronze turkey, costing £6 to £9 a kilo, beat all others to win best in show, with judges describing it as "plump, glossy and beautifully golden - the birds' diet of corn adds colour as well as flavour".

Asda also won praise for its £3 Extra Special frozen macaroons, with judges noting that they "can't believe they come from the freezer".

The expert panel blind-tasted 160 products from the UK's 10 leading supermarkets, ranging from a £50 M&S beef rib with porcini to £1.25 mince pies from Asda.

Gillian Carter, the magazine's editor, said: "This year's results show that you don't have to blow the budget to enjoy great food.

"We always blind-taste all the products so that we judge solely on taste and appearance, and aren't influenced by the packaging or the retailer's reputation.

"The budget supermarkets continue to have a huge impact on the food retail landscape, and this year Asda has really excelled."

M&S won the categories for Christmas pudding, panettone, vegetarian canapes, vegetarian starters and alternative main course for its beef rib.

Tesco won finest seafood platter with its £32.50 three-tiered offering, while Asda also took the title for best ham for its £15 smoked gammon with whisky and ginger glaze and best smoked salmon with its £4 Extra Special pack.