Which? reveals the best Christmas pudding for 2014The cheapest on test is best, Which? discovers
20 November 2014
Treat your family and your wallet this year, as our expert taste test has revealed that the cheapest pudding on test is also the tastiest.
Our panel of expert tasters, including Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, valiantly worked their way through 11 premium Christmas puddings from supermarkets and upmarket retailers to reveal this year's winner.
Morrisons M Signature Jewelled Fruit Christmas Pudding, the cheapest on test at £3.99, stole the top spot. Described by our judges as 'simply majestic', it was commended for its nutty texture, citrus notes and great depth of flavour.
Fortnum and Mason's St James Christmas pudding, costing £10, disappointed our judges. They described its flavour as artificial and unpleasant, with one taster likening it to citrus bathroom cleaner.
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Which? Christmas pudding taste test
In our quest to find the tastiest Christmas puddings, we asked supermarkets and upmarket retailers to nominate a premium pudding from their range.
The following puddings were tasted by our judges:
- Aldi Specially Selected 12-Month Matured Luxury Christmas Pudding (750g, £6.99)
- Asda Extra Special Mulled Port and Orange Christmas Pudding with Edible Stars (454g, £5.00)
- Fortnum & Mason St James Christmas Pudding (454g, £10.00)
- Harrods Luxury Christmas Pudding (454g, £12.50)
- Lidl Snowy Lodge 18-Month Luxury Matured Christmas Pudding (907g, £7.99)
- Marks & Spencer The Collection Intensely Fruity Christmas Pudding (454g, £7.50)
- Morrisons M Signature Jewelled Fruit Christmas Pudding (454g, £3.99)
- Tesco Finest 9-Month Matured Christmas Pudding With Courvoisier VS Cognac (454g, £5.00)
- The Co-operative Richly Fruited Matured Christmas Pudding (454g, £5.00)
- Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cognac Laced Christmas Pudding 18-Month Matured (450g, £6.50)
- Waitrose Richly Fruited Christmas Pudding with Rémy Martin (454g, £7.50)
Our panel of expert tasters blind tasted the 11 puddings, giving them each a mark out of 10 for taste, texture, aroma and appearance, with the greatest importance being placed on taste.
The final scores were then converted to a percentage and ranked in order, to reveal our winners. Click to see our full Christmas pudding results.
Our expert tasters were: Charles Campion, food critic and Masterchef guest judge; Frances Quinn, Great British Bake Off 2013 winner; Oliver Whitford-Knight, owner of The Pudding Bar; and Patrick Moore, award-winning artisan baker.
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