Aldi has topped our taste test to be named the best premium Christmas pudding for 2019, beating puddings from Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and Selfridges.
Our panel of experts blind-tasted 13 premium Christmas puddings, all of which were judged by on taste, texture, aroma and appearance.
Only the Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Vintage Pudding pudding (76%, £13) was deemed tasty enough to be named a Best Buy.
Our experts nominated the Asda Extra Special 9-Month Matured Luxury Christmas Pudding as great value. It scored 73%, but cost £6 less than our top-scorer.
We also tasted puddings from Lidl, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose & Partners.
You can find out how your favourite store ranked by checking our chart of the best Christmas puddings.
Best Christmas puddings
Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Vintage Pudding, 76% (£13 for 800g)
Our panel loved that Aldi’s premium pud was packed full of high-quality fruit and nuts with an orangey, zesty kick.
Our tasters enjoyed the variety of fruit, too, and especially noted the beautifully red cherries – a contrast to other puddings on test which were more currant and sultana-heavy.
All agreed that although this winning Christmas pudding had a cake-like texture and didn’t look the most traditional, the flavours definitely were.
The level of booze was perfect, too. Our experts thought it wasn’t overly boozy, but the taste came through nicely with a richness, rather than a ‘raw’ alcoholic flavour.
Our panel thought this pud would be ideal alongside classic toppings such as brandy cream or custard.
Asda Extra Special 9-Month Matured Luxury Christmas Pudding, 73% (£7 for 907g)
The experts described Asda’s pudding as a traditional all-rounder, and it’s a bargain at almost half the price of the Aldi Best Buy.
It’s best if you’ve got a lot of guests and you’re on a budget – our panel agreed it would please most.
Our tasters thought it was sweet, but not overly so, with nice fruits and a lovely taste. They also mentioned its impressive dome shape and glossy good looks.
M&S The Collection 18 Month Matured Vintage Christmas Pudding 73% (£14 for 800g)
Although opinions differed about the texture of this pudding (some found it too ‘soft and squidgy’), the experts agreed that it had ‘rich and intense flavours’ with a nice hint of booze coming through.
Waitrose & Partners Cherry & Almond-Topped Christmas Pudding with Amaretto, 72% (£14 for 800g)
This eye-catching pudding, topped with a rainbow of cherries, is perfect for a celebration. Our testers felt it would be best for those with a sweet tooth and enjoyed the fruity, almond texture.
Lidl Deluxe 24 Month Matured Christmas Pudding with Cognac, 71% (£11.99 for 907g)
The expert panel agreed that this impressive-looking pudding was juicy, full of fruit and delivered a strong hit of booze. Some liked the alcohol taste, describing it as ‘aged and pleasant’, but others found it a touch over-powering.
All pricing is correct as of 22 November 2019.