From mulled wine and mince pies to turkey with all the trimmings, the talented food buffs at Good Housekeeping have tasted their way round every supermarket shelf to find the very best food for your Christmas table. These are the festive foods worth forking out on…
BEST VEGETARIAN ALTERNATIVE:
Specially Selected Vegetable Parcels, £1.99 |
Aldi What they thought: Golden, flaky pastry parcels seasoned with fine herbs. It's comforting, with creamy mature cheesy spinach and potato beautifully offset by crisp, buttery pastry – a great choice for all the family.
BEST FROZEN TURKEY & CROWNS:
British Free-Range Turkey Crown With Pork, Sage & Onion Stuffing, £32.04 - £41.94 |
Marks & Spencer What they thought: An attractive centrepiece that delivers on flavour. Tender, juicy turkey wrapped in crisp sweet bacon lattice for a wonderfully textured slice. Stock basted for a richly infused savoury flavour, sage and onion packed sausage stuffing adds a herbaceous taste, cutting through the slight saltiness.
BEST PIGS IN BLANKETS:
Pork Sausages, £2.75 |
Iceland What they thought: Meaty, well-seasoned sausage is wrapped in crispy bacon with just the right amount of fat to give these pigs in blankets a delicious savoury saltiness. Both the sausage and bacon were a pleasing colour.
BEST CHRISTMAS STUFFING:
Pork & Caramelised Red Onion Baubles, £2.49 |
Aldi What they thought: Well-seasoned, juicy sausage meat topped with a sage leaf inside a crunchy bacon wrap. Caramelised red onions add sweetness while the sage bacon delivers a salty, savoury taste.
BEST CHRISTMAS PUDDING:
Golden Topped Christmas Pudding, £7.99 |
Aldi What they thought: This decadent pudding is beautifully arranged to showcase jewelled fruits with a sprinkle of gold dust. The warming alcohol is balanced nicely with orange marmalade, nuttiness and perfect plump fruit.
BEST CHRISTMAS CAKE:
Soft Iced Star Christmas Cake, £30 |
Bettys What they thought: A classic fruit cake recipe with a contemporary embossed snowflake star design. The freshly baked sponge is layered with sweet icing and almond marzipan, both of which are exceptionally soft and delicious. The buttery cake is crammed full of expertly soaked plump vine fruits and refreshing citrus peel, and laced with sherry and treacle – divine.
BEST BRANDY BUTTER:
Christmas Brandy Butter, £3 |
Marks & Spencer What they thought: A luscious, soft, whipped cream consistency, with salted caramel undertones and building brandy warmth. Initially, there was a light sugary crunch, but it immediately melts on contact with a warm mince pie.
BEST PROSECCO UNDER £15:
Prosecco – Case of 6, £48
(was £60) | Marks & Spencer What they thought: Very ripe, appley aroma with a herbaceous note. Lively bubbles and ripe red apple flavour with a hint of pear. Balanced, drinkable, and a real crowd-pleaser.
BEST CRANBERRY SAUCE:
Cranberry & Port Sauce, £6 |
Marks & Spencer What they thought: A glossy red sauce with large, soft cranberries. Tamarind flavours were complemented by a touch of fragrant sweet wine. The aroma of stewed apples and cinnamon make the perfect accompaniment to a Christmas roast.
BEST BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT:
Maynard’s 1992 LBV Port, £19.99 |
Aldi What they thought: Rich and sweet spice aromas. Figgy, coffee and cherry flavours with a tangy finish. This would be wonderful with Stilton.
BEST MULLED WINE:
Mulled Wine, £4.50 |
Sainsbury’s What they thought: If you're after something to warm you up this Christmas, look no further. This full-bodied festive tipple hits all the right notes. Rich and smoky, with a pleasing fruity acidity - and it's spiced to perfection, too.
BEST CHAMPAGNE UNDER £40:
Champagne Brut Non Vintage, £16.50 |
Sainsbury’s What they thought: A rich brioche aroma with lemon zest and curd notes. Baked lemon and rich Bramley apple flavours. Rich, well-balanced and complex. A real treat whether it's on its own or accompanying white fish, poultry or mushroom-based canapés.
BEST STILTON CHEESE:
Stilton Cheese, £2.50 |
Sainsbury’s What they thought: Creamy yellow and sporadic blue veins make for a dense wedge of cheese. The salt, nuttiness and earthy mushroom flavours are perfectly balanced, but best of all is its buttery, melt-in-the-mouth consistency.
BEST MINCE PIES:
Mince Pies 6 Pack, £2 |
Tesco What they thought: This is everything a mince pie should be. It's an attractive, light-gold pastry topped with a festive snowflake-shaped lid sprinkled with sugar. The mincemeat is juicy and infused with cognac and port for a subtle alcoholic kick. The balance between sweet and tart is spot on, complemented by the delicious buttery pastry.
BEST SMOKED SALMON:
Chestnut Smoked Scottish Salmon, £5 |
Waitrose What they thought: Fresh, peach-coloured slivers of salmon that felt tender and meaty in the mouth. Strong aromas of bonfire smokiness and cured saltiness. However, the taste was more subtle, with balanced sea salt, sweetness and gentle smoke flavours.
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