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Christmas 2015: After testing all of the supermarkets' Christmas puddings we rate them and choose the best for taste and value; We've tried Christmas puddings from Marks and Spencer, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi, The Co-op and Lidl, rated them all and found the best value one.

Byline: Georgia Morgan

Christmas pudding is the perfect way to round off your Christmas dinner but if you don't want to make your own, there are plenty on offer in your local supermarkets.

But with so much choice it can be difficult to know who has got the best, tastiest, pudding that is packed with dried fruits and nuts and of course, booze.

We've tested Christmas puddings from Asda, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury's, Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Morrisons and The Co-op and rated each one, chosen the tastiest and the best value.

So get the brandy cream at the ready and find out which one topped the bill and would make a great Christmas dinner table centrepiece.

Packed with fruit, this rich, dark pudding has a lovely, spicy smell. Really boozy but then again it should be as it has brandy, cognac, port and stout in it. It also has a generous sprinkling of big nuts throughout. A Christmas Day crowdpleaser.

5/5

Finished with edible gold glitter, this looks spectacular with glistening slices of orange on the outside and a festive topping of black and red glace cherries. A blend of vine fruits, almonds and pecans, steeped in orange liqueur, brandy and port, this is a solid Christmas pudding, and not too boozy if you prefer less alcohol in your puddings.

4/5

This pudding has a good taste and is very moist if a little too wet. There is a nice amount of spice and Christmas pudding flavour with the cherries and dates chopped up quite finely, delivering a strong fruity flavour. Unbelievable value for money.

3/5

Matured for 12 months and made with cream, pecans and a festive soaking of Remy Martin, this is bigger than the others we tested. It has a strong alcohol flavour and the pudding itself is the right consistency with a nice gooey sponge. Great if you have a crowd to feed.

3/5

There is a nice sharpness to this pudding but not a lot of spice, meaning that overall there isn't a huge amount of flavour. On the plus side there is a good amount of fruit in it.

3/5

This tastes more like a Christmas cake but has a good flavour with glace oranges slices on the outside. While they make it look impressive, the oranges are slightly overpowering giving the pudding a strong marmalade flavour.

3/5

Made with brandy, glace cherries, almonds and walnuts, this pudding looks very traditional if a little plain. It is less sweet than others we tested and very nutty. Overall a bit bland.

2/5

Despite being infused with cider, Amontillado Sherry, Ruby Port and Courvoisier VS Cognac, there is not much of a boozy flavour coming through. This is much firmer to cut and a little bit dryer than the other puddings, you would need a lot of sauce to counteract the dryness. No strong flavour.

2/5

For this pudding, you would have to seriously love cherries as it is jam packed with them. This has a very strong alcoholic taste and combined with the cherries, is reminiscent of cherry brandy. It doesn't taste like a Christmas pudding and is too sweet.

1/5

CAPTION(S):

Find out which supermarket has the best Christmas pudding according to our tasters

M&S Intensely Fruity Christmas Pudding [pounds sterling]7.50

Aldi Specially Selected golden topped christmas pudding [pounds sterling]8.99

Lidl Snowy Lodge 6 month matured Christmas pudding, [pounds sterling]2.99

Waitrose richly fruited Christmas pudding with Remy Martin [pounds sterling]12

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Cognac laced Christmas pudding, [pounds sterling]6.50

Asda Extra Special melting fig and brandy Christmas pudding, [pounds sterling]7

The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Christmas Pudding, [pounds sterling]3.00

Tesco finest Christmas pudding [pounds sterling]5

Morrisons Signature cherry crowned Christmas pudding, [pounds sterling]4
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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2015
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