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Shopping Around: Christmas puddings

Published 16/12/2011 | 06:00

If you're making your own, you'll have made it by now, but what about supermarket plum puddings? This week we tasted five own-brand puddings. They all tasted good and we scored on taste, ingredients and price. We didn't even look at the nutritional values, as let's face it, there won't be any good news there!

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Supervalu supreme luxury christmas pudding, 908g

Price: €9 (€9.91/Kg)

Verdict: This was the cheapest per kilo of the five, is made in Ireland and isn't too heavy or alcoholic (although it does contain 5.3pc of brandy, 3.5pc of cider and 1.3pc of rum). The packaging declares it contains "succulent vine fruits, cherries and almonds" and it is very fruity. For taste and price combined this came out best.

Score: 8.5 / 10

Aldi byrnes irish christmas pudding, 454g

Price: €4.99 (€10.99 / Kg)

Verdict: This was joint-second cheapest and is a gold winner at this year's Great Taste awards. It contains loads of booze (8% Irish stout, 5pc Irish whiskey and 1.8pc cream liquor) but somehow it doesn't taste too boozy but is juicy and succulent. It is produced in Ireland.

Score: 7.5 / 10

M&S perfectly matured christmas pudding, 454g

Price: €10.49 (€23.11 / Kg)

Verdict: The dearest by a mile and on taste this split the panel. That's because it tastes very 'alcoholic', containing brandy, cognac, port and stout. It is packed with vine fruits (the highest at 44pc) and so is juicy, rich and very good. It just depends how much alcohol you want to taste. This is made in the UK.

Score: 7.5 / 10

Tesco finest irish christmas pudding, 908g

Price: €11 (€12.11 / Kg)

Verdict: The second dearest, this contains Irish whiskey, stout and poitín, has plenty of fruit and peel and tastes lovely and juicy. Made in Ireland, it is good.

Score: 7 / 10

Lidl deluxe matured christmas pudding, 454g

Price: €4.99 (€10.99 / Kg)

Verdict: The same price as Aldi's pudding and joint-second cheapest, this pudding was also nice. You could taste the alcohol (it is "laced with brandy, sherry, cognac and rum"), but it didn't seem as succulent as the others.

Score: 6.5 / 10

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