Wednesday 1 March 2017

Taste test: Christmas Pudding

Katy McGuinness

Christmas Pudding
Christmas Pudding

Taste test: Christmas Pudding If you're not lucky enough to have someone bringing a homemade Christmas pudding to your house this year, and you can't face the prospect of making your own, there's no shame in buying one in the supermarket. Not everyone likes Christmas pudding anyway, so it can seem like a lot of effort to bother making one that people - especially children - don't want to eat.

Marks & Spencer Classic Recipe Christmas pudding, 454g, €5.29 9/10

Jam-packed with sultanas, raisins and currant, with nibbed almonds and plenty of spice, the M&S classic pudding has been doused with cider, rum and sherry and was our favourite of all the puddings tested.

Supervalu Signature Tastes Irish Christmas pudding, 454g, €4 8/10

Matured over six months by Seerys in Carlow, says the label, and a fine pudding it is too, with plenty of fruit, including cherries, and almonds. It's been infused with sherry, brandy and cider and got the thumbs up from our testers.

Tesco Finest Six Month Matured Christmas Pudding, 454g, €4.50 7/10

If you like a boozy pudding, this is the one for you. There's Irish stout, Irish whiskey, Caribbean rum and French brandy holding all the fruit and nuts together. Pretty good. The label says it's made in a family business in Carlow.

Aldi Irish Christmas Pudding, 907g, €7.49 6/10

This is another pudding from the Seerys in Carlow. The recipe includes Carlow Brewing Ale, cider and whiskey. This larger pudding didn't hold its shape so well and fell apart when it was being sliced, but the flavour was good. This is twice the size of all the other puddings we tested.

Lidl Snowy Lodge Christmas Pudding, 454g, €3.99 4/10

This one has all the usual ingredients doused in cognac, brandy, sherry, rum and cider, but there was an aftertaste that we couldn't pinpoint that wasn't popular with our testers.

Irish Independent

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