Friday 28 July 2017

Taste test Cranberry sauce

Katy McGuinness

Cranberry sauce is simple to make yourself, but if that's just not going to happen, here are some of the alternatives.

Avoca Cranberry, Clementine and Port Sauce, 220g, €4.85, 10/10

With notes of cinnamon and star anise, Avoca's cranberry sauce is more exotic than some - our testers liked it a lot. Some said they would be happy to eat it on its own. Looks homemade too. Delicious.

Marks & Spencer Cranberry & Port Sauce, 400g, €4.50, 9/10

This chilled sauce from M&S is quite runny and has plenty of whole cranberries and a hint of cinnamon. Not too sweet either.

Dunnes Simply Better Traditional Cranberry Sauce, 200g, €2.50, 7/10

Made for Dunnes in Dunmanway, this chilled sauce is another fine product from the Simply Better range. The Creme de Cassis lends a boozy back-note. Quite sharp, so may not be popular with children.

Aldi Bramwells Cranberry Sauce, 200g, 69c, 6/10

The consistency is solid, and the only ingredients are cranberries, sugar and water. A good basic option at a great price. Not too sweet.

Lidl Deluxe Cranberry & Port Sauce, 250g, €1.99, 6/10

Made in Ireland, the Lidl sauce has a runny consistency and is the sweetest-tasting of those that we tested. A good family all-rounder.

Tesco Finest Traditionally Made Cranberry Sauce, 220g, €2.49, 6/10

Made with just three ingredients - sugar, cranberries and lingonberries - the sauce has a firm consistency and straightforward flavour. Good, and not overly sweet.

SuperValu Cranberry Sauce, 240g, €1.79, 5/10

Made by Follain using grape juice instead of sugar, this is a healthier option than some of the others we tested. Some of our testers found it bland and would have liked a kick of alcohol or some spicing.

Irish Independent

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