Boozy, fruity, nutty and spiced – these are the best Christmas puddings in the supermarkets this year
We've done a supermarket sweep of this year's Christmas puddings to find the very best. After a lot of tasting, deliberating and scoring, these are our winners which include a showstopping traditional pud, an excellent-value family option and a Christmas pudding for people who don't like Christmas pudding.
Traditional: ASDA Extra Special 9-Month Matured Pudding, £6.50 (907g)
If you like a traditional pudding that balances booze, fruit and spice, ASDA’s Extra Special 9-Month Matured is a great option for the whole family. It’s not the most moist one we tried, but you can always add brandy butter, cream, custard or ice cream – your choice. It’s also a great size and price.
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Vegan and free-from: M&S Made Without Wheat & Dairy Christmas Pudding 6 Months Matured, £4 (454g)
There’s nothing worse than hearing “it’s good... for a gluten-free or vegan option”. But M&S deserve a shout-out because it has made a traditional Christmas pudding that is both – and great in its own right. It has a good fruit content, a nice level of booze and a soft, moist texture. It got the stamp of approval from the vegan taste-tester on our team.
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Pudding for one: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 18 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, £2 (100g)
This tiny pudding is the perfect size for one person. It’s a good all-rounder with a traditional taste and nice fruit, but could do with a few more nuts for texture. It’s a great option for households without many fans of Christmas pudding to avoid leftovers going to waste.
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Alternative: Aldi Specially Selected Mulled Morello Cherry Pudding, £6.99 (800g)
Finished with edible gold glitter, this is a fun and festive pudding the kids (and big kids) will love. It’s great if you want something different from a standard Christmas pudding – it’s bursting with morello cherry and has a molten jam core. It may upset the traditionalists at the table but when it tastes this good, they may be converted.
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With a twist: Tesco Finest 9 Month Matured Hidden Clementine Christmas Pudding, £5 (400g)
A traditional pudding with a surprise inside, this juicy, spongy pudding has a whole candied clementine hidden at its centre – a nice extra festive twist. It has a good balance of fruit, nuts and booze. It wasn’t the best looking of the bunch as it collapsed when turned out of the plastic container, but what it lacked in appearance it made up for in taste.
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Boozy: Lidl Deluxe Luxury 24 Month Matured Pudding, £11.99 (907g)
If you think the boozier the better, the Lidl Deluxe Luxury 24 Month Matured Pudding is for you. It’s fruity, dense and comes with a strong alcoholic hit – must be all the sherry and cognac in it. It is Christmas after all.
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Splash out: Waitrose No.1 Christmas Pudding 12 Months Matured, £15 (1.2kg)
This might cost more than most are willing to spend, but be assured you can taste the quality. This 1.3kg behemoth is also large enough to feed all your extended family and then some. It’s a traditional Christmas pudding with plenty of nuts and isn’t super sweet like some puds can be.
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Best value: Iceland Luxury 12 Month Matured Christmas Pudding, £4 (400g)
This pudding ticks all the right boxes: it’s packed with nuts and big pieces of fruit. It may be a tad on the dry side for some, but nothing a bit of brandy cream won’t fix. It’s the perfect size for a family of four and at £4, you can’t really go wrong.
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Showstopper: Waitrose No.1 Cherry & Almond-Topped Christmas Pudding, £14 (800g)
A regal pudding fit for your best guests, buy this pudding if you’re out to impress. Crowned with juicy glacé cherries and almonds, it looks exciting and adds loads of crunch and sweetness. The pudding itself is fruity, nicely spiced and has a pleasant soft texture.
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Lead image: Waitrose No.1 Cherry & Almond-Topped Christmas Pudding courtesy of Waitrose
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