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M&S and Waitrose beat budget rivals in Good Housekeeping's annual Christmas taste test


FROZEN TURKEYS AND CROWNS (11 TESTED)

Winner: M&S British Stuffed Oakham Turkey Crown, £28 for 2kg. 92/100

Runner-Up: Aldi Specially Selected Stuffed Turkey Crown, £17.99 for 1.8-2.3kg. 88/100

GRAVY (11 TESTED)

Winner: M&S Onion Gravy, £2 for 350g. 81/100

Runner-Up: Aah! Bisto Onion Gravy Granules, £1.50 for 170g. 77/100

MEAT STUFFING (14 TESTED)

Joint Winners: Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference 6 Pork, Chestnut & Bacon Stuffing Parcels, £7 for 252g. 82/100

Farmison & Co Free Range Pork, Plum Pudding & Apple Brandy Stuffing, £6.95 for 450g. 82/100

Runner-Up: Pipers Farm Sage and Onion Stuffing, £11.90 for 500g. 80/100

Bleiker's Smokehouse, Yorkshire Peat Smoked Salmon (pictured) is the best traditional smoked salmon

Bleiker’s Smokehouse, Yorkshire Peat Smoked Salmon (pictured) is the best traditional smoked salmon 

PIGS IN BLANKETS (15 TESTED)

Winner: Farmison & Co Luxury Chestnut, Sage and Apricot Pigs In Blankets, £7.95 for 300g. 86/100

Runner-Up: M&S British Outdoor Bred Pork 12 Pigs in Blankets wrapped in Oak Smoked Bacon, £3.50 for 282g. 84/100

TRADITIONAL SMOKED SALMON (15 TESTED)

Winner: Bleiker’s Smokehouse, Yorkshire Peat Smoked Salmon, £3 for 100g. 87/100

Runner-Up: ASDA Mild & Delicate Smoked Salmon, £4 for 120g. 84/100

FLAVOURED SMOKED SALMON (11 TESTED)

Winner: Booths Gravadlax Smoked Salmon, £6 for 100g. 95/100

Runner-Up: Bleiker’s Scotch Whisky Smoked Salmon, £3 for 100g. 82/100

MEAT FREE MAINS (12 tested)

Winner: Lidl 2 Caramelised Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tartlets, £1.69 for 240g. 82/100

Runner-Up: Waitrose & Partners Vegan Festive Swirls, £6.99 for 481g. 79/100

MINCE PIES (15 TESTED)

Winner: Costa Coffee All Butter Mince Pie, £2 for one mince pie. 90/100

Runner-Up: Iceland Luxury 6 Mince Pies, £1.89 for pack of six. 87/100

GLUTEN-FREE MINCE PIES (11 TESTED)

Winner: Costa Coffee Gluten Free Mince Pie, £2 for one mince pie. 73/100

Runner-Up: M&S Made Without Gluten Free 4 Mince Pies, £2.50 for 205g. 72/100

MINCE PIES WITH A TWIST (12 TESTED)

Winner: PAUL Mince Pie Croissant, £2.65 for 116g. 92/100

Runner-Up: Waitrose & Partners 9 Mini Mince Pies Selection, £3 for 240g. 86/100

CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS (13 TESTED)

Winner: M&S Vintage Christmas Pudding, £15 for 800g. 92/100

Runners-Up: Daylesford Organic Traditional Christmas Pudding, £20 for 900g. 87/100

CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS WITH A TWIST (8 TESTED)

Winner: Sainsburys Taste the Difference Salted Maple & Pecan Christmas Pudding, £6 for 400g. 86/100

Runners-Up: M&S Collection Chocolate & Orange Pudding, £12 for 700g. 84/100

CHRISTMAS CAKE (15 TESTED)

Winner: Waitrose & Partners No.1 Richly Fruited Christmas Cake, £16 for 1.3kg. 82/100

Runner-Up: M&S Christmas Collection Christmas Cake, £10 for 907g. 75/100

YULE LOG (11 TESTED)

Winner: Waitrose & Partners Christmas Chocolate Yule Log, £5 for 825g. 81/100

Runner-Up: M&S Woodland Yule Log, £20 for 1.05kg. 80/100

DESSERT CENTREPIECE (13 TESTED)

Winner: Morrisons The Best Chocolate Orange Pudding, £6 for 500g. 86/100

Joint Runner-Up: Aldi Specially Selected Golden Twist Sticky Toffee Pudding, £5.99 for 700g. 82/100

Joint Runner-Up: 82/100 Co-op Truly Irresistible Fully Loaded Billionaires Dessert, £6.00 for 600g

CHAMPAGNE (11 TESTED)

Winner: Waitrose & Partners Waitrose Blanc de Noirs Brut NV Champagne, £23.99 for 75cl. 84/100

Runner-Up: Aldi Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut, £12.69 for 75cl. 81/100

PROSECCO (11 TESTED)

Winner: Ocado Abbazia Fiorino Prosecco d.o.c., £9.99 for 75cl. 90/100

Runner-Up: Aldi Organic Prosecco, £7.99 for 75cl. 87/100

FESTIVE LIQUORS (14 TESTED)

Winner: Tesco Finest Gingerbread latte Irish Cream Liquor, £10 for 70cl. 90/100

Runner-Up: M&S Luxurious Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownie Cream, £12 for 70cl. 84/100

PRE MIXED NEGRONI (8 TESTED)

Winner: Primo Aperitivo, Primo Aperitivo Negroni, £27 for 50cl. 83/100

Runner-Up: Master of Malt Sacred Negroni, £29.95 for 70cl. 81/100

VINTAGE PORT (8 TESTED)

Winner: Graham’s LBV 2015 – Bicentenary Edition, £13.99 for 70cl. 85/100

Runner-Up: Cálem LBV 2015, £20.29 for 70cl. 79/100

RUBY AND CRUSTED PORT (11 TESTED)

Winner: Adnams Finest Reserve Port, £13.99 for 70cl. 85/100

Runner-Up: Rozes Port Ruby, £12.99 for 70cl. 81/100

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