By James Laird
Back in the day, Christmas pudding was one of those things nan would always make from scratch. But for most of us now, it's far too time consuming on top of all of the other cooking tasks required for a sumptuous Christmas dinner.
Fortunately, there are lots of good store-bought options available. The folks at Good Housekeeping have fattened themselves on 10 of the best and this is what they think.
In this round of taste testing, high street behemoth Tesco took home the overall crown, with its £10 Finest 9 Month Matured Cherry Topped Christmas Pudding scoring 84 points out of 100. The tasters liked its balance of sweet and spicy and also praised the fact that it wasn't too boozy.
But the best overall value might lie elsewhere, as The Co-Operative's Richly Fruited Christmas Pudding notched up marks of 80/100 and is half the price at just a fiver (although bear in mind that the size of Christmas puddings varies greatly from individual portions to family-size servings). Other strong performers were Sainsbury's and Waitrose (both 76/100), while Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi formed the rearguard.
Check out the full results below on the Good Housekeeping website, and while you're at it, don't forget to find out about the best mince pies for Christmas 2014, this year's top festive Champagnes (though we'll shortly be doing our own testing of festive tipples), and the best Stilton out there.
All that's left is to bring on the custard!
Tried & Tested Christmas Puddings 2014 | Good Housekeeping
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