Budget Can Be Best for Festive Food

You may be surprised to learn that spending the most does not automatically guarantee you the best Christmas food. A new report by Good Housekeeping magazine reveals that when it comes to shop-bought festive fare, the likes of Asda and Iceland can give Harrods and Waitrose a run for their money.

The results of the magazine’s Tried & Tested study put Iceland at the top of the tree when it comes to mince pies for Christmas 2014. The store’s Iceland Deluxe Mince Pies beat the likes of Harrods, Waitrose and M&S in the taste test.

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Another shock was the success of Asda’s Extra Special Honey and Rosemary Parcels, which beat off 40 competitors in the best stuffing category, and Tesco’s Finest Cherry Topped Christmas Pudding outperformed even the Harrods’ pudding, which came twelfth in the test. Morrison’s Signature Festive Fruit Stuffing came in second.

Elsewhere, Waitrose Blanc de Blancs Brut came top in the Champagne category, Lidl Valley Spire Mature Blue Stilton was the best Stilton, followed by Tesco Finest Mature Stilton from Long Clawson, and the Marks & Spencer Collection Bright Lights White Christmas Cake was also a winner. The Tesco Finest Hand-Decorated Fully Iced Holly Wreath Christmas Cake was placed in second position.

Other Good Housekeeping winners included the Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Oaked Smoked Salmon, the Asda Red Velvet Yule Log, the Waitrose Remy Martin Brandy Butter, the Marks & Spencer Collection British Oakham Butter Based Turkey Crown, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Mulled Wine and the Marks & Spencer Cranberry & Port Sauce.