Aldi yourself a Morrisonsy Christmas
If you’re one of those crazy people who does their Christmas food shopping in October, you might want to know that once again, it’s the discount supermarkets who are coming up trumps.
The Good Housekeeping Institute voted Aldi’s Connoisseur Christmas pudding (£3.89) the best, and Morrisons also did well in blind taste tests- they won best turkey, best stuffing balls (arf) and came top for their Stilton, with Harrods and Fortnum and Mason’s coming a dismal 13th and 14th respectively.
There was some joy for the more middle class brands, though, with Heston’s helium, space dust and rosewater mince pies winning the pie category.
Marks and Spencer was voted best overall shop for Christmas lardiness. They won five categories with impenetrably posh stuff like Pembrokeshire hand massaged turkey crowns and slow roasted cave aged brandy butter castanets.
But once again the budget ranges held their own, offering good quality and decent prices, which is really all we want for Christmas.
‘This proves you don’t need to bust the budget buying expensive names to treat everyone to something special.’ Said the Good Housekeeping Institute's consumer director, Caroline Bloor. ‘In most categories, the overall winner is from a high street supermarket. If you’re going to splash out, save your money for the champagne and smoked salmon.’
(I think, Caroline, you’ll find that we’ll be saving our money for the heating bills but thanks, anyway!)
But there’s only one thing missing – where is Iceland’s Cheesy Thai Prawn Ring with BBQ filo polyps, presented in a bucket by a tearful Stacy Solomon?