Almost everybody has experienced the challenge of finding the ultimate Christmas pudding each year. The ones with just the right amount of nuts, fruit, not too boozy (or not boozy enough!) We have rounded up our pick of the very best luxury Christmas puddings for you (and very considerately taste tested them, too). Take your pick from some of the finest festive puds the UK has to offer.
The Luxury Christmas Pudding
The verdict: The Luxury Christmas Pudding in Ceramic Bowl, 600g, £16.99, from Abel & Cole is a delight for the taste buds. This pud has a great mixture of sticky fruit (currants, raisins, sultanas, lemon, orange peel and cherries) and crunchy almonds. The fruit is soaked in cider, stout and cognac for an explosion of fruity boozy goodness.
The verdict: There is a reason Betty’s Vintage Christmas Pudding, 800g, £18.95, is so popular. The fruit is soaked in vintage port and Yorkshire ale and the given a year to mature and for the flavor to intensify. A wonderfully moist pudding with intense flavour. www.bettys.co.uk
The verdict: Cole’s Brandy Port and Walnut Christmas Pudding, 906g, £9.75, a traditional round pudding in a muslin cloth. Great for those who love a bit of bite and a kick to their Christmas puddings as it has a healthy dose of walnuts and is doused in port and brandy with prunes, apricots and brandy to keep it moist.
www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk, Available from Suffolk Food Hall, Suffolk Food Hall Ltd, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AB
The Magnificent Christmas Pudding
The verdict: The Magnificent Christmas Pudding from Fortnum & Mason, 907g, £40, is a spectacularly fruity treat for the tastebuds. With a well of brandy butter at its centre, encased in marzipan, this is truly a divine dish. Packed with British fruit and topped with cobnuts, homegrown walnuts and gold leaf, this is fruity, nutty and boozy. The ultimate in luxury.
The verdict: Super moist, light and zesty, the Wilkin & Sons Christmas Pudding, 454g, £9.99, comes traditionally wrapped in an earthenware pot. The pudding is laden with fruit and wonderful spiced aroma and subtle hint of brandy.
www.tiptree.com, Wilkin & Sons Ltd, Tiptree, Essex, CO5 0RF
The verdict: Dark, indulgent and a bit different. Selfridges Selection Vintage Christmas Pudding 800g, £22.99, is infused with lashings of boozy dark rum and stout. It has a wonderful rich spiced scent and is made with ground almonds and apples to give a beautifully rich and moist mouthful.
The verdict: The Apple Strudel Christmas Pudding from Carved Angel, 680g, £16.95, is deliciously different. The classic Christmas pudding mix is subtly spiced and filled with juicy apple pieces with a delicate cinnamon flavor. This is a decadent treat with an Austrian twist.
The verdict: The Heston from Waitrose Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding, 1.2kg, £15.00, is a succulent pudding made with cider and Spanish sherry, containing a whole candied orange hidden in the centre infusing the entire pudding with strong citrus notes.
www.waitrose.com, Futura Park, Crane Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9SQ