Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

'Don't bring us some figgy pudding'

Many people do not like Christmas pudding and will not be serving it as part of their festive meal, a survey has shown

Christmas pudding is the UK's least favourite part of the festive meal and a third of people have no intention of serving it, according to a poll.

Just 54% of adults like the dessert, making it less popular than Brussels sprouts, favoured by 64%, the survey for BBC Good Food magazine found.

Instead, 12% will be serving trifle, 12% will present a chocolate cake and 8% will make some other form of cake.

The survey also found 16% of respondents plan to spend less on food this year and just 9% will spend more, while 23% will spend less on presents and 8% will spend more.

It revealed 62% will sit down to turkey, although 39% say the main reason is that they have always had it at Christmas and 14% say there would be a "family uproar" if they changed the menu.

A tenth of adults (12%) favour beef and 11% are planning a vegetarian meal.

The Christmas meal is the best part of the day for 32%, followed by opening presents (21%), and preparing the main meal (6%), while watching TV and going for a walk appeals most to 4%.

The biggest bugbear is disappointing Christmas TV specials (24%), followed by family arguments (20%).

BBC Good Food editor Gillian Carter said: "Christmas is all about tradition, and many of us love the classic Christmas day dishes we grew up with.

"But there's nothing wrong with creating your own family traditions, and if no-one in your family wants Christmas pud, don't make it just for old times' sake."

:: Immediate Media Insiders' panel surveyed 1,184 adults online in November.

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