Belfast Telegraph

Lidl and Iceland top of the tree for tastiest festive treats

Consumers seeking the finest mince pies and bargain prosecco this Christmas should head to the discounters Iceland and Lidl, according to an annual taste test.

Lidl's £5.29 Allini Prosecco Spumante has been voted best bargain prosecco in Good Housekeeping's December edition, while Iceland's six Luxury Mince Pies - costing £1.50 - beat 24 other brands including Harrods and Selfridges for their "juicy mincemeat" and "lovely crisp and buttery pastry case".

The blind taste tests also found Iceland's £4.95 a kg Luxury British Whole Brined Turkey with Orange & Thyme Butter to be top of its class, as was its Luxury Outdoor Bred Pork, Honey and Rosemary Parcels stuffing at £3 for 300g.

However, Marks & Spencer took top placing in the Christmas pudding category with its £12 The Collection Belgian Chocolate & Orange Star Christmas Pudding for its "delicious twist on a traditional pud", although it only just beat Iceland's £6 Luxury 12-month Matured Christmas Pudding.

M&S also appeared most frequently in the survey, making the top five in 10 of the 12 categories, and winning the Stilton and mulled wine tests.'s £19.99 Champagne Faubert Brut NV was best in its category.

Good Housekeeping consumer director Caroline Bloor said: "Our expert team and panel of consumer testers blind test an incredibly wide range of Christmas products, so we can be very confident that these results shine a light on the food and drink that tastes the best.

"Everyone loves a bargain and so it's good to see Iceland mince pies and Lidl prosecco beating more expensive upmarket brands."

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