The BEST supermarket Christmas food revealed in Olive Magazine’s annual awards – from Aldi’s £2.99 pigs in blankets to Sainsbury’s £10 prosecco

  • Olive magazine has released its annual guide to best Christmas food to buy
  • Magazine listed the best ready-made dishes and drinks offered by supermarkets 
  • Waitrose scooped five awards across 16 categories, including best cheeseboard
  • Sainsbury’s won four categories, with best Christmas cake and vegetarian dish 

Olive Magazine has unveiled the results of its annual supermarket awards, revealing the very best ready-made festive products to buy this Christmas.

The awards recognise every element of the perfect festive feast, from the best Christmas pudding and most decadent cheeseboard, to bargain prosecco and own-brand gin – to make hosting as hassle-free as possible this year. 

Waitrose swept the board with five wins out of 16 categories, including Best Frozen Dessert for its raspberry and passion fruit meringue, Best Smoked Salmon and Best Ready-Made Cheeseboard, which the judges said was ‘a must on every buffet table this Christmas’.

Olive magazine has released its annual supermarket awards, revealing the very best ready-made festive products to buy this Christmas

Sainsbury’s won in four categories, including Best Meat-free Main for its Taste the Difference truffled cauliflower cheese en croute, and Best Christmas Cake, dubbed as ‘the Christmas cake everyone will want to buy’ and praised for its decoration, moistness and ‘the perfect proportion of booze’. 

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Aldi took another win in the category for Best Pigs in Blankets for its quirky three-for-the-price-of-one, triple sausage bundle at just £2.99, with Tesco picking up a second win in the Best Christmas Pudding category, which the judges marked as an all-round winner.

Olive magazine has released its annual festive supermarket awards on the best products to buy this Christmas

Speaking about the results, Laura Rowe, olive Editor, said: ‘All of our research suggests even the biggest foodies like a little helping hand at this special time of year, and the annual olive Christmas Supermarket Awards ensure that our readers’ hard-earned pounds are put to good use. 

Only the best products make the cut and the olive stamp of approval is a guarantee that your supermarket shortcut, be it pigs in blankets or panettone, will impress over the holidays.’

All the tested products were nominated by the supermarkets, with one entry per category, before being blind tasted and rated by the panel of experts. 

The awards champion festive cheats and time-saving products that will make Christmas entertaining easy while maintaining excellent quality. 

The best products to buy this Christmas, according to Olive magazine’s annual festive supermarket awards

Best ready-made cheeseboard

The Waitrose cheese board, which costs £15 for a 500 gram selection, impressed judges the most (pictured), with Booths coming in second

Winner: Waitrose 1 cheese selection, £15/500g

Silver: Booths award-winning cheese selection, £25/1kg

Best pigs in blankets

Aldi’s quirky triple Pigs in Blankets scooped the crown, costing just £2.99 (seen), with Booths coming second again

Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Three Little Pigs, £2.99/288g

Silver: Booths Lakeland pigs in blankets, £4/250g

The Christmas cake everyone will want to buy 

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference iced fruit cake made the final cut for the best Christmas Cake, coming in at number one

Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference falling leaves iced fruit cake, £15/1.3kg

Silver: Waitrose Entertaining Fiona Cairns chocolate fruitcake, £30

 Best mince pies

Meanwhile Iceland was a surprise entry for the best luxury mince pies, priced at a reasonable £1.89

Winner: Iceland Luxury mince pies, £1.89/6 (347g)

Silver: Morrisons The Best deep- filled mince pies, £2/6 (weight may vary)

Bronze: M&S Collection mince pies, £2.50/6 (318g)

Best cranberry sauce

Elsewhere Asda impressed the judges at Olive magazine with their Extra Special cranberry sauce, retailing at just £1

Winner: Asda Extra Special cranberry sauce with port, £1/230g

Silver: Waitrose chilled cranberry and port sauce, £2.19/300g

Best frozen dessert

And Waitrose’s stunning frozen raspberry and passion fruit meringue wreath topped the winner’s list for best frozen desert at £8

Winner: Waitrose frozen raspberry and passion fruit meringue wreath, £8/483g

Silver: Iceland Luxury black forest layered pavlova, £6/567g

Best Christmas drink 

Tesco’s sherry topped the tipple list for judges, with its £6 sweet liquid scooping best Christmas drink

Winner: Tesco Finest PX sherry, £6/37.5cl 

Silver: Waitrose reserve tawny port from Symington Family Estates, £13.99/75cl

Bronze: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Irish cream liqueur, £12.50/1 litre

Best own-brand gin

Meanwhile Aldi’s own-brand gin impressed Olive so much, that it scooped the top prize for best own-brand gin

Winner: Aldi Oliver Cromwell London dry gin, £9.99/70cl

Silver: Co-op Irresistible London dry gin, £17.50/70cl

Best prosecco

Elsewhere Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference prosecco costing a tenner was crowned winning prosecco

Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano prosecco, £10/75cl

Silver: M&S Nella prosecco, £8/75cl

Bronze: Asda Extra Special prosecco Asolo brut DOCG, £8/75cl

Best smoked salmon

Waitrose scooped it’s third winning title with its salmon winning best salmon dish, beating other supermarkets to win the most prizes with five

Winner: Waitrose 1 chestnut-smoked Scottish salmon, £5.99/100g

Silver: Co-op Irresistible beech-and-oak-smoked salmon, £4/100g

Bronze: Asda Extra Special heather honey and black pepper smoked salmon, £3.99/120g  

Best meat-free main course

And sure to please the vegetarians at Christmas, Sainsbury’s delicious truffled cauliflower cheese en croûte was the winner for best meat-free course

Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference truffled cauliflower cheese en croûte, £9/750g

Silver: Waitrose beetroot wellingtons, £6.99/2 (585g)

Best Christmas ham

Waitrose scooped it’s fourth winning title with its gammon winning best Christmas ham dish, beating other supermarkets to win the most prizes with five

Winner: Waitrose Entertaining sweet-cured tamarind and pomegranate easy-carve gammon, £11.99/1-1.5kg

Best seafood centrepiece

Meanwhile Sainsbury’s impressed with its side of salmon, winning the best  seafood centerpiece 

Winner: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference dressed poached side of salmon, £20/700g

Silver: Booths salmon, prawn and dill terrine, £18/600g

Best festive show-off dessert

The co-op won best joint winner of show-off dessert with M&S, with its duo pudding including a white snow globe (pictured)

Joint winner: Co-op Irresistible white Christmas snow globe, £10/690g

Joint winner: M&S Belgian chocolate and cherry dessert, £20/1kg

Best Christmas pudding

Tesco’s 12 month matured Christmas pudding won the judges over at £8, winning best Christmas pudding

Winner: Tesco 12-month matured Christmas pudding, £8/907g

Silver: M&S The Collection 12-month matured intensely fruity Christmas pudding, £8/454g

Best panettone

Waitrose scooped it’s fifth and final winning title with its pannettone winning best panettone, beating other supermarkets to win the most prizes with five

Winner: Waitrose 1 classic panettone, £15/750g


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