About the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards 2018

Find out how an expert BBC Good Food panel tasted its way through more than 160 supermarket products to provide you with the definitive festive shopping list.

Christmas Taste Test judges with turkeys

Who was invited to enter? 

We invited supermarkets with more than 300 branches that sell fresh, frozen and dry goods to enter these awards. 

Judging: 

We asked each supermarket to submit their star products across 20 categories. There was no charge to enter. Each product was removed from its original packaging, portioned out and judged blind, with taste and flavour our most important criteria. The panel was made up of members of the cookery hub, review and digital editorial teams, and the judging was overseen by an independent adjudicator who compiled the results and feedback. We disqualified whole categories if product standard wasn't high enough or there weren't enough entries submitted. 

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Panel of five Good Food team members Christmas taste test awards 2018


Turkey

Criteria: A free-range, extra special hero product to take pride of place on the Christmas dinner table. 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners


Alternative meat centrepiece

Criteria: A carve-able meat dish for those wanting a break from turkey. 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners


Vegetarian main course

Criteria: A veggie main that’s every bit as tasty as its meat counterparts (either individually portioned or serving two or more). 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Booths, Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose & Partners


Gammon 

Criteria: A raw gammon joint that’s ready to cook on the hob or in the oven.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Waitrose & Partners


Stuffing

Criteria: A pre-prepared festive stuffing that’s ready to cook in the oven or microwave.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners


Smoked salmon

Criteria: A top-quality smoked fish. We wanted the best sustainable salmon, served sliced or whole.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners

Savoury canapes on a table being tasted


Vegetarian canapés

Criteria: Smart, innovative vegetarian party nibbles to impress guests. We tested canapés that come ready to serve, assembly-only bites and those that can be cooked from chilled or frozen.  
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's


Vegan canapés

Criteria: Smart, innovative vegan party nibbles to impress guests. We tested canapés that come ready to serve, assembly-only bites and those that can be cooked from chilled or frozen.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners


Savoury canapés (meat or fish)

Criteria: Smart, innovative party nibbles (meat, fish or shellfish) to impress guests. We tested canapés that come ready to serve, assembly-only bites and those that can be cooked from chilled or frozen.  
Judged entries from: Asda, Booths, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners
 

Sweet canapés

Criteria: Bite-sized desserts to impress party guests. We tested sweet canapés that come ready to serve or cooked from chilled.  
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners


Christmas pudding

Criteria: A fruity basin pudding that looks great on the table and can be cooked in the pan, oven or microwave.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners


Gluten-free Christmas pudding

Criteria: A gluten-free fruity basin pudding that looks great on the table and can be cooked in the pan, oven or microwave.
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners


Christmas cake

Criteria: A traditional Christmas cake, decorated or iced and ready to serve. 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Iceland, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Waitrose & Partners


Centrepiece dessert

Criteria: A visually appealing fresh or frozen pudding that’s full of flavour and can be served iced, warm or cold. 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Iceland, M&S, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners

Mince pies laid out on a table


Mince pies 

Criteria: We take mince pies very seriously at BBC Good Food – they’re our most popular online recipe every Christmas. We looked for mince pies made from traditional shortcrust or puff pastry, featuring a fruit filling and a lid. 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners
 

Gluten-free mince pies

Criteria: Gluten-free mince pies to rival the original, complete with fruit filling and a lid. 
Judged entries from: Asda, Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners
 

Stollen

Criteria: A whole stollen log or individual stollen pieces with strong marzipan flavours, served either dusted or iced. 
Judged entries from: Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose & Partners

Panettone on table being tested


Panettone

Criteria: A festive panettone. This year, non-traditional flavours such as chocolate were accepted. 
Judged entries from: Aldi, Asda, Co-op, Morrisons
 

Vegan main course - disqualified

Criteria: A vegan main that’s tantamount to meaty and veggie alternatives (can be individually portioned or serving two or more). 
 

Vegan dessert - disqualified

Criteria: A traffic-stopping vegan pudding with fantastic, multi-dimensional flavours to serve after the main event (can be frozen or fresh and served iced, warm or cold).
 

The results

Now take a look at which products won...

Good Food Christmas Taste Awards 2018

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