Best mince pies and Christmas desserts of 2017

Discover the best supermarket mince pies, Christmas puddings, desserts and cheeses to buy, as taste-tested in our 2017 BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards.

Mince pie tasting table on white background

Who ate all the pies? Well, we did actually. We put together an expert judging panel and ferociously tasted our way through 160 Christmas foods from 11 nationwide supermarkets in order to pick our favourites this year. From turkeys to Christmas puds, we tried it all. So, which supermarket won that sought-after mince pie winner's badge? 

The best mince pies of 2017 are...

Mince pies on marble plate with icing sugar on top

Marks & Spencers Collection mince pies, £2.50
M&S have bagged the title this year for their sweet snowflakey bites. Buttery pie cases have been filled with a zesty citrus mincemeat and have the perfect ratio of filling to pastry. Topped with a dusting of icing sugar, they'll go down a treat served at this years' Christmas get-together. Maybe buy two boxes – one for your guests and one for you to indulge in on your own.

The best free-from mince pies

Mince pie tower with icing sugar on top with grey background

Morrisons free-from mince pies, £2
No gluten? No problem! We were pleasantly surprised by the sweet taste of ground almonds in the pastry of these free-from mince pies. They taste just as good as traditional ones, meaning no one has to miss out at Christmas. 

The best Christmas pudding of 2017 is...

Christmas pudding on plate with gold spoon
Lidl 24-month matured Christmas pudding, £11.99
Love it or hate it, the Christmas pudding is a tradition that's still going strong. An all-round favourite with the tasting panel was this offering from budget supermarket Lidl that tasted homemade and left everyone feeling cosy and warm inside. It has a fair amount of booze, but isn’t too overpowering, so it’s still suitable for the whole family to enjoy. 

The best free-from Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding dome on white plate on marble background

Lidl Favorina Christmas pudding, £1.99
Proving themsleves as the go-to shop for Christmas puds, Lidl also came out on top for their free-from option. If someone at your Christmas dinner table has an intolerance to gluten, there's no need to serve two separate puddings – this tastes like the real deal. Bursting with fruit and nuts, it was the clear winner in this year's new free-from cateogory. 

The best Christmas dessert of 2017 is...

Waitrose pastry square dessert on marble background

Waitrose salted caramel profiterole tart, £12
Feast your eyes on this year's showstopping dessert. A clear winner, this majestic square has a great flaky pastry base and is topped with profiteroles that are bursting with fresh cream. They're also drizzled with delicious salted caramel and crowned with soft pipings of chocolate. Go on, indulge at Christmas. 

The best cheeseboard of 2017 is...

Cheeseboard platter on slate plate

Waitrose cheese selection, £20
Unanimously chosen by our judges, this is the ultimate artisan feast, with a truly unique selection of fine quality cheeses to dive into over the festive period. If you're looking to be slightly adventurous with your cheeseboard this year, give this a go – it'll definitely impress the cheese fans in your crowd.

Ready for the Christmas food shop? First, check out the full list of winners in this year's BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards.

Enjoyed this? Get more top tips on prepping for the big day:

Ultimate Christmas dinner recipes
Our ultimate festive dessert collection
Complete Christmas dinner menus 

Which supermarket goodies will you be stocking up on this Christmas? Leave a comment below...

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14th Dec, 2017
I would like to know the runners up in all categories. Not all of us can afford to buy marks and spencers or twelve pound for a pudding.
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