Christmas Taste Awards 2020 mince pies panettone stollen

Best mince pies and Christmas desserts 2020

Discover the best supermarket mince pies, Christmas puddings and desserts, as taste tested in our Christmas Taste Awards 2020.

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The results of the BBC Good Food Christmas Taste Awards 2020 are in! Our expert panel of judges tried over 150 festive products from 13 UK supermarkets to bring you the best buys of the season. This included dozens of mince pies, puddings, cakes and desserts. See the full results and put together your ultimate festive shopping list for Christmas 2020. But first, read on to discover which retailers won the all-important sweet categories.

The best mince pies 2020

6 mince pies on gold plate with one in half and a gold fork

 Spar luxury mince pies (370g) Available in-store at Spar (£2)

These pies have a lovely golden colour and crumbly, buttery pastry. The filling is sweet and jammy, with chunky pieces of plump, soaked fruit and a good hit of citrus from the candied peel.

The best flavoured mince pies 2020

9 small mince pies on a napkin on a gold plate
Waitrose mini mince pie selection (pack of nine) Available from Waitrose & Partners (£3)
A cute selection of mini mince pies in three different, cleverly thought-out flavours. Our judges especially loved the almond-topped variety, followed by the nutty baklava-filled one, and were impressed by the crisp, buttery pastry on all three.

The best gluten-free mince pies 2020

4 pastry star-topped mince pies on a gold plate
Made Without Wheat gluten-free mince pies (pack of four) Available in-store at M&S (£2.50)
The unanimous winner, we’d be proud to serve these attractive, star-topped pies to guests. The filling is chunky and the pastry golden, buttery and shortbread-like.

The best panettone 2020

panettone on gold plate with a slice taken out
Waitrose apricot & peach bellini panettone (500g) Available from Waitrose & Partners (£6.66)
A twist on a classic panettone, this has a sweet, jammy peach and apricot filling. Our judges praised it for its super-soft, rich, and deliciously buttery dough, reminiscent of a good brioche.

The best Christmas cake 2020

iced Christmas cake on a gold plate with a slice taken out
M&S Collection perfectly matured rich fruit cake (907g) Available in-store at M&S (£10)
This well-balanced fruit cake is rich and treacly, with a perfect amount of spice. Whole cherries give an extra pop of fruity flavour. It boasts a thick layer of marzipan and pretty snowflake design, too.

The best sharing  dessert 2020

hazelnut studded chocolate dome with large slice taken out where you can see chocolate mousse layers
Aldi Specially Selected Belgian chocolate & praline bombe (500g) Available in-store at Aldi (£5.99)
This stunning chocolate bombe was a real hit with our judges. The thin chocolate dome encases a light, creamy hazelnut mousse and crispy feuilletine base.

The best vegan dessert 2020

s lives of chocolate torte on gold wire cake stand
M&S Gastropub chocolate torte (twin pack, 140g) Available in-store at M&S (£3.50)
A delicious dessert for any chocolate lover – vegan or not – this torte combines super-rich, silky-smooth dark chocolate ganache with a crunchy biscuit base. Although the twin-pack is only available in-store, you can also order a large torte, to serve six, online (£12).

The best Christmas pudding 2020

gold lustre covered Christmas pudding with a chunk taken out and a gold spoon
Specially Selected damson, plum and pink gin pudding (800g) Available in-store at Aldi (£8.99)
A soft pudding with whole chunks of juicy dried fruits and almonds, our judges enjoyed the sweet, almost jelly-like plum centre. It’s finished with a shimmering gold lustre for an extra-special end to the Christmas meal.

The best stollen 2020

icing sugar dusted stollen slices on a gold board
M&S Collection stollen slices (250g) Available in-store at M&S (£3)
These super-squishy, buttery stollen slices feature layers of marzipan, a smattering of dried fruit and a dusting of icing sugar. Already cut into neat pieces, they’re great for serving to guests with a cup of tea or coffee throughout the festive season.

The best yule log 2020

overhead shot of Yule log tree stump looking cake with chocolate curls and fake edible toadstools
M&S woodland yule log (1.05kg) Available from M&S (£20)
A family crowd-pleaser, this tree stump design cake has soft sponge, sweet chocolate buttercream and rich chocolate ganache for a moist, fudgy texture and taste.

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