There’s fierce competition for the prize of the most delicious Christmas Pudding – traditionally a moist steamed festive treat packed with sweet fruit flavours and a generous dash of brandy.

The lucky taste-testers at Choice.com.au had the scrumptious task of finding the top festive pudding. To do so, they sampled 13 Christmas puddings from a variety of retailers, from budget to high-end.

Amongst the contenders were two gold-dusted Christmas puddings, both vying to add a touch of sparkle to your festive table this year.

It’s the ‘It’ pudding of 2019 – a juicy, glossy fruit-laden luxury showstopper that’s infused with booze and dusted with a sparkling shower of gold glitter.

The Golden Queen Of Puds

There is one pud from Coles and the other from Aldi. Each comes with a little sachet of edible gold glitter that you sprinkle over the pudding once it’s heated and ready to serve.

The Coles Finest Luxury Pudding ($12/900g) has been winning fans for a few years already – it’s a regal pudding infused with French brandy, topped with cherries, almonds and Valencian oranges, ready to dust with the sachet of sugared gold glitter.

But this year Aldi has come to the table with their own version, the Aldi Luxury Golden Champagne Pudding ($10.99/900g), made with its own budget yet award-winning Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne, also topped with cherries, and also with gold glitter for that touch of magic.

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Aldi takes gold!

In a glittering finish, Aldi was crowned by our experts as overall queen of the gold-dusted puds. It received 89%, with the Coles pudding scoring 72%.

The Aldi pudding also came top of all the 13 puds that were blind tasted by our experts.

One of our testers, food consultant Brigid Treloar, says: “The Aldi pud is a bit of glitz, a bit of fun. It’s a nice, rich, fruit pudding without being sticky and it’s not overly sweet, which I found the Coles one to be.”

“It’s great value considering the generous fruit topping and it looks a bit special on the table – an easy Christmas centrepiece at a time when things can get quite busy and expensive, and all you have to do is whack it in the microwave to heat it up.”

Another of our experts, CWA judge Alison Mutton, says: “If you don’t have time to do a complicated Christmas dessert, this is a good option. I ate absolutely everything that was on my plate!”

But if you’re swayed by the fancy Champagne hook, don’t be fooled. Our experts say: “You can’t taste the Champagne – I think it’s just a marketing gimmick, although the fruit could be marinated in it…”

the best christmas pudding

How does the Coles pud compare?

When compared side by side with its Aldi counterpart, the judges noted that the fruit topping was not as generous on the Coles pudding, and it didn’t hold its shape as well when it was cut.

“It’s a good product though – it’s well presented with an interesting topping,” they say. “It’s moist and full of fruit, with a good, sweet flavour and a slightly bitter aftertaste.” It’s also a tad pricier than the Aldi version, but not by much.

Although it’s arguable that there’s nothing better than a homemade Christmas pudding (you can’t beat that dose of love and attention that goes into baking your own, after all), our experts noted that buying all the ingredients yourself, including the alcohol if that’s your cup of tea, can be quite expensive. Not to mention the time required to bake and ‘feed’ your pud with booze in the weeks leading up to Christmas to keep it moist and flavourful.

These store-bought versions are quick, easy and also hit the spot when it comes to flavour.

What makes the perfect pud?

Our experts put both the Aldi and Coles puddings to the test in a blind tasting, alongside 11 other puddings, ranging from high-end to budget. Each was independently judged on:

– Shape

– Weight

– Balance of spice, fruit and alcohol flavours

– Whether there was an even distribution of good-quality fruit ingredients

– Whether they held their shape or collapsed when cut (because no-one wants an unidentified mess on the table once the first person takes their slice).

Our tasting panel then gave each pudding a CHOICE Expert Score, made up of appearance/quality of finish (25%), flavour and aroma (40%), texture/baked quality (20%) and mixture quality (15%).

What makes the perfect Christmas pudding for you? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Interesting article as I have been trying to find a good traditional pudding. Might give Aldi a try this year.

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  • We have tried these and they were great

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  • Can no longer eat these sorts of puddings, so won’t worry whose was best. Thanks for sharing though

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  • Not a fan of Christmas pudding

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  • Never been a fan of pudding. Unless it’s chocolate haha

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  • You have to be fast as Aldi sells out quickly

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  • I think I’ll give the aldi pudding a try although I didn’t see any in-store yesterday only the chocolate variety

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  • I don’t really like Christmas Pud but usually get one for family and visitors, might try the Aldi one this year!

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  • I’ve only had the Coles one and I really like that.

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  • Aldi is doing great with its Christmas stuff actually. very nice.

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  • I’m actually not a fan of Christmas pudding. It goes back to being a child and the only reason I would eat it was for the money hidden inside it. Having said that, I tried the Coles Finest version a year ago and absolutely loved it. I’m now a fan.

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  • Thanks for comparing! It looks so good.

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  • the best pudding is the one you make yourself. Years ago the Womens Weekly magazine had a recipe and I decided to be brave and try making a christmas pudding. Oh the stress of it all! (well it wasn’t really that hard, to be honest, but I am a bit of a perfectionist so I wanted it to turn out perfectly!)

    Since that day a good 10 years ago we have never had any other type of pudding – it’s easy to prepare – soak the fruit in booze for as long as you can (ok that isn’t in the recipe but how else would you have dried fruit? lol!), mix the batter, turn out to a sheet of prepared calico, and cook for 4 hours – best time to make it is in winter so the cooking warms the house and then freeze till need on christmas day (or prior because it is that good!).

    I would never do a store brought pudding – however I will happily eat one if anyone in my family was to bring one on christmas day to maybe tweak my recipe and make mine even better!


    • I agree, the best ones are the ones you make yourself.

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  • I’m different to a lot of people. I’ll get a fruit pudding for family and friends and a plain one for myself. Cooked fruit in anything makes me sick

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  • I’ve tried the Aldi pudding, but haven’t tried the Coles, so I can’t compare … yet.

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