woman&home Christmas taste test: The best Christmas food to buy in the shops

These award-winning foods are going to make this year extra special!

Woman and Home taste test 2020

The woman & home Christmas taste tests are an annual event where our expert Test Kitchen taste test hundreds of food and drink products to find the best of the best in everything festive. 

The 2021 winners have now been announced and our pick of the best Christmas food has been revealed for the upcoming festive season.

This year, like last year, the competition was tough, with numerous outstanding contenders for every category. Our expert panel of judges whittled down the entries to the creme de la creme of Christmas buys. 

Discover the results from the 2020 taste tests below. 

Best turkey

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In true Christmas tradition, a golden, succulent turkey, cooked to perfection surrounded by your favourite accompaniments is just the best. Taking centre stage of your festive spread, it will provide you with  a special meal on a special day. So, of course,  you want to make sure that you buy the best! Whether you are feeding a crowd (lockdown rules permitting) or having a mini Christmas feast for two, here’s our pick of the best turkeys on the market. 

Best vegan Christmas mains

Best Vegan mains

(Image credit: Aldi, Co-op, Ocado, Lidl)

Serve up the finest, festive, plant-based feast with these carefully selected vegan mains. 

Best vegetarian Christmas mains

Best vegetarian Christmas mains

(Image credit: Sainsbury’s, Lidl, Ocado, Aldi)

We’ve got your vegetarian Christmas sorted with our picks of the best free meat-free mains on the market. 

Best Christmas Party Food

Best Canapés

Even when celebrating in a smaller group it's fun to have an array of party food. This year we have seen trends emerge for grazing platters and spicy flavours. Delight your guests with these splendid nibbles.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners Canapés

Best Christmas crisps and nibbles

We are on board in a big way with the truffle flavoured crisp trend. They are the perfect bougie nibble to accompany a glass of bubbles, but have you tried the latest fancy thing? Move over truffle, caviar is in town!

four of the best Christmas nibbles Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners Christmas crisps and nibbles

Best Christmas sweet treats

Best Christmas cake

This was a highly contested category this year, our panel tried so many greats. But these six blew us away.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners Christmas cake

Best Christmas pudding

The proof is in the pudding, you will not be disappointed with these. All excellent choices for the finale to the festive feast.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners Christmas pudding

Best pannetone

The classic Italian Christmas bread is becoming increasingly popular. We love it as a breakfast bread, but it's also a fantastic dessert and great with a cuppa. Contemplate using any leftover pannetone in trifle or tiramisu.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners Pannetone

Best mince pies

The perfect festive treat. These are guaranteed to convert even the mince pie scrooges out there.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners mince pies

Best ready-made Christmas starters

Because frankly, Christmas is already busy enough, save yourself the hassle of rustling up another course with these gorgeous ready to go beauties!

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners starters

Best smoked salmon

It's a Christmas classic, great as a luxury starter or for fancy canapes. However, you plan on serving it, this lot gets our vote.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners salmon

Best cranberry sauce and Christmas condiments

It's Christmas, pull out all the stops. These tasty sauces will elevate your meal.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners condiments

Best Christmas desserts

Drop it all! These elegant desserts are designed to impress. But they taste as good as they look.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners desserts

Best Christmas food gifts

Best food stocking fillers

We adore these cute tasty gifts, perfect as a little thank you to give to those who have helped you this year.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners little presents

Best Food hampers

Really spoil them this year with these fabulously indulgent hampers.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners hampers

Best food advent calendar

No longer just for the kiddies. Advent calendars are a lovely way to spoil yourself or your loved ones in the runup to the big day!

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners advent cals

The best Christmas drinks

Christmas is a fantastic time to discover new drinks and indulge in some old favourites. At this time of year, there are many opportunities to raise a glass and toast good tidings. We have included a range of spectacular non-alcoholic options too for those avoiding the alcohol.

Wine to pair with Christmas dinner

Don't let your dinner down! If you're finding it hard to choose between them, any of these bottles could take pride of place at your festive feast.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners wine

Non-alcoholic Christmas drinks

There are now so many amazing No and Low options out there that's it's tricky to know which to pick! These are all great choices.

 

Best Christmas spirits

These festive spirits would all make magnificent gifts. We are enchanted with the M&S Light up Gin Globe, it's bound to be a sell-out this year. Our panel also discovered some surprising drinks this year, including our latest addiction: Figgy Pudding Gin!

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners spirits

Best Christmas Champagne and fizz

It doesn't always have to be champers, we were impressed with how many excellent English sparklings are out there. But this year the latest trend is swapping grape-based bubbles for an elegant cider at celebrations. These excellent festive fizzes are all brilliant.

Woman and Home Christmas taste tests 2020 winners bubbles and champagne

 

Now all that's left to say, we wish you and yours a very tasty Christmas and a delicious New Year!

Rose Fooks

Rose Fooks, Deputy Food Editor at Future plc, creates recipes, reviews products and writes food features for a range of lifestyle and homes titles including Goodto, Style at Home and woman&home. Since joining Future, Rose has had the pleasure of interviewing cookery royalty, Mary Berry, enjoyed the challenge of creating a home-based, lockdown baking shoot for woman&home, and had her work published in a range of online and print publications, including Feel Good Food.


Rose completed a degree in Art at Goldsmiths University and settled into a career in technology before deciding to take a plunge into the restaurant industry back in 2015. The realisation that cookery combined her two passions - creativity and love of food - inspired the move. Beginning as a commis chef at The Delaunay, Rose then worked at Zedel and went on to become a key member of the team that opened Islington’s popular Bellanger restaurant. 


In order to hone her patissier skills, Rose joined the Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management course at Le Cordon Bleu. Rose ran a food market in Islington championing local producers and cooked for a catering company that used only surplus food to supply events, before finding her way into publishing and food styling. 


Other than cooking, writing and eating, Rose spends her time developing her photography skills, strolling around her neighbourhood with her small, feisty dog Mimi, and planning the renovation of a dilapidated 17th-century property in the South West of France.