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.
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.
£36 to £58 | Tesco On sale from 14th December
This has to be the ultimate bird - golden skin, moist meat, heavenly flavour and enough for Christmas day plus the boxing day sandwiches. Perfect.
£65.00 | Waitrose. Available to pre-order now for delivery between 20 Dec - 24 Dec (top right)
The best of both worlds, made simple. A turkey crown, blanketed in bacon and filled with a sage and onion stuffing, which is served alongside 6 hour slow roasted turkey thighs. All the meat of a traditional turkey without the hassle.
£8 | Booths. Available to pre-order now for delivery from 22nd December
If you are planning a more modest Christmas this year then we recommend you get these scrumptious and low maintenance Turkey Paupiettes - turkey breast filled with a sage and onion stuffing and wrapped in crisp streaky bacon.
Best vegan Christmas mains
Serve up the finest, festive, plant-based feast with these carefully selected vegan mains.
Specially Selected Vegan Wreath, 550g
£3.99, Aldi. Available in store from 21st December
An elegant vegan centrepiece. Chestnut mushrooms, butternut squash and dried fruit are cloaked in golden puff pastry and decorated with Christmas stars.
It is the traditional meat-free Christmas main for a reason and this cashew and cranberry nut roast is a particularly delicious option.
Deluxe Curried Cauliflower and Kale Tartlets 220g (serves 2)
£1.69 | Lidl. In-stores now
If you want to add a little bit of spice to your festivities you should try these curried cauliflower and kale tartlets.
Best vegetarian Christmas mains
We’ve got your vegetarian Christmas sorted with our picks of the best free meat-free mains on the market.
This stunning yule log definitely has the wow factor. Intricate butter enriched puff pastry encloses a delightful Wensleydale, potato and cranberry filing.
Deluxe Festive Pastry Showstopper Feta, Tomato & Pesto Pastry Lattice Wreath, 800g
£6.99 | Lidl, in-stores now
We adored this show stopping wreath which contains the perfect blend of salty feta, sweet tomatoes and smooth pesto.
There is nothing not to love about this pie: from the crisp pastry topped with cheddar, to the honey roast parsnips to the creamy leek filling. We would be happy to serve this next to our perfect roasties.
Vegetable Parcels, 400g (serve 2)
£1.79, Aldi. Available in store now
Do you only have a couple of vegetarian diners at your table? Then we recommend these lovely chickpea and squash filled pastry parcels.
Best Christmas Party Food
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.
These special green Giarraffa olives are not overly brined giving them the perfect balance of salt enhancing their great fruity flavour. The perfect nibble for when you're feeling peckish!
This generous selection contains three delicious Italian cured meats. They all have great flavours and the salami is satisfyingly chunky. Wrap around a chunk of cheese and secure with a cocktail stick for an easy party bite, or serve as an accompaniment to the latest party food trend, a grazing platter.
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!
Best Christmas sweet treats
This was a highly contested category this year, our panel tried so many greats. But these six blew us away.
Not just a pretty cake, this classic Christmas fruitcake is rich, moist and full of flavour.
Chic, simple but effective design with a subtle shimmer that would look lovely on any Christmas table. Good even layers of icing and marzipan with lovely rich, spiced fruit cake. Doesn't taste overly boozy so a good option for the whole family.
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.
Rich and boozy with a generous quantity of fruits and nuts. Perfect served with a greedy helping of cream but custard would be just as good.
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.
Two of our favourite Italian things, Peach Bellini and Panettone, rolled into one. Great taste and texture. Toast it or toast with it!