Best festive show off dessert Iceland supermarket awards 2017

olive Christmas supermarket awards 2017

With the busy festive period ahead, we could all do with a helping hand in the kitchen. The winners in our 4th annual Christmas Supermarket Awards are sure to make seasonal entertaining that little bit easier

Looking for easy Christmas party food to make the festive season that bit easier this year? Check out the best supermarket Christmas food for Christmas dinner ideas and festive entertaining.

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From Christmas cake and mince pies, to easy finger food and show stopping Christmas desserts, we’ve got it covered.

We also have found the best gluten free Christmas food from the supermarkets, including the best gluten free Christmas pudding, the best gluten free mince pies and the best gluten free Christmas cake.

If you are making your own Christmas party food, check out our guide to the best Christmas canapés here.


Best supermarket Christmas cake

Winner: M&S The Collection Six-Month Matured Snowflake Bauble Christmas Cake, marksandspencer.com

With traditional flavours of marzipan, fruit and booze, yet a flamboyant modern design, this Christmas cake will be a star on any table. £20/1.6kg

Christmas cake everyone will want to buy M&S 2017 supermarket awards

Best supermarket Champagne

Winner: Asda Extra Special Louis Bernard Champagne Brut, asda.com

This is one of the cheapest champagnes we tasted but had the richest flavour. It’s full of body with toasty notes and lovely mouth feel – a bargain buy. £18/75cl

Best festive Champagne Asda supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket Christmas canapés

Winner: Iceland Extra Mature Vintage Cheddar Soufflettes, iceland.co.uk

You cook these canapés straight from frozen (which is a bonus in our books) and they come out of the oven beautifully light and fluffy, with just the right whack of cheese. £3/250g pack of 10

Best canape iceland supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket frozen canapés

Winner: Ocado Prawn & Vegetable Filo Tartlets, ocado.com

Crisp pastry cases and a tasty filling with a hint of chilli. Easy to serve and even easier to eat. £3/170g pack of 10

Best frozen canapé Ocado supermarket awards 2017

Highly commended: M&S Tempura Tiger Prawns

These prawns are seriously crunchy despite being baked not fried. Our top tip – whip up a dipping sauce to make them really sing. £5.50/180g pack of 10


Best supermarket gluten-free Christmas pudding

Joint winner: M&S The Collection Made Without Six-Month Matured Extremely Fruity Gluten-Free Christmas Pudding, marksandspeancer.com

With a good mix of fruit and a boozy kick, this gluten-free pud doesn’t slice like you might be used to, but easily passes the flavour test for us. £8/454g

Best gluten free Christmas pudding M&S supermarket awards 2017

Joint winner: Asda Extra Special Free-From Christmas Pudding

With a soft texture, mellow flavour and really good crunch from some chunky nuts, this is a great pud for one person. £1.50/100g

Best gluten free Christmas pudding Asda supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket gluten-free Christmas cake

Winner: M&S Six-Month Matured Gluten-Free Holly Tree Christmas Cake, marksandspencer.com

You would never believe this was a gluten-free cake. It’s full of juicy sultanas, raisins, currants and glacé cherries, as well as being covered in marzipan and soft icing. The sugar holly leaves give a lovely crunch, too. £12/935g

Best gluten free Christmas cake M&S supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket gluten-free mince pies

Winner: Co-op Free-From Mince Pies

Plump fruit surrounded by a thick pastry case with a lovely sugary crust. They just happen to be gluten free. £1/pack of 6

Best gluten free mince pies Co-op supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket free-from dessert

Winner: Co-op Free-From Irresistible Chocolate Brownies

These fudgy, sweet brownies are gluten free, but your guests will never guess. £2.49/205g pack of 5

Best free from dessert Co-op supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket seafood centrepiece

Winner: M&S Three Fish Roast, marksandspencer.com

Tender, juicy salmon, cod and king prawns wrapped in crispy pancetta. A spectacular dish to slice open at the table. £35/1.3kg

Best seafood centrepiece M&S supermarket awards 2017

Highly commended: Asda Extra Special Salmon Side with Clementine and Ginger Butter

Simple yet well presented, this juicy salmon is packed with fragrant, festive flavours that go together beautifully. £12/660g


Best supermarket Christmas starter

Winner: Asda Extra Special Scallop and Lobster Coquilles St Jacques, asda.com

This seafood bake is a decadent appetiser before you tuck into the main event. It has a rich sauce, tender shellfish and smooth mash. £6/200g

Stand out starter Asda supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket smoked salmon

Winner: Co-op Irresistible Whisky Smoked Salmon

A traditional, lightly smoked and tender salmon sliced just how we like it. The whisky gives the fish a slightly caramelised flavour, which we loved. £4.99/100g

Best smoked salmon Co-op supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket Christmas ham

Winner: Co-op Irresistible Sweet Cured Silver Side Gammon with a Spiced Orange and Honey Glaze

This juicy ham will be a treat when you’re making your Boxing Day sarnie. £8/750g

Best Christmas ham Co-op supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket trimmings for Christmas Day

Winner: M&S British Outdoor Bred Pork & Chestnut Stuffing Cups, marksandspencer.com

Made with good-quality meat, these stuffing cups are full of flavour and easy to serve. The caramelised onion and salty meat work brilliantly together. £8/355g pack of 6

Best trimming for Christmas Day M&S supermarket awards 2017

Highly commended: Asda Extra Special British Pork and Winter Fruit Stuffing

This quirky stuffing has a crunchy yet crumbly texture, with a sweet and nutty flavour. It’s a fun idea and really does taste of Christmas pud. £2.98/340g


Best supermarket vegetarian main course for Christmas

Winner: Co-op Butternut Squash and Quinoa Roast with Apple and Plum Glaze

This veggie roast has a surprisingly meaty flavour, with a fruity glaze that complements the natural sweetness of the squash and a great texture thanks to the lentils, quinoa and pumpkin seeds distributed throughout. It’s easy to portion and holds its shape well. £3/500g

Best meat free main course co-op supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket Christmas pudding

Winner: M&S The Collection 12-Month Matured Vintage Christmas Pudding, marksandspencer.com

A squidgy Christmas pud packed with fruit and a hint of booze – and it looks great, too. £14/800g

Best Christmas pudding M&S supermarket awards 2017

Highly commended: Iceland Melt in the Middle Christmas Pudding

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, and fancy something a bit different this year, try this pud stuffed with a brandy butter sauce. £6/800g


Best supermarket gift for a foodie over £20

Winner: M&S Whole Side of Spey Bay Oak Smoked Salmon on a Wooden Board, marksandspencer.com

Not only does this look special, but it’s just smoky enough, and the silky slices are pre-cut meaning all the hard work has already been done. £50/1kg

Best gift for a foodie over £20 M&S supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket gift for a foodie under £20

Joint winner: M&S Salted Caramel Pine Cones, marksandspencer.com

Filled with silky butterscotch, these chocolate pine cones dusted with icing sugar will have everyone fighting over the last one. £12/350g

Best gift for a foodie under £20 M&S supermarket awards 2017

Joint winner: Co-op Irresistible Artist Collection

These creamy milk chocolates are filled with distinctive and delicious flavours – from lime and lemongrass to Brazilian coffee – and their design is pretty snazzy, too. £6/190g

Best gift for a foodie under £20 co-op supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket mince pies 

Joint winner: M&S The Collection Christmas Snowflake Mince Pies, marksandspencer.com

Buttery yet crisp pastry, these mince pies have an aromatic flavour and an artisan finish. £2.50/323g pack of 6

Best mince pies M&S supermarket awards 2017

Joint winner: Iceland Luxury Mince Pies

If you want a grown-up mince pie, with a very boozy kick, these are the ones to choose. £1.89/pack of 6

Best mince pies Iceland supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket Christmas condiment

Winner: M&S Shallot Marmalade, marksandspencer.com

Sticky and sweet with a hint of spice, this marmalade has a strong (and delicious) malt vinegar flavour. We’d serve it with a wedge of cheddar and cracker. £3.50/215g

Best Christmas condiment M&S supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket cheeseboard 

Joint winner: Co-op Irresistible Award-Winning Luxury Cheese Selection

The creamy vintage cheddar with a salty crunch is the star of this box. It’s nicely balanced by a ripe, oozing brie, a comté, a handmade vintage Red Fox and an unusual Blacksticks White. £7/475g

Best ready-made cheeseboard co-op supermarket awards 2017

Joint winner: Booths 5-Piece Award-Winning Cheese Selection, booths.co.uk

A Cornish Yarg, Montgomery cheddar, creamy stilton, a brie de Meaux and an ash-covered goat’s cheese make this a sophisticated cheese selection to grab while you can. £29/890g

Best ready-made cheeseboard Booths supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket dessert for Christmas

Joint winner: Asda Raspberry & White Chocolate Macaron Cake, asda.com

This giant, chewy macaron with a good almond flavour, filled with white chocolate mousse, definitely supplies the wow factor. £8/686g

Best festive show off dessert Asda supermarket awards 2017

Joint winner: Iceland Raspberry and Pistachio Layered Pavlova, iceland.co.uk

A light, crunchy meringue with fresh cream and a great sourness from the raspberries, it’s hard to believe it had been frozen. You could easily pass this off as homemade! £6/574g

Best festive show off dessert Iceland supermarket awards 2017

Highly commended: Co-op Irresistible Cracking Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Dome

A showstopping dessert that’ll be loved by adults and children. Crack open the shell to reveal a sweet orange cheesecake, rich dark chocolate crumb and chunks of brownie. £12/750g


Best supermarket Christmas drink

Winner: M&S Cherry Glog, marksandspencer.com

A fun alternative to mulled wine, and pleasingly on-trend with its cherry flavour. It’s got strong notes of almond on the nose and will be a real crowd-pleaser. £7.50/75cl

Best Christmas drink M&S supermarket awards 2017

Best supermarket frozen dessert

Winner: M&S Black Forest Bouche, marksandpsencer.com

A light, creamy mousse, chunks of sweet cherry and a smart glaze means this tastes as good as it looks. £9/510g

Best frozen dessert M&S supermarket awards 2017

How we chose the best Christmas product winners

The olive team chose 23 categories, based on extensive research, of products you would want to buy to make Christmas entertaining hassle-free. The supermarkets selected the products they wanted to put forward in each category (we only allowed them one entry per category, so they had to choose carefully). Our expert panel tasted them, without knowing where they came from, and rated each individually. The standard this year was of such high quality that we awarded several joint winners.

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