A meringue roulade covered in dark chocolate drizzle

olive Christmas supermarket awards 2019

With the busy festive period ahead, we could all do with a helping hand in the kitchen – the winners of our sixth olive Christmas Supermarket Awards are sure to make seasonal entertaining that little bit easier

Looking for easy Christmas party food for the festive season? From Christmas cakes to mince pies and cranberry sauce, we’ve got it covered.

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Want to know which bottles of wine to serve this Christmas? Check out the winners of our wine awards here.

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Best festive show-off dessert

Gold: Ocado Pleesecakes large fully loaded black forest cheesecake, £60/2.1kg

Sure to be the talking point of your Christmas table, this showstopping choc and cherry cheesecake delights with its contrasting creamy/biscuit textures. Plus it’s so huge that you’ll still be eating it in 2020.

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Dark chocolate cheesecake with gold bow wrapped around it

Silver: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Belgian white chocolate and raspberry snow dome, £12/970g

A funky geometric design gives this pud a grown-up vibe. The tang of sharp raspberry compote and mousse balances out sweet, Belgian white chocolate.

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Bronze: Heston from Waitrose fig and port cheese cake, £12/675g

This cleverly designed (it looks like a cheeseboard), sweet soured cream cheesecake pairs a light, creamy fig and port filling with a crumbly lemon shortbread ‘chopping board’ base.

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Best cranberry sauce

Gold: Asda Extra Special cranberry sauce with port, £1.39/230g

A chunky jelly with well-balanced sweetness, a sharp tang and a slosh of port for depth of flavour.

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A jar filled with red sauce

Best veggie/vegan canapé

Gold: Booths vegetable gyozas, £6/160g

Easy to nibble on when you’ve got a glass of fizz in the other hand, these fragrant gyozas pack a warming kick of ginger. Plus they look pretty smart, too.

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A white plate with gyozas on

Silver: Asda vegetable gyozas with soy and chilli dip, £2/210g

Super-crisp gyozas that you can stash in the freezer and whip-out when needs be.

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Bronze: Waitrose & Partners 12 vegan mushroom and chickpea pittas, £6/180g

Fluffy pittas filled with well-spiced chickpeas make for a fun party snack.

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Best meat-free main course

Gold: M&S Plant Kitchen festive roast filled with cranberry and chestnut stuffing, £8/623g

Packed with festive flavours and a pop of juicy cranberries, this hearty roast is ready to be served with all the trimmings.

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Marks and Spencer Plant Kitchen Roast

Silver: Tesco Finest carrot and thyme tarte tatin, £2.60/250g

An original veggie showstopper, we loved the decoration on top of this pastry tart.

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Best beef wellington

Gold: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference beef wellington, £45/1kg

Everything you want from a beef welly – blushing pink meat and earthy mushrooms, encased in flaky, golden pastry.

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A speckled plate with a golden beef wellington on top

Silver: Booths beef wellington, £42/1.2kg

Talking of pastry… this wellington comes with a crimped border, so you get extra buttery crunch with your succulent beef.

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Bronze: M&S beef wellington, £55/1.8kg

This one wins the most-intricate-pastry-work award. We also loved the beef’s umami kick.

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Best stollen

Gold: Lidl Deluxe premium rum stollen, £3.99/600g

Mellow and rounded in flavour, artisan in appearance – what’s not to like? Marzipan fans will love the thick layer that runs throughout.

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A long loaf of sweet bread with white icing sugar on top

Silver: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference fruit and nut stollen, £7/540g

Glacé cherries give this moist stollen pops of colour and bursts of sweetness.

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Best smoked salmon

Gold: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Hebridean smoked salmon, £4.35/100g

With a subtle smokiness and luxurious texture, this classic salmon is best served with bubbles.

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A piece of bread with orange smoked salmon on top

Silver: M&S Christmas signature smoked salmon, £5/100g

A sprinkle of dill means this smoked salmon would work well for a Scandi-style brunch.

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Bronze: Co-op Irresistible beech oak smoked salmon, £4/100g

If you like your salmon super-smoky, pick this great-value pack.

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Best seafood centrepiece

Gold: Waitrose & Partners Christmas seafood platter, £15/500g

A smart selection of pure seafood flavours, this platter makes for a great starter that everyone can tuck into.

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Waitrose Christmas Seafood Platter

Silver: Lidl Deluxe whole salmon side with garlic, herb butter and rosemary sprigs, £8.99/600g

This flaky salmon, with its delicate balance of garlic and rosemary, won’t overpower other festive flavours at the table.

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Best mince pies

Gold: M&S collection mince pies, £2.50/6 pack

Short, buttery pastry encases well-spiced, boozy mincemeat. Perfect with a cuppa.

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A dark plate with golden mince pies on top

Silver: Morrisons The Best all-butter mince pies, £2/6 pack

The shortbread-style pastry and rustic appearance means you can pass these off as homemade (we won’t tell).

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Bronze: Aldi Specially Selected mince pies, £1.35/6 pack

A thicker pastry casing than other pies we tasted but still packed with a fruity filling.

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Best alternative mince pies

Gold: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference all-butter rum, pineapple and coconut mince pies, £2/6 pack

Stop the search: these tropical treats are the best mince pies you’ll eat this year. With flecks of coconut, a kick from warming rum and juicy pineapple, our judges declared these beauties one of the most impressive supermarket Christmas products of all time.

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Sainsburys Pineapple Mince Pies

Silver: Tesco Finest rhubarb and ginger pies, £2/6 pack

Don’t like mincemeat? These pies swap it for fiery ginger and sharp rhubarb.

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Best ready-made cheeseboard

Gold: Waitrose & Partners No 1 cheese selection, £15/690g

We’re so impressed that you can pick this stellar selection up in a supermarket. Load your cracker with lemony goat’s cheese; sharp, crystal cheddar; decadent Saint-Marcellin IGP; creamy Cropwell Bishop blue; and nutty comté.

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A board topped with chunks of cheese and grapes

Silver: Booths award-winning five-piece cheese selection, £25/1kg

For us, the stand-out cheeses on this board are delicate Cornish yarg and brie de Meaux. Perfect with port.

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Best pigs in blankets

Gold: M&S 12 British outdoor-bred posh pigs in blankets, £4.50/285g

Great, herby spicing with a good salty balance and a whack of smoky bacon. Pass the bowl, please!

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A white baking tray topped with sausages wrapped in bacon

Silver: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference six British pork chipolatas wrapped in bacon, £3.50/260g

Classic pigs in blankets with porky sausages and a lingering, delicate smokiness.

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Silver: Morrisons The Best cheesy pigs in blankets, £3/210g

Mini Cheddars meet pigs in blankets – it’s meant to be.

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The Christmas cake everyone will want to buy

Gold: Morrisons The Best poinsettia Christmas cake, £14/1.5kg

An elegant, intricate design, plenty of plump fruit, and the perfect ratio of marzipan to icing: this cracking Christmas cake ticks every box.

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A fruit cake covered in white icing with a white flower on top

Silver: Aldi Specially Selected exquisite cake selection, £7.99/740g

These little cake bites won’t see you through the entire festive period, but the pretty decorations on top make them ideal for serving with coffee or sherry.

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Bronze: Waitrose & Partners No 1 richly fruited Christmas cake, £16/1.3kg

If you love a stickier sponge, plump for this citrus-and-ginger-spiked cake.

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Best frozen dessert

Gold: Waitrose & Partners black forest arctic roulade, £8/596g

Sharp, boozy cherries cut through rich chocolate in this impressive and light frozen roulade.

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A meringue roulade covered in dark chocolate drizzle

Best Christmas ham

Gold: Waitrose & Partners candied plum and rosemary ham crown, £25/1.1kg

Fragrant rosemary and sweet plum are great additions to this well-cured ham. Serve with left-over turkey on Boxing Day.

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A pink ham with sticky plum glaze on top

Silver: Lidl Deluxe gammon with a spiced rum glaze and a pineapple topping, £9.99/1.2kg

We’re loving the retro feel to this super-juicy spiced gammon with sweet pineapple rings on top.

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Bronze: M&S honey pot ham, £40/2.3kg

A showstopper to take to the table, this easy-to-slice ham would be great for a cold Boxing Day buffet.

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Best Christmas pudding

Gold: Asda Extra Special Christmas pudding, £6.50/907g

Packed with fruit, nuts and a mellow booziness, this pudding holds its shape well. That means nice, neat portions for everyone.

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A large Christmas pudding

Silver: Lidl Deluxe 24-month matured Christmas pudding, £11.99/907g

It might be on the crumblier side, but this beast is one for those merrymakers that like their Christmas pudding boozy.

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Silver: Tesco Finest 12-month matured Christmas pudding, £8/800g

The dark, developed flavours in this Christmas pud demand a chunk of blue cheese on the side.

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Best own-brand non-alcoholic drink

Gold: Sainsbury’s sparkling alcohol-free, £2.75/75cl

Don’t miss out on the bubbles – this booze-free bargain is bursting with gently sweet elderflower notes.

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Sainsburys Own Brand Non Alcoholic Sparkling

Best own-brand sherry

Gold: Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 12-year-old pedro ximénez sherry, £8/50cl

Like raisins in a bottle. We’ll be sipping this rich PX all season.

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A long bottle with a glass next to it filled with deep red liquid

Silver: Waitrose & Partners Don Luis Puerto Fino, £11.99/75cl

Pair this well-rounded savoury sherry with salty snacks.

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Best own-brand gin

Gold: M&S London distilled dry gin No 1 spice, £25/70cl

With coriander on the nose and black pepper and spices to taste, this subtle gin is a must-have addition to your booze cupboard.

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A clear bottle with a green label on and two glasses by the side with gin and tonics in

Silver: Asda Extra Special spiced cranberry and clementine gin, £18/70cl

An elegant flavoured gin with mellow spicing and gentle sweetness.

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How we chose the winners

The olive team picked 19 categories (some new for this year) having researched which products you, our readers, would be most likely to buy to make Christmas entertaining hassle-free. The supermarkets then selected the products they wanted to nominate (we only allowed them one entry per category, so they had to choose carefully).

Every product was prepared according to the pack instructions and our expert panel of judges blind-tasted them, rating each on taste, texture and appearance. We then gave gold, silver and bronze awards to our favourites. Prices are correct at time of going to press, but may be subject to change.

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