A poll in Wimbledon yesterday surprisingly revealed that more people preferred a £2 Tesco value pudding to a £12 award-winning handmade one.
A Christmas pudding poll in Wimbledon yesterday surprisingly revealed that more people preferred a £2 Tesco value pudding to a £12 award-winning handmade pud.
The blind taste-test showcased of a range of differently-priced puddings, polling shoppers on which was their favourite and which they thought the most expensive.
The Tesco pud, laced with brandy, cider and port, topped the poll in both categories, with the overwhelming majority voting it the most expensive.
Raphaelle Simmons, of Simmons crepes in Wimbledon’s Christmas market, voted the £2 pudding the tastiest of the bunch.
She said: “It’s the booze that makes it, it’s really nice. I’ll definitely be getting that one for Christmas!”
Despite Figgy’s coming in at £10 more than the Tesco variety and winning two Gold Taste awards this year and in 2010, it failed to wow Wimbledon shoppers.
“It’s all cake and not enough fruit,” said one market trader, who rated it his least favourite of the puddings on offer.
“I can’t believe that’s the most expensive. It’s rubbish, send it away.”
The posh Figgy’s dessert was ranked least in which tasters thought was the priciest – but was more expensive than the others put together.
“I’m surprised the Tesco’s one was only £2, it tastes much better than the top-range one,” said Tom Jacobs, a graphic designer from Raynes Park.
A mid-range £5 Morrison’s effort with cherry, chestnut and cider was scored second in the poll, with a number of shoppers commenting on its rich and sticky texture.
The luxury Figgy’s pud is available from Bayley & Sage, on Wimbledon Village High Street and Parsons Green.
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