The Choice food experts sampled puddings from 13 different retailers, ranging from budget options to high-end. While the gold-dusted puddings from Coles and Aldi have been hyped up over the past couple of weeks, only one lived up to its reputation.
The Aldi pudding won gold in the taste test with a score of 89%, the Coles pudding scored 72%. Priced at $10.99/900g, the Aldi Luxury Golden Champagne Pudding made with its own budget award-winning Veuve Monsigny Brut Champagne, is topped with cherries, and gold glitter for that touch of magic.
"The Aldi pud is a bit of glitz, a bit of fun. It's a nice, rich, fruit pudding without being sticky and it's not overly sweet, which I found the Coles one to be,” says one of the Choice testers, food consultant Brigid Treloar.
"It's great value considering the generous fruit topping and it looks a bit special on the table – an easy Christmas centrepiece at a time when things can get quite busy and expensive, and all you have to do is whack it in the microwave to heat it up."