All hail the Christmas pud!

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 18th December 2014
20141023_Waitrose Weekend_Delia Smith Xmas Baking_Christmas Cake Prep Mix low resTradition reigns over taste buds this Christmas, as 71 per cent of households plan to serve Christmas puddings on December 25, yet only 33 per cent of people rank it as their favourite festive dessert. The ‘Traditional Treats’ survey by Waitrose.com polled 1,000 members of the British public to discover the nations’ favourite Christmas desserts and baked gifts and the results show what a traditional bunch we are. East Anglia tops the poll for being the biggest follower of Christmas tradition with a massive 92 per cent of households serving the traditional pudding as their main Christmas dessert.
Top five festive puddings: Christmas pudding Chocolate Yule log Mince pies Trifle Christmas cake
Interestingly, age is a factor on our relationship with the Christmas pudding. The over 35s choose it as their top Christmas dessert, but those aged 18-34 would rather finish their meal with a chocolate Yule log. Of those who choose not to have a traditional sweet on December 25, seven per cent preferred desserts such as ice cream, cheesecake, fruit and trifle. Specialist diets and food intolerances can mean that some people opt out of the traditional puddings (1 per cent), those who don’t eat gluten opt for mousses and panna cotta, while diabetics look to sugar-free puddings, for example. Continental desserts are also popular amongst the younger consumer; 15 per cent of people aged 34 or under will serve Stollen cake at Christmas versus 10 per cent aged over 35, and nine per cent of people aged under 34 will serve Panettone versus four per cent aged over 35.27_OrangeGingerSyllabubTrifle_ low res A huge 63 per cent of people agree that being given a homemade dessert or baked goods as a gift shows a lot of thought and effort, yet only 26 per cent of people have ever given a homemade dessert themselves. While a personal touch is seen to be the most important reason to give home baked gifts amongst both women (85 per cent) and men (60 per cent), the second motivator for men to do this is to save money (men 47 per cent vs. women 40 per cent), while women do it to show off their baking skills (women 23 per cent vs. men 10 per cent). Click here to view pudding ideas from Waitrose Groceries    
The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 18th December 2014

All hail the Christmas pud!