Pricey pudding proves duff

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Exclusive department store Fortnum & Mason has been trumped by discount supermarket chain Aldi in an annual Christmas pudding taste test.

Good Housekeeping magazine judged Aldi’s £7.99 orange-topped pudding to be the runner-up, describing it as “delicious” and “a real bargain”, while Fortnum & Mason’s £24.95 version was “a real disappointment” in 29th place out of 32 tested.

Waitrose won with its cherry and almond-topped pudding with edible glitter.

Fortnum & Mason also scored bottom in the cranberry sauce test with its £10.95 jar, a category won by a Tesco version at £1.49.