Christmas pudding overtakes sprouts as most disliked festive food

Published Monday, Dec 16 2013, 21:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Brussels sprouts are often infamous for being the Christmas dinner staple that most people dislike to eat during the festive period, but new research shows that now Christmas pudding has taken over as the food we enjoy the least.

The survey, carried out by BBC Good Food magazine, found that only 54 per cent of adults enjoy the traditional dessert, whereas 64 per cent are fans of sprouts during the festive period.

Instead of digging in to a Christmas pudding on the big day, a third of us will opt for alternatives, with 12 per cent choosing trifle, another 12 per cent picking a chocolate cake and a smaller 8 per cent going for another form of cake.

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Christmas Plumb Pudding

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Other traditional foods scored much higher in the survey of 1,184 adults. 71 per cent confirmed their love for a classic turkey at Christmas and a huge 95 per cent adore roast potatoes with their dinner – we agree!

Despite turkey scoring high, four in ten admitted they only ate it due to traditions and 12 per cent will even be serving beef to guests on 25 December.

Simon Roagan, chef and owner of top restaurant L'Enclume, suggested that we are shying away from some the likes of Christmas pudding thanks to programmes like the Great British Bake Off.

He told The Observer: "Due to cookery shows, people are getting more adventurous and doing thing a bit differently."

And despite there being so many fun parts to Christmas (like opening presents), the survey also found that eating Christmas dinner is our favourite bit of the day.

We won't deny that we're counting down the days until we can tuck in to turkey and all the trimmings!

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