Extra Special Champagne Cherry Topped Christmas Pud
Launch: November 2013
Manufacturer: Matthew Walker
Developed by Asda and the world’s oldest maker of Christmas puddings, the retailer describes this reworking of a festive classic (rsp: £10) as “the ultimate Christmas Day dessert”. It certainly rates highly for visual impact. The pud comes jam-packed with nuts and dried fruits and is topped with blonde cherries and almonds. The addition of Marc de Champagne helps keep it moist, and if that is not enough it is finished off with gold glitter - kept in a separate sachet - to add “some Christmas sparkle”.
Pots & Co range
Manufacturer: Pots & Co
These single-serve puds (rsp: £2.25) come in ceramic pots in souffléd chocolate brownie, caramelised apple crumble, bread & butter pudding and sticky toffee pudding. The range is currently in just 25 branches of Waitrose and 60 Budgens stores, but listings in both will be ramped up in October. They will also go into Booths and independents.
Apple Walnut Cake
Launch: May 2013
Manufacturer: Coppenrath & Wiese
A favourite in Germany, where it sells in a whopping 1,250g format, Coppenrath & Wiese has pared this cake down to 350g (rsp: £2.50) for UK families. Described as one of its “new retro’ desserts, it consists of fresh apple slices topped with caremelised walnuts on a bed of light sponge and grated almonds. Designed to be served warm.
Special Apple Pie
Launch: September 2013
Manufacturer: Aunt Bessie’s
Aunt Bessie’s claims its Special Bramley Apple Pie (rsp: £2.49) is an improvement on its original recipe thanks to the addition of sultanas, cinnamon and nutmeg. The deep-filled pie serves five people and is ready to bake which, according to Aunt Bessie’s, “will bring out the warm and comforting flavours of this family favourite”.