Pigs in blankets at Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and others tested at Christmas

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For many of us, pigs in blankets are a crucial element of a Christmas dinner. Salty, moreish and ultra comforting, the porky snack is the ultimate festive food. 

With less than a month to go until Christmas Day, SurreyLive’s Laura Nightingale decided to compare the favourite trimming from six different supermarkets to find the best one. She picked up a pack from Tesco, Marks and Spencer, Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Lidl and taste-tested them without pairing them with turkey and gravy.

Here’s how Laura got on: “The results really surprised us, especially as two of the six packs were frozen and they were among the tastiest ones. But what really shocked us was the difference in price.

“With many of us feeling the pinch of the cost of living crisis, one supermarket sold a dozen pigs in blankets for a whopping £4.25 – more than 50 per cent more than two of the other brands we tried. Below you can see the results of how we rated supermarket pigs in blankets from worst to best in our opinion.”

6. LAST PLACE: Asda

I know I said I could demolish a pack of pigs in blankets in one sitting, but not these. They looked fine and cooked well in my air fryer, but they tasted very cheap and I really disliked them. 

Price: £2.40

Size: x 12

5. Sainsbury’s

These ones were edible and were ok to eat, although they were a bit tasteless and could do with some seasoning. They weren’t worth £3.25 a pack mind you.

Price: £3.25

Size: x 12

4. Aldi

These pigs were frozen and when cooked the sausage meat was a bit watery. They didn’t scream good quality and needed some herbs to stand out. But they didn’t taste too bad and were excellent value.

Price: £1.99

Size: x 12

3. Tesco

These ones were much meatier and I enjoyed them. As with most of the pigs and blankets I tried, they could have done with some herbs.

Price: £2.50

Size: x 12

2. Marks and Spencer

I had very high expectations, not just because it was M&S, but because a pack cost an eye-watering £4.25. More than double the price of Aldi and Lidl, they were not double the taste. In fact, they had a strong Frankfurter sausage after-taste.

Price: £4.25

Size: x 12

1. WINNER: Lidl

Hands down Lidl’s pigs and blankets were the best. Like Aldi, they were frozen and the cheapest in price at £1.99 for a dozen. They did shrink slightly when cooked and burned easily, but they were the tastiest by far. I will certainly be stocking up my freezer with these little beauties in the run-up to Christmas.

Price: £1.99

Size: x 12

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