Review of Marks & Spencer Free From Christmas Pudding

Now I am trying to be more organised with my Christmas reviews this year. As I was in Marks & Spencer I thought I would grab something from their free from range. I opted for one of their Christmas puddings to try.
I personally liked the green packaging not at all Christmas themed but in their usual style of their free from foods. It is clearly labelled as being gluten free and dairy free. Onto the ingredients list egg and almonds are highlighted as allergens. It is also suitable for a vegetarians. There is no may contain warning. It is labelled as not being suitable for nut allergy sufferers.
On opening the packaging I was greeted by the delightful aroma of a rich Christmas pudding. It was stronger than I had anticipated. The aroma of the fruit intermingled with a hint of the combinations of the three alcohols was spot on. I had high hopes for this little pudding. I microwaved my pudding and let it rest exactly as per the instructions on the packet. I placed the plastic tub upside down and gently removed the tub. The pudding had disintegrated slightly to one side and did not keep its round consistency. I was also given one of these puddings by a friend. So I had a second one at a later date and the exact same thing happened. A little disappointing to put it politely.
Onto the aroma of the pudding this seemed to remain the same as before it was heated. This was not a bad thing as it was a lovely rich indulgent aroma combining the rich fruit and alcohol. This also didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. On placing the pudding onto my spoon it just seemed to disintegrate and loose its structure. The fruit seemed to separate from the pudding. It just didn’t seem to hold its consistency. Onto the positives the fruit was nice and juicy. As for its flavour this was very pleasant. The flavours of the fruit, the lightly spiced sponge and the alcohol worked well together.
So would I recommend this free from Christmas pudding if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? I’m afraid not. Yes it had a lovely aroma and a nice flavour but it’s crumbling texture just let it down. Sorry Marks & Spencer but I’m afraid I have tried nicer free from Christmas puddings.


  1. November 28, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Generally I don’t care for a Christmas pudding but this sounds go good I might have to give it a whirl! I’m a sucker for all things festive so I enjoyed this post πŸ™‚ x

  2. Sophie
    November 28, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    That’s such a shame, I would expect more from M&S – could always just put it out for the smell though πŸ˜‰
    Do you know anywhere that does a free from one well?

    Thanks for such a detailed review! xx

  3. November 28, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Sorry to hear this let you down, hun. Nothing worse than being disappointed when it comes to food – especially pudding!

    Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Charlene McElhinney

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my latest food review. Yes, I was little disappointed with the pudding but at least there is more I can try, Chloe.

  4. November 28, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    I’ve been trying to cut down on my dairy so I might just give this a try. Consistency doesn’t really bother me as I break it all up anyway ☺️ really lovely blog post! ?✨

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:20 pm

      Hi Amy, thank you for taking the time to read my latest food review. I love the fact you would break it up anyway. Thank you for your kind comments, Chloe.

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      Holly, thanks for taking the time to read my review. Much appreciated, Chloe.

  5. November 28, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of Christmas pudding but it’s such a shame that this didn’t live up to expectations. M&S usually do some lovely puddings as well!

    • November 28, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Hi Emil, thanks for reading my latest food review. It was a shame but hey ho. Sadly, I’m very limited with what puddings I can eat in M & S, Chloe.

  6. November 28, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    Ah it’s such a shame that is was a bit disappointing! But thank you for doing a review so that people know what to expect. I’d never thought to do reviews like this either x

    • November 28, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Hi Kirsty, thank you for taking the time to comment on my review. My reviews are a great excuse to try new food ?.

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