With Christmas been and gone, many of us will be looking forward to tasting something different from the leftovers and nibbles we’ve been eating for the past few days.
One of the most popular snacks around this time of year are shortbread biscuits, as they also make a lovely gift.
In fact, they are so popular that you can buy them in every supermarket, and many may be trying to flog them off cheaply now the gift giving season has ended.
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With so many choices it can be hard to make the decision on where to buy your shortbread.
To make it easier for you, our Life Writer Hope Woolston tried a selection from five different supermarkets to see which was best.
Here’s what she thought:
The M&S tin is the largest of the bunch and contains 650g of shortbread.
It cost £5, making it one of the two most expensive.
Inside there are six different shapes of all butter biscuits inside and each biscuit is quite large.
They have a great coating of sugar on top and really do taste very buttery.
With appearance and taste in mind I would say they are worth the £5.
The Aldi tin is one of my favourites to look at.
It has a gorgeous photo of a stag with a snowy background, and personally I think it looks like one of the most expensive.
It’s actually joint cheapest at £3.49.
Inside you find 500g of biscuits made up of nine different shapes.
The biscuits are quite small, but you get 27 in total which I think it pretty good.
To taste they are quite crunchy and not as smooth and buttery as some of the others.
They are however still nice – but could do with a bit more sugar on top.
The Tesco tin is the smallest in size, but still contains 500g.
It cost £4, and has an illustration of a stag on the front.
Inside you have nine different biscuit shapes that are identical to those in the Aldi tin – there’s also 27.
Because they look the same I was expected them to taste the same too.
They tasted pretty similar but were actually a bit drier that the Aldi ones and not really buttery at all.
Compared to the others I don’t think I would choose these ones again.
The Lidl tin has 500g of biscuits and costs £3.49.
To look at it is probably my least favourite.
I think it looks cheaper than the rest and doesn’t give a luxury feel like some of the others.
Inside it has the same design of biscuits that the Tesco and Aldi have – which was a bit of a disappointment.
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Surprisingly they tasted much better.
They were quite soft and more buttery with more sugar dusted on top.
The Lidl biscuits aren’t my favourite, however I think the are good if you have a smaller budget.
So far this year I have been impressed with the Morrisons Christmas range.
Their Chocolate Santa and Christmas puddings have been some of the best, so I was excited to try the shortbread.
The tin is really nice, with a gorgeous photo on it and I also really like the blue colour scheme.
I let out a huge sigh when I opened the tin to find the same 27 biscuit designs in the £5 tin.
However, the others hadn’t all tasted the same so I was still going to give them a go.
Thankfully they were delicious.
Really buttery and smooth – not dry at all.
They may have looked the same as the previous three tins but they tasted much better.
Here’s how I would rank the shortbread from worst to best:
5 – Tesco £4
4 – Lidl £3.49
3 – Aldi £3.49
2 – Morrisons £5
1 – M&S £5
I can’t say I am surprised that the M&S shortbread were the nicest.
They are known for being a luxury brand and these biscuits certainly are just that.
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