British Baker is delighted to announce the winning products in the 2019 Christmas Stars competition!

Bakery experts judged dozens of festive products across eight categories, including mince pies, Christmas pudding and free-from.

The winners and runners-up in each of these will be able to use the ‘Winner’ or ‘Highly Commended’ logo on all marketing materials and packs.

All entries were scored ‘blind’, with judges initially unaware of the identity of the manufacturer or retailer of the products. Products were scored on a range of criteria including appearance, taste, aroma and value for money as well as innovation.

“Once again, the standard of products judged in this year’s Christmas Stars awards was extremely high,” said British Baker deputy editor Amy North. “Retailers and their suppliers continue to offer festive shoppers great innovation, quality and value for money.”

Christmas Cakes, Pastries & Tarts

  • Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Christmas Cake Selection
  • Highly Commended: Lidl Chocolate Orange Muffin. Supplied by Cherrytree Bakery

Christmas Puddings

  • Winner: Aldi Specially Selected 18 Month Matured Christmas Pudding
  • Highly Commended: Aldi Specially Selected Golden Topped Christmas Wreath Pudding

Festive Biscuits (Sweet & Savoury) including Gingerbread

  • Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Charcoal & Cranberry Crackers

Festive Bread including Panettone

  • Winner: Lidl Caramelised Red Onion & French Camembert Doughball Wreath. Supplied by Crust & Crumb Bakery
  • Highly Commended: Lidl Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Festive Feast Hand-Stretched Sourdough Pizza. Supplied by Crust & Crumb Bakery

Festive Savoury Pies & Pastries

  • Winner: PieWich Chicken, Cranberries and Walnuts. Supplied by The Russian Food Company

Free from Christmas Bakery

  • Winner: Costa Black and White Wreath Cake. Supplied by CSM Bakery Solutions
  • Highly Commended: Co-op Free From Irresistible Hand Finished Yule Logs. Supplied by CSM Bakery Solutions

Mince Pies (Sponsored by Flemings Zeelandia)

  • Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mince Pies
  • Highly Commended: Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies


  • Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Stollen with Jamaican Rum