Here they are – the winning products in the 2017 Christmas Stars competition!

These seven category winners and runners-up will be able to use the Winner or Highly Commended logo on all marketing material and on packs.

Our panels of industry experts judged and scored all entries ‘blind’, with judges initially unaware of the identity of the manufacturer or retailer. Products were scored on criteria including appearance, taste, aroma and value for money.

“Once again, we have had a great range of entries for the competition, and our judges have had to make some very tough decisions to select the winners out of an array of fantastic festive treats,” said British Baker editor Vince Bamford. “I’m particularly delighted to be able to say that this year’s winners range from major manufacturers and retailers to artisan bakers.”

Christmas Cakes, Pastries & Tarts
Winner - Bachmanns Prune & Cognac Tart
Highly Commended - Finsbury Food Group – Asda Extra Special Hand Decorated Luxury Belgian Chocolate Cake

Christmas Puddings
Winner - Aldi Specially Selected Golden Topped Christmas Pudding
Highly Commended - Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Vintage Pudding

Festive Biscuits (Sweet & Savoury) including Gingerbread
Winner - The Little Treats Bakery Elf & Seek Festive Countdown
Highly Commended - Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Crackers – Spelt & Chive

Festive Bread including Panettone
Winner - Delifrance UK Festive Fruit & Spice Boule
Highly Commended - Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Panettone

Free from Christmas Bakery
Winner - Aldi Gluten Free Mince Pies
Highly Commended - Flower & White Meringue Truffles

Mince Pies
Winner - Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mince Pies
Highly Commended - Aldi Specially Selected Gingerbread Mince Pies

Winner - Paul Rhodes Bakery Stollen Cake
Highly Commended - Aldi Specially Selected Luxury Topped Stollen

And thank you to our expert judges:

  • Colin Lomax – Bakery consultant
  • Simon Wooster – Wooster’s Ltd
  • Mark Bennett – Patisserie Mark Bennett
  • Ann-Marie Dunne – Bakery lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Vhari Russell – The Food Marketing Expert
  • Neil Woods – Retired baker
  • Peter Sidwell – Founder of Simply Good Food TV