Study: Roast potatoes voted top Christmas treat

The British study by frozen food producer, McCain, found that roast potatoes topped the list as the most desirable edible on people’s Christmas dinner plates.

Some 2000 people were surveyed for the McCain’s Nation’s Conversation’s report and had the humble spud – voted number one by 58 per cent of respondents – beating out the turkey for top spot.

According to the study, the top parts of the dinner were:

  1. Roast potatoes

  2. Roast turkey

  3. Pigs in blankets

  4. Stuffing

  5. Gravy

  6. Yorkshire puddings

  7. Brussel sprouts

  8. Parsnips

  9. Christmas pudding

  10. Cauliflower cheese

Although the controversial Brussel sprout was voted top veg by 17 per cent of respondents, a further 29 per cent agreed it was actually the worst part of the Christmas meal.

According to the survey, the typical Christmas dinner plate will contain as much as three slices of turkey, four sprouts and four potatoes, including parsnips, pigs in blankets and two Yorkshire puddings.

And this is all good news for the grocery chains. The study finding the average British Christmas lunch costs £70 to buy and a rather lengthy four hours to cook.

While a 2016 study found that for every £1 the UK retailers spend on their Christmas ads, it translates to £24 in sales.

Commenting on the study, Mark Hodge from McCain, said: “For many, Christmas dinner is one of the biggest events of the year, a chance to catch up and celebrate around the dinner table with friends and family alike.

“Our latest findings, as part of our Nation’s Conversations research, has also shown the differences in people’s preferences over the favourite part of the festive dinner plate.

“And although it’s not really that different to a typical Sunday roast the Christmas menu gives people culinary licence to include sides you might not typically have, indulging in their favourite spuds and all the trimmings,” Hodge said.

Source: B&T