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Trifle tops list of retro Christmas food for Scots

By Alan Beresford

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A NEW poll has revealed we’re craving the comforts of ‘retro’ Christmas food, after nearly nine months of Covid-19 restrictions.

Trifle is the favourite Christmas dessert for Scots, according to a new poll.
Trifle is the favourite Christmas dessert for Scots, according to a new poll.

Research by YouGov, commissioned by Del Monte, has has shown that more than half (57 per cent) of Scots questioned would consider making, eating or serving ‘retro’ dishes from their childhood this festive period.

True to form, the generation most craving that nostalgic hit nationally was millennials, where 65 per cent of 25 to 44-year-olds across Britain would consider making, eating or serving retro dishes this Christmas. The research explored the enduring popularity of the classic British fruit trifle. The iconic dessert remains wildly popular – two thirds (66 per cent) in Scotland have eaten a trifle in the last five years.

When asked to choose between a traditional Christmas pudding or the quintessential trifle, more Scots chose trifle (48 per cent) than Christmas pudding (25 per cent).

In the poll, eight classic fruit-based desserts were presented to Scottish respondents who were asked to pick all those they enjoyed eating as a child during the festive period. Trifle was by far the most popular (68 per cent), followed by family favourite ‘fruit in jelly with ice cream’, enjoyed by 45 per cent.

Lockdowns and limits on our social interaction have driven us to think ahead to Christmas earlier and more frequently than ever this year, and the demand for a reassuringly nostalgic Christmas is high.

Martin Tilney, Senior Commercial Director for Del Monte UK and Europe, said: “After a tough year, and with many of us not seeing our families this Christmas, our research shows we are craving the comforts of our childhood.

"Nearly half of people in Scotland were served trifle on Christmas Day when they were children – something as simple as layers of cake, custard, cream, jelly and canned fruits goes down a treat, whether you’re five or 55. New or novelty have no place at the Christmas table in 2020 – there is much satisfaction to be found in old favourites that have the power to fuel fond memories of better times.”

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