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There are few foods on this planet I could safely say I’d risk life and limb to get a hold of, but for one yellow bear, no matter how perilous the journey, the pot of honey at the end is always worth it.
It’s hard to think of many other foods that have become so synonymous with one particular character as honey is to Winnie the Pooh.
I’ll admit that as a kid, the way they used to draw honey in the various cartoons and books made it look like the most delicious thing on the planet and I understood why Pooh Bear would risk the sting of bees time and time again just to get a smackerel of the good stuff.
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As an adult, I now know that you don’t actually have to dive into a live bees nest for a taste of honey, and that the far less dangerous trip to the local supermarket is the best way to go.
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Having just been pancake day, my house has been left full of different toppings and spreads from jam, to peanut butter and of course honey.
This has now taken the spot on my toast in the mornings and it got me wondering if the name-brand Hilltop honey that I had in my cupboard was actually the best on offer?
So, I’ve grabbed own-brands from Aldi, Tesco and M&S to compare against this award winning name-brand, to find out if any supermarket can rival the leading competition.
With four bits of toast primed with a bit of butter and a healthy spread of honey, I was ready to get comparing.
I started with the leading name brand to get a good sense of what we were comparing against.
Hilltop has reportedly won awards for its product and I can see why, it’s a great tasting honey, and one that I'm sure would be enjoyed by one particular resident of Hundred-Acre Wood.
The value clear honey that I had was perfectly mild and sweet tasting and worked wonderfully on my toast.
Quick tip that I discovered in my last few days as a student where I was living off of the random odds and ends remaining in the cupboard, if you like honey on toast, add a sprinkle of cinnamon too, it works incredibly well.
Back to the honey in question, this is without a doubt a fantastic choice and would work great in a cup of tea or finishing off a pile of pancakes.
Costing just £1.25 as well it was actually the cheapest of the bunch, though it was the smallest in size being 250g compared to the 340g in each of the supermarket competitors.
Time to see how these competitors stacked up to the leading brand.
Who doesn’t love a trip to Aldi?
From their insanely cheap prices to their mystical middle aisle of wonders, every trip to Aldi feels uniquely special.
However, their quality, in my experience, is really 50/50, being either incredible or rather rubbish, there’s never really an in between.
When it came to their honey, I must say I was not disappointed.
The flavour was rich and full, and melted very nicely into my bit of toast – this would absolutely be one for many breakfasts to come.
I noticed as well it was noticeably sweeter than the former, and for me this really made it stand out because I have quite the sweet tooth.
For some though, I know that overly sweet honey isn’t the desired choice, but personally I really like it.
Costing me £1.39, it was unsurprisingly the cheapest of the supermarket alternatives for this 340g bottle.
Aldi is off to a very strong start.
Next up was Tesco, which likes to pride itself on value and more often than not delivers good quality at the same time.
When it came to their honey however, I wasn’t too blown away.
Don’t get me wrong, it was by no stretch of the imagination bad, just a little underwhelming.
The taste wasn’t nearly as powerful or punchy as the previous two competitors and seemed to disappear very quickly.
The sweetness I will say was just right, again I have quite the sweet tooth so I wouldn’t have minded if it was more on the sugary side, but I’m sure this balance would please most.
Costing £1.80 it sits nicely in the middle of our supermarket prices today and I’m sure would make a great choice for some.
I feel that overall however, Pooh would opt for the bees nest before the Tesco trip on this one.
The final of the supermarket choices has everything to play for at this stage, while Aldi is leading the charge currently that could very easily change.
M&S crushed it I have to say, but before we get into why, there is the small issue of the price.
This 340g bottle cost £2 making it the most expensive of the three, but I dare say it is worth it.
The flavour was the most distinctive of the lot and really stood out.
It was smooth and strong enough to really enjoy while sweet enough to not be overpowering.
I feel this absolute had the sugary balance down perfectly and would be a pretty universal crowd pleaser, particularly among yellow bears with an affinity for red shirts.
M&S would almost certainly gain the Winnie the Pooh seal of approval, negating any future chances of bee stings.
There’s an absolute clear winner here in my eyes, M&S was without question the honey that I enjoyed the most, you’ll just need to pay a little bit more for it.
If you would prefer to keep things on the cheap then Aldi is without question your best bet, just know it’s very much on the sweet side.
Tesco, while underwhelming for my tastes, I’m sure would please many but for just 20p extra I really would recommend M&S instead.
So if you’re ever planning a trip into Hundred-Acre Wood and would like to avoid some bee stings, I would advise a trip to M&S beforehand.


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