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10 delicious festive desserts that aren’t a traditional Christmas pudding

Including the ultimate chocolate & praline opera cake

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10 delicious festive desserts that aren’t a traditional Christmas pudding

The classic Christmas dinner with all the trimmings is traditionally rounded off with an indulgent helping of fruity Christmas pudding, often with either cream or brandy sauce. 

you could try the Italians' take on a Christmas pud, with a quick twist on a Panettone

The figgy dessert has long been a staple of Brits' celebratory festive meal - the popular Christmas carol 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' which dates back to 1935 even references it in one of the verses ("We all want some figgy pudding, we all want some figgy pudding, we all want some figgy pudding, so bring some right here.”)

But tastes are changing - these days, people are turning to lighter alternatives, with panettone, for example, now apparently outselling Christmas puddings two-to-one.

Let's face it, after you've helped yourself to starters, second helpings of turkey and those delicious crispy spuds, plus a few sweets from the Quality Street tin during the day, a bowlful of rich pudding can sometimes leave you feeling a little too full.

And while traditionalists still have to have a fig pudding on Christmas day, many of us are looking to try something a little more exciting. 

Which is why you can now get lots of fun alternative desserts to help finish your festive feast in style. 

Here are 10 delicious substitutes for the traditional Christmas pud you can now get in-store at Asda - just in case you fancied a change. 

Chocolate & praline opera cake

ASDA Extra Special Chocolate & Hazelnut Praline Opera Cake available in store between 15th - 27th December.

This luxurious sponge dessert, produced in collaboration with chef and TV presenter James Martin, features layers of delicate chocolate sponge, thick, glossy hazelnut ganache, cheesecake and praline sauce. 

We think it's the ultimate showstopper and Janet Leigh, Consumer Tester at Good Housekeeping, who carried out a taste test of the festive cake, agrees. "The cake went down well with everyone," she said. "I loved it!"

Red Velvet Yule Log

Extra Special Red Velvet Yule Log available in store between 15th - 27th December.

This twist on the classic yule log was named star buy in a recent taste test by the Telegraph and it will cause a real stir among your assembled guests. 

The rich chocolate sponge has been slathered in fresh cream and finished with a glossy red chocolate ganache. 

Gluten-free gingerbread house

Free From Christmas Gingerbread House Kit available now.

You don't have to miss out on a delicious dessert because you're following a gluten-free diet. This Free From Gingerbread House Kit is easy to make and full of delicious spices. Plus, it's both gluten and dairy-free (as long as you replace the butter with a dairy-free alternative). 

Sticky toffee melt in the middle pudding

ASDA Extra Special Sticky Toffee & Dark Chocolate Pudding available in store between 15th - 27th December.

This is a new take on the classic Christmas pudding, combining a sticky date sponge and a secret centre filled with oozing caramel. The whole thing is then covered in a smooth layer of chocolate ganache. Irresistible! 

Raspberry white chocolate pavlova wreath

Extra Special Raspberry White Chocolate Pavlova Wreath available in store between 15th - 27th December.

Made with silky British cream, whole raspberries and Belgian white chocolate, this edible wreath is still rich but will provide a fitting fruity finish to your Christmas dinner. 

Christmas pudding smash cake

ASDA Christmas Smash Cake available in store until 26th December.

It looks like a Christmas pudding, but it's actually a moist chocolate sponge cake topped with a milk chocolate dome that's decorated with marshmallow frosting to look like a Christmas pudding. 

The other surprise is that when you stick your spoon inside, you'll find hundreds of chocolate malt balls and edible gold stars within. Big and little kids alike will love this dessert! 

Italian panettone and prosecco pudding

Extra Special Italian Panettone & Prosecco Pudding available online and in store now until 26th December.

Or, you could try the Italians' take on a Christmas pud, with this twist on a Panettone. The light sponge is infused with a sauce that combines prosecco, brandy and cinnamon. What could be more merry than that? 

Amontillado sherry trifle

ASDA Extra Special Amontillado Sherry Trifle available 15th - 31st December.

This classic trifle has sponge soaked in Amontillado sherry and a thick velvety layer of custard, which is topped with toasted nuts, for a sightly lighter take on the Christmas dessert. 

Macarons

Extra Special Frozen Macaron Selection available 15th - 31st December. 

If you just want something sweet to nibble on, these crisp, pastel macarons are the ultimate chic treat. 

Cheeseboard

Extra Special Cheese Selection available now. 

But if you're more into savoury than sweet, you could always bring the meal to a close with this tasty selection of classic cheeses and some crackers. 

If that's not enough, find more delicious festive desserts and party food online at Asda.com or at your local Asda store