Out with the sprout! Cut backs on festive spending bring bad news for the humble Brussel
Recession means a third shoppers have pledged to spend less this year
Unloved sprout tipped to be first ingredient to be sacrificed, followed by mince pies and bread sauce
Cash-strapped families are tightening their belts this festive season – and the Christmas lunch is set to suffer as a result.
With a third of Britons vowing to spend less this Christmas, a supermarket has revealed that key ingredients such as the Brussels sprout and the Christmas pudding will suffer as shoppers make essential cutbacks.
Almost a quarter of those surveyed by Morrisons said the sprout would be the first casualty of a Christmas cut back, while one in ten said the Christmas pudding would be the first to fall.
Brussel love: But not everyone feels this way about the humble sprout, as Morrisons reveal it will be the first ingredient to be sacrificed in a pinch
Other items previously considered an integral part of the seasonal celebrations- such as mince pies, bread sauce and cranberry sauce – were also named as ingredients the average family would ditch to save money.
But just as shoppers showed their readiness to sacrifice certain elements of the festive spread, they also revealed their capsule Christmas ingredients – the items they would never give up.
Fab four: The ingredients deemed essential to the festive spread were turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing and roast vegetables
The stripped-back Christmas feast comprises just four classic components – which is good news for the 10 per cent of families Morrisons report have just 5 per head to spend.
THE FESTIVE FAB FOUR: INGREDIENTS BRITS CAN”T DO CHRISTMAS WITHOUT
1 Roast turkey
2 Pigs in blankets
4 Roast vegetables (potatoes and parsnips)
The so-called “fab four” comprises of roast turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing and roast vegetables.
Richard Taylor, Morrisons Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications said: “No one should have to compromise on their family’s Christmas dinner so we’ve made sure everyone can keep it a feast.
“Our in-store butchers, bakers and produce experts have all worked hard to make sure Christmas dinner costs no more than 3.00 per person this year.”