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Unwrapped: The Real Christmas Treat Portions

Just how much (or how little) festive treats should you be eating this Christmas?

With the dark nights starting to draw in and the countdown to Christmas underway, supermarkets everywhere are stocking our favourite Christmas treats that only seem to grace our shelves around the most magical time of year. And with the range of Christmas goodies growing each year, it’s really not hard to eat everything in sight on the run-up to the big day. 

However, how much of these festive favourites should we really be eating to ensure we maintain a healthy, balanced diet? We’ve pulled together the recommended portion size and nutritional value of some of the UK’s favourite Christmas treats to see just how much you should be eating this holiday season.

Discover the full list of treats, including the most calorific, below!

Confections of a Chocoholic: Keeping Your Portions Below The Bar

Chocolate is everywhere at Christmas. From advent calendars to jumbo share boxes of British classics, there’s no getting away from these sweet treats. But how many of us are guilty of indulging in multiple individual chocolates or half a bar if it’s passed our way?

According to the recommended serving sizes, a 650g tub of Quality Streets should contain approximately thirty-three servings, which works out as just two sweets per serving! Similarly, another favourite Christmas chocolate, Toblerone, recommends just one individual triangle per serving, with each one containing 19.5g of sugar.

The Most Calorific Christmas Cake

When it comes to cake at Christmas there is a whole host to choose from. From a festive yule log to the traditional Christmas pudding, everyone has their favourite after-dinner dessert they like to get stuck into. 

However, if you’re looking to keep the calories down, don’t reach for the Christmas pudding this holiday season as 1 portion contains 301 calories. Instead, opt for a slice of yule log at only 134 calories a slice or a quarter of a strawberry trifle for 213 calories.

What about the rest of the corner shop? More-ish snacks you wouldn’t believe the portion size.

Crisps, biscuits and sweets are all other delicious treats that are perfect for sharing over Christmas, but how much of them do we really share? A lot of our sharing favourites are super more-ish, meaning you’re more likely to eat a full bag, packet or tin of them to yourself rather than sharing them around. 

It’s no surprise that overindulging is so easy to do though when the recommended serving size of Sour Cream and Onion Pringles is 13 individual crisps, Tescos Scottish Shortbread is 1 biscuit and Bip’s Candy Cane is 1 cane! It visually just doesn’t seem enough!

Top 5 Treats With The Highest Calories

If you’re still wanting to treat yourself but want to stay away from high-calorie treats, cake is not your friend this Christmas. 100g of Christmas pudding will set you back 301 calories, while even a single small mince pie will set you back 209 calories. They say Christmas is a time for indulgence but if you’re trying to stay healthy throughout this season, it’s best to stay away from these well-loved classics.

Top 5 Treats With The Highest Saturated Fat

Everyone knows that eating a lot of saturated fat will raise your cholesterol and can increase your risk of heart disease. In the UK, the average man should eat no more than 30g of saturated fat per day, while women should eat no more than 20g, which makes a portion of profiteroles a third or a half of your daily intake respectively!

Top 5 Treats With The Highest Sugar

For those of you with a sweet tooth, Christmas pudding has the highest amount of sugar per portion at 44.6g which might settle your cravings but it is considerably over the recommended daily amount of sugar (30g) so you should be careful how much you intake. 


All nutritional information and serving sizes of popular Christmas treats were taken from listings on Tesco.