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Last updated: 07 December 2023


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What's the best supermarket Christmas ham? Our panel of experts taste-tested leg hams from Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and IGA to find out which one deserves prime position on the big day.

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CORRECTION 8 December 2023: An earlier version of this review listed the price of the IGA Naturally Smoked Leg Ham as $5.59 per kilo. The correct price is $8 per kilo.

How we test

We chose eight Christmas hams available in major supermarket chains nationally. We then set up a blind taste test where each product was tasted by four experts both cold and warm, and given a rating based on flavour, texture, appearance and smell.

Not all characteristics in the taste test were treated equally, with flavour being the most important and given a heavier weighting, followed by texture, appearance and smell. The CHOICE Expert Rating, our overall score, is made up of the taste test score (90%) and the nutrition score (10%), which is derived from each ham's Health Star Rating.

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      Taste test score

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      This score combines the results of our warm and cold ham taste tests. A panel of three experts tasted the ham samples blind (without knowing the brands) in a randomised order, which was different for each expert.

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      This score looks purely at the Health Star Rating, calculated from the details in the nutrition information panel and converted to a percentage.

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      This is calculated from the details in the nutrition information panel.

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        • Sodium per 100g (mg)
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        • Free from artificial growth promotants
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