Coming a close second to sprouts as the most contentious festive foodstuff served up for Christmas dinner is… Christmas pudding.

Rich, stodgy and highly boozy, the traditional pud divides us. Last year Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose reported a dip in sales of family-sized puddings, and instead a rise of one-portion puds, suggesting families are plumping for alternative post-turkey sweet treats.

If you still fancy serving up Christmas pudding, but fancy a more modern take, here are some alternative suggestions from Pinterest.

Christmas pudding Rice Krispie cakes

Add some snap, crackle and pop to your Christmas feast with these mini Rice Krispie cakes

Chocolate vegan Christmas pudding


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Orange, fig and almond Christmas pudding

Make the most the season’s zingy Clementines and citrus fruit with this sticky pudding. 


Date and ginger Christmas pudding

A hint of ginger will add some warmth to your pud.

Leftover Christmas pudding sundae

Use up leftover mulled wine, pud, cranberry sauce and chocolate in this savvy sundae.

Tunnock’s Teacake Christmas puddings

If there’s no one at home who enjoys traditional dessert, with a bit of clever decoration, these elevensies stalwarts cleverly double up as Christmas puds.


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Iced Christmas pudding

This spicy cake is refreshing cold after a day’s feasting on hot food.


Healthy Christmas pudding

Take inspiration from Deliciously Ella with her healthier take on the traditional treat.

Blitz and bake sticky toffee Christmas pudding

Sweeten the blow if your guests don’t like pud with this syrupy alternative. 

How do you like your Christmas pud? Tell us in the comments box below