“I compared Iceland’s supermarket milk to M&S – there’s a clear winner”

Sam Honey compared milk from Iceland, Tesco, Aldi and Marks & Spencer and found that the differences in taste and price vary depending on which supermarket you visit.

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One of our most basic purchases is a bottle of milk with many people starting the day with a bowl of cereal and it’s also a key ingredient in countless recipes.

Personal preference usually guides shoppers when it comes to questioning which is the best milk.

Sam Honey from KentLive says the go-to buy is semi-skimmed without a doubt.

But which supermarket is the best to get your dairy fix?

While brands like Cravendale are undeniably good, the price can be a little off-putting, especially when sitting next to supermarket own brands.

In order to answer this question, I visited four main supermarkets to try their dairy offer and answer.

Our competitors here are Iceland, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Aldi, in each I grabbed a half skim and started comparing.







The four supermarkets were compared
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Iceland

First on the list was mums favorite Iceland.

While I went for 2 pints at each store as I would say that is the most common size bought for a weekly store, my local Iceland only had single pints.

Obviously this won’t affect the taste in any way, only the price – a quick tour of their online shop however tells me that the going rate for two pints of semi-skimmed is 89p, a fair price if any .

Now on to the taste, and I have to say I was quite impressed.







Milk from the Icelandic supermarket
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One of the main things that can go wrong with semi-skimmed is finding the right balance, not wanting things to be too watery or too full, and Iceland has struck the balance perfectly.

A quick taste test and I really remembered the flavors found in Cravendale tastes, not quite exact but certainly similar, so we’re off to a good start here.

Aldi

No price budge on this one, either at 89p it’s up to you to put it up.

In all honesty my experience with ALDI has been very hit and miss over the years

Sometimes they absolutely knock it out of the park and offer really surprising quality at a discount – other times I felt like I should have paid that little extra for better quality elsewhere.

In terms of price, there’s a recurring theme here as all of these choices cost around the same, with Aldi also costing 89p.







Aldi’s milk
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As for the taste, however, it was a little disappointing – this time around the milk is more on the watery side of things.

It’s by no means bad, but for my personal tastes, not exactly what I was looking for.

Given the price, it would be difficult to justify its purchase compared to the Icelandic offer for the same amount.

Tesco

Next on this dairy quest came Tesco, the place for all things of value if their marketing is to be believed.

No price budge on this one, either at 89p it’s up to you to put it up.







Tesco’s milk was also included in the test
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It was a definite improvement over Aldi, and was nearly identical to Iceland, balancing flavors perfectly and keeping the consistency optimal.

These two are now neck and neck, so it’s up to our final pick of the day to see who comes out on top.

Marks & Spencer

When you think of quality, M&S almost certainly comes to mind, the supermarket giant is known for this, both for its advertising and for being able to deliver on it as well.

However, the trade-off is that you’ll usually pay that little bit more, and that theory rang true.

But, don’t worry, because the price markup was literally 1p, with two pints of semi-skimmed milk costing me 90p, barely one to break the bank.

Now the question is did the taste beat the other two or are we going to stick with a tie for first place?







Marks & Spencer milk impressed
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The suspense is palpable, you could almost drink it! (I wouldn’t though, as I just had four glasses of milk)

Just put, m&s blew the other two water, tasting almost identical to the tastes of Cravendale.

It really was a delicious glass of milk, and would be perfect for everything from cereal to tea.

Safe to say that extra 1p really made all the difference.

The verdict

Now the question is, does the taste win out over the other two or will it end up with a tie for first place?

The suspense is palpable, you could almost drink it! (I wouldn’t though, as I just had four glasses of milk)

Simply put, M&S blew the other two out of the water, tasting almost identical to Cravendale.

It really was a delicious glass of milk, and would be perfect for everything from cereal to tea.

Safe to say that extra 1p really made all the difference.

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