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Christmas Consumer Panel Christmas Crackers

Friday, 5 December 2008

This is the first of three weeks meeting our Christmas Consumer Panel. They have been road testing Christmas Crackers from four different stores and they will be in studio to tell our viewers their thoughts on the best of the four.

Our Consumer Panel
Niamh Craven - Dublin
Marguerite Murray - Dublin
Aida D'Arcy - Meath


OUR THREE PANELISTS WILL VOTE FOR THEIR PREFERED CHRISTMAS CRACKERS BASED ON

. Was there a good pop and a loud bang?
. Packaging and Presentation
. What were the jokes/trivia/hats like?
. What was the gift like? Useful /fun / practical / rubbish
. Would you buy them? Did they dress the table well?
. Were they good value for money?

THE FOUR PRODUCTS
Christmas Crackers (All 6 pack)
M&S Crackers €14.50 (3 for 2 offer)
Dunnes Luxury Crackers €10.00
Superquinn (Tom Smith) €7.99 (3 for 2 offer)
Supervalu Family Crackers €3.99

The Results are: (All out of 15)
Supervalu Family Crackers (10 out of 15)
M&S Crackers (10.5 out of 15)
Superquinn (Tom Smith) Crackers (11.5 out of 5)
Dunnes Luxury Crackers (12 out of 15)


Points about the Winning Cracker:

Dunnes Luxury Crackers (12 out of 15)
Marguerite
. The best pop with real Cracker smell
. Hat was flimsy
. The gifts were practical/useful
. 5 out of 5
Aida
. A super wake you up bang
. The hats were gold and orange; not very festive
. They will look lovely on a table
. 4 out of 5
Niamh
. There was a loud bang. Possibly a bit hard for kids to pull
. The jokes were really good and the kids got them
. Beautiful packaging but a bit on the large size
. 3 out of 5


Points about the other crackers:

Superquinn (Tom Smith) Crackers (11.5 out of 5)

Marguerite
. Good Pop
. Old fashioned design to the packaging. Too plain
. Useful and practical gifts
. 4.5 out of 5
Aida
. Very quiet bang
. The hats were tiny and the gifts weren't great
. Appealing to the eye to buy
. 2 out of 5
Niamh
. Packaging very well put together
. Standard enough jokes on good quality paper
. Very good quality gifts except my daughter got the big paper clip and wasn't too impressed
. 5 out of 5

Supervalu Family Crackers (10 out of 15)

Marguerite
. Safe, plain, boring packaging
. Pathetic Jokes
. Old fashioned paper, to fit someone with a huge head. Would be lost on a child
. 4 out of 5
Aida
. A very good bang but that's all it had going for it
. Rubbish jokes and useless gifts
. Good value
. 2 out of 5
Niamh
. Easy to pull and good bang
. Jokes weren't funny at all
. For the value of the crackers the gifts were quite good
. 4 out of 5


M&S Crackers (10.5 out of 15)

Marguerite
. Jokes were funny and you get an anagram to solve too
. A bit on the expensive side
. Strong and good quality hat, bit on the small side
. 4.5 out of 5
Aida
. Tiny crackers for a very dear price
. Hats were appropriate colour and actually stayed on your head
. Gift was useless so not worth the money
. 3 out of 5
Niamh
. Very neat crackers, very pretty, lovely silver packaging
. Great jokes for the kids and an anagram for the adults
. Everyone was impressed with the gifts
. 3 out of 5

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