Pavlova, trifle top of the Dunedin Christmas puds

Dunedin will be the pavlova and trifle capital this Christmas, according to a new survey from Fonterra.

A survey of 1000 New Zealanders showed 89% of respondents from Dunedin would be eating pavlovas on Christmas day this year, compared with a national average of 71%, and 74% would be eating trifle, compared with 53% nationally.

Fonterra Brands NZ sales director Tim Carter said the survey showed an overall trend away from the more traditional Christmas desserts eaten in colder countries.

Respondents aged 55 or older said they were more likely as children to have eaten Christmas pudding, mince pies or trifle, while those aged 25 to 34 were more likely to have eaten pavlova, ice cream or sorbet, meringues, brandy snaps, cheesecake or chocolate dipped fruit when they were young.

"It is clear New Zealanders want desserts that suit the country's summery Christmas climate."

New Zealanders were still having a love affair with cream, with 90% of respondents planning to buy some.

The two weeks before Christmas was prime time for cream sales, with 700,000 litres of cream bought _ equivalent to 160ml per person.

Top five desserts this Christmas in Dunedin:

1. Pavlova (89%)
2. Ice cream / sorbet (75%)
3. Trifle (74%)
4. Fruit salad and fruit kebabs (63%)
5. Christmas mince pies (59%)

For a comparison here are the country's top 5 desserts this Christmas:

1. Ice cream/ sorbet (73%)
2. Pavlova (71%)
3. Fruit salad or fruit kebabs (66%)
4. Cake (57%)
5. Christmas mince pies (57%)

As children Dunedinites ate:

1. Trifle (76%)
2. Christmas pudding (69%)
3. Pavlova (67%)
4. Ice cream/sorbet (60%)

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