The roscones de Reyes de supermarket “are cheaper and their quality is not comparable with that of a good artisan roscón,” says the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU). But they are one more option for this sweet Christmas and the OCU has launched another year its comparator, in which the cream-filled roscón of the Dia supermarket chain stands as winner in the quality / price ratio. Behind are those of Alcampo and Eroski, while those of the German chains Aldi or Lidl close the list.
Dia’s stuffed roscón gets a score of 73 points based on a system that grants 0 to 100 points in Labeling, Nutritional OCU, Quality of the fat used and Tasting. In this last aspect, the one of Dia stands out especially, when obtaining the maximum score. In addition, it reaches 90 points in fat quality, 45 in labeling and 30 in nutritional values. It is the only one of the nine rosconos compared that reaches more than 70 points, the threshold to give it the qualification of “very good quality”. Its price is 11.71 euros per kilo, from 9.95 euros per container.
Behind, in the category of “good quality” (from 50 to 60 points), is that of Eroski, with 62 points, with 10 points in nutritional values, 73 in tasting, 80 in labeling and 90 in quality of fat employee. Its price starts at 10.95 euros the container of 800 grams, or what is the same, 13.69 euros per kilo. Already in the category of “medium quality” are those of Alcampo (55 points), with a price of 12.8 euros per kilo, and El Corte Inglés (51 points), at a price, yes, higher, 16, 94 euros the kilo.
The remaining do not even reach the 50 points that mark the ceiling of the category “poor quality” of the OCU. In it are those of AhorraMás (49 points), Mercadona (47 points), Aldi (46 points), Carrefour (42 points) and Lidl (41 points). They are also the cheapest, from 10 euros per kilo of Mercadona to around 6 euros per kilo the last three.
For the study, in addition to analyzing the labeling to verify that it includes all the relevant information, the OCU has had the help of a group of “expert pastry chefs” who has tasted the roscones, assessing the quality of the filling and the dough. In fact, they are the quality of the fats, both of the dough and of the filling, and the flavor are the aspects that make the difference between them, according to the organization.
With regard to fat, the OCU notes that only those of Dia and Eroski exclusively use butter for roscón dough, while those of AhorraMás and El Corte Inglés mix it with other vegetable oils. In the rest, a mixture of various fats and oils is used. As for cream, the OCU says: “The cream filling should really be milk cream … but unfortunately it is not always the case in packaged roscones.” And it lists that Alcampo, Dia, El Corte Inglés and Eroski do use only cream for the filling, but that SaveMore, Mercadona and Lidl mix cream and vegetable fats. Finally, Aldi and Carrefour use a vegetable fat preparation.
The OCU also detects that some of the analyzed roscones have been decorated (sugar, candied fruit or almonds) after baking, when theirs is to do it before. In addition, the organization points out that sometimes the almond is soft and tasteless, instead of crispy, “because they are made and frozen, and then defrosted.”