As we finally say goodbye to January, Pancake Day is just on the horizon, taking place this year on 13th February. If you’re a pancake lover and looking to get prepared early, Moneyboat has revealed that Aldi is the cheapest place this year to get your ingredients.
Moneyboat looked at the cheapest ingredient options available across six supermarkets for the classic Shrove Tuesday “sugar and lemon” pancake. The ingredients looked at were:
- 1.5kg of plain flour
- 6 Medium eggs
- 250g Unsalted butter
- 2 Pints of semi-skimmed milk
- 1kg Sugar
Aldi is the cheapest UK supermarket in 2024 to grab your Pancake Day basics
As mentioned, Aldi is the best place to buy your ingredients for a total of £6.68 if you’re looking to save some money, but other supermarkets followed closely behind. Tesco found themselves in the 2nd spot, with ingredients costing a total of £6.83, while basic ingredients from Asda would ring up to £6.93.
The most expensive option was Waitrose, with even their cheapest ingredient options coming to £8.75, a £2.07 difference to Aldi. It’s butter that will set you back the most, with the cheapest option being £1.69 for a 250-gram unsalted block from either Tesco, Asda, or Aldi.
The cheapest supermarkets for your favourite pancake toppings
Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons
|Bananas (standard pack)
Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons
Aldi and Sainsbury’s
Tesco and Asda
Tesco, Asda, and Aldi
|Caramelised biscuit spread
Sugar and lemon isn’t for everyone – many Brits enjoy getting creative with their pancake toppings, with some even going for the very controversial savoury route. Moneyboat compiled a list of nine popular pancake toppings, and revealed which were the cheapest and the supermarket to pop by if you’re looking to save money.
Strawberry jam was the cheapest alternative topping, with Morrisons being the cheapest place to pick some up – a jar of ‘Morrisons Savers Strawberry Jam’ will only set you back 36p. This was followed by honey, which you can pick up for 75p from Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons.
Like honey, due to many supermarkets now offering an ‘Aldi Price Match’ – some of the toppings can be found for the same price across several supermarkets, such as bananas (78p), peanut butter (99p), squirty cream (£1.45) and strawberries (£1.69)
Many who opt for savoury pancakes would likely be on the hunt for streaky bacon that can be paired with butter and syrup, Aldi was the cheapest place for this with a pack of ‘Everyday Essentials Unsmoked Streaky Bacon Rashers’ costing £1.45.
The most expensive topping in the list is caramelised biscuit spread, made popular by Biscoff. Whilst Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Morrisons only stocked the official Biscoff spread, which retails for around £3.20 on average, Aldi and Asda have their caramelised biscuit spreads, which are known to be very similar. Aldi again, was the cheapest option with their ‘Belmont Biscuits Smooth Biscuit Spread’ costing £1.99.