Brits will eat an impressive 250 million roast potatoes at Christmas, reveals survey


Brits will consume roasties, 264 million slices of turkey and 208 million boxes of chocolates this festive period

The nation will consume a collective 250 million roast potatoes, 264 million slices of turkey – and 208 million boxes of chocolates this Christmas, a study has found.

Research of 2,000 adults who celebrate the festive season – an estimated 46,380,221 across the UK – found they’ll also get through nearly five portions of cheese each – which adds up to a staggering 217,987,038 in total.

More than 250 million sprouts will go down the nation’s hatches, alongside 162 million portions of Christmas pudding, from December 1 to January 1.

Festive roasts will also be washed down with more than 255 million ladles of gravy, and more than 366 million glasses of wine.

Christmas-lovers will also collectively drink nearly 200 million cosy cups of hot chocolate – and more than 287 million mince pies.

Families get through tonnes of food for their Christmas dinner

And perhaps as a result of all the food and drink bought in the festive period, 68 per cent admit they tend to overindulge when Christmas comes around.

A spokesperson for Boursin, which commissioned the research, said: “A lot of food is consumed during the Christmas period and, for many, that and enjoying time with loved ones is what the season is all about.

“But it’s important, as it is all year round, to try and get creative with leftovers to ensure as little food as possible goes to waste.”

Chef Kenny Tutt says there are tonnes of things that can be done with leftovers

The study found that one in three of the adults polled cite eating Christmas dinner leftovers as their favourite part of the festive season.

They expect to wolf down no fewer than three dinners each on average over the month of December and attend a further two Christmas parties.

But, accordingly to the OnePoll figures, nearly half (48 per cent) admit they tend to over-buy when they’re stocking up on festive food and drink.

Rather than throwing away food, there are plenty of ideas to use up your scraps

And despite a huge 72 per cent claiming they would like to be ‘savvier’ and waste less, nearly a quarter will end up throwing uneaten food away.

While four in 10 of those polled said they don’t like wasting food at Christmas – but feel they have ‘no choice’.

Boursin’s spokesperson added: “People are increasingly committed to combatting food waste, but inspiration and time can be real barriers to achieving this goal.

“That’s why we’re delighted to partner with FoodCycle and chef Kenny Tutt to raise awareness and funds for a great cause through our “You Create, We donate” campaign.

Left over veggies can create different festive meals to the classic roast

“By getting creative in the kitchen we can work to reduce food waste, feed communities and free up more of our precious Christmastime to focus on what’s important.

British cook and MasterChef winner, Kenny Tutt, added: “Getting creative doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. It’s about finding tasty tricks and simple solutions to combat waste.

“I’ve always felt passionately about the role food plays in bringing people together and the fantastic work FoodCyle are doing epitomizes that.”

Boursin is encouraging consumers to get creative with their leftovers and will donate £5 to FoodCycle for every dish shared on social media tagging @BoursinUK and using the hashtag #youcreatewedonate.


  • Roast potatoes – 250,453,193
  • Slices of turkey – 264,367,259
  • Slices of cooked ham – 199,434,950
  • Ladles of gravy – 255,091,215
  • Slices of beef – 176,244,839
  • Curry/ stews – 157,692,751
  • Slivers of smoked salmon – 153,054,729
  • Brussel sprouts – 255,091,215
  • Carrots – 292,195,392
  • Portions of peas – 278,281,326
  • Parsnips – 194,796,928
  • Portions of cauliflower cheese – 148,416,707
  • Boxes of chocolate – 208,710,994
  • Slices of cheese – 310,747,480
  • Portions of cheese e.g., wedges/wheels – 217,987,038
  • Crackers/ savoury biscuits – 320,023,524
  • Sweet biscuits – 329,299,569
  • Portions of Christmas pudding – 162,330,773
  • Portions of yule log – 157,692,751
  • Mince pies – 287,557,370
  • Stuffing balls – 213,349,016
  • Glasses of wine – 366,403,745
  • Glasses of mulled wine – 157,692,751
  • Glasses of sherry – 134,502,640
  • Bottles of beer – 269,005,281
  • Hot chocolate drinks – 199,434,950


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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