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Q.

How much alcohol is there is Christmas Pudding?

Hi, I was wondering about the amount of alcohol in Christmas cake and pudding. We are going to have Christmas pudding from the shop and home-made Christmas cake and I am not sure if they are safe for my 17-month toddler. The cake will not be fed but the raisins have been soaked in brandy. Thank you!

A.

Our expert says...

There unfortunately isn't a straightforward answer to your question because there are lots of variables. The amount of alcohol present in a toddler sized piece of cake or pudding would probably be minimal, however it will depend on the alcohol content of the item in the first place, how long it's soaked for, how long it's cooked for etc.

The level of alcohol is likely to be less in a shop bought cake / pudding, however if you are in any doubt over the levels I would advise that you didn't give any food with alcohol in it to a small child.

The alcohol taste is often not something that toddlers would like anyway, so it may be advisable to either make the pudding without alcohol, or to find an alcohol free mini pudding for your toddler to have instead.

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