Christmas Cracker Test: Which has most pulling power?

Cracking time: The Star's Julia Armstrong, right, puts the crackers to the test.

Cracking time: The Star's Julia Armstrong, right, puts the crackers to the test.

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SO have you pulled a cracker or was it a bit of a damp squib?

Well, the jokes in the supermarket Christmas crackers that our crack squad tested were about as corny as my opening paragraph but that’s all part of the fun, isn’t it?

We certainly had a giggle trying them out and for a few minutes the stressed-out pre-Christmas newsroom was transformed as we sat round in party hats having a laugh.

And we were able to introduce one of our office cleaners Inga Tremayne, who is from Latvia, to a new tradition, as she had never seen or heard of Christmas crackers before.

They all come in well under a tenner but you might pick some up for a lot less than we paid, according to online bargain forums.

Morrisons Six 
Dinner Party 
Crackers

(£8)

These were a cut above the rest as they cost more for less. They look festive and jolly in red and gold with a nice wreath decoration. The hats were a jolly shiny red, the gifts were far more classy, including a mini picture frame and a set of measuring spoons you could actually use, and a joke plus a trivia question and a brain teaser.

Only the muted snap let them down.

They had the best joke, though. Q: What did the shy pebble say? A: I wish I was a little boulder!

Appearance: 3

Joke: 4

Hat: 5

Crack sound: 2

Gift: 5

Lidl’s 12 Christmas Crackers

(£3.99)

They look quite pretty and fairly classy and half are white with silver stars and the others are silver with a white decoration. Everyone liked the joke plus trivia combination and thought the paper hats should come in more colours than red. The cheap gifts included crayons, a tiny tape dispenser, a hair ornament and a metal puzzle.

Appearance: 3

Joke: 4

Hat: 3

Crack sound: 3

Gift: 3

Tesco Tree and 
Tartan Crackers

(£3.97 for 12)

These were bright and snazzy in red and gold tartan with a Christmas tree logo. The toys, including the favourite fortune-telling fish, spinning top, hair grip and frankly rubbish giant paper clip, won a mixed response. A little more variety in the paper hats made up for the disappointment of a malfunctioning snap.

Appearance: 4

Joke: 2

Hat: 3

Crack sound: 2

Gift: 3

12 Family Crackers, Sainsbury

(£5)

These look lovely with flowers and hearts in red and white colourways but strangely not that festive. The gifts were a bit variable, we thought, but we liked the joke and charade combination, with book, film, TV and song titles for people to guess. The paper crowns were great, too, with a range of colours and shapes.

Appearance: 3

Joke: 3

Hat: 4

Crack sound: 2

Gift: 4

Co-operative 
Christmas 12 Family Crackers

(half price at £4 for 12)

The Co-op has gone for elegant silver and white, with a combination of star and ‘Christmas Wishes’ designs. Good gifts, including a tiny card trick, skittles and marbles. They too went for the joke and charade idea but the hats were only in red and orange.

Appearance: 3

Joke: 4

Hat: 3

Crack sound: 3

Gift: 3

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