Discounter gingerbreads are test winners

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The Stiftung Warentest has examined 21 types of gingerbread: discounter gingerbreads showed lower levels of acrylamide.

For several years now, the acrylamide contamination in gingerbread has been a widely discussed topic at Christmas time. Because spicy gingerbreads from chocolate gingerbread to printen, Nuremberg wafer or Elisen gingerbread are an integral part of the pre-Christmas season.

The Stiftung Warentest therefore examined 21 gingerbreads, including 13 brown gingerbreads covered with chocolate, five Nuremberg wafer gingerbreads and three Elisen gingerbreads (all unfilled). According to the Stiftung Warentest, the result is quite positive. Thirteen products received the grade “good”, six the grade “satisfactory” and only two were rated “sufficient”. None of the gingerbread products performed worse than "sufficient". In addition to the acrylamide content, the tests also evaluated the taste and packaging of the products, for example.

The surprising thing: not the well-known brand manufacturers occupied the top positions, but the products of discounters did best in the evaluation of the Stiftung Warentest. For example, the product from Lidl for 44 cents per 100 g received the best rating among the Nuremberg wafer gingerbreads, but the Aldi (North) wafer gingerbread for 43 cents per 100 g also received a "good" rating. The chocolate gingerbreads from Real, Lidl, Netto, Weiss and Penny were also rated "good". However, the "Winter Dream Gingerbread" from Aldi (South) only achieved an adequate rating. “Smells and tastes very spicy, but one-sidedly dominant of cinnamon. Moist in the mouth, slightly sticky and slightly scratchy, ”stated the testers of the Stiftung Warentest. The “Fürstenschnitte” from Bahlsen with the grade “good” was the test winner for the Elisen gingerbread. The "Gold Elisen" from Wicklein received only a "satisfactory", the Nuremberg Elisen gingerbread from Haeberlein-Metzger was only "sufficient". Which manufacturers are behind the gingerbread of the discounters is still a well kept secret. However, according to the results of the Stiftung Warentest, the quality seems to be right in most cases.

According to the Stiftung Warentest, the reason for the rather modest performance of the Nuremberg brand manufacturers is not the quality of the gingerbread directly, but the insufficient packaging of the products. The packaging was "without a weld, only with a clip, everyone can reach in", the Stiftung Warentest criticized in its December edition the traditional packaging of the brand manufacturers. The Haeberlein-Metzger product also lacked the nutritional information and allergy information on the packaging.

In terms of acrylamide content, Frenzel's “pulse carvers” performed the worst, but here too the signal value of 1000 micrograms per kilogram set by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety was not exceeded. For example, the experts at the Stiftung Warentest were unable to prove that the proportion of acrylamide in gingerbread recently announced by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has increased over the past few years. The problem with health is therefore not the exposure to acrylamide, which is considered to be carcinogenic, but rather the sewing value of most products. Chocolate gingerbread cookies with an average of 380 kilocalories are true calorie bombs, the Stiftung Warentest explained. (fp)

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