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Sunday Times Food Awards

Which SA supermarket makes lekker koeksisters?

In a quest to help you buy the best, our panel of tasters put ready-made koeksisters to the test

10 September 2017 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller
From top tier down: koeksisters from Pick n Pay, Woolworths (left), Spar (right) and Checkers.
From top tier down: koeksisters from Pick n Pay, Woolworths (left), Spar (right) and Checkers.
Image: Christoph Hoffmann


It's free and fair!

Taste is a subjective thing, we know, but if you gather a group of people - as we did with 40 Sunday Times readers - and ask them to blind-taste baked goods from leading supermarkets, you will come to an agreement on the winners and the losers.

The panel of tasters were presented with each of the products "naked" without any branding or packaging. They were asked to judge them according to their appearance, taste and texture and to say whether they would buy them or not.

To be sure of fairness, auditor Jade Craig oversaw the event and tallied the scores. 


FIRST PLACE: Pick n Pay Tuisgebak koeksisters

Price: R30.99 for 12

  • Tracy: I like a soft koeksister and this was soft and sweet.
  • Carol: Too soft for my liking.
  • Laura: Loved the taste but texture a bit strange.
  • Amkelani: Attractive appearance and very tasty.
  • Denise: Light and fluffy and syrup is not overwhelming, appearance inviting.

SECOND PLACE: Woolworths 12 Mini koeksisters

Price: R29.99 for 12

  • Catherine: Hard-textured and sweet.
  • Dede: It’s crispy and syrupy.
  • Tracy: Too dense and crunchy as if fried too long.
  • Liberia: Appearance is so eye-catching and perfect-looking.
  • Fatima: Very tasty, looks good and is shiny. Nice.

THIRD PLACE: SPAR Freshline Cocktail koeksisters

Price: R26.99 for 12

  • Wendy: This tastes good.
  • Sharien: A bit dry and syrup way too sweet.
  • Diana-Kay: It has an exquisite shape.
  • Zahedo: Very crispy and soft in the middle.
  • Thirusha: It tasted like a jalebi, an Indian sweetmeat!

FOURTH PLACE: Checkers Koeksisters

Price: R34.99 for 6

  • Carol: Tastes like it was cooked in used, old oil.
  • Laura: Very dry and not syrupy.
  • Dede: This tastes like a sweet samoosa.
  • Lisa: Soggy and falls apart, not appealing.