Best-Rated Custard

Canstar Blue’s first-ever custard review compares Dairy Farmers, Foster Clark’s, Pauls, Woolworths, Yogo, Coles, and ALDI Brooklea on taste, consistency, range variety, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Best custard 2022

Most Satisfied Customers | Dairy Farmers

Aussies have rated Dairy Farmers best in Canstar Blue’s custard ratings, scoring the brand five-star reviews for taste, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Dairy Farmers ‘desserted’ the rest to bring home first place in custard ratings

Custard is one of those treats that is brought out occasionally for classic desserts like trifle or has a place on the table as a firm favourite during the festive season, especially for those who like to drown their Christmas pudding in it. It seems that however you like your custard, the dessert inspires some fierce loyalty, with over a third of shoppers (37%) always purchasing the same brand. But which one takes the cake?

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 800 shoppers for their feedback on the custard(s) they’ve bought and consumed in the last three months. Respondents scored brands on taste, texture, variety, packaging design, value for money, and overall satisfaction. Brands that met the minimum sample size (30 responses) are included in our report.

In our first-ever custard review, Dairy Farmers claimed sweet victory, receiving five stars for overall satisfaction and in most other categories!

Best-Rated Custard Brands

Best custard

Here are the best brands of custard in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:

  1. Dairy Farmers
  2. Foster Clark’s
  3. Pauls
  4. Woolworths
  5. Yogo
  6. Coles
  7. ALDI Brooklea

Aussies decided Dairy Farmers was ‘flan-tastic’, scoring the brand five stars for taste, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Foster Clark’s shared joint ‘custardy’ with Pauls for taste and texture and scooped up an extra five stars for value for money alongside Woolworths. Yogo also scored full marks for taste.

Top Custard Brand – Dairy Farmers

Dairy Farmers was established in 1900 as a farming co-operative comprising mainly of dairy farmers (hence the name) from the New South Wales Illawarra region. Their aim was to work together to bring farming communities together to offer Aussies quality dairy products of all sorts. The Dairy Farmers product line now includes unflavoured milk (including A2 protein milk and active milk), flavoured milk, yoghurt, buttermilk, cream and butter. The brand also offers vanilla pouring and thick custards.

  • Dairy Farmers scored five-star reviews for taste, packaging design, value for money, variety and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for texture.

What is custard good for?

Custard is mainly used to make desserts like trifles, crème brulée, and custard tarts (just to name a few), or as a base for desserts like vanilla slices or custard cakes, or as a dessert sauce with pudding or fruits. You can try it warmed up or cold from the fridge, depending on the weather and your preference. Our survey found that 20% of consumers prefer their custard warm rather than cold, and roughly the same portion (19%) drink custard straight from the container!

If you fancy yourself a bit of a chef, try using custard in your next recipe and see what all the fuss is about. While it does contain fat and sugar, it also has calcium and protein, making it a good and tasty treat for dessert.

About the author of this page

Luciana Lawe Davies - Canstar Blue This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Producer Luciana Lawe Davies. She writes about streaming, appliances and consumer products and services. Luciana enjoys bringing readers the best in what’s on TV and at the shops, including the best deals and latest reviews.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased (from a supermarket or grocer) and eaten custard (note: this includes flavoured custard, pre-made custard and packet mix custard) within the last three months – in this case, 814 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

  • Best custard for overall satisfaction: Dairy Farmers was rated best overall.
  • Best custard for value for money: Consumers rated Foster Clark’s as the best bang for buck.
  • Best custard for taste: Pauls was seen as the tastiest custard.
  • Best custard for consistency: Pauls also proved to provide the best consistency.
  • Best custard for packaging design: Dairy Farmers had the most attractive packaging.