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Christmas Tried and Tested Mince Pies

We know that Santa Claus eats many mince pies on Christmas Eve and we wanted to ensure he only gets the best of the best. So once again we’ve gone and done all the “hard” work for you as we’ve tasted this year mince pie’s from some of the UK’s leading supermarkets and stores. We were kindly sent these for our taste test.

What do we look for? Simple! a mince pie which has a homemade taste, buttery pastry, festive flavour and of course a decent amount of filling.

Christmas Taste Test 2020: WINNER - Sainsburys Taste the Difference Mince Pies

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Below are the results of our mince pie taste test 2020:

Ten out of Ten

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference All Butter Mince Pie, £2.00

Christmas Taste Test Mince Pies 2020: Sainsburys Taste The Difference Mince PiesOWe adored this year’s BEST mince pies which were generously filled with thick rich mincemeat which reminded us exactly of Christmas, you could taste the warming spices and citrus peel throughout the pie which was also beautifully balanced with the sweetness of currants and sultanas. The shortbread biscuit had a crumbly, melt in the mouth taste and had an overall even bake. The perfect pick for Santa this Christmas Eve

Nine out of ten

Tesco Finest 6 All butter Mince Pies with Courvoisier VS Cognac, £1.75

Tesco Finest All Butter Mince PiesThese were very more-ish and the office felt as though Tesco’s mince pies had an even balance of mincemeat to pastry. The fruit is not dry and had a well-balanced amount of sweet and spicy notes heightened by the Courvoisier VS Cognac – Ideal for a cold winter’s night.

Iceland Luxury Mince Pies score eight point five out of ten

Marks & Spencers Collection Mince Pies, £2.50

Marks & Spencers Collection Mince PiesNow if you’re looking for a boozy and very well filled mince pie then pick up a pack of these. Although some tasters felt the pastry was a little on the thick side and very sweet, it was well baked, crumbly and had a sort of homemade feel to them. The mincemeat was jammy and full to the brim with a zingy mix of juicy vine fruit, mixed peel, glacé cherries and dried cranberries.

Seven Out Of Ten

Waitrose Night Before Christmas Eve Mince Pies, £3.50

Waitrose Partners Heston The Night Before Christmas Mince PiesWe loved the fun clock design on these mince pies, it certainly reminded of us of counting down the seconds until Christmas Eve finished & Christmas day started. The pastry did have a very dedicant taste and was golden brown. Inside the filling was rich, creamy and sort of unique because of the carrot, Some in the office wasn’t too keen as they felt the carrot was a little too heavy

Seven Out Of Ten

Aldi Specially Selected Salted Caramel Crumble Mince Pies

Aldi Specially Selected Salted Caramel Crumble Mince Pies

Our tasters said that Aldi’s new salted caramel mince pies have a really good bake and were pleasant to look at.

The flavour was very sweet and felt these were just a little too indulgent. The crumble topping was evenly baked, buttery and had a good bite to it. Overall we thought these are perfect for those who have a sweet tooth and would be lovely served hot.

Six point five out of ten score

Tesco Plant Chef Mince Pies, £1.25

Tesco Plant Chef Mince PiesThese 100& plant-based vegan mince pies had a flakey, quite thick and well-baked pastry, however again testers felt the pastry was dry and the filling lacked more juiciness, however, we did love the citrus feel as you could really taste the orange and apple which did give a nice balance to any sweetness.

Six point five out of ten score

Oggs Vegan Mince Pies, £2.25

Oggs Vegan Mince PiesThese melted in the mouth superbly! and you could certainly taste the brand inside. The crisp texture of the pastry was loved by most of the tasters and the spiced mincemeat did have a nice texture and zesty taste.

There you have it, our official taste test for this year’s best mince pies. As always all opinions are our own. Why not let us know which mince pie has been your favourite so far?