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 years 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.
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Below are the results of our mince pie taste test 2019:
ASDA Extra Special 6 Luxury Mince Pies
Our best mince pies got the whole office talking about the taste that reminds you exactly of Christmas! These snowflake embossed mince pies were full of flavour and filled its golden pastry to the brim. With a gorgeous thick rich sauce and a delicious shortbread biscuit taste, these were not overly too citrus and had the perfect balance of sweet and spice. Pass us another!
BUY HERE Asda luxury Mince Pies £1.50
Tesco Finest 6 All butter Mince Pies with Courvoisier VS Cognac
We could have certainly tucked into more than one of these, with a rich fruity taste heightened by the Courvoisier VS Cognac will certainly put a warmth through you on those cold winters nights. The pastry casings are well baked
BUY HERE Tesco Finest all butter mince pies £1.75
Iceland Luxury Mince Pies
A lovely thin buttery pastry is what make these very more-ish! The fruit is not dry and had a well balanced amount of sweet and spicy notes. It’s light dusting of icing sugar just hits the spot and each mince pie is evenly baked and well filled.
BUY HERE Iceland Luxury mince pies £1.89
These sweet, star mince pies are topped with a dusting of icing sugar and has a generous amount of fruit inside. The texture was very jammy and the taste of orange was throughout however although these have a lacing of brands this wasn’t as strong as other mince pies and the overall pastry was a little dry.
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Sainsbury’s All Butter Mince Pies, Taste the Difference
Although well-filled and had a great texture, these are certainly boozy, which for us we loved! The pastry was crumbly and melt in the mouth delicious, however a little on the thick side for us. You can also taste the warming spices and citrus peel throughout the pie.
BUY HERE Sainsbury’s All Butter mince pies £2
Marks & Spencer Collection Mince Pies
Now if you’re looking for a boozy and very well filled mince pie then pick up a pack of these. The pastry again for us, was a little on the thick side and It’s starry design is topped with (a little too much) icing sugar, so you may need a glass of mulled wine along side! It’s golden brown design does however give it a more homemade rustic look.
BUY HERE M&S Collection mince pies £2.25
Asda Extra Special Sloe Gin Mince Pies
On opening you can instantly smell the aromas of spiced vine fruit mincemeat filling. With a starry designed and just the right amount of icing dusted on top, these not only smelled delicious but looked the part too. As for taste and filling, each pie was well filled and the hint of Sloe Gin did come through.
BUY HERE Asda Extra Special Sloe Gin Mince pies £2
Aldi Frangipane Mince Pies
These gorgeous Almond topped mince pies would be great with a mug of hot chocolate, however one would be enough to curb your sweet tooth cravings. Throughout you can taste the Amaretto liqueur mincemeat and had an overall nice bake.
BUY HERE Aldi Frangipane Mince Pies £1.99
Waitrose & Partners 4 Plum, Honey & Ginger Mince Pies
We loved its classic flavours however although these pies had many different spices we couldn’t taste the ginger and was more like a smooth jam. However we did love the plum taste and would make a great alternative to the original mince pie.
BUY HERE Waitrose Plum, Honey & Ginger mince pies £2
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference 4 All Butter Rum, Pineapple & Coconut Mince Pies
We found these mince pies very tasty and were surprised to see that these were part of the free from range at Tesco. Each pie has a good amount of pastry – not too much but good amount to go round, the pastry is light and crumbly – but won’t leave a mess and as for the filling it was sweet with the right amount of spice.
BUY HERE Sainsbury’s All Butter Rum, Pineapple & Coconut mince pies £2
There you have it, our official taste test for this years best mince pies. As always all opinions are our own. Why not let us know which mince pie has been your favourite so far?