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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 years mince pie’s from some of the UK’s leading supermarkets and stores.

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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Mince Pie 2018 Christmas taste test

Below are the results of our mince pie taste test 2018:

Tesco Finest Mince Pies 6 Pack score - 10 out of 10

Tesco Finest All Butter Pastry Deep Filled Mince Pie’s

£2.00

Tesco Finest All Butter Mince PiesEverything a mince pie should be – plump juicy fruit, full of festive flavours such orange and brandy all with a soft well-baked base. A perfect balance of sweetness and spice, you’ll certainly want to tuck into more than one this Christmas.

Available to buy from: www.tesco.co.uk

Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies score 9 out of 10

Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies

£1.50

Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince PiesThis rich all butter shortcrust pastry gave these pies that extra special touch. We loved its golden homemade look and the dusting over sugar made them feel very festive. The mincemeat is infused with rich brandy and ruby port giving them that sweet and citrus taste.

Available to buy from: www.asda.co.uk

Iceland Luxury Mince Pies score eight point five out of ten

Iceland Luxury Mince Pies

£1.89

Iceland Luxury Mince PiesLight crisp pastry and sweet mincemeat make these taste absolutely heavenly. Each pie has a decent amount of filling and are a good size but does have a quite a lot of orange peel for that citrus-y taste. A good all rounder to be enjoyed with a cuppa.

Available to buy from: www.iceland.co.uk

Aldi Specially Selected Mince Pies score eight point five out of ten

Aldi Specially Selected Mince Pies

 

Aldi Specially Selected Mince PiesBringing a festive sparkle to any table we loved Aldi’s golden pastry however it was a little thick for some. Topped with star to evoke those Christmas feelings the pie was generously filled and would go great with a glass of mulled wine.

Available from Aldi.co.uk

Lidl Deluxe Luxury Mince Pies score seven point five out of ten

Lidl Deluxe Luxury Mince Pies

 

Sainsbury's Taste the Differece All Butter Prosecco Panettone IMAGE COMING SOONAlthough slightly dryer than the others, this nutty mince pie has a gorgeous sugary crunch on the top and a gooey cognac laced filling. The mincemeat is packed with Christmassy spices of nutmeg, orange, Cinnamon and ginger. The top is adorned with a star and we loved the buttery taste of the pastry.

Available from lidl.co.uk

Marks & Spencer Collection Mince Pies score seven point five out of ten

Marks & Spencer Collection Mince Pies

£2.50

Marks & Spencer Collection Mince PiesWithout a doubt very moreish if you like a citrus taste as these are pack with cranberries, clementine, cherries and lemon peel. It’s starry design is topped with (a little too much) icing sugar which gave a slightly dryer taste. Each pie does look more homemade as it has a golden brown edge and fills the casing pretty well.

Available to buy from: www.marksandspencers.com

Heston from Waitrose Chocolate & Sour Cherry Crumble Mince Pie's score seven out of ten

Heston from Waitrose Chocolate & Sour Cherry Crumble Mince Pie’s

£3.00

Heston from Waitrose Chocolate & Sour Cherry Crumble Mince Pie'sStay away if you’re not a fan of cherries as this mince pie contains sour cherries, Heston cherry bakewell vodka and sour cherry. We loved the crumbly topping however these tasted more of a chocolate crumble and were slightly dry. A good alternative to the original.

Available to buy from: www.waitrose.co.uk


Tesco Finest Spiced Rum Mince Pies score seven out of ten

Tesco Finest Spiced Rum Mince Pies

£2.00

Tesco Finest Spiced Rum Mince PiesIf you’re looking for a mince pie to warm you up on a cold winter’s day then these should be your go to. Packed full of fruity festive flavours including Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, the mincemeat mixture also has a dash of rum making these taste very Christmassy. We particularly like the design and how well filled these were however if you’re not so keen on orange and lemon peel these might not be the choice for you.

Available to buy from: www.tesco.co.uk

 

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference All butter Mince Pies score six out of tenSainsbury’s Taste the Difference All butter Mince Pies

£2.00

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference All butter Mince Pies score six out of tenSainsbury's Taste the Difference All butter Mince PiesAlthough a new recipe we did find this mince pie was a little soft on the pastry front and didn’t have just the same fruity flavours of the other however the filling was generous and you could taste the warmth of the brandy.

Available to buy from Sainsburys.co.uk

Tesco Free From Wheat, Gluten, Milk deep filled mince pies score six out of ten

Tesco Free From Wheat, Gluten, Milk deep filled mince pies

£1.75

Tesco Free From Wheat, Gluten, Milk deep filled 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.

Available to buy from: www.tesco.co.uk

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?

 

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