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.
Below are the results of our mince pie taste test 2021:
Iceland Luxury 6 All Butter Mince Pies, £1.89 – BUY HERE
Searching for the perfect mince pie for Santa this Christmas Eve? look no further than our WINNER for 2021 – Iceland Luxury 6 All Butter Mince Pies. The warming spices of thick, generous fruity mincemeat was well balanced throughout and the pastry simply meted in our mouths – one packet is not enough!
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Mince Pies, £2.00 – BUY HERE
Completely traditional, Sainsbury’s opted for quality and comfort which we fell in love with. Our tasters said it had a sweet, and slightly spicy taste which was well balanced throughout and the aromatic mixed peel and nip of brandy not over-bearing and too strong. If you’re looking for the ideal mince pie to watch your favourite festive flick, give these a go.
CO-OP 6 Irresistible Luxury Mince Pies, £2.00 – BUY HERE
If you love a boozy and a very well filled mince pie then pick up a pack of these from co-op. Although some tasters felt the pastry was a little on the thick side, it was well baked, crumbly and had a sort of homemaderustic feel to them. The mincemeat was jammy and full to the brim with a zingy mix of juicy vine fruit, mixed peel, port and brandy.
ASDA 6 Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies, £1.75 – BUY HERE
The shortcrust pastry on these mince pie’s is certainly what made it extra special for us. Of course, well filled with sultanas, mixed spices and currants, the tasters felt that they could have added in a touch more brandy.
Aldi Specially Selected Mince Pies, £1.79 for 6 – BUY HERE
These melted in the mouth superbly! and you could certainly taste the brandy inside. They were packed full with luxury vine and citrus fruits and you could ceratinly taste the lemon peel. The pastry was very sweet, some felt a little too sweet but it’s Christmas so why not go all out?!
Tesco Finest 4 Salted Caramel & Festive Spice Crumble Topped Mince Pies – BUY HERE
Although not completely traditional, Tesco opted for a salted caramel twist and we thought they were divine. Our tasters said it had a sweet, and spicy taste which was well balanced chunky mixed peel, currants and festive spices throughout and the salted caramel was not over-bearing and too strong. If you’re looking for the ideal mince pie with a twist then this is it.
Aldi Specially Selected 6 Frangipane Mince Pies, £1.99 – BUY HERE
Our tasters felt these cruchy topped Frangipane Mince Pie’s were pretty tasty, they loved the marzipan taste and felt the balance of fruit to amaretto liquer was plenty, some said more glacé cherries could have been added, but overall a great choice when having friends round..
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?