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From traditional and tasty, to those with an unexpected twist: Your ultimate mince pie guide

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When it comes to mince pie taste testing, it’s a task the team at Metro.co.uk takes very seriously.

Yet, who knew it could be so controversial? Turns out that while some of us love a good twist on an old classic, the traditionalists among us were not so amused. ‘This is not a mince pie’ was a phrase mumbled many times between mouthfuls of frangipane and crumbly toppings.

With pen and paper in hand and over 20 pies to sample, our judging criteria included texture, flavour, appearance and overall yumminess (a true taste test technical term), along with an overall mark out of five.

Here’s how we got on:

ASDA Extra Indulgent Orange Zest Mince Pies

Score: 4/5

‘Boozy and crumbly, what a way to kick off the festivities.’

‘Aesthetically beautiful, texture amazing, flavour and yumminess pretty good too.’

Extra Indulgent Orange Zest Mince Pies, ASDA, £1.95 for four (Picture: Asda)

Co-op All Butter Pastry Bourbon & Bitter Orange Mince Pies

Score: 2.5/5

‘Presentation is nice but not a fan of the citrus flavour.’

‘Not a mince pie. It’s a very average jam tart – even the glitter doesn’t make up for it.’

All Butter Pastry Bourbon & Bitter Orange Mince Pies, Co-op, £2 for four (Picture: Co-op)

M&S Collection Mince Pies

Overall score: 3/5

‘Nice crisp outside and tastes nice, but marking it down due to low mince pie to pastry ratio.’

‘Has a slightly bitter taste – not bad though.’

M&S Collection Mince Pies, £2.50 for six (Picture: M&S)

Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mini Mince Pies

Score: 3/5

‘Super soft buttery pastry. They look gorgeous – if you were serving at Christmas do these are great size.’

‘Look great, but not loads of filling… and a bit bland.’

Specially Selected Exquisite Mini Mince Pies, Aldi, £2.49 for nine (Picture: Aldi)

Heston from Waitrose Spiced Mince Pies with a Lemon Twist

Score: 2.5/5

‘Why is it so spicy? Bad texture, doesn’t even look like a mince pie.’

‘Tasty and crumbly – love the apple/cinamon vibe, but too large.’

Heston from Waitrose Spiced Mince Pies with a Lemon Twist, £3 for four (Picture: Waitrose)

Tesco Mince Pies

Score: 4/5

‘OK, this is delicious. Crumbly pastry but still holds together to eat.’

‘Classic mince pie goodness. Saucy filling, good pastry.’

Tesco Mince Pies, 87p for six (Picture: Tesco)

Morrisons The Best Deep Filled Mince Pies

Score: 2.5/5

‘Sadly forgettable and a bit dry. Yule regret the calories… Geddit?’

‘Really chewy – a bit like biting into a Jammie Dodger in terms of texture, which might be fine for some people!’

Morrisons The Best Deep Filled Mince Pies, £2 for six. (Picture: Morrisons)

Greggs Sweet Mince Pies

Score: 4/5

‘Overall, a solid mince pie! The pastry wasn’t too flaky and the filling was gooey and moist with lovely citrus and spice flavours.’

‘Slightly on the aneamic side to look at, but a bloody good mince pie.’

Sweet Mince Pies, Greggs, £1.75 for six (Picture: Greggs)



AND THE REST…

ASDA Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies, £1.75 for six. Score: 1.5/5

Waitrose Christmas Cherry & Almond Mince Pies, £2.25 for four. Score: 1.5/5

Tesco Finest Mince Pies, £2 for six. Score: 3/5

Aldi Specially Selected All Butter 6 Sloe Gin Mince Tarts Topped With Flaked Almonds £1.79 for six. Score: 4/5

Co-op Irresistible All Butter Pastry Luxury Mince Pies, £2 for six. Score: 2.5/5

ASDA Extra Special Irish Cream Liqueur Mince Pies, £2 for six. Score: 2/5

Tesco Finest Free From Mince Pies, £2.50 for four. Score: 3/5

Aldi Specially Selected All Butter Classic Mince Pies £1.49 for six. Score: 2/5

Waitrose Christmas All Butter Mince Pies, £1.80 for six. Score: 2.5/5

Tesco Finest 6 Crumble Topped Mince Pies, £2 for six. Score: 3/5

Aldi Specially Selected All Butter 6 Almond Mince Tarts Topped With Flaked Almonds, £1.79 for six. Score: 3/5

Waitrose No.1 Brown Butter Mince Pies, £3 for six. Score: 3/5

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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