Greggs Sweet Mince Pies

EDIT: So, I’ve been reflecting and following some, rather heated, discussion with my friends Pieter and Gareth, I’ve marked down the scores on presentation and packaging for these by 1 each.

Finally, we’re onto Greggs. I’ve been looking forward to this. A different style entirely from the regular supermarket, mass produced, highly processed stuff I’ve been consuming.

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Packaging
Have to remember with Greggs, they are a bakery and these are actually baked right there in the shop, so you know that they’re pretty much as fresh as you might hope (aka has a short date life). So, considering the plainness of other retailers doing the bakery thing, these are actually in a pretty nice box.

There is a window, the box is a Christmassy red with obvious stars on.

It’s interesting that someone thought it was a good idea to write an essay on the pies on the box, a different approach but overall, I kinda like it and it’s a really good effort for a bakery style.

6/10 – Good effort on this Greggs.

Presentation
So this is a tough one.

You can see from the above photo the pies are lined up side on in the box, no other packaging to speak of.

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The pies are fairly attractive, the icing sugar adds a snowy feel and they look pretty evenly baked.

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6/10 – Simple but well presented mince pie. Could be improved with something to protect the pies in the box.

Filling
We’re in the school of average right now…7’s across the board.

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Same again here. There is just enough filling, not loads, but a good amount and it’s fruity and tasty.

7/10 – Ok…just.

Taste Test
Biting into this pie, the pastry gave a lovely satisfying crunch. It really is tasty and sweet. It’s nice to have a pie that’s not incredibly buttery, and this tastes much more traditional.

Into the filling, and the flavour is fruity and sweet, but not coca-cola sweet. It’s just plain tasty and good.

17/20 – Really rather good, traditional taste.

Overall Score
36/50 – A really good score this, not the greatest but don’t be put off.

I think these pies are like the sort of mince pies your mum would put out for a Christmas buffet, alongside the cheese board and the turkey sandwiches (or turkey cob halves with cranberry sauce if she’s feeling experimental). They taste and look every inch a traditional mince pie and that is compliment enough.

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