Fortnum & Mason Almond Topped Mince Pies

The final review of 2017 now, hopefully everyone has had a lovely Christmas so far, we do still have a few days to go and of course, New Year’s Eve is coming up for a final blow out before the next 4 or 5 days of trying to stick to a diet before the next…

Top 10 TV Shows for Christmas 2017

I’ve looked hard, I’ve done the work so you don’t have to, there is not a lot on this Christmas that’s in the don’t miss category, but still, there is enough for a top 10… And, just a point, this is stuff I like…which means no Doctor Who, or Call the Midwife, or Strictly…so, consider…

Christmas Radio Times and other TV Guides

It’s funny really, two years running I’ve slowed down a lot on the blog from the end of November and through December. Not sure why, maybe all of the build up is done early, seeing what new cakes and treats, adverts and things are coming…but by the time we get to December, we’re literally just…

Sainsbury’s Classic Italian Panettone

I know I’ve been a bit quiet just recently on here…kind of been struggling for interesting Christmas stuff to talk about…still, only a week or two until the TV guides come out and I’ve got some things planned for the next couple of weeks too…so keep stopping by, there will be plenty of interest. On…

Love Actually Day

  That’s right…5 weeks to Christmas, better known as LOVE ACTUALLY DAY. No messing now folks…get your movies started, your shopping cracking on… Oh yeah, it’s Black Friday week too…let the madness commence!

Top 10 Christmas Movies That Are Actually About Christmas

Christmas movies are a category all to themselves. It’s tempting to say Christmas movies are family movies, but that’s not the case. Bad Santa most definitely isn’t a family movie. And then of course, there’s the debate about what actually is a Christmas movie, is it a movie about Christmas or is it a movie set at…

Christmas Adverts 2017 – Part 4

Well, I’ve gone to town on rounding up the Christmas adverts this year…here’s another bundle of ads for you to check out… First up, it’s Waitrose: This is actually really quite good, I’m not sure being in black and white quite works, for me when the lights come on at the end if the advert…

Christmas Adverts 2017 – PART 3

So, here we go then with another round up of Christmas adverts, the over budgeted influencers for 2017… Let’s kick off with John Lewis… Transparently trying to play at heart strings…fails miserably. For me anyway. Next we have House of Fraser: I’ve met sisters before…getting on this well…naaaaah, not buying it at all! Next, we…

Christmas Adverts 2017 – Continued

We already started our roundup of Christmas adverts for this year with this post: https://themincepie.co.uk/2017/11/04/christmas-adverts-2017-its-started/ That one featured Very.co.uk, Argos, Asda and Vodafone…this time, we’re kicking off with one of the biggest hitters, going in two-footed on the rest: This advert is pretty good, light and fluffy despite it being all about a burglar. My only…

REVIEW: Coop All Butter Luxury Mince Pies (2017)

This review is going to refer back to the 2016 version of these pies quite a bit, the review for those is here: https://themincepie.co.uk/2016/10/08/mince-pie-review-coop-irresistible-all-butter-luxury-mince-pies/ and it’s worth a read to remind you how I’ve always been a fan of these pies. Packaging So, this looks just like last year’s box…but let’s do a side by side:  …

Christmas Adverts 2017 – It’s Started!

Every year, it’s fun to see the Christmas adverts rolling out. It’s big business these days, we’re long past the day of Woolies sticking their prices on a song and dance on stage…now we have elaborate animations and productions, multi-million pound adverts purely focused on brand building rather than products. Christmas adverts are becoming a…

Mince Pie Reviews – November League Table Update

Figured it was worth updating the league table and because some people do miss it (it’s linked seperately either in the hamburger menu on a phone or up top on desktop). Miles away at the top is the Fortnum & Mason pies, but it’s looking like a strong list. For reference, the columns in order…

REVIEW: Aldi Sloe Gin Mince Tarts

Well, this is new…and also, I realise I said I’m taking a mince pie reviewing break but, these were seen and must be had. Let’s get on with the show. Packaging Very much like the other Aldi mince pies these, similar styling of box and branding. It’s classy enough, but doesn’t shout Christmas to me…

Josh Groban: Noel

If you like a bit of Christmas music, like a bit of Josh Groban (someone must), here’s a bit of a treat. His whole new Christmas album featuring versions of songs not as good as the originals is on Spotify for the many subscribers out there: