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…

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:  …

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…

REVIEW: Fortnum and Mason Traditional Mince Pies

So…I ummed and I arrred and eventually, decided to go for it. What am I talking about? Well, buying these bad boys is what…bought from the Fortnum and Mason shop at St Pancras Station as I passed by on my travels…the price, a cool £10.95. That’s £1.83 per pie! I mean, there’s premium. There’s luxury….

2017 UPDATED REVIEW: Iceland Luxury Mince Pies

2017 Update I find it interesting re-visting things from last year. You have certain expectations. Your views have changed, moulded over another year. These Iceland Mince Pies were a 19/20 in the taste test last year as you can see below, and the main thing that let them down was the size of the pie…

2017 UPDATED REVIEW: Aldi Specially Selected Luxury Mince Pies

2017 Update:  Mum went and bought this years Aldi pies, so I figured I’d do a compare to last years. At a glance, the packaging is identical but there are some subtle differences I’ll let you work out for yourselves. The pies look the same. I’m pretty certain they are the same basic recipe too,…

Sainsbury’s Mini Ecclefechan and Mincemeat Tarts

Say what now? Here, look: Well these are different, are they mince pies? Well, it says Mincemeat tarts, and it doesn’t mean meat as in “meat”, it’s definitely the fruity kind. So…they look legit. Just like the Heston’s last year, I’m going to judge them as a mince pie and we’ll see what happens. Packaging…

Sainsbury’s Deep Filled Mince Pies

3rd Sainsbury’s entry of the 2017 Mince Pie season…these are slightly more budget line, but as we’ve seen before, that doesn’t always make that much difference, at least, not in taste…let’s see. Packaging Well, to begin with, the box is really pretty. Hands down, this is lovely. Perfect colours, lovely Christmas scene, the sprig of…

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference All Butter Mince Pies

Full steam ahead now on the mince pies, it’s time for the big guns to come out from Sainsbury’s. Packaging The packaging on these looks smart and premium, but definitely lacks a Christmassy feel. Love the window to the pies, and these are pretty looking pies too so that definitely helps. £2.00 a box makes…

League Tables Update

Here it is then, the most up to date league table of Mince Pies. I’m going to add a note to this over the next few days indicating what year the review is from. At the moment, only the Sainsbury’s Ice Topped are from this year. Remember, there is a link at the top of…

Sainsbury’s Iced Topped Mince Pies

Here we go then…Sainsbury’s Iced Topped Mince Pies. Last year I never actually got around to trying out the iced topped versions, so this year I thought I’d dive right in. Let’s crack on… Packaging These are £1.30 at the minute, so 22p a pie basically. Which feels cheap, but looking at the really nice…

REVIEW: Tesco Mince Pies

I can’t imagine the marketing team at Tesco really worked especially hard on naming these mince pies. There’s none of the all-butter, super sweet, Christmas amazing mince pies in the title, it’s literally the epitome of no nonsense! I have the lowest of low hopes for these really. They are, I kid you not, 89p…

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…