Don’t ask me when I fell in love with mince pies because I honestly don’t remember. All I know is that in my younger years they were awful and at the (tender) age of 27 I now find myself doing a taste testing of mince pies. Crazy right?
The history of mince pies is something you may want to consult google about if you are curious but the most important thing to remember is that they are seasonal and only available in shop for the Christmas season. That means that you have to make sure that you buy the BEST mince pies whilst they are on the market, instead of wasting your time with the one not worth the calories.
This is a task that not many would undertake, but as I am a self-proclaimed fatty I thought it only right that I do it for you. Lest us not waste any more precious seconds of the season and proceed to my top three mince pie pickings for 2017! I have a full review of some of the most popular choices this year if you can’t find the one you had in mind below! Enjoy 🙂
1. Tesco Finest 6 Mince Pies w/ Courvoisier VS Cognac. – £2.00
These mince pies were the total package! Tesco though about every aspect of their mince pie, from the snowflake detailing to the added bonus of Courvoisier cognac. The taste, texture, alcoholic content and aesthetics of these bad boys perfectly encompassed the festive season all in perfect mince pie of 2017.
2. Waitrose 6 All Butter Mince Pies – £2.50
Waitrose had the “taste” factor down to the T! The all butter pastry had a beautiful rich flavour and the mincemeat was beautifully balanced. For me, it was the best parts of Sainsbury’s and Tesco combined. Their biggest and greatest downfall was the simplicity and rather boring design (or lack of). Mince pies come but once a year, and that cheap cookie cutter design denied them of the top spot!
3. Sainsbury’s ‘Taste the Difference’ 6 All Butter Mince Pies – £2.00
Everything I loved about this mince pies was in the pastry. The pastry on these babies is the best pastry probably ever! Sainsbury’s claim that this pastry is baked in the Scottish Highlands by shortbread specialists Walkers. You can literally taste the journey that the pastry has been on, and it was a beautiful journey. I love shortbread so for me this pastry was all I could ask for you, but for some it may be too thick and “untraditional”. Anyway the filling for these was just “ok”, nothing special but they did try to make it look nice with a cute design.