FEMAIL taste tests 25 supermarket mince pies in search of the best


M&S Made Without 4 Mince Pies

Rating:

£2.50 for pack of four

Despite my preconceptions about gluten free food, I found these were extremely tasty. The shortbread crust was delicious and very addictive, and the filling was fresh and tangy. – Jessica Rach

Jessica was shocked at how much she loved this gluten-free treat

Jessica was shocked at how much she loved this gluten-free treat

Iceland Luxury 6 All Butter Mince Pies 

Rating:

£1.89 for pack of six 

Simply delicious! Whether you enjoy one with your mid-morning cuppa or save it for after dinner, these mince pies from Iceland are truly scrumptious. 

Perfect balance of flavour, filling and pastry, there is nothing to improve – Stephanie Bridger- Linning 

Stephanie thought the luxury all-butter mince pies from Iceland, which she thought would go great with a cuppa

Stephanie thought the luxury all-butter mince pies from Iceland, which she thought would go great with a cuppa

Lidl Deluxe Gingerbread Mince Pies 

Rating:

£2.69 for pack of six

Sometimes tinkering with the classic formula just piles in more unnecessary sweetness, but at first bite I could tell these ginger versions had pulled it off. 

The spice cuts through the sweetness and made for a delicious jammy filling.

I loved the fact there were stars on top rather than a full pastry lid because it means they’re a bit less heavy, and they would look pretty on a plate if you’re entertaining. 

The pastry is probably not as luxurious as some other brands, but the filling was so delicious that it’s definitely not a downside – Siofra Brennan

Siofra thought the spice cuts through the sweetness and made for a delicious jammy filling in this mince pie

Siofra thought the spice cuts through the sweetness and made for a delicious jammy filling in this mince pie

Aldi Specially Selected Sloe Gin Mince Tarts

Rating:

£2.49 for pack of six

These mince pies were superb. They were delicious, with just the right amount of gin – not too strong, but definitely not too weak. 

The fruit mixture was lovely and full of taste and the almonds on top gave it the right amount of crunch. 

The pastry was beautiful and once you start you can’t stop eating them (a box was demolished within a day by two people). It was a light treat with a bit of crunch. Simply perfection – Jessica Green 

Jessica said these mince pies were 'superb' with 'just the right amount of gin' within the filling

Jessica said these mince pies were ‘superb’ with ‘just the right amount of gin’ within the filling 

Morrisons Free From Maple Crumble Mince Pies 

Rating:

£2.50 for pack of four 

People who like mince pies but are looking for gluten or milk free alternatives with a twist need look no further than these beauties. The maple taste is unreal and compliments the mince pies beautifully. 

They should be an all-year-round treat! The only reason they’re not getting a top score is because they are not traditional mince pies. – Claire Toureille 

Claire thought the Morrisons's Maple Mince Pies were a wonderful free from alternative

Claire thought the Morrisons’s Maple Mince Pies were a wonderful free from alternative 

 LIDL Deluxe Crumble Topped Mince Pies Salted Caramel

Rating:

£1.99 for six 

The filling is generous enough to make these an indulgent treat. 

The caramel taste is slightly more subtle than I would have liked, but overall, this is a nice twist on the traditional mince pies. –  Claire Toureille

Claire said these Lidl treats were a 'nice twist on a traditional mince pie' and 'not too sweet'

Claire said these Lidl treats were a ‘nice twist on a traditional mince pie’ and ‘not too sweet’

Waitrose No 1 All Butter Mince Pies

 £2.50 for six

Rating:

Apricot and cherries really came through in this mincemeat, and it’s definitely fruitier than most. 

You can really taste that the crust is high quality too, I’d happily pay a bit extra for these. Plus they look really pretty so would look great on a serving plate. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

Bridie said she'd happily pay a bit more for these premium mince pies from Waitrose due to their delicious flavour

Bridie said she’d happily pay a bit more for these premium mince pies from Waitrose due to their delicious flavour 

Morrisons The Best Deep Filled Mince Pies

£2 for six

Rating:

‘Big and indulgent, these are among the best traditional mince pies I’ve had this year. 

‘The deep filling is a delight and the pastry is thick enough to snap under the tooth, but thin enough that it doesn’t turn into a dry paste in the mouth. – Claire Toureille 

Claire loved these treats, calling the deep filling 'a delight' and saying the pastry is thick enough to snap under the tooth, but thin enough that it doesn’t turn into a dry paste in the mouth'

Claire loved these treats, calling the deep filling ‘a delight’ and saying the pastry is thick enough to snap under the tooth, but thin enough that it doesn’t turn into a dry paste in the mouth’

Coop Irresistible All Butter Pastry 6 Luxury Mince Pies 

Rating:

£2 for a pack of six 

I enjoyed the dusting of icing sugar on these pies, and the subtle hint of booze from the brandy in the mincemeat, which took away some of the sickly sweetness.

The pastry had a pleasant light, crumbly texture, and was a bit thinner than usual shop bought pies, which I prefer. They looked attractive; I’d be tempted to serve them out of their silver trays on a platter for added elegance.  – Hayley Richardson

Hayley said  she enjoyed the icing sugar on these pies, and the subtle hint of booze from the brandy in the mincemeat

Hayley said  she enjoyed the icing sugar on these pies, and the subtle hint of booze from the brandy in the mincemeat

LIDL Deluxe Crumble Topped Mince Pies ( Black Forest flavours) 

Rating:

£1.99 for six 

What a treat! These ‘crumble’ mince pies don’t feel like the most festive of treats, with their chocolatey topping and cherry-flavoured mince meat, however as a Christmas snack they go down an absolute storm. 

They miss out on a total of five stars because of the lack of traditional Christmas flavour, but I’d still reach for one from the buffet table. – Harriet Johnston

Harriet enjoyed these mince pies even though they lacked the traditional flavour of the festive treat

Harriet enjoyed these mince pies even though they lacked the traditional flavour of the festive treat 

LIDL Favorina Gluten Free Mince Pies 

Rating:

£1.35 for four

 An excellent effort from Lidl, I would not have known these are gluten free. A top treat for the festive season. 

The pastry is crumbly and the ratio of mince meat to crust is perfect for a mince pie lover. 

The filling is fruity with slight earthy tones. I think if you ate the whole pack the crust would start to clump a little, but all in all a cracking pastry. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

LIDL Favorina Gluten Free Mince Pies were commended by their excellent effort by Bridie

LIDL Favorina Gluten Free Mince Pies were commended by their excellent effort by Bridie 

M&S  Plant Kitchen Vegan Mince Pies 

Rating:

 £2.50 for four

With a pretty star on the top, these mince pies are a vegan treat. The delicous shortcrust is better than the average non-vegan version and the mincemeat is the same used in all M&S pies. 

Neither too sweet nor too crumbly (as can often the the case with vegan pastry) this is a perfect treat. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

Bridie said the mince pies were not too sweet or too crumbly and she enjoyed the structure in in the pastry

Bridie said the mince pies were not too sweet or too crumbly and she enjoyed the structure in in the pastry 

Tesco Spiced Apple and Clementine Mince Pies

Rating:

£1.50 for six 

I’m not actually the biggest fan of mincemeat, so I always love an alternative mince pie and this did the job for me. 

The apple was the right side of spicy with gorgeous cinnamon richness with the clementines making it taste like mulled wine in a cup. – Bridie Pearson-Jones

Bridie enjoyed this alternative mince pie as a change from the traditional Christmas pastry

Bridie enjoyed this alternative mince pie as a change from the traditional Christmas pastry

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