Co-op All Butter Pastry Luxury Mince Pies Review 2018

Co-op All Butter Pastry Luxury Mince Pies Review 2018

Overall Rating: 7/10

Review:¬†Another decent ‘standard’ mince pie from Co-op. It’s the luxury range so I’m judging this expecting good things. However the pastry lets this pie down in my books – it’s very soft, no crumble to it at all and verging on a soggy bottom. Having said that the taste is very good and the fill is great. The mincemeat is very different to the Brandy Buttercream mince pie (also from Co-op) which is a good thing – it’s a nice mix and the texture is lovely. The icing sugar on top plus the soft pastry means the overall feel from eating this isn’t amazing. Not a disaster but there’s got to be better to come this year.

Mr Kipling Mince Pie Review

Mr Kipling Mince Pie Review

Overall Rating: 7/10

Mr Kipling. The master of cakes and baking for what seems like forever. But, what are his mince pies like this year?

Pretty good actually. You expect a decent product from Mr K and he delivers, the overall experience is very pleasant. But, with that praise comes a slight tinge of criticism. I think he’s played it safe. The rest of the year he’s got the small cake and pie market pretty sewn up. He doesn’t need to fight tooth and nail for a slice of thispie (of the mince variety). So what does he do? Puts out a pie that pleases but doesn’t wow. Safe.

The pastry may be slightly on the dry and crumbly side and the mincemeat filling is a couple of degrees to ‘paste-like’. I think there’s some ‘blended mincemeat plus some whole fruits going on. It’s not very spiced or sweet but the flavour it does have is nice.

Decent sprinkle of sugar on the top and you have a solid 7/10 mince pie. Won’t disappoint, but if you want some ‘mmmmm’ at the table plump for one of the others.

Greggs Sweet Mince Pie Review

Greggs Sweet Mince Pie Review

Overall Rating: 7/10

Greggs mince pies have been suggested multiple times since I started on this currant-filled journey last month. Finally I found some and I’m pleasantly surprised.

Whilst the pastry is maybe very slightly on the drier side, the moist vine fruits, apple and flavours inside the mincemeat bring it all together nicely.

For me the mincemeat is tipping more towards tart than sweet (as advertised) but they’re still a really nice pie. A wide and flat ‘form factor’ gives them a nice point of difference and makes them feel bigger too.

If you want to avoid the supermarket pies the Greggs option is completely sound.

Mr Kipling Iced Top Mince Pies Review

Mr Kipling Iced Top Mince Pies Review

Overall Score: 7.5/10

Tasting Notes: In a departure from the traditional mince pie, a nice layer of sweet white icing adds a Christmas cake feel athough it does look a little stark next to a standard mince pie. Maybe an icing holly leaf would’ve made these feel more special? They have a good pastry (which you’d expect from the cake masters at Kipling) with enough crumble to satisfy but not annoy. Mincemeat is tasty and sweet but not overly so – the icing doesn’t over sweeten proceedings but there’s maybe a little too much of it.

Mr Kipling Iced Top Mince Pies

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