We’ve tested six free-from mince pies to bring you the best dairy-free and gluten-free options for the festive season.
Our free-from mince pie taste test from the December 2019 edition of Which? magazine includes pies from Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Asda. All the pies we tested are gluten-free and three are also vegan.
Sainsbury’s (£1.55 for 4) takes the free-from crown, with the pricier M&S gluten-free pies (£2.50 for 4) also worth a look.
£1.55 for 4 (39p a pie) gluten-free & vegan
Our experts thought these free-from pies were full of festive flavour. They were big fans of the spiced, citrusy mincemeat filling and high quality fruit used. While the pastry was a little pale, the crunchy texture was appealing.
£2.50 for 4 (63p a pie) gluten-free
While not the top pick, our experts thought these pies were still a decent option, and that you probably won’t notice they’re gluten-free. The star-topped design had a hint of the homemade about it and, despite being a little thick, the pastry had a nice, buttery flavour.
£1.55 for 4 (39p a pie) gluten-free
Despite being a little on the gloopy side, our panel liked the generous amount of fruity filling that came in these mince pies – although one of our experts described it as ‘more of an apple pie’.
£1.80 for 4 (45p a pie) gluten-free & vegan
Morrisons might not have quite mastered the pastry on these pies, which was very oily, but our panel liked the fruity, spicy filling. One expert described it as having ‘great Christmas flavours’.
£1.35 for 4 (34p a pie) gluten-free
These pies didn’t look particularly exciting, but our experts had plenty of praise for their taste and texture. They liked the crisp pastry, chunky filling and nicely spiced, citrus flavour.
£2 for 4 (50p a pie) gluten-free & vegan
Described as dull and ‘sad’ looking by our experts, these pies didn’t promise much. Greasy pastry and an ‘intensely sweet’ filling lost it further marks – though the panel liked the mincemeat’s chunky texture.
Note: Prices correct October 2019. Check packaging to confirm presence and absence of allergens.
Our experts tasted six free-from mince pies.
Our experts were:
Patrick Moore founder of More? The Artisan Bakery
Aidan Chapman executive head baker, Bread Ahead
James Adams chef, restaurant & food consultant
Rebecca Levell product development manager, Hobbs House Bakery
If you're also planning to buy non free-from pies this Christmas, take a look at our guide to the best mince pies.