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Best gluten free mince pies Christmas 2018

By Michael Passingham

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Our pick of the best dairy and gluten-free mince pies mean you don't need to miss out this Christmas

If you have to (or choose to) cut out wheat, gluten or dairy (or all three) this Christmas but still fancy a festive snack, you’ll be pleased to see the results of our free-from mince pie testing from the December 2018 edition of Which? magazine. 

Our panel of experts has tried 10 of the most widely available gluten-free and fully free-from pies.

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The best gluten-free mince pies 

Only logged in Which? members can view the rest of our results and tasting notes in the table below. If you're not yet a member, you'll see an alphabetically ordered list of the best mince pies on test. To get instant access join Which?.

Gluten-Free Mince Pies
Retailer Name Price Pack Size Test Score Tasting Notes
Aldi Gluten Free Mince Pies £1.79 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Asda Free From Mince Pies £1.79 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Co-op Free From Mince Pies £2 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Lidl Gluten Free Mince Pies £1.79 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Lovemore Gluten Free Luxury Mince Pies £2.50 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
M&S Classic Recipe Gluten Free Mince Pies £2.50 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Morrisons Free From Mince Pies £2 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Sainsbury's Deliciously Free From Mince pies £1.65 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content
Tesco Free From Mince Pies £1.75 4 Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Table notes: Prices correct as of October 2018. No pies contain alcohol and all are suitable for vegetarians. Check packaging to confirm presence and absence of allergens.

Free-from Christmas foods round up 

We can't taste test all the free-from foods out there, but if you've got free-from needs or you have someone with certain dietary requirements coming from Christmas, here's our round up of the free-from Christmas foods available at different supermarkets.


Always double check the product packaging to make sure it is absolutely suitable for your individual dietary requirements. All the products here are suitable for vegetarians.

Alcohol free Christmas puddings

ASDA Nut & Alcohol free Christmas Pudding, 454g £2.50
Fortnum & Mason Gluten, Alcohol & Nut Free St James Christmas Pudding, 454g, £12.95
Harrods Alcohol-Free Christmas Pudding, 454g, £13
Matthew Walker nut & alcohol free Christmas pudding, 450g, £ 9.99 (Amazon) 100g, £1.50 (Waitrose)
Morrisons Nut & Alcohol Free Christmas Pudding, 454g, £2.50, 100g, £1 (vegan)
Tesco Nut and Alcohol Free Christmas Pudding 454g £2

Gluten and Wheat Free Christmas Puddings

ASDA Extra Special Free From Christmas Pudding, 100g, £1.50
ASDA Free From Christmas Pudding, 454g, £3
Co-op Free From Christmas Pudding, 100, £1.50
Fortnum & Mason Gluten, Alcohol & Nut Free St James Christmas Pudding, 454g, £12.95
M&S The Collection Gluten-Free Extremely Fruity Christmas Pudding, 454g £8
Matthew Walker Gluten free Christmas pudding, 400g, £6.99 (Amazon), 100g, £1 (Iceland)
Sainsbury's Deliciously free from Christmas pudding, 454g, £4, 100g, £2
Tesco Finest Free From Cranberry and Orange Christmas Pudding 200g, £3
Tesco Free From Christmas Pudding 454g, £3.75, 100g, £1.50

Nut free Christmas Puddings

ASDA Nut & Alcohol free Christmas Pudding, 454g, £2.50
Co-op Free From Christmas Pudding, 100g, £1.50
Fortnum & Mason Gluten, Alcohol & Nut Free St James Christmas Pudding, 454g, £12.95
Matthew Walker nut & alcohol free Christmas pudding, 450g, £ 9.99 (Amazon) 100g, £1.50 (Waitrose)
Sainsbury's Deliciously free from Christmas pudding, 454g, £4, 100g, £2
Tesco Free From Christmas Pudding, 454g, £3.75, 100g, £1.50
Tesco Nut and Alcohol Free Christmas Pudding, 454g, £2

Milk/Dairy free Christmas puddings

ASDA Free From Christmas Pudding, 454g, £3
Co-op Free From Christmas Pudding, 100g, £1.50
M&S The Collection Gluten-Free Extremely Fruity Christmas Pudding, 454g, £8
Matthew Walker Gluten free Christmas pudding, 400g, £6.99 (Amazon), 100g, £1, (Iceland) (doesn’t contain dairy)
Morrisons Nut & Alcohol Free Christmas Pudding, 454g, £2.50, 100g, £1 (vegan)
Sainsbury's Deliciously free from Christmas pudding, 454g, £4, 100g, £2, (doesn’t contain milk)
Tesco Nut And Alcohol Free Christmas Pudding, 454g, £2, (doesn’t contain milk)
Tesco Free From Christmas Pudding 454g, £3.75, 100g, £1.50 (doesn’t contain milk)

Vegan pies and puddings

Waitrose Christmas 4 Gluten Free Mince Pies 220g £2.50
Morrisons Nut & Alcohol Free Christmas Pudding, 454g, £2.50, 100g, £1 (vegan)

Mince pies

Here are some we weren’t able to buy in time for our taste tests:

Avoiding Gluten/Wheat, Dairy, Alcohol:
We Love Cake gluten free mince pies, 220g, £2.00, pack of 4 (Iceland)
Waitrose Christmas 4 Gluten Free Mince Pies, 220g pack of 4, £2.50, (Vegan)

Avoiding Gluten/ wheat, Dairy, Alcohol and nuts
Fortnum & Mason Christmas Gluten Free Mince Pies, 270g, £8.95 (doesn’t contain: Milk, Nuts)

Prices correct as of 10 December 2018 and subject to change

How we tested 

No taste test is complete without a panel of pastry experts, so we assembled four respected bakers to do the arduous work of munching on mince pies. They were:

  • Dan Lepard, award-winning baker, food writer and broadcaster
  • Charlotte Marrifield, owner of Harrogate Cake Company
  • Kathryn Roberts, general manager of Bread Ahead bakery
  • Patrick Moore, founder of More? The Artisan Bakery and Café, Cumbria

With our experts in place, we proceeded to feed them all 23 varieties of mince pie. The bakers didn’t know which pie belonged to which supermarket, so all they had to go on was the pie in front of them.

Each judge scored the pies on taste, appearance, aroma and texture, with these scores combined to give each pie an overall score. Each pie was heated for six minutes in a professional fan oven at 160 degrees Celsius to allow the mincemeat filling to really sing and to release a rich buttery aroma.

Best traditional mince pies 

On top of tasting nine free-from pies this year, our expert panel also tasted 11 premium traditional mince pies. Unlike the free-from pies, all of the traditional pies we tried contain gluten, dairy and alcohol, but they are all suitable for vegetarians.

One set of pies emerged as the clear winner.

See the best mince pies for Christmas 2018.

 

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