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Best mince pies Christmas 2019

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Our expert tasting panel have uncovered the best traditional mince pies to indulge in this Christmas.

We’ve tested 13 traditional premium mince pies to bring you our top pie picks for the festive season.

Our mince pie taste test from the December 2019 edition of Which? magazine includes products from budget supermarkets Ald and Lidl, as well as premium offerings from Harrods and Fortnum & Mason.

In this article:

Best mince pies 

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Aldi Specially Selected Mince Pies
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£1.35 for 6, 23p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Aldi describes its mince pies, which are the cheapest we tested, as ‘bursting with beautiful ingredients’. Vine fruits, cranberries and brandy all feature in these budget-friendly pies.

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Asda Extra Special All Butter Luxury Mince Pies
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£1.50, 25p per pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

You’ll find vine fruits, spices and ‘a splash of ruby port’ inside Asda’s luxury mince pies. Did they stand out from the crowd in our taste test?

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Co-op Irresistible Luxury Mince Pies
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£2 for 6, 33p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Co-op’s mince pies contain a mixture of apple, currants, mixed spice, brandy and port. Did our panel find them ‘irresistible’?

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Fortnum & Mason Traditional Mince Pies
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£12.95 for 6, £2.16 a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

 Fortnum & Mason describes its mince pies, which contain cognac-infused mincemeat, as ‘decadently delicious’. Did our experts agree?

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Harrods Classic Mince Pies
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£9.50 for 6, £1.58 a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

 These expensive pies from Harrods contain Armagnac-infused mincemeat and festive spices. Find out whether they’re worth splashing out on.

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Iceland Luxury Mince Pies
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£1.89 for 6, 32p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Iceland’s luxury star-topped pies are made with an all-butter shortcrust pastry and filled with fruity mincemeat containing brandy.

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Lidl Deluxe Luxury Mince Pies
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£1.79 for 6, 30p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Lidl’s pies promise ‘crumbly, all butter shortcrust pastry’ and ‘lightly spiced mincemeat laced with cognac’. But do they taste as good as they sound?

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M&S Collection Mince Pies
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£2.25 for 6, 38p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

These M&S pies contain vine fruits, cranberries, clementine and cognac.

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Morrisons The Best All Butter Deep Filled Mince Pies
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£2 for 6, 33p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

These pies contain mincemeat that’s ‘enriched with brandy, cider and a blend of spices’. Did our experts rate them as ‘The Best’ in this year’s test?

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Sainsbury's Taste the Difference All Butter Mince Pies
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£2 for 6, 33p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Sainsbury’s says its pies contain ‘a festive blend of luscious fruit, aromatic peel and warming spices’. Did they impress our tasting panel?  

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Spar Luxury All Butter Mince Pies
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£2 for 6, 33p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Spar’s all-butter pastry encases a ‘rich fruit mincemeat’ containing apple, brandy, almonds, glace cherries, port and walnuts.

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Tesco Finest Mince Pies
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£1.75 for 6, 29p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

Made with Courvoisier VS cognac, brandy and port, Tesco’s pies might appeal to those looking for a boozy flavour. But do they make for a tasty pie?

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Waitrose & Partners No.1 All Butter Mince Pies
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£2.50 for 6, 42p a pie Subscriber only content Subscriber only content

These pies, which are the most expensive supermarket option we tested, are filled with ‘rich mincemeat’ containing apricots, glacé cherries, almonds and brandy.

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Table notes: Prices correct as of October 2019.

Gluten-free mince pies 

We tested six free-from mince pies this year, all of which are made without gluten. Three of them are also vegan, making them suitable for those on a dairy-free diet. 

All the pies we tested come in packs of four, with prices starting from £1.35. Our full rundown of the free-from pies we tested can be found on our guide to the best free-from mince pies

Mince pie recipes 

While our experts couldn’t agree on everything, one topic they were unanimous about was that any home baker could produce a mince pie superior to a supermarket offering with a little time and not too much skill.

See mince pie recipes from Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Ella Woodward.

Six ways to make your mince pies taste even better 

  1. Combine 30g of icing sugar with a teaspoon of cinnamon, ginger or mixed spice, and sieve over warmed mince pies just before serving.
  2. Mince pies and cheese is a tasty pairing. Try grating a little frozen stilton over the top before serving.
  3. Try serving pies with a glass of mulled ginger wine for added festive flavour.
  4. Put mince pie filling in your bread and butter pudding for a fruity flavour boost.
  5. For a unique dessert, pour affogato (ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso) over a hot mince pie.
  6. Add a festive twist to vanilla ice cream by crumbling in mince pies, then refreezing and serving with hot toffee sauce.

How we tested 

Our experts tasted 11 supermarket own-label mince pies and two luxury mince pies.

  • The pies were warmed in a professional fan oven before serving.
  • Each expert tried the pies in a different order. They didn’t know which pie belonged to which supermarket.
  • The judges scored the pies on taste, appearance, aroma and texture, with these scores combined to give each pie an overall score.

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

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