To make things easier for you, experts at Which? have named their winners for this year, 2023. The panel was made up of real heavyweights from the world of pastry that included award-winning baker Dan Lepard, Great British Bake Off 2021 semi-finalist Jurgen Krauss, Bake Off: The Professionals 2022 winner Nathan Rave and pastry chef and owner of Miel Bakery, Shaheen Peerbhai who all set about eating their body weight in the festive treat to help you out.
They blind tasted seven premium own-label mince pies from all the big supermarkets including Aldi, Lidl, Co-op, Asda and more, rating each one on taste, aroma, appearance and texture as well as value for money. The results may surprise some because despite being from the supermarkets top ranges, such as Sainsbury's Taste the Difference and Tesco's Finest, they can still work out good value for money, despite the rise in food prices this year.
The overall winner of the Which? test was Co-op's Irresistible All Butter Pastry Luxury Mince Pies, which received 73 per cent of the panel's votes. As well as looking enticing, with a star shape on the top, the pie delivered in the taste department.
They were said to have a, "lovely buttery pastry and sweet, glossy filling," which there was no shortage of. Unlike some of the others they tested which fell short on volume of mincemeat, the Co-op range had a perfectly generous pastry to filling ratio with the filling being made up of vine fruits, apple, brandy and port. This range was also good value for money and worked out at 46p per pie, with a pack of six costing £2.75 for six.
Coming a very close second - just one percent behind the Co-op range was Tesco's Finest Mince Pies. These also look the part with a pretty star design atop the main pie and the panel recommended them as near impeccable.
They said these pies were full of festive citrus zing and, "were a solid favourite among our panel, combining well-balanced fruit and spice flavours with a subtle aroma and soft all-butter pastry". The Tesco range which are infused with French brandy and ruby port, were slightly more expensive than their nearest rival and come in at 50p per pie, with a pack of six costing £3.
Cost was an important consideration for the panel, with the rise in food prices this year hitting every area. Which? says mince pies are no different The average price per pie this year is 42p whereas in 2022 the average was 38p.
The cheapest pie last year was 29p per pie and this year Aldi takes the crown for cheapest and also comes third in the test, with their Specially Selected Mince Pies. They cost £2.19 for six, which equals 37p per pie, but that’s still a 28% increase on 2022.
Here's the list of the top seven mince pies this year:
Co-op's Irresistible Luxury Mince Pies (£2.75 for six)
Tesco Finest Mince Pies (£3 for six)
Aldi's Specially Selected Mince Pies (£2.19 for six)
Iceland's Luxury All Butter Mince Pies (£2.50 for six)
Lidl's Deluxe Luxury Mince Pies (£2.49 for six)
Asda Extra Special Brown Butter and Rum pies (£2.75 for six)
Sainsbury's Taste the Difference pies (£2.75 for six)
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.2023-11-20T15:48:30Z dg43tfdfdgfd