UK Christmas World Mince Pie Taste Test

Many of you will have already planned ahead with your Christmas food and will have already started to stock up on your festive treats. Mince pies are one of the most loved types of goodies, and here at UK Christmas World we love them just as much as the next person!

…We love them so much we thought we would pick our favourite! We took different varieties of mince pies from an assortment of supermarkets and put our taste buds to the test! Each member of staff here at UKCW tasted each mince pie, without knowing where it was from and rated it out of ten, and ranked each one overall in order of preference, we all had a lot of fun with this experiment as you could probably imagine!

 

The mince pies that we chose to test were:

  1. Mr Kiping Deep Filled Mince Pies
  2. Tesco Mince Pies
  3. Marks & Spencer’s Classic Recipe All Butter Mince Pies
  4. Co-operative Deep Filled Mince Pies
  5. Aldi Specially Selected Crumbly All Butter Mince Pies

 

 

(The tasters didn’t know which were which of course! Each plate was named anonymously as to not affect the decisions made)

Each taster was asked to leave a short comment about each mince pie as well, what they might have liked/disliked about each brand. Here are some of the comments staff members made, there is quite a mixed bag if opinions, but it might help you decide which brand of pies you might fancy yourself, before we announce the winner:

 

A – Mr Kipling Deep Filled Mince Pies

‘I loved it, not too much alcohol’

‘Tasty, full of flavour’

‘Filling was nice but pastry was too thick’

‘A bit heavy on the pastry’


B – Tesco Mince Pies

‘Sweet and very yummy’

‘Fruity’

‘Crumbly pastry, nice tasty filling but not enough of it’

‘Nice flavour’

‘Tasty filling, Christmassy flavour’

‘Too much pastry’

‘Too many raisins’

C – Marks & Spencer’s Classic Recipe All Butter Mince Pies

‘Nice but pastry a bit too crumbly’

‘Quite spiced, not very sweet’

‘Filling nice, not too sweet. Pastry buttery’

‘Dry and chewy filling, dry pastry’


D – Co-operative Deep Filled Mince Pies

‘Nice pastry’

‘Too sweet and dry pastry’

‘Tastes like plastic!’

‘Dry pastry, overall taste not good’

‘Too much pastry’

‘Average’

 

E – Aldi Specially Selected Crumbly All Butter Mince Pies

‘Yum! Looks the nicest. Filling tastes nice and alcoholy)’

‘Filling isn’t pleasant’

‘Too much alcohol and fruit a bit gritty’

‘Pastry quite heavy’

‘Too strong’

‘Even pastry, bit too much liquid content, good smell of pastry’

‘Very sweet’

 

So the news everyone was waiting for – which was ranked number one?!

(Drum roll please…)

 

UK Christmas World’s favourite mince pie from the blind taste test is:

 

B – Tesco Mince Pies!!!

 

And if you were wondering where your favourite mince pie came, here are the rest of the rankings:


2nd Place – Mr Kipling Deep Filled Mince Pies

3rd Place - Marks & Spencer’s Classic Recipe All Butter Mince Pies

4th Place - Aldi Specially Selected Crumbly All Butter Mince Pies

5th Place - Co-operative Deep Filled Mince Pies