From traditional kinds to the downright quirky, there’s a mince pie out there for everyone these days. But with value retailers attempting to target the same market as premium brands, the question is – can you really taste the difference? When it comes to mince pies, it seems you can – according to the results of Express.co.uk’s 2018 mince pie taste test. So, which mince pie came out top in the all important Christmas competition?
In a test of eight different mince pies – which vary in everything from their style to the store they came from – it seems there was a clear winner.
Best mince pie 2018
Morrisons The Best All Butter Deep Filed Mince Pies – £2
Scooping a maximum score of 22 out of 25, was the All Butter Deep Filed Mince Pies from Morrisons’ The Best range.
So, what sets it apart from the rest?
Judges were keen to point out the “lovely flavour” of the mincemeat – as well as the “pretty Nordic design”.
With a “home cooked look”, this reigning champion was branded “absolutely delicious” and “one of the best ones”.
Mr Kipling Cranberry and Orange, part of 12 Variety Pack – RRP £3
The runner-up, with 17 points, was Mr Kipling’s Cranberry and Orange variety – which will be making its debut on the Christmas table this year.
Comments include the pastry being “generously filled” with mincemeat, as well as being a “good colour”.
Mr Kipling 6 Iced Top Mince Pies – £1.50
Coming in at a close third, with 15.5 points out of 25, was the Mr Kipling Iced Top mince pie.
A twist on the traditional mince pie, this treat comes with an indulgent layer of icing on the top – with its decoration causing it to be caused favourably amongst the judges.
However, this quirky mince pie may not be one for those looking for a traditional mince pie.
Mr Kipling Deep Filled Mince Pies, £1.50
With 14.5 points, this sweet treat pleased the judges, with one noting it for having a “good ratio of pastry to filling”.
Mr Kipling Brandy, Port and Cherry, 12 Variety Pack, £3
Out of all the Mr Kipling products in the test, this option was least favourable amongst the judges, with this option in the variety pack only taking home 13 points.
Tesco Finest Mince Pies 6 Pack – £2
With 12 points, this range from Tesco Finest were noted for their design and “good size”.
Morrisons The Best 6 Blackforest Mince Pies, £2 – 12
While this option may be very different to the traditional mince pie Father Christmas would expect on Christmas Eve, the judges certainly found it tasty.
With 12 points, judges highlighted the chocolate flavour being “like a black forest gateaux” – but warned it was rather “crumbly”.
Aldi 6 All Butter Mince Pies, Price TBC – 8
Aldi is often known for its great prices and tasty food – and judges were pleased to see the relatively large size of this mince pie.
However, in this taste test, it only ranked with eight points to its name.