The best mince pies you can buy in the supermarkets this Christmas

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Over the years, more and more flavours of mince pies have been introduced, but are they as good as the classic? Express.co.uk tried luxury mince pies from seven supermarkets to find out what the best mince pie is this year. 

We tried and rated luxury mince pies from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Morrisons, Asda, Aldi and Lidl. Waitrose only offered savoury luxury mince pies so they weren’t included in this round – nevertheless, Heston from Waitrose Pear and Fig Mince Pies in Cheese Pastry were delicious warm and would make a great accompaniment to a cheeseboard. 

The mince pies were sampled one at a time, with the brand’s identity and packaging concealed to ensure it was a blind taste test. 

Participants were asked to rate the mince pie out of five on taste, of which an average score was then formed. 

Those tasting the mince pies also supplied a few words on what they liked and disliked about the product.

Seven different brand mince pies

Score average: 3.1/5

“Nice and moist filling with a nice sweetness.” 

“Too much pastry.” 

Sainsbury’s 6 Mince Pies with All Butter Pastry and Brandy Infused Mincemeat – £2.25 

Score average: 3.2/5

“Lovely sweetness, a nice touch of icing sugar.” 

“Poor construction, falls apart easily.” 

M&S Collection 6 Mince Pies – £3 

Score average: 2.5/5

“Strong flavours of orange, a little too zesty for some.” 

“Pastry a little too thin.” 

Morrisons The Best Deep Filled Mince Pies – £2.25 

Score average: 2.2/5

“Nice zesty touch to the filling.” 

“Pastry is a little too thick and dry.” 

Asda Extra Special 6 Luxury Mince Pies – £2.25 

Score average: 2.5/5

“Nice decoration on top.” 

“Falls apart when you try to eat it.” 

Aldi Specially Selected 6 All Butter Mince Pies – £1.75 

Score average: 1.8/5

“Very full, but tastes average.” 

Lidl Deluxe 6 All Butter Mince Pies – £1.75 

Score average: 1.8/5

“A very traditional mince pie.” 

“Pretty empty inside needs more mincemeat.” 

If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, many supermarkets have a variety of flavoured mince pies. 

Waitrose – Heston from Waitrose Spiced Mince Pies with a Lemon Twist, £3.40 for four 

“Four zesty mince pies made with spiced shortcrust pastry, richly fruited mincemeat, lemon curd and a zesty all butter crumble topping.” 

Tesco – Tesco Finest 6 Chocolate Orange Crumble Topped Mince Pies, £2.25 for six 

“Six all butter chocolate flavour pastry with a mincemeat filling topped with an all butter chocolate flavour crumble and Valencian Orange oil.” 

Asda – ASDA Extra Special 4 Apple and Pecan Crumble Mince Pies, £2.50 for four 

“Encased in an all-butter pastry, the apple and pecan crumble mince pies have a deliciously tangy bramley apple and toffee filling and are topped with a crunchy pecan nut crumble.” 

Aldi – Specially Selected Salted Caramel Mini Mince Pies, £1.99 for nine 

“Nine all butter pastry cases filled with mincemeat, salted caramel filling finished with a sweet dusting.” 

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