Christmas taste test 2019: The best mince pies to buy now including Tesco, Co-op and M&S

Christmas food has hit the shelves and this includes an array of sweet treats. Among these is a selection of mince pies all promising to be the tastiest product of the year. With so many brands to choose from, can you really taste the difference? tested them out.


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In a taste test of mince pies from premium to budget, it seems there was a clear winner.

The products on offer were tested on their taste, aroma, visual appeal and texture to reveal the best product this year.

Best mince pie 2019

Co-op Irresistible Luxury Mince Pies – £2 for six

Securing the highest score was the Luxury Mince Pies from Co-op Irresistible range.

What set it apart from the others?

The festive treats were described as having a rich filling and good pastry to filling ratio.

One judge called the product “exceptional” and revealed they tasted even better than they looked.

Second place

Tesco Finest Crumble Topped Mince Pies – £2 for six

The runner up was the Crumble Topped Mince Pies from the Tesco Finest range.

Judges pointed out the “incredible texture” and “very good taste” of the product.

They were described as “delightful” and judges were drawn in by their unique look.

Third place

M&S Collection Mince Pies – £2.50 for six

Coming in a close third was the Marks and Spencer Collection Mince Pies.

The priciest of the pastries tested, the pies were described as “very nice” and had a classic look.


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Other contenders

Lidl Deluxe Luxury Mince Pies – £1.35 for six

The cheapest of the bunch, the discount supermarket mince pies are excellent value for money.

The products pleased the judges and with one noting they tasted “very good”.

Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies – £1.50 for six

Just missing the mark were the Luxury Mince Pies from Asda’s Extra Special range.

The treats can be bought for a reasonable £1.50 and one judge commended them for having “more filling than any other”.

Greggs Sweet Mince Pies – £1.75 for six

Greggs are known for their freshly cooked baked goods and the packaging on their mince pies promises “sweet mince pies for a happy crumbly Christmas”.

In this taste test they were described as having a “good taste, texture and aroma” but were just too crumbly for the judges.

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