Clear winner as Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s & Co-op mince pies are taste tested

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It may not quite feel totally right picking up a pack at the moment, but plenty of us have been munching on them for weeks.

Mince pies have been back on the shelves in most places since October, and we've never really needed an excuse to get in early.

The Christmas treats are guzzled by millions of us every year.

But which of the supermarket's offerings are the best tasting when push comes to shove?

MyLondon set reporter Lucy Skoulding on the case with a taste test – and the results speak for themselves.

Lucy couldn't believe her luck when she was asked to visit Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Co-op to get to the bottom of it.

"I chose the standard 'own' brand pack of six mince pies so it would be a fair comparison," she said.

Here's what lucky Lucy discovered after getting her teeth into the amazing assignment!

Waitrose

Taste: Buttery delicious pastry. Really liked the mince – sometimes I find mince too strong but this was just delicious. Cherries and cranberries were the main fruity ingredients.

Texture: Good texture too. Pastry not too crumbly which is important for practice reasons.

Appearance: Lovely, golden pastry with little stars as a pastry decoration. Nothing fancy because it's the standard pack but still very enticing.

Price: £1.52

Overall score: 8/10

Sainsbury's

Taste: This pie was delicious. I really liked the mince, there were definite hints of orange, and I thought the pastry was pleasantly light while still being tasty.

Texture: It was a little crumbly but still very tasty.

Appearance : I really liked how this pie looked, with the pastry Christmas tree and the dusting of sugar that made the pie almost sparkle. Very festive.

Price: £1.20

Overall score: 9/10

Tesco

Taste: Yummy but the mince was definitely a bit richer than the other pies. This might be your thing but I don't like mine too strong.

Texture: Good, though quite crumbly. When I cute my pie it fell apart quite bit but that's probably because you're meant to eat them all at once. This is where I'm revealing to you that I didn't eat four mince pies in one go, even if I was tempted.

Appearance: One thing to note is that this pie was definitely smaller than the ones from Waitrose and Sainsbury's. Then again they were the cheapest so maybe that's fair.

Price: 95p

Overall score: 8/10

Co-op

Taste: I wouldn't say no to this mince pie but there was definitely not quite enough filling in this pie. This said the pastry was delicious.

Texture: This pie was a bit of a nightmare to get out of its foil case as it crumbled quite a bit. This said, the pastry was lovely and buttery, and the pie was a great texture overall.

Appearance: This was a really cute mince pie which was actually the same size as the Tesco one, though not quite as cheap.

Price: £1

Overall score: 7/10

Which one was best?

In my opinion, the Sainsbury's mince pies were the best. The pastry tasted fresh and delicious, while the mince was festive and spicy. The pastry-mince balance was also just right in my view.

While it was the second most expensive pack after the Waitrose pies, it was just 20p and 25p more expensive than the Co-op and Tesco ones respectively, and the delicious taste was worth it in my opinion.

This being said, I also made some general observations while shopping for the mince pies.

All four of these pies were really tasty and, when it comes down to it I don't think you could go too far wrong.

I was very impressed that I was able to buy pack of six mince pies for around a £1 (The Tesco one was 95p!). It's strange to think I can buy a snack for six people for about a third of the price of one cup of coffee from a high street cafe.

Another observation was the sheer range of mince pies on offer from these supermarkets.

All of them offered the standard packs, which I bought, but they also offered a number of other packs, all varying in price. It was quite overwhelming, and I know if I'd actually been trying to choose a pack of mince pies, that I would have been too spoilt for choice.

I left my shopping trip trying to work out what could warrant such a difference in prices between mince pies from the same store.

  • Tesco
  • Christmas

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