6 All Butter Pastry Deep Filled Mince Pies, by Tesco

£2.00

The pies do look quite beautiful. A fair bit of care has gone into the design of the six-pointed snowflake, even having three of the minuscule inner sections removed to reveal happy darkness.

The same wood background has been used as last year, which doesn’t fill me with festive mirth, nor do the odd material stars scattered hither and thither.

The label is top centre aligned and all but two lines of text contain a different font. The picture of the split open pie looks absolutely delicious, as the contents look to be rich, fruit filled mincemeat.

The side of the boxes reveals that this mincemeat has Napoleon Glacé cherries in, which could be a great move… if I can taste them.

All six pies have a flat top and rounded edges, not too dissimilar to the edges of a Garibaldi biscuit. The finishing touch is granulated sugar.

Not unlike a candidate on the Apprentice, the pies promised quite a bit, but delivered little.

I could taste a good mouthful of mincemeat, but didn’t wow me with taste and it contained walnuts and almonds which, although they gave a bit of bite, didn’t change my mind. The mincemeat wasn’t very sweet, neither was the pastry.

If you don’t want a sweet pie, this would work well.

Taste (out of 10) – 6

Value (out of 10) – 5

11

Positive – good looking pie and well-designed + 3

Negative – Tasted average, not finest. Lacked sweetness and depth of flavour -2

Overall – 12/20


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