Today is Thursday 11 October and this is my first mince pie review of the year.
£1.50 for 6 (25p a pie)
Here is a link to 6 ASDA Extra Special Mince Pies (although the site hasn’t been updated for 2018, nor have the reviews)
These mince pies didn’t get reviewed last year, because they contained a little preview-your-pie window and the preview I was given was extremely disappointing! Like when you visit the zoo and all the meerkats are inside, asleep, under all the hay, away from a window. That kind of disappointment.
ASDA have hidden the pies from view, instead opting for a more traditional ‘your pie will look like the ones shown on the box’.
On a deep, dark purple background, with some sparkle on, the pies almost look astral, like they’re a collection of planet like spheres or comets. One pie has been opened to reveal a rather sumptuous helping of mincemeat.
The box was not very easy to open. The glue was right at the corner, so you couldn’t just hook a nail or knife in to open the box successfully. This might be a box to open in the kitchen if this happens to you. The clear plastic tray holds six uneven-lidded pies, covered with icing sugar. The snowflake pattern on top of the pies is a good touch but the pastry lid looks really untidy and hangs over some of the edges. Rotating the pie slightly, you can see how the lid isn’t beautifully attached to the sides and I’m beginning to see why the window was removed.
I bit through the thick pastry, hoping I was going to find a pie that was ‘generously filled’ with mincemeat, as the box suggests, but that wasn’t the case. The pastry wasn’t sweet enough to explain why there was so much of it, and there simply wasn’t enough mincemeat to make this enjoyable. What mincemeat I did find was flavoured well, but the pie was lacking from the start. The icing sugar added nothing except the occasional breathing hazard.
Taste (1 – 10) – 5/10 – too much pastry and overall not sweet enough
Value for money (1 – 5) – 4/5
Total – 9/15