6 Salted Caramel & Rum Mince pies, by Co-op

£2 or 50p per pie.

While I was perusing my local Co-op store, I noticed a stand full to the brim with festive products. Without haste, I picked up a pack of their ‘normal’ Irresistible range (classic pastry and mincemeat style) pies and then this pack caught my eye, much lower down on the display.

Two words appealed to me immediately, Salted & Caramel. And then rum too. I actually read Salted Caramel and Spiced Rum, in that order. is that weird? Due to the plastic window on the box, I had a great of view of half of the pies which looked inviting and, dare I say it, nummy?

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As the pies don’t have a lid, there is always the chance that the mincemeat will become dry. The nuts almost fully cover the top of the pie and offer some shield, although i’d hazard a guess that they are dropped on after the mincemeat has been cooked.

The pastry is a good thickness holds together well. The filling could be deeper, but I enjoyed the taste as it offered a slightly deeper taste than the conventional pie. The salted caramel taste was not overly sweet but you knew it was there. Finally, the crushed nuts offered a new texture and I welcomed this.

My wife wasn’t too keen on these, she didn’t think too much of the taste and I had to finish her pie for her. Oh no!

Taste (1 – 10) – 8/10 – Interesting taste and crunch texture with the nuts
Value for money (1 – 5) – 2/5
Total – 10/15


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