3 mincemeat products, from Waitrose Bakery

Each of the three products will set you back £1.25, so you might need to save for a bit before buying these.

The first product tested is a Frangipan mince pie. In terms of size, it’s 8cm across and 2.5cm deep. It comes in a brown paper casing, although a lot of paper products often contain plastics as well.

It looks really impressive, too. The cake coating has a well browned finish and the almonds are toasted, just so.

In my first bite there is a lot going on, like when you arrive at Waterloo and need to get your bearings. The pastry is quite thick, as is the layer of frangipan.

I can see the mincemeat layer after my first bite and it isn’t very deep or wet, but tasty enough.

It has a more adult feel than most other pies i’ve reviewed recently as it isn’t that sweet.

Taste (1 – 10) – 6/10 – good frangipan texture, drier mincemeat
Value for money (1 – 5) – 1/5
Total – 7/15

The second product is a Mincemeat & Cranberry Crumble Slice with Brandy Mincemeat.

This is rectangular and looks very appetising with three clear layers – pastry, mincemeat and crumble topping. It’s my sons favourite shape right now, a rectangle!

The first bite feels light and the fruit in the mincemeat hits you from the first moment. The cranberries offer a bitter layer which cuts through the rather thick crumble with ease.

Taste (1 – 10) – 8/10 – a good mix of tasty mincemeat sandwiched between crunchy textures

Value for money (1 – 5) – 1/5

Total – 9/15

The third product is another pie. A Cranberry mince pie.

The pie is the same dimensions as the frangipan pie but this one has mincemeat and three pastry stars.

The pastry case looks well filled, with juicy looking mincemeat staring back at me. The stars don’t look perfect but we’ll see whether the taste can do the product justice.

Now that is a filling. Deep and satisfying, the mincemeat is thick but not dry like other ‘open’ pies. Yum.

Taste (1 – 10) – 10/10 – a very good tasting pie, If you can get hold of them.

Value for money (1 – 5) – 1/5

Total – 11/15

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