ASDA Extra Special pies (4 different packs)

Tonight I have something Extra Special for you!

This year, ASDA have brought out four different packs of their high quality festive pies, presumably to cater for a larger audience.

(Clockwise from top left: Brandy buttercream, Caramel crumble, Sloe gin and the luxury ones)

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And that is the order I’ll review them in.

Brandy buttercream

£2 for six pies / 33.3p per pie

Out of the four pies, I looked forward to these the most.

Last year’s review can be found here: Asda Extra special buttercream topped mince pies

All six pies have a pretty swirl and are all look even. My chosen pie has firm buttercream, isn’t overly sweet or sickly but you can taste the brandy in the buttercream which works well.
The mincemeat is quite wet, and has a good taste, even if it’s not the best I’ve tried. Unlike most pies I’ve reviewed, one or two would be my limit as the cream gets a bit heavy after that.

Taste (1 – 10) – 8/10 – a tasty, well presented pie

Value for money (1 – 5) – 3/5

Total – 11/15

Caramel crumble

£2 for six pies / 33.3p per pie

Okay, these aren’t mince pies. They are an alternative to mince pies if you’re not a fan (apparently there some people who don’t like mince pies, can you believe it?!) and here’s last year’s review: ASDA Extra Special All-Butter Caramel Crumble Pies

The pies are good looking, a rather handsome addition to any shindig you might be having.

Please note, the pies are topped with a tonne of icing sugar. Breathe in before you are within breathing distance from these, otherwise you run the risk of a festive coughing fit!

Let’s have a bite.

Hmm

Unlike the exterior, the interior is lacking. There is a good bite and nice texture – but then so does biting a washing up sponge! The taste of the pie isn’t particularly sweet or moreish, something that actually lets it down here. Perhaps a salted caramel or chocolate caramel might have made these better.
I’m underwhelmed

2/5

Sloe gin

£2 for six pies / 33.3p per pie

For the first of the traditional looking mince pies, here’s the sloe gin ones. I don’t believe ASDA had these last year.

They have a neat look, with lots of icing sugar. There isn’t a window to see the product, which I suspect could be because often their Extra Special pies look really messy.

After a bite, there’s fruity mincemeat which wasn’t particularly wet. There’s also a large air gap inside the pie which fills me with festive sorrow. Who wants to pay for festive smelling air? Not I.

Extra special? nope, more like Nothing special

Taste (1 – 10) – 6/10 – There are better pies around

Value for money (1 – 5) – 3/5

Total – 9/15


Luxury

£1.50 or 25p per pie

Like the Sloe gin pies, this has a neat star/snowflake on top. The only difference is that the sloe gin ones have a few pastry sloe berries on the lid.
Here’s last year’s review: ASDA Extra Special All Butter 6 Luxury Mince Pies

The pies have been been thoroughly caressed with icing sugar (was there a sale on with icing sugar?)

Ugh, dry pastry greets my mouth. The pie is well filled and the mincemeat is cooked down, with a nice flavour.

Okay, just nothing special sadly.. let alone Extra Special

Taste (1 – 10) – 7/10 – Slightly better than the Sloe gin version, just slightly

Value for money (1 – 5) – 4/5

Total – 11/15