Our guide to the very best tasting mince pies on sale this Christmas 2020
If you’re anything like us, Christmas only really gets underway when you tuck into the first mince pie of the season. Nothing gets you into the festive spirit quite like biting into buttery, crumbly pastry packed with temptingly spiced, juicy mincemeat with a good dash of booze.
These days, mince pies can be found on supermarket shelves as early as October. It’s no wonder then that we Brits manage to scoff our collective way through more than 78million mince pies each year. Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute we don’t quite make our way through that many to find the best mince pies, but our panel did munch its way through 15 classic mince pies this year, assessing the appearance, aroma, taste and texture of each in search of the perfectChristmas treat.
There’s something for everyone in the best mince pies category: some are packed with zesty flavours, while others are sweeter thanks to a generous helping of vine fruit, cranberries or glacé cherries, and some are infused with brandy, port and Cognac. Whatever your preference, you won’t go wrong with our winning mince pie. Achieving a high score of 90/100, it’s packed with Christmassy flavour and is an undeniable crowd pleaser.
Looking for something a little bit different this year? We’ve also tested mince pies with a twist on the traditional flavours.
All prices are subject to change.