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MINCE PIES; It's literally not Christmas without them - it's just some chap in a hat creeping down your chimney. We've busily scoffed all these to find out which ones tasted the best. Cue sugar headache.

Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies, PS1.89 for 6

Excellent pastry-to-filling ratio - these are a real pleasure to bite into. The pastry was crumbly, buttery and light. The filling was lush - packed with juicy sultanas, though maybe just a touch too sweet.

The Cooperative Truly Irresistible Mince Pies, PS2 for 6

The lids were domed up in the middle which made the pies look huge until I bit in and it was only one third filled with mincemeat - in stark contrast to the one on the front of the pack. Very nice mincemeat though - nutty, spicy and sticky, in a lovely buttery pastry.

Morrisons Luxury Deep Filled Mince Pies, PS2.50 for 4

Seriously deep and seriously filled with the crumbliest, most delicately buttery pastry. The filling had a delicious hit of festive whisky and was moist and oozy. These were actually better than my mum's homemade ones. Sorry, Mum.

Waitrose Heston Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies with Tangerine Sugar, PS3.50 for 6

Unorthodox-looking: chestnut-coloured and rather flat - but really exciting to eat. The crust was like gingerbread: amazing with the mincemeat, less cloyingly sweet and somehow more grown-up. They tasted even more like Christmas than regular mince pies.

Lidl Snowy Lodge Luxury Mince Pies with Courvoisier, PS1.49 for 6

The Courvoisier was much more subtle than other brandy mincemeat and these had a slight orangey flavour I liked, but overall they were a bit underwhelming. The mincemeat seemed a little dry and the pastry a bit too short.

10 Marks & Spencer Christmas Star Mince Pies, PS2.50 for 6

Style AND substance. These pies looked so pretty and really deliver on taste. They are packed to the lids with yummy, gooey mincemeat laced with brandy and port (the port adds a lovely, deep fruitiness). Could eat a whole pack.

TOP TIP:

Kids: Leaving a mince pie out for Santa? The dude has a long night ahead. He doesn't want milk. He wants whisky. Or a cheeky brandy. Or two. Definitely not milk

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2015
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