I’m afraid this is going to be a pretty short review, I’m going purely by memory here – these didn’t last long enough for me to remember I’d planned on reviewing them!
I’d read a guide online to the best mass made mince pies and while the Waitrose version didn’t win (I think Harrods actually managed it this year) they came either 2nd or 3rd and were the highest ranked that I’d be able to buy.
I’m lucky I managed to take photos before I dug in, they smelt so good! Sweet, fruity mincemeat with the unmistakable festive spices.
The insides are packed full of the good stuff but to get to it, I had to first get through the thick pastry. I need to buy sheets of this pastry ready made. It’s delicious, sweet and so buttery it reminded me of all butter shortbread. It’s thick enough that it held firm and I didn’t lose any mincemeat when I took a bite but crumbly enough that it seemed to melt away in my mouth.
The mincemeat is wonderfully thick too, it’s just sweet enough with big juicy raisins but the traditional Christmas spices hold their own too.
Really, really tasty. I just wish they were a bit cheaper, I’ve got to buy more and I really shouldn’t be spending this sort of money on mince pies!