Product Type: Asda Food
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A Smart Price, but not Smart Looking!
Asda Smart Price Mince Pies
Member Name: i_am_joy
Asda Smart Price Mince Pies
Advantages: Cheap, taste much better than you imagine they will, lovely moist mince meat
Disadvantages: A nasty aftertaste, these mince pies are not very well presented
I went to visit my neice this morning and while I was there she offered me a mince pie to go with my cup of tea. Now, I am by no means a brand name snob (as can easily be proved if you look through some of my Tesco Value reviews) but when I noticed it was in a frankly vile Asda 'Smart Price' wrapper I was a bit worried about accepting her kind offer.
The pies, you see, look exactly like the mince pies above. The tops aren't on them properly and the edges were crumbled and tatty looking, I could see a little of the mince meat inside and it looked rather dry and unappetising. They are also much smaller than other mince pies I have bought this season, basically these mince pies look like a much poorer relation!
Looks can be deceptive however, and I found these Smart Price mince pies to have a nice fruity filling inside a buttery and very pleasant pastry case. The mince meat has a strange sweetness which is reminiscent more of artificial sweetener than sugar, it takes the first mouthful to get used to this sweeter-than-usual mince meat but once you're through it then you'll find it has quite an addictive flavour. The currants and raisins are nice and juicy and the filling is moist and full of fruity flavour.
I cannot comment on the calories in these mince pies because I didn't look at the wrapper closely, but based on the size of them I'd imagine they wouldn't be as bad per pie as the more luxurious deeper mince pies I usually buy. Six mince pies cost only 50p in this Smart Price range, which is a huge saving considering I usually pay around £1.49 for my mince pies.
Having said this I suppose I am somewhat of a brand snob as I cannot imagine buying these myself even though I thoroughly enjoyed the two I ate at my nieces house. This is partly because I don't tend to buy too many mince pies as if I need loads and loads then I'll make my own, but for the few boxes I buy each year I'd rather treat myself to a more luxury brand and spend the extra pound or so.
Also, I found these mince pies had a very strong aftertaste which wasn't particularly pleasant and took an awfully long time to die away. The aftertaste was one of artificial sweetener but there was also a slight metallic tang there which I didn't like at all.
Summary: A nice enough mince pie, but rather small and nothing special really.
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