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      08.01.2010 21:07
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      Not the best, but by no means the worst

      PRICE: £1.69 for a pack of 6 NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per pie): Calories: 248 Kj: 1,042 Protein: 2.9g Carbohydrates: 37.9g (of which sugars): 21.3g Fat: 9.4g (of which saturates): 4.9g Fibre: 2.3g Sodium: 0.1g Salt equivalent: 0.2g INGREDIENTS: Sugar, apple, raisins, sultanas, glucose syrup, currants, glace cherries, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, anthocyanins, sulphur dioxide, orange peel, lemon peel, potassium sorbate, brandy, sunflower oil, water, walnuts, almonds, port, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caraway, clove, acetic acid, modified maize starch, malt extract, orange oil, wheat flour, butter, soya flour, dextrose, disodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate DIETARY/ALLERGY ADVICE Contains gluten, milk, nuts, soya and sulphite Produced in a factory which uses egg ingredients Although every care has been taken to remove fruit stones, some may remain ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NB: The mince pies I'm reviewing here are from Morrisons' "The Best" range which could be slightly different. After suggesting "The Best" as a new category, I was told that Morrisons Mince Pies already exist in the DooYoo catalogue, so that's why this review is in this section. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Though I don't really celebrate Christmas as such, and don't get too excited over mince pies, for me they are part of the ritual and I like to buy a box each year. Last year I sampled and reviewed Somerfield's own brand, and this year I decided to give Morrisons a go. Morrisons Deep Filled Mince Pies, from their "the best" range of foods, come in a very smart, dark green coloured box which has a small clear plastic window on the front so you can see a couple of the pies inside. Also shown on the front of the box is an image of a few of the pies and the standard Morrisons logo. The rear of the box shows nutritional information, ingredients list, dietary/allergy advice, storage and recycling instructions/information, heating instructions and Morrisons' contact details. Inside the box, each pie is in a foil container. The pies in their foil containers rest inside a stiff, clear plastic moulded tray. Each pie is of standard circumference, and about 2" deep, with a pastry decoration of a snowflake on the pastry lid. On opening the box, the pies look rather nice. The pastry is a pale, golden brown colour and is fairly thick. I removed a pie from the plastic tray, and attempted to ease it out of its foil container. Immediately, the lid of the pie came off, and I found that I had to run a knife around the sides to loosen from the foil container. The same happened not just with the first, but all six pies as I ate them over a period of a few days. Inside the pie there is a very generous serving of mincemeat, which smells rather nice - spicy and sweet, with a very definite alcohol aroma. The fruit inside looked very juicy and plump, and despite the pastry lid of the pie coming off in my hand, I felt as though I was about to eat something rather nice. As I lifted the pie to my mouth, a bit more of the pastry fell off - but, not the end of the world! The alcohol smell was pleasant, and as I began to chew, I was pleased to note that the mincemeat wasn't too sweet - often I can find mince pies, whether home made or shop bought, far far too sweet for my liking, but this was just right. The sticky sauce was nice and thick - not at all runny or sloppy, and the whole pie was jam-packed full of fruit. I didn't detect any nut flavour at all, but I could distinctly taste the blend of alcohol. Despite the definite alcohol taste, together with there being a myriad blend of spices in the ingredients list - plus the mincemeat not being too sweet, I found the pies unexpectedly a little low on flavour. The pastry was firm and fairly buttery, but in itself had a slight under-taste which I couldn't quite put my finger on.... it wasn't particularly unpleasant though. I rationed myself to one pie per day, but on the last day ended up eating the final two. Overall, I found these mince pies to be pleasant, but nothing special. I was pleased that they weren't too sweet and that the fruit portion was extremely generous, but it seemed the only flavour present in the mincemeat was one of alcohol. I couldn't distinguish a specific alcohol flavour, like port or brandy which are both in the ingredients list, nor could I taste any burst of orange peel - I didn't detect any cherries either. Despite lacking flavour though, they were still nicer than a cheaper brand of mince pie. It's my opinion that Morrisons have taken some time and care to create a borderline luxury product, but it doesn't quite hit the spot. That's not to say I wouldn't buy these mince pies again though, because even if they are on the bland side, they are of a reasonably high quality and fairly refreshing. So, all in all, these aren't my no.1 favourite mince pies, but they certainly are nowhere near the bottom of my preference list. Nice try Morrisons, but they didn't quite slam into my spot. Thanks for reading!

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        27.11.2009 01:02
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        Delish Mince Pies, The Best We've Tried So Far In 2009!

        My mum has been buying mince pies for ages now, she goes through all the different makes and by the time she's sussed the perfect ones for Xmas day we're all sick of the things! pmsl! We went shopping the other day to Morrisons and she got a pack of 4 of their freshly baked mince pies, they are yummy and I'm proper glad she got them because they're deffo the best ones we've had so far this year. They are very deep, the last lot we had were Mr Kiplings and even though they were nice the pies were a lot smaller than these from Morrisons. The pastry is a delish buttery shortcrust pastry and the only thing that spoils the mince pies is that they look so boring, it's weird because on looks alone I would never think these are going to be as yummy as they are. Inside the gorgeous pastry is a chunky mincemeat, it's got a lovely spicy flavour and is mega sweet. The mincemeat has got loads of raisins and currants in it, I love how thick and rich it is and the way the tangy mince goes sooooooo nice with the pastry. The pastry crumbles when you bite into it and that's a good sign because it shows how fresh and well cooked it is. I think these are definitely the best mince pies we've had this year, I reckon it'll be the Morrisons ones we have on Xmas day because none of the other brands have even come close. You can buy these in packs of 2 or 4, I don't know how much they are but I know they can't be that dear. They're brill though, I want another one now and they've all gone and that means I can't tell you how well they keep because they were eaten too quick in this house! lol

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        22.11.2009 17:13
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        Baked instore Mince Pies,these are the closest thing to home made

        I have already spoken about my love for Mince Pies on Dooyoo with my review of the Mr Kipling's variety and at that time said that they were the best ones I had ever tasted that weren't home made. Well, forget that, because now I have tasted Morrison's own deep filled Mince Pies and these, in my opinion far exceed Mr Kipling's. Mine are from "The Best" range, Morrison's equivalent of Tesco's "Finest" and come in packs of 4. They cardboard panel tells you that these are "instore baked deep filled mince pies" and are described as "luxurious all butter pastry mince pies, generously filled with a delicious mincemeat containing cherry, walnut and brandy" costing £1.59 for a single pack they are currently on offer for 2 packs of 4 for £2.50. Each pie has a light dusting of icing sugar and as you take one out of its foil cup you notice how thin and crumbly the pastry is, their deep filled description is no exaggeration and each pie is easily 2 inches thick and about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Biting into one fills your mouth with the savoury taste of the mincemeat, it has a slight nutty flavour to it and you can taste the fruits contained, not being overly fond of Brandy normally there is just a hint of this in the flavour which doesn't overpower the other flavours but does compliment them well. Served either cold or, my preference hot from the microwave all the flavours mingle together to give you a deliciously tasting pie. I thought that Mr Kipling's tasted authentic before but comparing them now the Morrison's ones taste far better and really do have homemade qualities about them, probably due to the fact that they are cooked instore before being offered up for sale. A single pie does contain high amounts of calories and sugar though, with one providing 330 kcals, 26.9 grams of sugar and 7.4 grams of saturated fat. It's a good job that I only ever eat them in November and December otherwise I'd be the size of a bus! Mr Kipling can keep his mince pies from now on, for me its Morrison's The Best all the way and from me I would rate them 5/5 Dooyoo stars. If you are clever enough to be able to make your own Mince Pies then I envy you, but as I am hopeless when it comes to baking they are the closest thing to being homemade that I have ever tasted and would certainly recommend them to anyone who has a Morrison's close to them.

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          18.02.2009 13:34
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          A really nice mince pie

          ******** Was just going through my folder of reviews and noticed I hadn't posted this review which I wrote over Christmas, i know it's a little out of date but I thought I'd post it up now rather than waiting till next december and forgetting to do so. ******** I am a big fan of mince pies, and have been ever since I was a child. Every year my Mum would make a couple of dozen or so mince pies as Christmas approached. I have very fond memories from when I was young, helping out, by filling the mince pies, and making a mess with the sticky mincemeat filling. Mum would put the lids on and then the trays would be put into the freezer. You see, my Mum knew that the best mince pies are those which are fresh out of the oven, too hot to eat straightaway but once cooled a bit, truely delicious nice and hot with the pastry soft and light, so she would freeze the trays of unbaked pies and then freshly cook them off when they were wanted, and lovely they were indeed!!! Over the years, normally at times when I've not been living at home...so mainly when I was at university, I have tried premade mince pies of various brands and types, and have always been rather unimpressed. The most common problem I've come across is a lack of filling. So many times I've bitten into a shop bought mince pie to find very little filling and ended up with a mouthful of pastry and little else. The other thing I have noticed about shop bought mince pies is that the pastry is often a little disappointing, often too crumbly, or too dry, too thick, and sometimes too sweet. This year my girlfriend and I have done a lot of baking ourselves in preparation for christmas, however when we saw packs of 6 deep filled mince pies for a mere £1.49 in Morrisons, we decided to give them a try. After selecting a nice looking pack (some looked a bit over cooked, others had suffered filling leakage which had consequently become sticky and burnt round the edges), we headed home. We had initially intended to keep the mince pies for the weekend, it being only a couple of days later, however, as soon as we got home and sat down, we both wanted to open the mince pies and try them. The first thing we noticed when we opened the packaging was the amount of sugar sprinkled over the top...there was masses and as soon as we picked up a mince pie, we were covered in sugar. The pies themselves are pretty much standard size, though they are deeper than others I've tried in the past. The initial bite of any mince pie is, in my opinion, the most important part of eating one. If the initial mouthful is made up of nothing but pastry, it is a real let down. I opened my mouth and took the first bite. I was very pleasantly surprised. The pastry was very light indeed, and just sweet enough, managing to be sweet but without over-powering the flavour of the filling. There was also a good amount of filling, which in a first bite is important to me. The filling itself was also very nice. Some pre-made mince pies I've had in the past have been much too sweet and sickly, to the point that it would be difficult and not particulalry pleasant to eat more than one. These however had got the balance just right, sweet enough to be sweet but not too sweet. I could easily polish off several of these in one sitting...as in fact my girlfriend and I did that evening, we made total pigs of ourselves and had three each, finishing off the pack. The next time we went shopping, there were still piles of mince pies in Morrisons, so we got ourselves a few packs as we had really enjoyed the pack we had eaten. Over Christmas we have thoroughly enjoyed them, and have had to stop ourselves getting more! I hope they are the same next year, we will certainly be buying several packs!

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            27.12.2008 00:25
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            Lovely shop bought mince pies for the festive period.

            I haven't made many mince pies this year for one reason or another, but I have discovered a delicious alternative to home made in Morrison's Deep Filled Mince Pies. They come in a pack of four which costs £1.69, a little bit more expensive than Morrison's standard mince pies which come in a pack of six but still not a bad price and well worth the extra few pence. The fact that there are only four in a pack is a bonus for me as I am watching my weight and adore mince pies so I know if I had 6 (or 8, or 12) of them then I wouldn't stop until they'd all gone! They are very attractive and I felt absolutely no embarrassment at serving them in the festive period to even people who know I usually make my own. I thought the design to be a little plain if I'm honest, no pastry leaves adorning the top of these pies and although the edges are nicely shaped I thought Morrison's could have been a little more inventive! The pies were generously dusted with icing sugar and looked very nice arranged on serving plates, and equally nice on a plate for one swimming in cream! I was quite disappointed at how low down in the pastry case the mincemeat was because I had been impressed with how tall these pies stood, while eating them you had to be careful to make sure you had some of the mincemeat in your mouthful as it isn't unknown to get a complete mouth of pasty which although tasty is rather dry! After eating a pie though I can see why they have stuck to this quantity as this is a very rich mincemeat compared to Morrison's standard pies and I think to add more would spoil the pie and leave you feeling sicky. As it is the bland and buttery pastry compliments the spicier mincemeat beautifully, on the whole this is a tangy and extremely moreish mince pie. The filling is brimming with juicy currants and fruits which tasted rich and flavoursome, the mincemeat was as moist as I would make my own but even so the pastry remained soft and crumbly. The pie was perfectly seasoned with the pastry being a little sweeter than I would expect, but this worked perfectly as they were able to then add a subtle kick to the filling. During the festive season I've eaten these mince pies on the hoof when I haven't had time for anything else, warm from the oven with ice cream, with cream or custard and with an unhealthy sized serving of brandy butter. The thing I love about these mince pies is that the flavour is strong enough to hold it's own against anything I served them with, unlike a box of Tesco standard mince pies I bought last week which were completely overwhelmed by the bland flavour of Birds Custard! The pies are very substantial and one really is enough, when eating the smaller mince pies I'll find myself eating a couple in front of the tele without even thinking about it but these deep filled ones are extremely filling and I'd never manage two in one sitting!

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              19.12.2008 19:41
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              A delicious shortcrust pastry mince pie

              We live not too far from a giant Morrison's store, I have become an ardent fan and regularly do my weekly shopping there. Shopping in Morrison's is a pleasant outing, we stop for coffee and cake and have a good browse around all of the promotions and special offers in the store. This large Morrison's has a Homeware department and there isn't a week goes by without I admire something there! Last week it was scatter cushions, two for £10, the week before it was place mats. Like all large retailers Morrison's are well stocked with a hundred and one Christmas goodies at the moment. the aisles are bulging with luxurious fayre. The bakery department is no exception and they have risen to the challenge and yet again have produced a tasty mince pie. There are six delicious mince pies in each box and each pie sits individually presented in a tinfoil container. When you see them you immediately know that the pastry is a very `short` shortcrust because the lovely soft pastry has crumbled away from the edges in places. Each mince pie has a tiny pastry `snowflake` sitting on the top of it and the pies have had a liberal sprinkling of sugar. We prefer to eat our mince pies warm it always seems to bring the flavour of them out so much more. When you take your first bite into the mince pie the filling is rich and very tasty and the fruit has obviously had a touch of rum or brandy essence to add that festive taste. A generous sweet filling, definitely a case of more filling than pastry here. The pastry just melts away with the filling and if anything the crust could be a touch thicker. The combination of warm fruit and spices mingling with the buttery shortcrust pastry is delightful. I always used to make my own mince pies, but as the years have gone by it seems so easy to just pop a box into your shopping trolley and if I'm honest I think that the mince pies are maybe better than my own. The bakers are so inventive now and it never ceases to amaze me how many variations of mince pie appear on the shelves. I always buy half a dozen Puff pastry pies, Hubby loves that rich flaky pastry. In the cafe they were serving Viennese mince pies, we sampled one each, they tasted wonderful, but we had to go and get a napkin because the Viennese topping was so light and crumbly! There seems to be a good few `Iced` mince pies about this year too, I prefer mine without icing. Mince pies can vary so much, there are some that aren't even worth eating. But the Morrison's pies are in the running here, a box of six cost me slightly over £1.20 and although they weren't the Rolls Royce of mince pies they were very good. Mince pies are a seasonal buy for me and im happy enough to stick with these.

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                07.12.2008 01:49
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                The best mince pie I've tasted all season.

                Cost: £1.69 for a pack of 4. Special offer: 2 packs for £2.50 I've already reported on Morrisons standard in-store baked mince pies, in which they were only just beaten into second place by Sainsburys (see my review in the 'mince pies in general' section) It was a close-run thing for that top spot, however, so when I discovered Morrisons had added a deep-filled pie to their in-store range, I just had to take up the challenge. These are a tad more expensive than the boxed variety, but this is to be expected from a product that has, according to the blurb on the wrapper, been prepared for me in this very store, by W. Morrison (as opposed to being prepared in a factory by a gang of Cyberbots, I guess.) Although there are only four in a packet, each pie is at least the depth of two cheaper ones, so if it's filling you're after, these are the ones to head for. Unlike the boxed version these are plainly decorated, with just a sprinkling of sugar. They look appetising straight away, neatly finished with a deeply fluted edge, and just a sprinkling of sugar for embellishment. We ate them for tea, warm from the oven, but they were just as nice cold. They kept their shape when lifted from their cases, yet the pastry was wonderfully light and crumbly when bitten into. And it was superb in taste, as well: a rich, buttery flavour that was not at all greasy. Despite the moistness of the filling the base remained as dry and crisp as the lid - not at all soggy. The regular in-house mince pies I tested were full to the brim with mincemeat, so I was a little dissapointed that the more luxurious version was only 2/3 filled. However, the filling was so rich and boozy that any more would have been a bit sickly. As it was, the ratio of rich brandy mincemeat to thin, buttery pastry was exactly right. Of the two packets I bought, one remains in the bread bin, unopened. Usually, my family will polish off two pies each, but one of these deep filled pies was more than enough to satisfy the hungriest of gannets. An attractive and delicious alternative to plum pud on Christmas day.

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                  19.03.2008 12:05
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                  ditch the plastic recyle and go green

                  Morrisons Carrier bags Isn't it about time Morrisons got around to clear guidlines on the new carrier bag issues. I am a loyal shopper with this store and find the recent government guidlines to phase out the polythene carrier bags issued at present free of charge a little confusing as they are still being issued alongside other bags on offer for a small charge no I personally will be going with the environmentally friendly version from now on and would like to urge others like minded people to do the same and ditch the poly bags for the sake of cleaning up the environment and saving at least a small part of the planet. Give the jobs to those who made the awful things to making the new environmentally friendly version instead and then there would be no one out of work either. we will still need bags just not so many. as The New Ones the safe reusable ones will be just that reusable. Maybe jobs can be found for those who made this other form of bag to go out and clean up the environment by recycling old plastics that are no longer wanted. Just a thought!

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                    03.01.2008 17:36
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                    An acceptable commercial mince pie

                    Now I'm not a fan of shop-bought mince pies at all. You see my late grandfather was a great maker of jams and preserves and nothing I've found ever lives up to his mincemeat. Add to that the fact that bought pastry is normally downright nasty and you'll see I'm highly unlikely to like any commercial offering. However, at the last minute it was decided that we'd be hosting an early Christmas for my husband's family and I had no time to bake. I therefore had to buy so I picked up a couple of packs of Morrisons Deep Filled mince pies when I went there to do my vegetable shopping. If I'm honest I held out no hope for these. I only tend to buy veg in Morrisons as it is cheaper than Waitrose for the quantities we use, otherwise I find their products adequate but no more. I was surprised. Served in individual foil cases and topped with a pastry holly leaf and berry motif these pies actually look quite good. The pastry has a slightly uneven, home-baked look about it. I don't think you'd successfully pass these off as your own based on looks but people might have to look twice if you took them out of their cases. Taking them out of their cases can, however, be a problem. The pastry lids don't really seem to adhere to the bases as well as they might which results in mess and crumbling as you try and take them out of the case - you will need a plate! The pastry is shortcrust and suitably sweet and crumbly. I was surprised to find that the pastry wasn't cloying which for me is good as its one of the biggest let downs with most commercial pastries. There is a slight buttery taste to the pastry but it's not a rich pastry. I'd say that it was acceptable as a commercial pastry but doesn't touch good homemade varieties. The pie is advertised as deep-filled and, for once, I'd say it was. The filling does indeed fill the pie. The mincemeat is fairly thick, in some respects more akin to the filling of an eccles cake rather than a mince pie. It's sweet with a good mix of fruit and peel. There's quite a distinct taste of apple in the mincemeat and very little spice so, if you like your mincemeat to have a bit of a kick you'll not get it from these. There's also no alcohol to add bite or flavour. It is, however, rich enough to feel slightly indulgent but it's never going to replace my grandfather's version! Heating the pies does little to add to their flavour save that the filling becomes slightly looser (more liquid) and I think I prefer them cold. Size wise these are fairly standard pies and there is a fine balance between the filling and the pastry with neither predominating. If I had occasion I would buy these again if I couldn't make my own. I'd also be tempted to pick them up if there were any left on offer at this time of the year as they'd make a quite satisfactory dessert with custard or ice cream.

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