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      13.12.2011 04:50

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      excellent!

      I bought these on sale and bought some from Mr Kipling as well to do a comparison. The non-sale price of the tesco brand ones is much lower than the Mr Kipling however I honestly preferred the tesco pies. The pastry was slightly crumbly but had a nice buttery texture and the filling was fantastic- not too sweet, with a nice variety of spices. I finished all 6 in record time. The box has instructions on heating them but you have to be careful not to overdo it in the microwave (and remember to take the pie out of the tin first!). The box recommends microwaving the pies for 10 seconds - I accidentally left them in there a little longer once and the pastry burst, leaving my lovely pie filling oozing out of the pie. I'm sure these would taste even better if heated in an oven but who can wait that long??

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      12.12.2010 01:32
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      Shop around and find a better mince pie than this!

      I haven't had many cravings through this pregnancy, ice cubes has been about it but over the past couple of months I've wanted soft sweet pastry things. I think I ate Greggs out of Pineapple Tarts in November, so thank god Crimbo is here and mince pies are so readily available! I've tried lots of different brands and ranges now, in my head I've got a league table going and know which ones I like the most. I haven't been keen on any of the iced mince pies I've tried and unfortunately these Tesco Deep Filled ones didn't rank too highly either. They look very processed when you take them out of the box, you can eat them cold or warm the mince pies up. To be honest, they don't look very tasty cold as the bottom of the pastry is darker brown than usual and the top looks like it's got too much sugar on with a very pale appearance. They cook in the oven in seven minutes, which isn't long to wait for the best mince pie possible! In the microwave it takes around 20 seconds but be careful if you do this as the filling does get hot enough to burn your skin very quickly, I actually burned my finger last night after microwaving a pie and ending up with molten raisins and sauce! The pastry doesn't have a very buttery taste or texture, this was disappointing as the day before I'd had a Co-Op mince pie which was deliciously buttery. I also thought the pastry used for these Tesco ones was much more dense than other mince pies, this left them tasting and feeling stodgy with quite a sickly after-feel. I was right about there being too much sugar on top of the mince pie, it dropped all down me and stuck to my teeth for a few minutes after munching the pie. These are definitely what you'd call deep filled, there is a good amount of fruit in a thick and rich sauce. I think the filling was sweeter than I would have liked it to be, it just tasted very mass produced and lacked the spiciness needed to make it taste like a fresh mince pie. Mark didn't like the sticky feel of the sauce, I didn't notice this but he had his with custard so maybe something in the filling reacts with the milky custard. The sultanas and currants are plump and juicy in texture but this doesn't mean they taste like that too! The mince pies just don't taste very fruity so even though the consistency is there, some of the sultanas still had stalks attached too and that put me off a bit! Only tiny little stalks, but still stalks where only fruit should be! Another thing is that a few of the sultanas looked very grape-like, as if they hadn't been processed properly and this wasn't good because it showed just how little thought had gone into making the pies. £1 from Tesco.

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        18.09.2010 14:59
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        GETTING CHRISTMASSY WITH TESCO

        Mince Pies are a traditional festive treat. They are made of pastry and filled with mincemeat. Mincemeat is made up of dried fruits and normally apples. Spices are then mixed in to add to the overall taste. ~~~Product~~~ There are many brands of Mince Pies available. Coming up to the festive season, supermarkets will also stock their own branded treats. Tesco have 2 varieties available which differ by ingredients and price. The Tesco Finest Mince Pies are the luxury option with added nuts and Cognac. Then we have the normal Tesco ones which are simply named "Deep Filled Mince Pies". These mince pies are made with a buttery shortcrust pastry and a rich mincemeat filling consisting of mainly apple and sultanas. ~~~Packaging~~~ The mince pies come boxed in the traditional red and green coloured box. The front tempts us with a delicious image of the contained treats and a small nutritional chart. On the pack, information such as ingredients, preparation and nutrition can be located. Inside the box, sit's a black, plastic tray with 6 deep compartments. Each mince pie sits in its own compartment within a silver, foil casing. The pies appear large on top with a thick, pastry topping and not too deep underneath.. The top is adorned with a star and a strong sprinkle of sugar for decoration. ~~~Preparing~~~ The mince pies can be eaten direct from the box or heat up by removing the foil casing and popping into the microwave for 10secs. ~~~Ingredients~~~ Mincemeat (49%),Wheat Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Sugar , Butter (4%) ,Dextrose ,TempText2. ,Mincemeat contains ,Sultanas ,Sugar ,Apple Purée ,Glucose Syrup ,Dextrose ,Sunflower Oil ,Orange Peel ,Modified Maize Starch ,Currants , Mixed Spice (Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger, Caraway, Clove, Nutmeg) ,Lemon Peel , Acidity Regulators (Acetic Acid, Citric Acid) ,Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Malted Barley Extract ,Orange Oil. Contains wheat, milk and gluten. Suitable for vegetarians. ~~~Nutrition~~~ Each pie weighs around 64g and contains : 245 calories 19g sugar 2.g saturated fat 0.2g salt Obviously a treat! ~~~Availability and Price~~~ Available in Tesco stores or online. A 6pk is priced at £1.25 and is currently on offer til28th of September at 2 for £2.00. ~~~My Opinion~~~ Now..I know several of you will be wondering why on earth I am reviewing Mince Pies in September? Well the truth is, until last Christmas, I had never indulged in these delights..I had assumed they contained actual meat and refused to eat them. On discovering this, my sister presented me with a box and I fell in love. I bought several boxes last year and Tescos own were ones I really loved..Asdas were awful! So doing my weekly shop last week, I spotted a festive display and tutted at selection boxes being out already. It was then I laid eyes on some beautiful boxes bearing that familiar name of Deep Filled Mince Pies. To hubbys annoyance..I popped two boxes into my trolley and opened them as soon as I got home! The mince pies inside were tempting me and looked so pretty with the star on top. I was picturing them piled up in a nice display for our Christmas party this year when I couldn't resist any longer! The topping gives a good bite and crumbles gently as I sink my teeth into it. The firmness of the topping works well with the slight softness of the casing below as the mixed textures compliment each other. The taste of the pastry is buttery and lightly sweet but it does get messy so I recommend a plate underneath! The mincemeat makes an appearance through the thick pastry and appears thick and moist with its brown colour. The sultanas are noticeable in their unique juiciness and there is a random orangey dotting which I can only assume is the contained spices. The smell of the mincemeat is strong and fruity with a spicy background. The taste is indulgent and rich with the sultanas jumping out more than the other ingredients. The spices blended in have been added in just the right quantity to offer a bit of a kick. There wasn't as much mincemeat as I expected for a deep filled mince pie but there was enough to satisfy. The buttery taste from the pastry blended well with the sweetness of the fruit to produce a pleasant sweet treat than I am sure many would enjoy. These of course aren't healthy but they are a gorgeous festive treat. I also find that taking a box of mince pies to someones home near Christmas makes a lovely gesture. I would certainly be pleased if someone presented these to me during a visit. They taste high quality and don't taste cheap and nasty. I only ever have mine straight from the box but I think I might heat one up and have with some pouring cream as a nice dessert. I first thought I would stock up on these for Christmas whilst the offer was on but glad I haven't as my boxes go out of date end of October so be careful! I highly recommend these mince pies. Thanks for reading and happy Christmas in advance..I am in the spirit already!

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          24.12.2009 19:06
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          Alright

          Someone brought these Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies to our work 'fuddle' (Christmas potluck lunch) at work the other day, and when I arrived at my parents' for Christmas I found out they'd bought them too. Good thing I love mince pies eh? The pack contains 6 pies, and is a simple cardboard box with festive red colours. Inside you get a red plastic tray with the pies on it in silver foil cases - pretty standard really. Each mince pie has extra sugar on the top, making them even more messy to eat, and an embossed star design on the pastry. So if you were serving them at a party they'd look pretty good. Each mince pie is a good size, but it really depends on what you're after. I'm not a massive fan of pastry and much prefer the filling, and unfortunately these Tesco mince pies have a lot of thick pastry. The tops of the pies also extend quite far out, and as these are just dry pastry with a bit of sugar on top, they are quite disappointing taste-wise compared to how nice they look. If you love pastry though, then you're on to a winner with these. The filling is standard mince pie fare, although it is very rich - maybe that's why there's so much pastry?? Unfortunately I'd prefer more, less rich filling so these pies aren't fantastic in my opinion, especially as there's an uneven balance of dry pastry and too rich filling, instead of nice combination of both. Having said that, these pies are okay. Just average really - a very standard 3 stars. Don't run away from them screaming, but don't go out and buy the whole shop either. No idea how much they cost, but Asda's own brand are £1ish for 12, and much nicer as well.

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            18.12.2009 11:47
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            Nice mince pie

            Tis the season to be jolly and all that twaddle however it does have the feel of xmas today, with the other half away with work and not due back until early next week it has been left to me to clear the snow from our path and as a reward for a job well done I have just sat down to a large mug of coffee and a mince pie. You get six to a box with these Tesco mince pies, the ones I got are actually from the finest range and they were on offer of £1 for the box of six when I got them the other day. Each pie comes in a silver foil tray and is a light golden brown colour with a dusting of ganulated sugar on top and a couple of small wholes in the middle through which you can make out the darker mince meat. The short crust pastry is lovely and crisp when you bite into it, nice and firm with a solid shell and it has a nice taste to it. There is a healthy serving of mince meat inside which is nice and sweet and very fruity, there are some really big juicy sultanas in this as well as lemon peel and currants all in a nice paste that binds it all together. It is the quality of the fruit and the nice form pastry that makes these worth the little extra over the standard mince pies and it has gone down nicely alongside the coffee. Xmas greetings one and all.

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            11.12.2009 08:08
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            If you're going for shop bought, get these

            This week at work it has been mince pie madness as everyone has decided to bring in edible treats for Christmas instead of passing around cards. Of all the many store-bought mince pies I have therefore sampled this week, I can easily say that the Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies are the best! These come in a red box that looks as if it has been wrapped as a Christmas present, which is very cheery. When you open the box you'll see six pies in a foil baking tray. You can either pop the tray into the oven for 5 minutes, put the pies on a plate and put them in the microwave for 10 seconds, or eat them cold as I did. Each pie is itself very attractive-looking. They come with pastry stars on top and the tops are also sprinkled with sugar. Biting into them, the mince doesn't come up all the way to the top of the pastry casing but maybe 2/3 of the way up, so I'm not quite sure why they're called deep filled, although each pie is quite large. These mince pies cannot of course compete with homemade, but they are pretty close. The pastry is flakey - so much so that I got a bit caught in my throat at one point and ended up having a coughing fit, so be careful! The mince itself is rich in citrus flavours, and very sweet. However, it's not overly sweet as the pastry itself is barely sweetened at all so they balance each other out extremely well. These pies go very well with thick cream and brandy sauce. Someone brought some of this in along with the pies and we all had fun experimenting with it. After intensive studies by myself and my colleagues, the best technique to use here is to remove the top of the pie and put a huge dollop of cream directly onto the mince. Now you have to eat the top separately because if you now try to place it back onto the pie and take a bite, it will squish the cream and you will get it all over you (luckily I'm not the one who discovered this!). The only problem I have with these pies is that they contain 265 calories each! And it's very easy to go ahead and eat two of them!!! This is about how many calories I try to have in an entire meal, as I'm trying to slim at the moment, and my diet has taken a massive hit each time these have been brought into work. These mince pies are on offer at the moment, in Tesco of course, at two boxes for £1.80. This is a great deal, so if you're going to buy mince pies from the shop this year, I highly recommend these ones.

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              10.12.2009 21:39
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              I know these only kinda surface around Christmas time, so I don't eat them that often, but since they are only out about a third of the year then I make sure I scoff a couple over the festive season. Most deep filled Mince Pies taste the same to me, apart from the budget branded ones, and they are a whole lot different - and not necessarily in a good way. I got a box of 6 of these from Tesco for 90p, which was a little cheaper than the brand name which was Mr Kipling. The packaging is alright for these. The Pies sit in a plastic tray and they are in a large-ish box. The Pies are in a round foil tray as well and this is handy to catch the crumbs. The box looks alright. It is red with white and gold on it and a nice picture of the Pies on it. I normally just eat these cold, as I couldn't see the point of putting the Oven on, but my friend just chucks a Pie in the Microwave for about 10 seconds and this does much the same job. So now to the Pies. What do they taste like? The pastry part is alright. Not that sweet or Buttery. I wouldn't say this is bland, as the filling livens it up, and perhaps that's why it is a little plain. The Mincemeat filling is packed well in and there is plenty of Fruity bits in it. It tastes moist and slightly tangy. There is a light dusting of Sugar on the top and this adds some much needed sweetness to the Pie. As I mentioned these are nice enough, but nothing that different than others out there. The price is alright though and I guess i'd recommend picking a box up when instore.

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              07.12.2009 17:47
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              Great value, not so great taste

              These deep filled Mince Pies are currently on offer in Tesco - 2 boxes of 6 for £1.80, which means an average of 15p per pie. Evidently great value, but does the low price represent poor quality? The fact that these mince pies are so cheap makes them great snacks with a cup of tea in the afternoon and for myself, being a student, I'm a huge fan. I opted for the Tesco brand over the others purely because of the cheaper price, although I was a little apprehensive about whether or not the taste would be compromised due to the lower price! The mince pies come in boxes of 6, and are each in a small silver casing (as with regular mince pies!) They are actually quite large, and have a shortcrust pastry case, with a small star on each of the cases. (In past years, I think the mince pies have been plain but we get the privilege of decoration this year!) The mince pies are filled with rich mincemeat and the shortcrust pastry cases are sprinkled wih sugar. Therefore, as far as visual perceptions go, they look very appealing! The mince pies are indeed deep filled, which I was very pleased about, and the mincemeat is divine - possibly one of the best fillings I have ever tasted in a mince pie. The taste is rich and sweet without being sickly or too tangy. However, the shortcrust pastry is bland and has very little taste to it. I assume this can be forgiven due to the exquisite filling, but it would be nice to have all the boxes ticked! Furthermore, the sugar does little to add much taste to the pastry, and hence overall, the mince pies aren't all that thrilling. The pastry is quite hard, too, although this isn't as noticeable if you warm the mince pies as this softens the pastry. If you do wish to warm the mince pies, they should be either microwaved for 10 seconds on full power (650w - 850w) or put in the oven for 5 - 7 minutes on Gas Mark 5 (190 degrees celsius). The mince pies are very quick to collapse - I literally put mine into a 700w microwave for 20 seconds and it almost disintegrated! Overall, these mince pies are great value. If you intend on warming them up first, then I'd definitely go for them. However, without that, the price definitely reflects the quality and hence I'd avoid for a more expensive alternative!

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              10.11.2009 18:31
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              Worth buying though!

              Tesco mince pies are scrumptious!! First of all, I brought these last Saturday and I could not wait to get home to try one! They were only around 70p and I thought this was an absolute bargain! Mice pies like these only come out at Christmas so it is quite a shame really because they are lovely! The Packaging As would be expected these mince pies come in packs of sixes and they are in a plastic tray with the foil cases which is handy as they get messy! The packet is Christmas themed and gets you really in the mood. The Product The actual mince pies are lovely. I prefer these to any other sort because, the pastry is not too heavy, it is sprinkled with sugar on top, there is a pastry star design and the mince is not hard like I have found in some other mince pies! It is nice and thick but not solid. Why buy these over other brands? Well, first of all the price is excellent, the taste is divine and the mince pies are great to look at so you wouldn't be able to spot the difference unless someone told you. Also, these taste as good as home-made which is good if you are having friends and family round! Pull them off as your own! I personally like these because there is not too much there, they make a great partner with a lovely drop of brandy cream and a cup of tea. The Bad Points Not too good for the waist! This is a very bad temptation around Christmas with each pie containing 265 kcal it is worse than some chocolate bars! Also, there is no guarantee that it is nut free so it's not good if you are allergic to nuts. On their own or with something else? Mince pies are great with brandy butter or custard and some people like them with milk or evaporated milk. It just depends what you fancy really. You can put them in the microwave for 10 seconds and they taste really good! I would definitely recommend these mince pies. They give a true Christmas feel, lovely shortcrust pastry cases with rich mincemeat sprinkled with sugar...How can you resist?

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              11.10.2009 00:38
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              The pastry is the main thing that lets this product down - still tasty and satisfying though!

              INTRODUCTION It was my birthday last week so I was wandering around Tesco's last looking for some tasty cakes for the workmates. Much to my surprise, I found a dedicated aisle to xmas biscuits, confectionary, nuts and of course... mince pies. I did a quick double take - are Tesco's really selling Xmas stuff a whole two and a half months before Jolly Old Saint Nic delivers his pressies? They sure are. In these times of economic strife, probably the last thing you want to think about is finding money for Xmas groceries. I would have thought Tesco's could at least let the clocks go back, let us fend off the trick or treaters and celebrate Guy Fawkes night before we have to stock up on Brussels Sprouts. However, there are some advantages to having a long lead up to Xmas - such as trying out the various types of mince pies available. This way you know which ones you need to stock up on when the big day comes along. Tesco's currently have an offer on their own variety (not Finest or Value) of 6 Deep filled mince pies - 2 packets for 2 pounds. I bought 4 packets - 2 for the workmates and 2 for my fiancee and I to try at home. This provided me with plenty of opportunity to appraise this product. It's a tough job but somebody has to to do it! PACKAGING The mince pies are contained within a rectangular dark red recyclable box which has a picture of three whole tasty looking mince pies, and also one that has been opened up so that you can see the mincemeat filling. The picture suggests the pies are stuffed full to the brim with mincemeat - this would initially support the "deep filled" claim. The box is fairly distinctive and the product description is fairly easy to read. The nutritional information is also quite prominent in the bottom right corner - which makes depressing reading for mince pie fans such as me. See the "HEALTHY?" section below. On the reverse panel there is range information about cooking instructions (oven and microwave), full nutritional details, product ingredients, allergy advice and recommended storage conditions. Inside the cardboard box, each of the 6 pies are contained within a foil case and are stored in separate circular compartments in a dark red plastic tray. APPEARANCE: The pies each weigh 67 g and are huge! The outer shortcrust pastry is coated with a light dusting of sugar with a regular 5 pointed star on top. The pastry appears to be quite strudy and not too crumbly. SMELL The smell of the pie is predominanty of pastry with a slightly sweet aroma. Once you bite into the pie you can smell the rich mincemeat aroma which smells quite sweet. TASTE The pastry is quite thick, but is fairly plain tasting on its own. Luckily this is well compensated by a rich, juicy and fragrant mincemeat filling which is very moreish. The only real drawback with the mincemeat itself is that there is not enough of it! When I bit into the pie, I noticed a visible amount of air between the top of the pie and the mincemeat itself. And I thought these pies were meant to be deep filled? The amount of filling is not accurately portrayed on the box - it seems to be less in the actual pies. However, when you consider the overall size of the pies, they are very filling and satisfying and leave you wanting more. HEALTHY? For fans of mince pies like me, the nutritional information makes depressing reading. Each pie (67 g) contains: Calories: 265 (13% of your guideline daily amount) Sugar: 24.1 g (27% of your guideline daily amount) Fat: 10.1 g (14% of your guideline daily amount) Saturates: 3.9 g (20% of your guideline daily amount) Salt: 0.2 g (3% of your guideline daily amount) Based on this data, just one pie equates to just over a quarter of your recommended sugar intake, and a fifth of your recommended saturated fat intake! Based on my previous Xmas experiences, I rarely stop at one pie - but reading this information will make me think twice. Otherwise a lot of hard work at the gym will be needed in January. VALUE FOR MONEY Two boxes of mince pies costs two pounds - which I think is great value for money overall. This equates to 16.7 p per pie - better value than chocolate, though admittedly equally as unhealthy if not worse. Other mince pie products available at Tescos include brand names such as Mr Kipling mince pies where you could buy two boxes for 2 pounds 50 p. The offer is 50 p cheaper for the Tesco mince pies and is quite competitive pricewise. OVERALL The pies are good value for money, filling and contain a rich, juicy and fragrant mincemeat filling. This compensates for the plain tasting shortcrust pastry. The pies are also huge in size but do contain air between the pastry and the mincemeat so they may not be as deep filled as the packaging suggests. Unfortunately, these mince pies are not very healthy and contain over a quarter of your recommended sugar intake and a fifth of your saturated fat intake. Then again I doubt any mince pies are particularly good for you. I think that four stars is a fair rating, the pastry is the main thing that lets these pies down. NUTRITION Typical values (100 g contains) Energy: 1635 kJ (390 kcal) Protein: 2.7 g Carbohydrate: 60.8 g of which sugars: 36.0 g Fat: 15.0 g of which saturates: 5.8 g mono-unsaturates: 5.9 g polyunsaturates: 2.6 g Fibre: 2.1 g Sodium: 0.1 g Salt equivalent 0.3 g Each pie (67 g) contains: Energy: 1095 kJ (265 kcal) Protein: 1.8 g Carbohydrate: 40.7 g of which sugars: 24.1 g Fat: 10.1 g of which saturates: 3.9 g mono-unsaturates: 4.0 g polyunsaturates: 1.7 g Fibre: 1.4 g Sodium: 0.1 g Salt equivalent 0.2 g For guideline daily amounts, please visit: www.tesco.com COOKING INSTRUCTIONS Oven: 5-7 mins, 190 degrees C/375 degrees F/Gas Mark 5 - Remove pies (still in foil cases) on a baking tray. - Heat in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees C/375 degrees F/Gas Mark 5 for 5-7 minutes. - Serve immediately. Microwave: - Remove all packaging, including foil cup. - Place on a microwavable plate and microwave on full power for the required time. ALLERGY ADVICE Contains milk, wheat, gluten. Recipe: No nuts. Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free. Factory: Before being prepared for manufacture of this product, the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts. Suitable for vegetarians.

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                03.01.2009 23:13
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                Shortcrust pastry filled mincepies

                I love home made mince pies and have a box in the freezer but I purchased some shop made ones for church to meet the Health and hygiene requirements! Too many boxes were handed in and I found myself having to take mine home. The cardboard box was opened and revealed 6 mince pies, in foil cases, in a red plastic tray and wrapped in sealed cellophane. I know the packing keeps the mince pies from being damaged and the cellophane keeps them fresh longer but it is a lot of waste and expense. The shortcrust pastry hangs over the little foil case and makes it quite difficult to remove the pie. Sometimes I succeed and get it out whole, other times the pastry which is quite short, crumbles and I make a mess! There is a star of pastry on the top to decorate it, and a little sprinkling of sugar. I sink my teeth into the pie and get a pleasant mixture of pastry and mincemeat filling. I find I really need a plate or serviette as I make quite a mess eating the mince pie, the pastry crumbles more as you bite into it. There is reasonable layer of filling to pastry, but although it is pleasant enough I have tasted better. The mincemeat doesn't taste as nice as Robertson's which I usually use. Perhaps I should try warming the next one and see if that tastes better! Following the instructions on the box I warmed the pies for 5 -7 minutes at reg 5. They did taste better warm, but they were even more crumbly, which didn't matter too much as I served them with cream in a dish! Custard or ice cream would also be a nice addition. Should you want to try these and Tesco still have them in stock, they are in a rectangular red box, with one side showing a lovely picture of 4 pies, one open showing the filling and stacked on a red and white gingham cloth. I did notice that their pastry crumbled too! Also on the front is a tag style label with Tesco Christmas and 6 deep filled mince pies. I was surprised or may be shocked to see that each pie contains 270 calories! That is 14% of an average adult's daily requirement. There is 24.1 grams of sugar, 10.1 grams of fat and 0.2 grams of salt, which is 27%,14% and 3% daily amounts respectively. I certainly will need to do some exercise to use up these calories! I decided to check out the Ingredients and discovered that the main ingredient is Mincemeat which is 47%, but I read further and saw that there were some unusual spices in the mincemeat which explained the flavour I wasn't too sure of. Caraway, coriander, ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon all feature in this mincemeat. Normally suet is used in making mincemeat but this uses vegetable oil which is also used in the pastry, making it suitable for vegetarians. No artificial flavours or colours which is good. There is allergy advice too, as they contain milk, wheat and gluten, and can't guarantee that they are nut free. My boxes are best before January 10th, but they were bought a few weeks ago, so they have a reasonable shelf life. I bought these on offer two boxes for £1.80 if I remember rightly, so each pie costs 15pence. Will I buy them again next year? Probably not for our own use but if requested for the carol service then I might, not perfect but they are OK if you are not a baker and don't mind making a mess!

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                  28.12.2008 17:50
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                  If only they did a dieters version - I could eat these all year

                  I am a lousy cook and my mother no longer lives in England so I have been reduced to shop bought mince pies (sob!). Shop bought pies will never be the same as my mums, they lack that element of love, but they do have the advantage of all being the same size and shape with no mince spilling through the crust so they look nicer on a christmas plate. The ones I bought were from Tesco and come in a fairly unfestive red box with the pies sat on what could easily be mistaken for a picnic cloth and only a sprig of holly to suggest that they are christmas fair. Inside the box the pies sit in individual silver trays in a red plastic tray enclosed in clear, sealed plastic, presumably to keep them fresher for longer. The pies that I have are more creatively adorned than those featured in the picture accompanying this review, having pastry stars on the top and without the traditional pastry pie edging shown in the photograph. Each pie is sprinkled with granulated sugar, not particularly liberally, but enough. The taste test: The pies consist of a good helping of mincemeat made with sultanas. The mincemeat contains ginger and cinnamon but neither ingredient is noticeable. They also contain orange and lemon peel and since I dislike both, I am thankful that neither of these can be felt in the texture of the mincemeat. The pastry is thin and light. Overall I am impressed with these pies and as they were around 60p or so for the six I feel they were a bargain. If only the 270 kcal's they each contain wasn't so costly on the waist line! You can, of course, make these even more expensive on the waistline by serving them warm (5-7 minutes in a 190 degree oven) with custard or cream - yummy!

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                    01.12.2008 18:30
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                    I love mince pies and Tesco are as good as the rest!

                    Ok so it's December 1st and that means it's nearly Christmas. I am not one to get excited but must admit this year I am feeling different. All this stuff in the news about the credit crunch has made me think its times to "go back to basics". I started salivating the other day when I spotted some mince pies; I don't normally get like that, don't get me wrong I love them but I don't normally feel desperate to eat them . The mince pies come in a Christmassy box and the picture on the front looks very promising. I opened the pack and smelt the sweet pastry smell instantly. The tops were covered in sugar although not evenly spread over, it seemed more clumped on top. There was a little star on the top, but I didn't really like this as it meant more pastry. I prefer filling rather than lid. There was still plenty of mince meat inside the pie though and it did taste very sweet. It wasn't too sweet but just right. On biting into the mince pie it held itself well and did not crumble away making mess everywhere. I like to eat mince pies warm with a spoonful of clotted cream, very tasty however they didn't heat as well as Kipling pies, I still enjoyed them although they did go a little bit soggy. It may be best to warm in a conventional oven rather than a microwave. Tesco have does a really good job with these I have already finished one box and I am sure I will finish the other by the end of the week. A real tasty treat especially if you love mince pies like I do! The pies are not healthy but then you can afford to let yourself go at Christmas can't you?

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