Product Type: Tesco Food
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Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies
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Tesco Deep Filled Mince Pies
Advantages: Mincemeat is really tasty, cheap, great when warmed up
Disadvantages: Pastry is tasteless and a little hard
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!
Summary: Great value, not so great taste
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