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      21.11.2012 14:44
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      An exceedingly good Christmas treat, served hot or cold, don't forget the mulled wine!

      Christmas is coming and what's one of the best things about Christmas?....Mince pies of course! Every year the shops are filled with these delightful little treats and I can't resist buying a box or six when I'm doing my weekly shop. I think I have a Christmas time addiction to mince pies, every year as soon as they hit the supermarket shelves I buy them in bulk loads. Up until a few weeks ago it didn't matter what brand of mince pies I bought, I had always thought that mince pies are mince pies no matter the brand, how wrong can you be?

      ==The Product==

      ===The Pie===

      The Mr Kipling brand have been producing bakery products since 1967 and have a vast range under their banner from deep filled apple pies to French fancies, to deep filled mince pies, so they are well established and are one of the best known bakery brands in Britain.

      The pies are made with 100% British wheat flour and filled with a mixture of ingredients to make the mincemeat filling, including apples, sultanas, raisins, mixed peel, currants, cinnamon and many other different ingredients, the majority of these I would dislike on their own, but somehow together, it really is a delicious mixture. The pies are also suitable for vegetarians, but there may be traces of nut, so heed the warning if you do have a nut allergy. As the box states, these can be served hot or cold and they only really take a 10 seconds to heat in the microwave (nice served with some brandy butter or cream, or if you are feeling a little posh, creme fraiche), and don't forget that bottle of mulled wine to wash them down with (compliments them beautifully). Compared to cheaper pies, the pastry on these has a sturdier feel to it (also emblazoned with a pretty little Christmas tree on the lid), we have all been there where we remove a cheap mince pie out of its packaging and it literally disintegrates in your hand, well gone are those days if you buy these! The pies also have a much nicer taste to cheaper brands, and there is more of a pie to actually taste.

      ===The Packaging===

      The pies come in a box of six, and the box is a nice rich red colour, with lots of snowflakes dotted around it and the unforgettable 'Mr Kipling' logo complete with antlers and a red nose ala 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer'. There is a picture of an opened mince pie, showing you how they look inside and unlike other pictures I have seen for products, these look as good as the picture on the box. On the rear there is a lot of reading, including the ingredients, nutritional information, heating instructions and the Mr Kipling Quality Guarantee, but you could probably disregard that, as there is nothing wrong with the quality of these pies. Inside the box is a red pie tray with each pie sitting in their own little tin foiled pie dishes.

      ==Nutitrional Information==

      ===per pie===

      253 Calories
      22.g Sugars
      9.2g Fat
      4.1g Saturates
      0.18g Salt

      So in other words, don't eat these pies as part of your diet, but lets face it, diets tend to go out the window at this time of year anyway.


      ==Price==

      With Christmas just around the corner, so many supermarkets have different offers on Mr Kipling Deep Filled Mince Pies e.g. Tescos and Sainsbury's have them on a buy one get one free offer at the time of writing with Sainsbury's being slightly cheaper at £1.79 per pack of six compared to Tesco at £1.80 per pack, so not really much of a difference, but two boxes at 80p each for a good quality mince pie is a bargain in my book.

      ==Verdict==

      After trying these for the first time, a few weeks ago, after years of eating cheaper brands, I will never compromise on price and quality again. These pies taste so much better, the pastry is a lot thicker and more robust, none of that crumbling as you take it out of the tin foil wrapper nonsense with these bad boys! I know it is usually better to make your own mince pies, but these are a great simple alternative. These pies can be served hot or cold and taste equally is good, so usually out of laziness (Yeah 10 seconds in the microwave is too long to wait once the mince pie craving has kicked in) I eat them cold, straight from the box...how did I much through six mince pies so quickly? I only meant to have the one, so deliciously moreish, what the heck, it's Chistmas!!!! Now where did I put that bottle of mulled wine?

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        18.11.2012 02:05
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        go for it it is the season after all ;) ho ho ho ;)

        While my husband was at the supermarket earlier I suddenly had the brainwave - what about mince pies!! I eagerly phoned him and mentioned it, and he came back with a couple of packets of these as they been on 2 for 1 in our usual supermarket, Tescos.

        As all the Christmas lights are out and seeing the Christmas adverts on TV, it had really put me in the mood for a mince pie which I must admit is my favourite snack of the festive season.

        SO! What about this brand of mince pies? As we all probably know, Mr Kiplings is what I would say is the market leader of baked goods, especially pies which you find in the supermarket so they could be expected to be the best.

        Each pie in the packet was delicious (no I haven't eaten them all by myself but the packet was eagerly finished by willing family members within a couple of hours) and each one contains moist mincemeat with raisins, spices, and various fruit purees and peels as we would expect. The pastry is a well made and nicely shaped fluted butter pastry with a slight leaf design on the top and the cardboard packaging is red and green with a very festive look. They do look shop made and each identical so there is no way you can pass these off as home made, if you were hoping to go down that route in an emergency! (such as surprise visit by the mother in law lol)

        The only downside was the small problem that sometimes when removing a pie from the foil casing, it can get stuck or the lid begins to crumble disappointingly which causes some mess and crumbs and puts a slight dampener on the experience, although the pie remains delicious.

        Mr Kipling is a premium brand (as supermarkets go) and while they are on offer its definitely worth it for a great mince pie to get you in the mood but I will be interested in comparing and contrasting with all the brands available throughout the festive season and I will find out whether it is worth it or better to go with even the value brands to save a few pennies or will we lose out on taste.

        Overall if you are in the supermarket and fancy a lovely mince pie then why not! The calories is 253 calories per pie so make sure you don't eat 3 like I did!!!

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          23.12.2011 20:51
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          A good quality mince pie that you should try yourself.

          The humble mince pie has been eaten and enjoyed in millions of households for centuries. Hundreds of years ago the little pies contained a mixture of fruit and meat but today we tend to eat the traditional version of the tartlet which is a pastry case filled with sweet mincemeat and spices. Our forefathers knew the tasty tarts as Christmas pies, shrid pie or mutton pie but today the Christmas treats are always referred to as mince pies and I have to admit that Mr Kipling makes a very decent offering.

          In general cake of any kind goes down well, if the baking trays have a holiday then Mr Kipling cakes come in handy. The large supermarkets have great offers on the boxed cakes and the selection is varied and interesting. Little visitors love to raid the colourful cake boxes to see what they can find to go with their juice and nine times out of ten Mr Kipling comes up trumps. But..there is a but...put a mince pie box in front of those tiny fingers and the smiles soon start to vanish, those delicate pastry tartlets that are topped with sugar are seen as `adult pies`.

          All of Mr Kipling's cakes are dressed well, the box is attractive to the eye and they almost force you into buying them. The deep red cardboard box contains six deep shortcrust pastry cases that are filled to the brim with the sweetest mincemeat and they are topped off with a tight fitting lid of short pastry. The pastry on top of the tarts is cooked until golden brown, it looks good and it smells heavenly. Each of the pastries has been given a little decoration and a sprinkling of caster sugar for good measure.

          Mr Kipling says on the box that his pies are exceedingly merry and I for one believe him. Sainsburys have a great offer on at the moment, buy two packets for £2.60p which has to be a good deal. Each tart sits in its own little silver foil case, some would say that this is a waste of resources but the soft pastry would soon crush and fall to pieces if the foil case wasn't there to hold it together. These Christmas treats contain no artificial colours and the flavourings are natural. The soft buttery pastry contains no hydrogenated fat and the pies can be consumed by festive vegetarians.

          The pastries can be served cold or they can be warmed for a minute and served with custard, cream or brandy cream if you are feeling under pressure. If you are trying to lose a few pounds then steer clear, one of these pies contains in excess of 252 calories and they are high in sugar. If your resolve fails then take comfort in the fact that all of the packaging can be recycled.

          As you bite into the soft shortcrust pastry the sweet filling starts to ooze out so it is advisable to use a napkin, if you are out of napkins then a sheet of kitchen paper will suffice. The pie crust is soft and crumbly and the pastry melts in your mouth. Many store bought mincemeat pies leave an after taste but these are pure luxury. The filling in the tart is deep and generous and it looks and smells delicious. The mince meat is a mixture of fruit, peel and spices that are held together with a fragrant and sticky syrup.

          The fruit is plentiful and one pie is usually sufficient but under duress I can manage two! Granted you could pay more to indulge in a pie that is deemed as a gourmet experience but I find that these pies are gourmet enough for me. Everywhere you look there are boxes of pies and pastries that claim to be the best but why pay more when Mr Kipling can offer these.

          Try the pies and see for yourself. Warm a pie in the oven or the microwave, top it with double cream, brandy butter or custard and see if you can resist it.

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          14.12.2011 03:37

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          decent but can get better elsewhere for cheaper

          I bought these mince pies along with a box of Tesco deep filled mince pies - both were on sale so they were the same price, but the Mr Kipling normally cost a bit more. I had the Tesco ones first and enjoyed them immensely so was looking forward to opening these up. Disappointingly, they didn't come close to the Tesco mince pies- the pastry was alright in my opinion but the filling was incredibly sweet, which pretty much overpowered all the other flavours in the mincemeat filling. The pies aren't terrible, by any standard, but I would not repurchase these whether on sale or not since I could get the Tesco own brand ones for the same price or less. Packaging was nice, cheery red box and each pie in its own little tin - pretty standard. Give these a try if you like if they're on sale, but if they're not, it's not worth the price.

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          12.12.2011 19:28
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          A decent enough mince pie, but not the best

          Intro

          And so it was all those Christmases ago, log fires ablaze, the tree glistening in the evening light and the mince pies cooking in the oven. The excitement and anticipation rising each day as Christmas day itself arrived. No huge presents as is customary these days, just something simple, and something heartfelt. A kiss from Mum that seemed more special than the other kisses you got throughout the year. My mum always made her own mince pies and I do have her recipe, but I have over the years managed to get entangled in the kerfuffle, which is modern life, so these days I buy them like most others I guess.

          Mr Kipling Mince Pies

          At 89p for six deep filled mince pies you can't really go wrong, especially with the knowledge that Mr Kipling does make *********** **** *****. They pastry on these rather tasty pies is crisp and flaky and is nicely decorated on top with a Christmas tree. They are a good 2 inches deep and have a diameter of about 3.5 inches. There is unfortunately quite a gap from the top of each pie to the filling which although generous is by no means deep filled as advertised, well at least NOT in my nor my mum's book.

          The filling is more or less traditional with a bit more sweetness than I had hoped for, nice and fruity with a bit of a tang. The pastry being so crispy does tend to cause a bit of a mess, but I'm sure the dog appreciates the little bits of pastry she qualifies for. I have tried several of the current mince pie offerings on the market and Mr Kipling does make a decent mince pie, but for my money Aldi one's are a bit more in line with the one's mum used to make.

          Summary

          All in all Mr Kipling mince pies are of good quality, taste nice either hot or cold, but there just seems to be something lacking. Perhaps had I been eating them by a roaring log fire, with the tree glistening I might have enjoyed them more. In future I will most probably though be sticking to my Aldi mince pies.

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            17.11.2011 22:13
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            it wouldn't be christmas without a mince pie

            Mr Kipling is a bakery company producing various tarts, cakes and pies.

            ~Mince Pies~

            The Mr Kipling Mince Pies are brought out for the festive season and hold the title of "Exceedingly Merry Deep Filled Mince Pies". They are described as being "butter enriched filled pastry cases deep filled with delicious mincemeat.

            Each pie contains 11% pastry and 48% filling (apple, sultanas, apricot etc) and a sprinkle of sugar. They are suitable for vegetarians and do not contain hydrogenated fats, unnatural flavourings or colours.

            The mince pies can be heat up in the oven (6minutes) or microwave (10seconds - remove the foil casing). They can also be eaten cold straight from the box. Each pie contains 252calories, 24g of sugar and 4g of saturated fat.

            ~Packaging~

            The mince pies are neatly slotted into a plastic tray and each have their own foil casings. The tray is then slotted into a festive red, cardboard box with a tempting open pie picture on the front and the important product information on the back. The packaging can be recycled.

            ~Price~

            The mince pies are available in packs of 6. Tesco currently have them priced at £1.79 on a buy one get 2 free offer. Other supermarkets vary in price but these pies can often be purchased on offer at £1.00.

            ~My Thoughts~

            It's that time of the year again! I have waited all year for them to bring out the mince pies and stocked up on 3 boxes of Mr Kipling at Tesco the other day. At the equivelant of 60p a box, I couldn't resist. This offer isn't ideal for stocking up for Christmas as the boxes I have go out of date 28th of December and I like mine fairly fresh! The box is sturdy enough and there is little chance of broken pies by the time I get the shopping packed away.

            I normally opt for the cheaper Tesco mince pies except for when these ones are on offer. I adore mince pies and find them perfect for placing out for guests to indulge in during November and December. They really get me in the festive mood. I occasionally heat a pie up and find these ones nice with some pouring cream or custard though I do believe brandy butter is a firm favourite with many.

            ~Looking Good Mr K!~

            These mince pies really look the part with their foil casing and even more so when undressed. Each mince pie is a good size and an uneven round shape with a good sized base. The pastry top is pleasantly thick and has a small tree on it. There isn't too much sugar on top and the overall appearance of the pie is light golden in colour with browned edges.

            The pastry case is adequate in terms of thickness. The base is crumbly but thick enough to not go soggy from the mincemeat. The pastry melts in the mouth and is very buttery like shortbread. Inside, the pie is packed full of mincemeat and certainly lives up to the "deep filled" claim. The mincemeat is what I would determine as being of a high quality and so much nicer than the other cheaper brands.

            The filling is very moist and juicy which compliments the crumbly texture of the pastry. There are small chunks of bramley apple and soft sultanas noticeable within the dark ensemble. The mince pie filling has a gorgeous sweet aroma which is very tempting. The main flavouring is from the apple and sultanas and it is pleasantly fruity and sweet. The texture is pleasant as there is a nice combination of firm chunks, squidgy bits and a liquidy coating to the fruit. Thankfully there isn't too much of an appearance from the mixed peel as I am not keen on it so this pleased me. The after taste is sweet with a hint of spices - probably cinnamon at a guess.

            ~Conclusion~

            I cannot fault these mince pies. They taste scrumptuous and be eaten as a treat or with toppings for a nice dessert. Each mince pie is satisfying to my sweet tooth and I rarely feel the need to have another one in one sitting. This is a good thing as the calorie and sugar content is shockingly bad! I am happy to pay an offer price for these as they are a decent treat though I wouldn't pay full price as the Tesco ones are a bit cheaper and nearly as good.

            Thanks for reading x

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              11.10.2011 19:57

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              Well worth the hunt for special offers to secure a luxurious treat

              Mr Kipling's is a brand synonymous with excellent quality cakes, slices and mini pies. Mr Kipling's Mince Pies do not disappoint in this respect! I am a huge fan of mince pies and wait patiently every year until they are released into the shops again, and mourn every January when they disappear.

              A fond favourite of mine are definitely Mr Kipling's! I found these on offer at my local Sainsbury's this week (11 Oct 2011) for £2.60 for 2 boxes of 6. They are approx 250 calories per pie and worth every one! They are crammed full of deliciously spiced dried fruit and rind, which tumble out as the pie is cut.

              These mince pies are deep and luxurious with crumbly pastry. Occasionally however, the tops do come off, especially if you heat them in the microwave. But this is a small price to pay when it comes to such a luscious pre-Christmas treat!

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              19.01.2011 13:44
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              You can't beat home made, but these are a good substitution.

              Nothing can ever beat home made mince pies, but when you are given a free box of Mr Kipling Mince Pies you can't really refuse them!

              The box comes with 6 mince pies, each with a foil wrap on a red plastic tray. The box itself is 21cm x 14cm x 4cm and is red all over, with white text and various images of the pies all over the box. The front has the Mr Kipling logo, a title and the following: "...butter enriched fluted pastry cases deep filled with delicious mincemeat". The rear contains all the usual information that can be found on food products.

              Each pie comes in a light pastry with a small Christmas tree on top and is 7cm in diameter and 3cm deep. The pastry is quite crumbly and can make a bit of a mess when not eating over a plate. The mincemeat filling is very nice hot and cold and has quite a few currants in it. I have been having these with my lunch for the past few days and have found them to be an excellent replacement for a chocolate bar. They are small and filling to keep you going till the end of the day. When having them hot, you have to be careful not to warm them for too long as otherwise the mincemeat can get very hot and will burn you!

              As a snack or dessert, these are really nice to eat over the Christmas period. I wish they would sell these all year round as they are truly delicious. There is obviously no replacement for home made ones (I had some yummy ones made with puff pastry this year), but these make a good substitute if you don't have time to cook. I have seen them in the shops for about £1 a pack, which isn't too bad for the brand and for 6 mince pies. I would recommend these to anyone but I can only give them 4/5 as they can never beat home made.

              For those interested, per pie there are 256 calories, 24.5g sugars, 9.8g fat and 0.2g of salt.

              Thanks for reading my review!

              This review may also appear on Ciao under the same username.

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              17.11.2010 23:12
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              Not worth paying extra for this brand name

              One of my favourite things about Christmas getting nearer is when mince pies start to appear on the supermarket shelves. This year they seemed to be on sale from about late August but I managed to resist until this week!

              I chose Mr Kipling's mince pies for my bit of indulgence as they were on special offer at Tesco and I expected that they would be the tastiest brand, as other mr Kipling products have always been 'exceedingly good' just as the adverts state.

              I'm afraid I was sadly disappointed, The filling of the mince pie was ok, sweet and sickly just as it should be with a fairly generous amount of fruit, however the pastry was so dry and tasteless it ruined the whole pie. Eating the pastry casing was like chewing cardboard and in the end I gave up. There is a bit of sugar sprinkled on top but this didn't really sweeten the taste, it probably just rotted my teeth for no taste benefit! I found Tesco's and the Co-op's own brand version were both nicer than the more expensive Mr Kipling mince pies.

              The one area where these pies beat the supermarket brand though is the packaging. The outer cardboard box is a cheerful red with an unmistakably christmassy design and inside the 6 pies are packaged in individual tin foil cases and then in a moulded plastic base. What I like about the packaging is that there isn't the irritating plastic layer around the moulded base. I just think its unnecessary and annoying! Of course the plastic and tin foil aren't especially environmentally friendly either but you should be able to recycle the cardboard!

              So I couldn't recommend these mince pies, if you want to get in the festive spirit, get the co-op's own brand for half the price!

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                Well its now nearly the second week of January and unfortunately my cupboards are still full of Christmas goodies so much for the NewYears Resolution of sticking to a strict diet and foregoing any more junk food!! Unfortunately the more I eat the more I seem to want to eat at the moment and as I don't like unnecessary waste I will have to just plough my way through the items and remember to not buy as much next year. Oh what a chore (laughs xx). I am rather partial to mince pies and this year has been no exception I have tried several varieties over the last six weeks or so however with the exception of my mums homemade pies my favourites are Mr Kiplings Deep Fill Mince pies and it is these that I will now review.

                In buying these I went a bid mad in all honesty. They were on a special offer at Morrisons buy six and get six free therefore I purchased dozens of them thinking that it would be a nice treat to offer my friends and family when they came round for coffee. They were £1.00 a box so an absolute bargain no wonder I went overboard with my purchase. The pies are marketed by the manufacturer as exceedingly merry and santa's favourite. They come packaged in a very festive outer box which is bright red in colour. The front of the box describes the pies and sports a delicious mouth-water picture of them. When removed from the outer cardboard box there is an inner plastic case holding each item which is further encased in foil. Ideal then for popping straight into the oven. They can go into the microwave too however remember to remove the foil otherwise the sparks will truly fly!!! Each pie is a very generous size and is made of a butter enriched fluted pastry case deep filled with mincemeat. There is also a little Christmas tree emblem on the top of each one.

                The taste test well what can I say apart from they are simply delicious. I have eaten them in many different ways hot, cold, microwaved and either by themselves or with cream, ice-cream and my absolute favourite smothered in brandy butter. To oven heat keep the pies in their foils , place on a baking tray in a moderately heated oven for 5 or six minutes. Each pie can be microwaved in 10 seconds. They come with a warning in that it is important not to overheat as the pie filling can become dangerously hot and could seriously burn your mouth so be warned!!

                The pastry is very sweet however it is complemented very well with the tangy mincemeat filling which is generous . This is refreshing as often a product will state that it is deep-filled and this is simply not true and can be a tad disappointing. Not in this case I also loved the added buttery flavour from the pastry too. The pies are lovely and moist and are very very moreish. I know that the festive period is over for this year however I saw these the other day so grab a box while you can you wont regret it.

                Be warned if you are prone to allergies as the pies may contain nut traces, gluten (wheat and barley) milk and sulphites.
                The product is suitable for vegetarians
                Contains no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat

                Nutritional Information Per 100g

                Protein 2.6g
                Carbohydrate 61.8g
                Fat 15.4g
                Fibre 2.2g
                Sodium 0.10g

                For more information on this item or other products in the Mr Kipling range visit

                www.mrkipling.co.uk

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                  Decent Mince Pies

                  Ah, mince pies. When I was little Grandma used to make her own Christmas pastry. Mince pies, jam tarts, lemon curd, ground rice, bakewell tart, apple pie, bramble pie......there was enough pastry in our house at Christmas to feed an army. Now, aged 97 and with poor eyesight Grandma can't bake anymore so, as my pastry making skills are not the best, I tend to buy stuff from the shops instead and, as Morrisons had these mince pies on offer I decided to see what they were like.


                  Packaging:

                  The mince pies come in a plastic tray which, like the Chocolate Whirls, aren't protected by a film covering. The carton is recyclable & is predominantly a sort of orangey yellow with bits of red. The "Mr. Kipling" logo is on the front, along with the name & a picture of a couple of the mince pies. The back of the carton lists the ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional information & the Mr. Kipling's quality guarantee. There is also a picture of Mr. Kipling's Cherry Bakewells and Mr. Kipling Bramley Apple Pies. Are you tempted to try some it asks.

                  The website address is:- www.mrkipling.co.uk

                  and the product is described as:- " Butter enriched (4%) pastry with a mincemeat filling (48%), baked with a sprinkling of sugar"

                  These mince pies can be also eaten how and can be cooked in the oven or can be microwaved. Heating instructions are included on the back of the box.



                  Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Bramley Apple, Sultanas, Raisins, Butter Oil, Maize Starch, Apricot Filling {Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar Syrup, Apricot, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Citrates, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate}, Currants, Candied Mixed Peel {Orange Peel, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup, Lemon Peel, Citric Acid, Preservative: Sulphur Dioxide}, Dextrose, Salt, Flavouring (contains milk), Acetic Acid, Mixed Spice {Cinnamon, Coriander, Caraway, Fennel, Nutmeg, Cloves, Ground Ginger, Turmeric}, Whole Milk Powder, Barley Malt Extract, Raising Agents: Disodium Diphosphate / Sodium Bicarbonate, Preservatives: Potassium Sorbate / Sulphur Dioxide, Orange Oil.


                  Nutritional Information per pie {per 100g in brackets}

                  Energy kJ: 986 kJ {1666 kJ}
                  Calories: 235 kcal {396 kcal}
                  Protein: 1.5g {2.6g}
                  Carbohydrate: 33.6g {61.8g}
                  of which sugars: 18.6g {31.4g}
                  Fat: 9.1g {15.4g}
                  of which saturates: 3.8g {6.4g}
                  Fibre: 1.3g {2.2g}
                  Sodium: 0.06g {0.10g}
                  - equivalent as salt: 0.15g {0.25g}

                  Dietary & Allergy Information

                  Contains gluten (wheat and barley), milk and sulphites
                  May contain nut traces

                  These Mince Pies are suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial colour or flavours and no hydrogenated fat.


                  The Mince Pies:
                  Six of these nestle in the black plastic tray.. They're just over 7cm wide at the longest point and are around 3 1/2cm in depth. They have a little Christmas Tree shape on the top of them.


                  Price:
                  At the time of purchase Morrisons were selling one box of these for £1.45 on a buy one box get two boxes free offer




                  Taste and Opinion:


                  I loved mince pies when I was a child. Of all the pastry that Grandma used to bake for Christmas they were my favourite. Since she stopped baking I tried a few brands of mince pies and have noticed quite a variation between them. Some are so bad that they're practically inedible.

                  Thankfully, that isn't the case with these Mr. Kipling mince pies. The pastry is a nice colour and doesn't look too insipid or too overcooked. It's perhaps slightly thicker than I'd like, but no so thick that there practically no room left for the mincemeat. The pastry has a nice consistency to it, it's not too dry and crumbly, nor is it too moist or claggy.

                  The first thing you notice, after the taste of the pastry, is that Mr. Kipling hasn't skimped on the mincemeat filling. With some cheaper brands you'll find that there's practically no mincemeat inside at all but thankfully that isn't the case with these mince pies. There's more than enough filling to hit your tastebuds and Mr. Kipling has blended in enough spices (see ingredients list) to create a really tasty filling.

                  On the sugar and fat front these mince pies contain less, in terms of percentages, than a number of other Mr. Kipling products. Each mince pie contains 18.6g of sugar which just over a fifth of the Recommended Daily Amount of 90g of sugar for an adult. The Recommended Daily Amount of fat for an adult is 70g meaning that each pie contains just over 10% of an adult's daily amount.

                  I haven't tried these hot but if they're as nice hot as they are cold they're well worth buying.



                  Mr. Kipling Products ranked in order of Sugar Content. First figure is % per 100g {figure in brackets relates to sugar content per pie / slice etc)

                  01) Orange Slice: 47.2% {13.3g}
                  02) Country Slices: 41.6% {12.7g}
                  03) Angel Slices: 41.5% {14.0g}
                  04) Cappucino Slices: 39.1% {11.5g}
                  05) Cherry Bakewells: 39.0% {18.1g}

                  06) Toffee Bakewells: 36.2% {16.5g}
                  07) Chocolate Cake Bars: 33.2% {10.6g}
                  08) Jam Tarts: 32.6% {11.6g}
                  09) Mince Pies: 31.4% {18.6g}
                  10) Apple & Blackcurrant Pies: 29.4% {19.5g}

                  11) Chocolate Whirls: 24.1% {6.7g}


                  Mr. Kipling Products ranked in order of Fat Content. First figure is % per 100g {figure in brackets relates to fat content per pie / slice etc)

                  01) Chocolate Whirls: 31.1% {8.6g}
                  02) Chocolate Cake Bars: 26.3% {8.4g}
                  03) Toffee Bakewells 19.4% {8.9g}
                  04) Angel Slice 18.5% {6.2g}
                  05) Cherry Bakewells: 18.4% {8.5g}

                  06) Cappucino Slices: 18.1% {5.3g}
                  07) Orange Slices: 16.8% {4.7g}
                  08) Mince Pies: 15.4% {9.1g}
                  09) Country Slices: 15.3% {4.7g}
                  10) Jam Tarts: 12.8% {4.6g}

                  11) Apple & Blackcurrant Pies: 12.7% {8.4g}

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                    08.12.2009 11:45
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                    Reasonable quality mince pie but disappointing for Mr Kipling.

                    I am something of a mince pie fan, so when I saw Mr Kipling deep filled mince pies on offer at our local shop, I decided to treat myself. I paid £1.09 for a box of six and went home feeling very pleased with myself.

                    Once home I made myself a cuppa and settled down to each some (I say 'eat some' because I had no intention of just eating one, or two).

                    The pies are kind of pale in colour with Christmas Tree shaped pastry cut out on top and no sugar, or icing sugar dusted over and each one is in an individual foil dish.

                    Half way through the third one I examined the contents of the pie a bit more closely. Yes, the pies are deep but the mincemeat only comes less than half way up the case.

                    The taste was delicious though; all kind of sweet, sugary and tangy from the fruit. As for the smell, well it made my mouth water (and the dog's).

                    So, three mince pies after getting home I decided to look at the box, with Dooyoo in mind, and I really wish I hadn't bothered.

                    235 calories per pie, 18.6g sugar and a whopping 9.1g fat. I had just eaten 200 more calories than a Big Mac would have given me, and 10% more fat.

                    Hmm! Mincepies are certainly not a healthy snack.

                    As far as Christmas mince Pies go, I'm sad to say that Mr Kipling doesn't quite hit the spot with these. I can handle the calories and the fat if I control myself and keep the mince pies for Christmas, but they are a bit short on filling.

                    I don't know if they actually contain less mincemeat than they have in previous years but I don't remember them being so 'empty' inside the pastry shell.

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                    07.12.2009 22:39
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                    The bar has been set! albeit rather low... Who will prevail in the mighty mince pie-off?

                    Huzzah! the 1st of December has come and my self appointed rule of begin to think about Christmas has arrived. Well on certain things anyway - it is still way too early to contemplate Christmas shopping, the tree is definitely a mid December project. Ok I will grant the kids their advent calendars from the 1st, but the important thing is that I can walk around Sainsbury's and not feel grumpy and annoyed about the presence of all things festive SINCE THE END OF AUGUST! (yes that is a intentional, frustrated, shouting, caps lock rant there). I can be as festive as the next guy... well maybe not him but the next but one guy, but I refuse to even discuss the dread 'C' word until our twelfth month is upon us. And with December means I can again add mince pies into the trolley without feeling a fool.

                    As I a self confessed connoisseur of the mince pie, I will herein attempt to review all of Sainsburies varieties in the forthcoming week. And maybe if you are lucky, dear readers, I might expand to Waitrose.

                    So, as I sit here at my PC, the not so festive Mykonos by the Fleet Foxes rings out, creating the setting for my first mince pie of 2009 (I think. did I break the rule in January 2009 by eating a left over? I can't remember but there is a sub-rule; leave no mince pie down. It is possible I might have blasphemed and broken 'December only'.)

                    I have decided to go with the cake-meister himself; Mr Kipling. For he does make exceedingly good cakes (had to get that in there somewhere). I chose him as one of the only varieties that wasn't supermarket owned brand. I have been particularly impressed by his deep filled apple & blackcurrant pies. This should be a solid base upon which to build upon.

                    Guess I should do the basics first: 6 for £1.49, but there was a 25% off. Which according to my calcs = £1.11 or 18p each. I have never studied the mince pie pricing structure before, but that sounds reasonable. Do I have to write the ingredients / calorific value of each variety? That's a lot of work.

                    Calories 235 12%, Wow 12%! Holy crap!
                    Sugars 18.6g 21%, This is not looking good - never realised they were that bad!
                    Fat 9.1g 13%, Yikes. That's like eating a lard omelette or something
                    Saturates 3.8g 19%. That's the bad one ... right? I am beginning to feel overweight just looking at the damn thing.
                    Salt 0.15g 3%. Well at least the salt content is considered healthy. Phew, for one minute I was contemplating never looking at a mincey ever again.
                    Conclusion: A mince pie is not a healthy snack and defiantly should not be considered one of your 5 portions of fruit a day! If you are watching your weight - lay off the minceys.. ok? Actually this will be the last calorie study I include in my mince pie review. Too depressing.

                    I am not going to list the ingredients as there are over 50 and I can't pronounce most of them. Hmm... nice and natural then.

                    So on to the more important aspects

                    First appearances: It has a wee little Christmas tree on the top which is a nice touch. The top is a little flat for my liking - I would appreciate a domed roof. Alas also no dusting on top. Disappointing. (but actually considering the sugar content already - not sure we need to add more!) It looks a little dry.

                    Ok on to the intricate operation of breaking through. Wow! Crumbly is an understatement. The whole roof has collapsed in my hand! There are crumbs everywhere! And even worse: there is a good 5mm gap between top of pastry and where the mince filling starts. I have been robbed! Quick mental maths to calculate the cubic capacity of the spare space: Pie (!) * radius squared *depth... 3.5cm^2 x 3.14159 x 0.7mm = 14 cubic centimetres of empty space. Hmm that doesn't sound right. This is the first time in 10 years I have needed to calculate the capacity of a cylinder. And my first attempt at calculating the empty space in a mince pie. Anyway it's a notable space.

                    The colour of the mincemeat is a rather bland sickly brown. I would expect it to be a variety of colour - black plump raisons, hints of orange from zest, reds of cherries, autumnal brown of cinnamon. Instead it all the same brown, with low degrees of segregation from one ingredient to the next.

                    Lets go for taste. I pick up and again the thing collapses. My desk is a right state now. And the keyboard is now harbouring half my mince pie. I should have done the taste test in the kitchen and reviewed later. It tastes slightly better than it looks. It looked dry and bland, but I wouldn't describe it as such, however it certainly is a far cry from spectacular. Its ok at best. I am not getting any strong flavours through at all. It is one flavour of mincemeat encased in very crumbly pastry and that is about it. It is a disappointing start as I had hoped to write a lot more about the flavour than that... but there is not a lot else to say about it.

                    For scientific purposes only, I try warming one up. This improves it slightly, the crumble factor has reduced significantly, however as the saying goes, you can't polish a tu*d. This is not an exceedingly good cake. It is mediocre. Maybe because it is not freshly baked and has a shelf life of several weeks = preservatives galore, but this pie is like comparing a burger to a fillet mignon.

                    There are 4 left in the box. Excuse me whilst I go and conduct experiments 3 through 5 with custard, cream and ice cream respectively.

                    Mince pie outside: 6/10
                    Mince pie inside: 2/10
                    Taste: 4/10
                    Microwave test: 5/10

                    Average = 4.25 /10

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                      19.11.2009 19:19
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                      Yummy Mince Pies Ready For Xmas!

                      I had my first mince pie of the year today and it was yummy, I didn't even know that Mr Kipling made mince pies but he obviously does because that's what I had! lol

                      They are deep filled with mince mixture and delish even though I'm not usually mad keen on mince pies anyway. Actually the fact that I have had 2 today shows how good these are because normally I'll only eat that amount over the whole Xmas period!

                      The pastry is delish, it's very like the pastry Mr Kipling use for their apple pies but it's not as sweet and sugary. It's a bit more savoury but still has got a nice sweet buttery flavour that melts in your mouth.

                      The mince filling is yummy, it's proper fruity and there are loads of sultanas in it which are plump and very juicy. Mr Kipling have spiced them perfectly and they taste as good as home made mince pies I reckon, they even look the part because they have been made to look quite home made as well and have even got a little pastry Xmas tree on the top.

                      I hope the rest of the family eat the rest of these out of the box because otherwise I reckon I'll eat the lot, there are 253 calories in each mince pie so I'd better be a bit careful now especially as I had the last one with custard! lol

                      We brought 2 boxes in Tesco when they were on buy one get one free a couple of weeks ago, that's a bargain 12 mince pies for only £1.49!!! You deffo couldn't make them that cheap and anyway mine last year turned out crap so I'd rather trust Mr Kipling this Xmas!

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                        19.11.2009 11:27
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                        I will be stocking up on these for my Christmas treats.

                        Mr Kipling 8 Mince Pies.


                        Its the Season to be jolly....traa lka la la la...

                        Lovely Mince pies by Mr Kipling, and they are really lovely. Having brought a packet from Wilkos for £1.47p reduced to half price marked, getting eight for the price of six, well they are a real bargain, and i like to sample mine early to see what are the best buy for my money especially with Christmas slowly creeping up on us.

                        I think what attracted me to this product was the lovely brightly coloured packet exceedingly merry, santas favourites, they are exceedingly good mince pies, with a deep filling of mince meat they contain 235 calories and have 18.6g of sugar, 9.1g of fat saturates of 3.8g and salt of 0.15g.

                        They have little christmas trees on the top of the pastry, which is creamy and sweet and the filling so generous they really are worth paying the extra bit for a luxury filled mince pie, and believe we have loads of theses in our house, as they are a favourite at christmas time.

                        The pastry cases are butter enriched fluted pastry, and they just simply mealt in your mouth.

                        I like mine hot or cold, with a lovely covering of cream fresh cream either single or double, i really dont mind, but are also lovely with a scoop full of lovely cornish ice cream too.

                        The Box contains a plastic inset with cut outs for the eight mince pies that are each sitting in the holes in this tray, and each mince pie comes in a little foil case, and they do not break up when you get them out, or do they crumble when you eat them, they are really sweet in taste, and are the best mince pies i have tried at thge moment (even better than my home made ones) to be honest.

                        If you do want to eat them hot, then simply keep them in their foil cases, pop them into a oven gas mark five for just six minutes, then they are ready.

                        To heat for quickness simply remove their foil cases, place into the mircrowave for a mere 10 seconds, and they are ready.

                        They may contain nut traces, and they do also contain Gluten (wheat and barley) Milk and Sulphites, so be careful if you have an allergy.

                        They contain four per cent butter enriched pastry, and a hudge 48 per cent mincemeat filling, and an added sprinkle of sugar on the top pastry case topping.

                        I really loved these and will be buying some more before Christmas time.

                        Mr. Kipling also give a quality guarentee too.

                        All products used in this packet are recyclable.

                        Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.

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