Taste test Mince Pies
It's almost December, so you have permission to start on the mince pies. Our testers had the tough job of trying out a few of the premium mince pies available. Our conclusion: there's nothing quite as good as a home-made mince pie, especially your mammy's.
Lidl Snowy Lodge Luxury Mince Pies, 396g (6 pies), €2.49, 7/10
Lidl's mince meat features vine fruits, glacé cherries, almonds and walnuts, is spiked with Courvoisier VS Cognac and encased in all-butter shortcrust pastry, 257 calories each. Great value.
Dunnes' Simply Better Irish Handmade Almond Frangipane Mince Pies, 360g (4 pies), €4, 7/10
Made by La Boulangerie des Gourmets in Dublin, using Irish apples in the mince meat, these large mince pies contain a hefty 298 calories each. Delicious, but don't give them to an almond-hater.
Donnybrook Fair Handmade Mince Pies, 460g (6 pies), €6.95, 6/10
You could get away with claiming these spiced mince pies as your own, as they fall apart in a home-made way. There's no calorie count listed.
Marks & Spencer Star Mince Pies, 318g (6 pies), €3.80, 6/10
These pretty mince pies are on the small side, which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at such things. All-butter pastry, fruits, brandy and port, and a modest 207 calories per pie.
SuperValu SIgnature Tastes Luxurious Mince Pies, 372g (6 pies), €4, 5/10
All-butter shortcrust pastry and mince meat made with vine fruits, pecans, spices and port. These are made in Scotland and contain palm oil, 249 calories per pie.