Monday 22 January 2018

Taste test Mince Pies

Katy McGuinness

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.

Irish Independent

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