The Mince Pie Roundup

Taste Factor & Conclusion

The Mince Pie Roundup

Taste Factor

The final phase of our testing involved tasting all three brands with two different brandy sauces from Tesco and Marks & Spencer.

The Mince Pie Roundup


The Tesco mince pie was of surprisingly good quality on the whole. While the pastry was a little too thick and drier than necessary, the contents were enjoyable. This was made MILES better with the addition of Brandy Sauce, which compensated for the sample's lack of alcohol. Tesco's own brandy sauce was near spot on however M&S's mixture tasted considerably richer.

On the whole, its hard to complain about Tesco's sub £1.50 christmas dessert. Those who aren't overly particular about subtle taste differences will find this to be an excellent Bang per Buck choice.


Mr Kipling

Despite being a branded product, we were a little disappointed to find that it was hardly any better than Tesco's own brand. That said, the pastry was marginally superior in texture but sadly it lost out again in the filling department. Much like Tesco's product, you will most certainly want to include brandy sauce with your purchase to compensate for the cheaper filling.

All in all not a bad job.


The Marks & Spencer Mini Mince Pies do not offer value for money in any way. On the other hand any dessert connoisour will notice a remarkable difference between these and the former two brands. Not only was the all butter pastry more "complete", the filling offered a greater blend of flavours thanks to the hints of port and brandy. 

Finally the use of Brandy Sauce made the Marks & Spencer product simply miles ahead of the competition. The way we see it, you will be filling the final inches of belly real estate with these treats; why oh why would you want to compromise? After all, Christmas only comes along once a year.

So to summarise, if Value For Money goodness is your intention, opt for Tesco's own brand. If you are after anything superior then it is the Marks & Spencer Mince Pie range, end of.

Special mentions go out to our sample Brandy Sauces from Tesco and M&S. You cannot go wrong with either.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from Overclock3D! You can discuss all about your festive plans in the forums.

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Most Recent Comments

24-12-2010, 04:58:19

This Christmas, we are here to show you the finest Mince Pies of 2010.

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24-12-2010, 05:08:26

Haha good stuff. Merry Christmas!Quote

24-12-2010, 05:17:12

Ohhhh Mann we have Mk pies. Have a good Xmas all Quote

24-12-2010, 05:26:54

Are these software cookies ?Quote

24-12-2010, 05:32:01

Now my favourite is the cooperative brandy puff mince pies that are baked in store Quote

24-12-2010, 05:33:15

Scruptious review! Merry Christmas to you all Quote

24-12-2010, 06:09:48

Haha, nice one matey! So is the Tesco one like the GTX460 then? Quote

24-12-2010, 06:43:54

Haha it made me laugh right on the index page of overclock3d.

Merry Christmas to you all!

@Todd, very much like HD6870. Quote

24-12-2010, 06:54:35

Any chance for a review on what SLI of these pies is like? Sometimes eating one at a time isn't enoughQuote

24-12-2010, 08:23:47

Haha love it, especially "Not all of us have the time or will power to build our own mince pies"

Just what I needed to get me into the Christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas to everyone Quote

24-12-2010, 10:16:24

This made me hungry Quote

24-12-2010, 10:47:50

Toxteth O'Grady
Lots of performance headroom to overcook these but temps can get a little high unless you have a good liquid cooling loop (brandy or clotted cream recommended). Needs a decent psu (pie supply unit) as well.



24-12-2010, 10:59:08

Originally Posted by Toxteth O'Grady View Post

Lots of performance headroom to overcook these but temps can get a little high unless you have a good liquid cooling loop (brandy or clotted cream recommended). Needs a decent psu (pie supply unit) as well.

Too many puns Quote

24-12-2010, 12:17:33

LMAO! Awesome review!Quote

24-12-2010, 16:15:07

Captain Caveman
LMAO... scones or truffles and I thought you guys were UK? Didnt you guys learn anything from Julia Childs. She cracked me up, always figured she was drunk on her shows Lol

Merry Christmas everyoneQuote

24-12-2010, 20:45:34

I liked the Dan Akyroyd SNL bit he used to do as Julia Childs ^^^. He would always injure himself but continue to cook, blood would be everywhere! HahaQuote

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