Top five supermarket mince pies for Christmas 2014

Over five weeks, the BBC Good Food team blind-tasted hundreds of supermarket products to create the ultimate best buys collection. Here, we share our five favourite ready-made mince pies.

Best… Classic mince pie

Co-op mince pies
Co-op Truly Irresistible buttercrust mince pies

A traditional mince pie with lots of gooey filling. The pastry is very crisp while the mincemeat is fruity and refreshingly sharp – a guaranteed winner all round.

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£2 for six, from Co-op

 

Best… Deluxe pie

Booths
Booths luxury mince pies

These delicious pies had a fantastic biscuity pastry and lovely orange flavours that came through the mincemeat. This pie was a real hit with our tasters.

£2.49 for six, from Booths

Best… Mini mince pie

M&S mince pies
M&S Collection handcrafted cranberry & clementine mince pies

If you’re looking for a canapé-friendly pie or something special to give as a gift, these dinky pies are the product for you. The candied fruit, nut cluster and classic mini mince pie look great together.

£5 for six, from M&S

 

Best… Dessert

Tesco mince pies
Tesco Free From mince pies

With a fairly thick and cake-like pastry, these mince pies work well as a dessert with cream. They taste even better once heated up.

£2 for four, from Tesco

Best… Special diet pie

Booths mince pies
Booths gluten-free mince pies

These gluten-free pies had a really crisp pastry with a lovely sticky, rich filling. These pies are a good, chunky shape and will appeal to most tastes.

£2.29, from Booths

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