Best mince pies 2020: The woman&home taste test

Our favourite mince pies for this year’s festivities. You’re in for a jolly good treat.

Able and Cole mince pies
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Mince pies are one of those festive foods that really divides people. But honestly, some of these are so delicious that even the mince pie haters will be going back for seconds! Certainly, our tasting panel was blown away with these exceptional winners. 

You could bake your own mince pies but if you would rather buy them then we have you covered with our round-up of the best.

At woman&home we have taste tested hundreds of Christmas foods and drinks to find the best products to make your festive table extra special. Discover all the winners in our Christmas Taste Tests.

Each winning product has been awarded a woman&home best buy award. So if you spot any products with the red woman&home taste test sticker you will know that they have our seal of approval.

What makes a great mince pie?

We scored the mince pies based on four main elements. 

Pastry: A great pastry is essential in any mince pie worth it’s salt (or sugar). In our scoring, we were looking for a lovely buttery flavour, bonus points for a hint of almond. Texture-wise it’s a delicate balance. We don’t want a messy mincy that crumbles entirely. But a tough pastry won’t cut it either. 

Filling: The heart of the mince pie is, of course, it’s filling. For an outstanding mince pie, the mincemeat needed to contain plump fruit, be generously filled and taste exquisite. Anything excessively sweet and jammy was scored poorly.

Looks: As they say, you eat with your eyes, so looks are important when it comes to food. 

Flavours: We also took into account the marriage of flavours. The unique and unusual combos are often popular but we wanted the flavours to work together and give a luxurious festive feel. A lovely frangipane topped mince pie was a popular choice amongst our tasting panel.

All of these winners scored highly for pastry, filling, flavour and looks so you can trust us that these will impress at Christmas time. 

Best mince pies of 2020: The winners

The following were unanimously voted as the best of the best, so we think you will love them too. There was a real variety this year, with many of the traditional classic mince pies were overshadowed by new, fun and unusual flavours.

Waitrose Mini mince pie selectionWoman&Home Best Buys

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Speciality mince pies, pack of 12, £14.95, BettysWoman&Home Best Buys

(Image credit: Bettys )

The Authentic Bread Company Mini Mince PiesWoman&Home Best Buys

(Image credit: Able & Cole)

Specially Selected Millionaires Mince PiesWoman&Home Best Buys

(Image credit: Aldi)

The Best Blackforest Crumble Topped Mince PiesWoman&Home Best Buys

(Image credit: Morrisons)

Taste the Difference 6 Mince Pies

(Image credit: Sainsbury’s)

Best mince pies of 2020: The honourable mentions

Irresistible All Butter Mince Pies

(Image credit: Co-op)

OGGS® Luxury Handmade Mince Pies

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Rose Fooks

Rose Fooks, Deputy Food Editor at Future plc, creates recipes, reviews products and writes food features for a range of lifestyle and homes titles including Goodto, Style at Home and woman&home. Since joining Future, Rose has had the pleasure of interviewing cookery royalty, Mary Berry, enjoyed the challenge of creating a home-based, lockdown baking shoot for woman&home, and had her work published in a range of online and print publications, including Feel Good Food.

Rose completed a degree in Art at Goldsmiths University and settled into a career in technology before deciding to take a plunge into the restaurant industry back in 2015. The realisation that cookery combined her two passions - creativity and love of food - inspired the move. Beginning as a commis chef at The Delaunay, Rose then worked at Zedel and went on to become a key member of the team that opened Islington’s popular Bellanger restaurant. 

In order to hone her patissier skills, Rose joined the Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management course at Le Cordon Bleu. Rose ran a food market in Islington championing local producers and cooked for a catering company that used only surplus food to supply events, before finding her way into publishing and food styling. 

Other than cooking, writing and eating, Rose spends her time developing her photography skills, strolling around her neighbourhood with her small, feisty dog Mimi, and planning the renovation of a dilapidated 17th-century property in the South West of France.