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Fortnum & Mason Mince Pies

Fortnum & Mason's box is a lovely colour of jade, but is it festive enough?Six traditional Christmas mince pies. Deep filled mince pies made to our long-established exclusive recipe with Fortnum & Mason Mincemeat. Chucky, evocative and appropriately moreish.

This is a monster of a pie, and certainly eye catching, but how does it taste?

M&S Connoisseur Mince Pies

M&S Connoisseur Box

All butter shortcrust pastry deep filled with a rich fruity mincemeat with vine fruits, almonds, dried aprocots & Courvoisier® VS Cognac

Simple, but stylish, this is a fine looking mince pie, but does the flavour live up to expectations?

M&S Connoisseur Mini Mince Pies

The M&S Connoisseur pies are beautifully presented in a multi-tier display.12 all butter mini mince pies

These are excellent mince pies. I struggle to fault almost everything about them. Quite remarkable! Fairly expensive, although worth the difference.

M&S Mini Mince Pies

12 mini mince pies. Butter rich shortcrust pastry deep filled with a rich fruity mince meat

Small but very tasty. A little difficult to extract cleanly from the foil tray, but once out a winner. Not entirely satisfying, although an excellent and almost unbeatable quick mince pie fix. A definite best buy.

M&S Top Iced Mince Pies

6 Top Iced Mince Pies. Butter rich shortcrust pastry  filled with a rich, fruity mincemeat, topped with fondant icing & dusted with sugar

This isn’t right! M&S mince meat is delicious but I couldn’t taste it due to the over-powering sugar flavour of the icing. With 5 other varieties in the M&S range why is there a need for this?

M&S Shelter Charity Mince Pie

Crisp, butter rich pastry filled with luxury mincemeat with brandy and port.

This is a much larger than normal pie but with a much higher price tag. At over £1 per pie these are very expensive but large enough to satisfy two if chopped in half. Of course you are doing your bit for charity by buying these which helps to convince you to go through with the purchase but if you read the small print you’ll notice that only 5% goes to Shelter.

M&S Lattice Mince Pies

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6 lattice mince pies. Butter rich shortcrust pastry filled with a rich fruity mincemeat

This is a majestic pie to look at, the delicate, golden, sugar crusted lattice rising the like the dome of Pantheon in Rome. The windows in top offer tantalizing glimpses of the deep, dark filling within.

M&S Luxury Deep Filled Mince Pies

6 luxury, deep filled mince pies. All butter shortcrust pastry filled with deliciously fruity mincemeat with vine fruits, glacé cherries, brandy and port

A fairly good pie. Its flavour came in waves, good, strange, nice, dry, porty. It didn’t offend me but it also refused to invite me in to taste town. Great look on the outside but another cavernous inside.

M&S All Butter Puff Pastry

6 all butter puff pastry mice pies. All butter puff pastry filled with rich, fruity mincemeat

A lack of Christmas looks, a lack of substantial filling but yet a surprisingly enjoyable taste from this all butter pie.

M&S Deep Filled Mince Pies

6 deep filled mince pies. Butter rich shortcrust pastry deep filled with a rich, fruity mincemeat

I enjoyed the ratio of pastry to filling. I felt that each bite was never heavily populated by mince mixture or butter rich short crust.

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