Best mince pies for 2022 tried and tested: Sainsbury's, Asda and more

From Waitrose to Morrisons to Biscuiteers, here are the best mince pies to buy for 2022. All of these have been tried and tested...

Best mince pies for 2022 tried and tested: Sainsbury's, Asda and more
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Our expert food judges have hunted high and low for the best mince pies for Christmas 2022 including mince pies from supermarkets such as Waitrose, Sainsbury's, and Asda. 

With an overwhelming number of mince pies (opens in new tab) on the shelves in the run-up to Christmas it’s hard to know which mince pies really are the best, and worth the money. This year we put a variety of brands to the test ranging in price from £2-£15 per pack. Most mince pies were available in packs of four or six and the majority can be bought online.

Our panel of expert judges who put all of these supermarket favourites to the test include;  Group Food Director Jen Bedloe (opens in new tab), Food Editor Jess Meyer (opens in new tab), Deputy Food Editor Rose Fooks (opens in new tab), Senior Food Writer Jessica Ransom (opens in new tab), and Junior Food Writer Georgia Sparks (opens in new tab). The panel has a huge amount of cooking knowledge between them and knows what makes a great mince pie. "Mince pies are one of my favourite categories to judge. With such a huge selection to try, you really notice the subtle differences in flavour and texture between them," says Jessica Ransom. 

This year’s winning collection of mince pies includes a mix of supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Waitrose, and Morrisons, and artisanal producers like Rosebud Preserves and Dukeshill. Scoring very highly, Sainsbury’s took the top spot in our blind test with their Taste the Difference mince pies. Traditional and perfectly executed, our judges were impressed with its buttery pastry and luxurious filling.

These products all scored highly during our blind taste tests for the woman&home Festive Food Awards (opens in new tab).  

Where to buy mince pies for 2022

Best tried and tasted mince pies

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1.  Taste the Difference Mince Pies, 325g - View at Sainsbury's (opens in new tab)

1.  Taste the Difference Mince Pies, 325g - View at Sainsbury's (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie

RRP: £2.25 | Delivery: Book a slot and choose your delivery date | Available: Online and in-store now

The winner in the mince pie best Christmas food category this year was Sainsbury’s Taste Difference Mince Pies. These melt-in-the-mouth mince pies have an all-butter pastry and are packed with a wonderful blend of juicy fruit, and warming spices and infused with a generous amount of brandy. Topped with a simple yet attractive star-shaped pastry with a snowflake on it and dusted with icing sugar. 

Deputy Food Editor, Rose Fooks says: "This is an excellent quality traditional mince pie. The filling is not too sweet and the pastry is lovely and buttery. The brandy flavour is subtle but strong enough to allow for a pleasant taste"


2.  Waitrose No.1 Brown Butter Mince Pies with Cognac, 6 pack - View at Waitrose (opens in new tab)

2.  Waitrose No.1 Brown Butter Mince Pies with Cognac, 6 pack - View at Waitrose (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie, runner up

RRP: £2.80 | Delivery: Nominated delivery available | Available: Order now

Described by some of the panel as ‘the perfect mince pie’, these brown butter mince pies are not to be missed. The brown butter pastry gives a beautiful nutty flavour that complements the filling of vine fruits, apricots, glacé Amarena cherries, and almonds which are all laced generously with Cognac. Despite the jam-packed filling, judges commented that it wasn’t too sweet and had a homemade look. 

Group Food Editor, Jen Bedloe says: "These mince pies have a wonderful flavour, the pastry is buttery with a slightly nutty quality and the filling has just the right amount of booze."


3. Biscuiteers Handmade Biscuiteers Mince Pies, 400g - View at Biscuiteers (opens in new tab)

3. Biscuiteers Handmade Biscuiteers Mince Pies, 400g - View at Biscuiteers (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie, runner up

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This isn’t the first time these mince pies have scored highly in our taste tests, and it's easy to see why. Deep filled and full to the brim with a matured mincemeat. Judges especially enjoyed the layer of frangipane and also commented on its appearance saying it looked lovely and homemade. This comes as no surprise, given that they are made using a traditional vintage pie blocker in their bakery.

Food Editor, Jess Meyer says: "These have a great taste, with a lovely subtle nod to Bakewell flavours."


4. Morrisons the Best Deep Filled Mince Pies, 6 pack - View at Morrisons (opens in new tab)

4. Morrisons the Best Deep Filled Mince Pies, 6 pack - View at Morrisons (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie, runner up

RRP: £2.25 | Delivery: Order now | Available: In-store or online

Another top contender for the best mince pie was the Morrisons Best Mince Pies. With an all-butter pastry case, these deep-filled pies are liberally packed with cider and brandy-infused mincemeat and a warming spice blend. 

Senior Food Writer, Jessica Ransom says: "These mince pies are not too sweet and nicely spiced, with a generous filling."


5. Heston from Waitrose Pear & Fig Mince Pies in Cheese Pastry, pack of 6 - View at Waitrose (opens in new tab)

5. Heston from Waitrose Pear & Fig Mince Pies in Cheese Pastry, pack of 6 - View at Waitrose (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie, runner up

RRP: £3.50 | Delivery: Book a slot | Available: Online and in-store

Inspired by one of Heston Blumenthal’s favourites- Eccles cakes with potted Stilton, this savoury twist on the classic mince pie aims to recreate the elements of a cheeseboard in just one bite. Buttery pastry is laced with Cheddar, Emmental, and Italian hard cheese and the inside is filled with plump vine fruits, figs, apples, Ruby port, candied pears, nutmeg, and ginger. Serve with Heston’s Tipsy Potted Stilton for the full effect. The judges applauded this risky move and liked that it was different. 

Deputy Food Editor, Rose Fooks says: "Cheese straw meets mince pie. The fruity filling works really well with the delicious rich cheesy pastry."


6. DukesHill St Clement's Mince Pies, 480g - View at DukesHill (opens in new tab)

6. DukesHill St Clement's Mince Pies, 480g - View at DukesHill (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie, runner up

RRP: £13.50 | Delivery: From 27th October | Available: Order now

Dukeshill describes themselves as ‘Champions of the Artisan’ and our judges agreed. These luxurious mince pies are filled with juicy brandy-soaked mincemeat. Crimped on the edges, the pastry was lovely and thick, giving it a more rustic look. 

Group Food Director, Jen Bedloe says: "The added citrus really cuts through the rich mincemeat, making it lovely and refreshing."  


7. Patisserie Valerie Mince Pies Gift Box, pack of 6 - View at Patisserie Valerie (opens in new tab)

7. Patisserie Valerie Mince Pies Gift Box, pack of 6 - View at Patisserie Valerie (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie, runner up

RRP: £12.95 | Delivery: Premier delivery available | Available: Order now

Packaged in an elegant rose gold box these mince pies would make a delicious gift to send to loved ones over the festive period, they can be sent straight to the recipient's door using Patisserie Valerie’s delivery service. Deep-filled with a rich mincemeat containing a blend of dried fruits and warming mixed spices, surrounded by a crumbly all-butter pastry. 

Deputy Food Editor, Rose Fooks says: "These mince pies are larger than the average mince pie, they would make a great dessert served with a dollop of cream."


8. Rosebud Preserves Mince Pies, pack of 8 - View at Rosebud Preserves (opens in new tab)

8. Rosebud Preserves Mince Pies, pack of 8 - View at Rosebud Preserves (opens in new tab)

Best mince pie, runner up

RRP: £12.00 | Delivery: Free delivery over £25 | Available: Order now

A family-run business based in Yorkshire, Rosebud Preserves pride in sourcing ingredients locally to give the best flavour. Neatly tucked into a small box, they would make a lovely gift. In keeping with their ethos, they are also handcrafted in a local bakery, which shows. They have an all-butter shortcrust pastry filled with almond and orange mincemeat.

Food Editor, Jess Meyer says: "These were lovely buttery with a delicious zesty filling." 


9. Asda Free From Mince Pies, 220g - View at Asda (opens in new tab)

9. Asda Free From Mince Pies, 220g - View at Asda (opens in new tab)

Best Gluten-Free Mince Pie

RRP: £2.00| Delivery: Book a slot | Available: Order now

Not only are these lovely mince pies gluten free, but they’re also suitable for vegans. Packed full of sultanas and raisins with warming spice, nobody has to miss out. 

Junior Food Writer, Georgia Sparks says: "Often gluten-free mince pies can be overly sweet, but these have a lovely balance of flavour. I love the festive design on top too."


How did we test the best mince pies?

The testing was carried out at Future’s Test Kitchen, based in their Testing Centre of Excellence. During the testing process, individual pies were given a unique number and presented wholly as well as cut up to ensure the appearance was taken into consideration. Judges then recorded their findings on a sheet, noting down important details of the pie's flavour, texture, and look.

When it comes to flavour and texture, our judges were looking at two key elements - a delicious pastry, and a generous filling. 

To score highly, the pastry needs to be crumbly yet robust and have a buttery flavour. Delicious fillings needed to be packed with fruit but not overly sweet, extra points were given to those with chunky fruit and nuts. 

How long do shop-bought mince pies last?

For the best flavour and freshness, shop-bought mince pies are best eaten as soon as they are open. However, most readymade mince pies can last up to one week as long as they are stored correctly in an airtight container.

Leftover mince pies can easily be crushed and mixed with ice cream to make mince pie ice cream (opens in new tab) or can be made into mince pie rocky road (opens in new tab).

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