Review of co-op puff pastry mince pies

I know that it’s a tad early for a Christmas review but I decided to start very early this year. I popped into my local co-op to get some dinner and passed by the bakery section. My other half fancied doughnuts. Sadly, they were sold out. I noticed their puffed mince pies and as some of their bakery items are dairy free I thought that I would grab some on the of chance. As it turns out it was a good call to make.
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I liked the simplicity of the packaging. You can clearly see the mince pies inside. There is a simple red label to the centre of the front of the packaging. There are two allergens highlighted on the ingredients list wheat and sulphites. They are also labelled as containing gluten. There is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packaging I was greeted by a sweet aroma of what I describe as sweet pastry and sweet mince meat. The mince pies are a good size. To the top you have a flaky pastry topped with sprinkles of sugar. This becomes more compact towards the bottom of the pies. On checking underneath no soggy bottom was noted. It appeared dry I mean this in a nice way, and wasn’t greasy. On biting into the mince pie I got an initial crunch from the sugar to the top. This was followed by a nice light flaky pastry. It took a little while to discover the filling. It was worth the wait. It was slightly juicy and moist. There was a good quantity of fruit and I personally liked the subtle flavour from the spice that hit my taste buds. This helped break down the richness from the fruit and brandy. I felt that the quantity of the filling was just right otherwise it would have been to rich and impacted on the lightness of the pastry.
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So would I recommend these mince pies if you follow a dairy free diet? Yes I would it is great to find a mince pie that isn’t in the free from range. I loved the light flaky pastry and the sugary topping that added that little extra. So thank you co-op for producing a nice mince pie that I can enjoy. I am sure that I will be having a few more in the next couple of months.

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