Review of Lidl Mince Pies

On a recent trip to Lidl I found myself in their Christmas section. Now, if I’m honest I didn’t expect to find anything suitable for a dairy free diet. I was proved wrong as their own brand mince pies were indeed dairy free. There was only one thing for it accidentally place them in my shopping basket to try later on as a sweet treat.

I liked the simplicity of the white and gold colour of the packaging. To front of the packaging is a picture of the mince pies pies, one of which is open with the mincemeat cascading out. I just wanted to dive in and give them a try. Onto the ingredients list wheat, sodium metabisulphite, sulphur dioxide are barley are highlighted as allergens. There is also a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the packaging I was greeted by an aroma that I associate with apple pies. I thought that this was little strange as they were mince pies. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. I was the therefore a little confused as to what I was about to eat. The mince pies are a good size. To the top you have a slightly crunchy burnt looking short crust pastry topped with a little dusting of sugar. This becomes thinner towards the bottom. On checking underneath no soggy bottom was noted. I always check this as I don’t like a soggy bottom. So this was a positive.

On biting into the mince pie I got a slight crunch from the pastry followed by crumbliness then a slight doughiness as I reached the bottom of the pie. To be honest I would rather have a soggy bottom rather than the doughiness that I experienced. Onto the filling there was a good quantity of mincemeat coated in what I would describe as a slightly seasoned syrup. The mincemeat filling was slightly crunchy and worked well with the syrup. Sadly the flavour of the mincemeat filling was quiet bland. The only real flavour that I could distinguish was apple. The other flavours from the rest of the fruit and mixed spice just seemed to be lacking. It was not really the mincemeat flavour that I had hoped for.

So would I recommend these Lidl mince pies if you follow a dairy free diet? I am afraid not I just didn’t enjoy anything about these mince pies from their aroma through to the flavour and texture. Sorry Lidl but these mince pies just weren’t for me.

72 Comments

  1. November 16, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    What a shame! Most supermarket mince pies have butter in them nowadays, so I was quite excited that these are dairy free.

    • November 16, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Hi, it was a surprise to find these, but it was indeed a shame. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. November 16, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Disappointing! You sound like Mary from GBBO. No one likes a soggy bottom!

    • November 17, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Oh if only I was like Mary. You are right no one likes a soggy bottom.

  3. November 17, 2017 / 5:12 am

    Awww too bad:(
    I have a question for you… which Tesco free from product(s) have you liked best? I have a grocery store that just started carrying Tesco but they have no free from products so I thought I’d put in a request:)

    • November 17, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Oh gosh I love their free from cheese style tortilla chips, their microwave puddings, their Christmas mince pies, fromage frais, ice cream lollies 😊

      • November 17, 2017 / 6:39 pm

        Ok great! I will put in my requests and see what I get!

        • November 17, 2017 / 7:07 pm

          No problem I hope you can get a few items.

          • November 17, 2017 / 7:52 pm

            I do too!

  4. November 17, 2017 / 7:40 am

    We’re not dairy free, so had some of their regular mince pies last year and they were really lovely #thatfridaylinky x

    • November 17, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Oh that’s interesting my OH didn’t think much to this years either.

  5. November 17, 2017 / 8:26 am

    I’ve tried so many naff mince-pies over the years that I now stick to the one I found I love, not bothering to try any other. It must be even harder to find a great dairy free version! x

    • November 17, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Hi, it sure is harder but some of the Free From ones are very nice. Which is your go to mine pie?

    • November 17, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Oops typo sorry mince….

  6. November 17, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I’ve never seen this product in Lild Croatia. Maybe even better I see that you didn’t enjoy in eating them so muc.

    • November 17, 2017 / 6:05 pm

      A great way of looking at it, what festive treats do your Lidl’s stock?

  7. November 17, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Ooo I love mince pies!! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    • November 17, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      I was suggest avoiding these ones then.

      • November 17, 2017 / 8:36 pm

        Such a shame when they disappoint. Iceland do lovely Mince pies x

        • November 17, 2017 / 8:37 pm

          I shall take a look thank you, they didn’t have any last week when I popped in.

  8. November 17, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    This is great because I’ve been wondering where to get my mince pies. Thanks for giving your opinion.

    • November 17, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      No problem, hopefully it will save you a trip to Lidl.

  9. lisamclachlan
    November 17, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    “accidentally place them in my shopping basket” haha, story of my life every week! It’s a shame you didn’t really like these mince pies. Sainsburys usually do one with flaky pastry, which I prefer. Great review, very detailed, thank you!

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • November 17, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      I am glad that I am not the only one who does it. Oh I shall have to take a look in Sainsbury’s thanks for the tip.

    • November 17, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Hi, I’m not surprised they can be quiet rich.

  10. Creative Nails
    November 17, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Oh no! It’s such a shame that these ended up not being any good 🙁 the packaging again for these look so nice!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • November 17, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Yes the packaging does look inviting.

  11. Corinne and Kirsty
    November 17, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    That’s a shame that pies are not good coz they did look nice a tasty! Well, next time maybe xx corinne

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      It was never mind I have a few more to try.

  12. November 17, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a food review before but this was so detailed and made me hungry 😍 love a good mince pie!
    Jas xx

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Hi, thank you for your kind comments, I hope you have managed to have a good mince pie.

  13. November 17, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    That’s disappointing because they look so cute! Though that’s a surprise for me that thet are dairy free (I don’t see anything like this in my country)
    Better luck next time!

    Tsu xo

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Indeed better luck next time.

  14. November 17, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the follow! Enjoy your day!

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you 😊

  15. November 17, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    Shame you didn’t like them! I’ve never been a fan of mince pies and I always feel a little left out this time of year. Apparently the Caffè Nero vegan ones are fab!

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Hi, yes I think it is fairly common not to like a mince pie. I have heard about the Cafe Nero one and can’t wait to try one.

  16. November 18, 2017 / 3:18 am

    Thank you for such an honest review! I’m glad I’ve read this before purchasing these pies, they looked so scrumptious too!

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Hi, I’m glad that you found this review helpful and you find an alternative mince pie to try instead.

  17. November 18, 2017 / 7:11 am

    They look so yummy, perfect for holidays to save time. I liked that leaf impression on them also. Too bad, they were not up to their quality and did not taste good. Such a disappointment. Anyways, I am a new blogger and I enjoyed linking up with you last week as well on #fabfridaypost. Do check out my second post on cupcakes if you get a chance. Thanks Manisha

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Hi, welcome to the world of blogging 😊 the leaf is cute. I shall take a look at the cupcake post.

  18. jazminheavenblog
    November 18, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I wish more places did dairy free products, it’s much better now than it was years ago but still there is room for improvement. It’s a shame these didn’t live up to expectations xxx

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Hi, me to but it is getting there fingers crossed it will only going to improve.

  19. November 18, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Oh wow I’ve never heard of this type of pie before. From your review I would love to look it up and try it.💕💕💕💕 great little holiday treat.

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Hi, they are are indeed a great festive treat when you find a nice one.

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Hi, Luckily I have found a few.

  20. SaarBlogs
    November 18, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Lidl tends to have these really unexpected wins on every level – their hummus is amazing as well!

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Oh yes I love their hummus just a shame about the mince pies.

  21. November 18, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Ah no!! What a shame.
    Have you tried making your own? Just need to substitute butter for something like flora freedom they work great 🙂 xx

    • November 18, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Hi, yes I really should give that a try. I can be a little lazy sometimes.

  22. Victoria Nilsson
    November 18, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Shame you didn’t enjoy the mince pie. It’s strange that it smelled of apple. x

    • November 19, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Indeed but they were near the top of the ingredients list so I guess that this could be why.

    • November 19, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Yeh for dairy free not so great for the flavour though. Never mind more to try. Thanks for stopping by.

  23. November 19, 2017 / 5:09 am

    I adore lidl and their products. I’m very happy to take trips there. That mince pie looks delicious! Do they do theme weeks there as well? They have been doing them here. And they are awesome!

    • November 19, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Hi, yes they do have the theme weeks where you can pick up some great products and deals. Thanks for stopping by.

    • November 19, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you for sharing my latest Christmas food review 😊.

  24. Amii
    November 19, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Ah it’s hard isn’t it? I used to be dairy free (IBS) and that excitement of finding something you can actually have is like no other. To then have it dashed by the product not being very nice, makes for such a huge disappointment.

    • November 19, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Hi, you have summed up my feelings perfectly. Glad your IBS seems to be better if you can now have dairy. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  25. November 19, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Oh I love a mince pie great review Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • November 19, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Hi, sadly these weren’t great mince pies.

  26. November 19, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    We’re supposed to be getting a Lidl here in the States where I live soon. I’m so excited!

    • November 20, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      Oh, enjoy some items can be a little hit and miss but its a great place to visit.

  27. November 20, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Shame about the butter but woohoo for there being no soaky bottom X. #mmbc

    • November 20, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Yes I think the non soggy bottom was the only positive.

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Hi indeed my search is ongoing but with some positive results more recently.

  28. December 1, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Emm! I can smell the aroma from here! Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost x

    • December 2, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Sadly a let down 😢

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