Review of co-op puff mince pies with brandy

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.

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 sulphur dioxide. There is no may contain warning.

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 of 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 from the top. This was followed by thin layers of 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. The quantity of the filling was just right otherwise it would have been too rich and impacted on the lightness of the pastry.

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 which is not in the free from range. I liked everything about these mince pies from the aroma through to the flavour and texture. So thank you co-op for producing a nice mince pie that I can enjoy.


  1. November 23, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I love these, they’re my favourites!

    • November 25, 2017 / 11:43 am

      I am not surprised.

  2. November 23, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Those sound so good! I don’t suppose they are gf too??

    • November 25, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Sorry I am afraid not

  3. November 24, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Nice and what’s the best tea to go with it? I’m making mince meat this weekend. It’s Christmas #FabFridayPosts

    • November 25, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Gosh now thats a tough one, if you are in the mood for Indulgence a chai tea if not I quiet like a mint simple with mine.

  4. November 24, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Wowzers! I can eat these…in moderation but hey it’s worth it right! Going to shoot on over to my Co-Op to see if they stick them

    • November 25, 2017 / 11:39 am

      Hi, I hope you managed to find some to try in moderation of course ?.

  5. Shannon Diana
    November 25, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    I hate mince pies but I will try these!

    • November 25, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Oh you should I don’t think that you will be disappointed.

    • November 25, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Hi, they sure are no, sorry they are not gluten free.

  6. November 25, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    OHh these sound great pity they’ve still got wheat in them but the fact they’re dairy free but not actually in the free from section is impressive and I’ll definitely give them a go! Have you tried Tesco free from mince pies yet? They’re amazing! I’ve already had two packets this year lol
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • November 25, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Hi, I sure have tried the Tesco’s one they are very nice, as are their pear pies.

  7. Creative Nails
    November 25, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    It’s great to see that you were able to find some you liked after reading your review on the Lidl mince pies the other day! I’m not a fan of mince pies myself, but these do look tasty!


    • November 25, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Hi these ones sure are tasty and much nicer than the ones from Lidl.

  8. Hello Bexa
    November 25, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    These look really tasty! ? I’m going to give them a try next time I go to the co-op. Thank you for recommending ? xx

    Bexa |

    • November 25, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      Hi, Please let me know what you think, thanks.

    • November 25, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Yes the sugar on top gives them a little added extra.

    • November 25, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Hi, they are fairly common and makes a nice addition to mince pies.

  9. Paige Francesca
    November 25, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Omg yummmmmo, these look and sound delicious! I think I definitely prefer puff pastry mince pies!

    • November 25, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Hi, they sure are yum, I prefer puff pastry as well.

  10. November 25, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Be right back, just need to call my mum to inform her these are vegan…
    My local co-op is only about a two minute walk from my house yet 99% of the time when I go for a doughnut run they seem to be sold out. Nice to know there’s another option. I’m not really a fan of traditional mince pies but I love puff pastry so I’ll be giving these a try! x


    • November 25, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      I hope that you told your mum the news. They often run out of doughnuts at my local co-op as well.

    • November 25, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Oh you should try these.

  11. Le Coin de Mel
    November 26, 2017 / 12:50 am

    These mince pies look really lovely. The packaging is exactly the same you would find in a French supermarket bakery and just like you said, it’s nice to see exactly what you’re buying. Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays. x

    • November 26, 2017 / 8:42 am

      Hi, they sure are lovely and a real treat. I am sure that I may have a few more before Christmas.

  12. Kristin
    November 26, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Those look delicious. I wish they had those where I live!!

    • November 26, 2017 / 8:42 am

      They sure are delicious, sorry that you can’t get them.

  13. November 26, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Oh, these look delicious! I love puff pastry so these would go down a treat 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you Monday x

    • November 26, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Hi, they seem to be extra nice because of the puff pastry.

  14. Corinne and Kirsty
    November 26, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    never had these but they do look tasty! glad you liked them too! xx corinne

    • November 26, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Hi, they sure are tasty and worth trying.

  15. November 26, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I love a mince pie and these look yummy Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Hi, they sure are yummy, thanks for stopping by.

  16. Nele van Hout
    November 26, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    They definitely look delicious! Lovely idea to review these 🙂
    xx Nele |

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Hi, they sure are delicious.

  17. November 27, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    We’ve never tried puffed mince pies before but these sound delicious. Going to hunt them down as we love mince pies x #BigPinkLink

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Oh you should give them a try, I preferred them to a regular mince pie.

  18. thenorthernwritesblog
    November 27, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    oooo these look so different! I think I might have to try these, I get a bit bored of all the pastry by mid december!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Hi, you should do the pastry does make a nice change.

  19. jazminheavenblog
    November 27, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    It’s a shame I don’t like mince pies, otherwise I’d definitely pick these up xxx

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Oh well never mind, do you like Christmas puddings?

  20. November 27, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I really wish I liked mince pies I just can’t get myself to eat them!

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:33 pm

      Oh no I can’t imagine Christmas without mince pies.

  21. A Cup of Wonderland
    November 27, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    ooo I never tried the puffed mince pies before! Think my parents would especially love these to try!

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Hi, I am sure that your parents may indeed like these, a nice twist on the traditional mince pie.

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      I think they are a bit like marmite you either like or hate them.

    • November 27, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Indeed very delicious ?

  22. PopularIsWrong
    November 27, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Sounds like a really lovely dairy-free alternative! I like co-op food, their ranges are pretty good.

    • November 27, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Hi, it sure is, they do have some nice ranges in the co-op.

  23. November 27, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I don’t know exactly why but I’ve never liked mince pies but I have to say in your pics these do look nice think I will have to try again! Luckily a co-op has just opened round the corner ??

    • November 27, 2017 / 7:47 pm

      Oh I hope that you like them.

  24. November 27, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    I love these mince pies, better than regular mince pies

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Me to they are yummy.

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      I think that you should maybe just give them a try if nothing else just for the pastry.

  25. November 30, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    They sounds great, especially as they are egg free too. I need to look out for them. #freefromfridays

    • November 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Hi, they sure are great. i hope that you can find some in your local co-op.

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Yes certainly not for you. Have you tried Tesco’s free from mince pies, very nice.

  26. December 1, 2017 / 4:06 am

    Got a lot of love for a mince pie. It never had a puff pastry pie one before, I’m off to co op to but some!xx #dreamteam

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Oh please let me know what you think, thanks.

  27. December 2, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I haven’t tried a puff pastry mince pie before but I really like the sound of these. Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam lovely x

    • December 2, 2017 / 5:25 pm

      Oh you should they are delicious ?

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