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.

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73 thoughts on “Review of co-op puff mince pies with brandy

  1. 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
    http://palegirlrambling.co.uk

  2. 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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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 👍🏻

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