Review of Tesco’s Free From Spiced Pear Pies

This year I decided that I should make it my mission to start my Christmas reviews early. So when I discovered that Tesco’s had launched their Christmas free from range I had to pop in store and find out more. Sadly, a lot of the section was already out of stock. There were no mince pies or Christmas puddings but there were 2 boxes of spiced pear pies left. So I grabbed a box of the spiced pear pies to take home and try.

I liked the simplicity of the packaging and was drawn to its purple colour scheme. The pictures of the pear pies tease you and I just wanted to give them a try. Onto the ingredients the pies are clearly labelled as a free from product and are both gluten free and milk free. Therefore perfect for dairy free me. Egg is highlighted as an allergen in the ingredients list. There is a may contain warning for peanuts and nuts.

On opening the packaging I was greeted by an aroma that I associate with fruit pies. Nothing special if I’m honest. I was hoping for a spicy aroma that I associate with Christmas, maybe I am being a tad harsh. The pear pies the are a good size. To the top you have a slightly crunchy looking short crust pastry topped with a light dusting of sugar. This becomes thinner towards the bottom of the pies. On checking underneath no soggy bottom was noted. On biting into the pear pie I got a slight crunch followed by a light crumbliness from the pastry.  It didn’t take long to discover the filling. This was a combination of pears coated in a what I would describe as a lightly seasoned winter syrup. The fruit was crunchy and worked perfectly with the gluppy syrup encasing it. The flavour of the filling was delightful. It was slightly sweet from the syrup but this was nicely complimented from the winter seasoning. As for its quantity this spot on anymore would have resulted in a soggy pie. I couldn’t believe just how nice these pies were. A great alternative to the traditional mince pie.

So would I recommend these spiced pear pies if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet? Yes I would. They are a great alternative to a traditional mince pie. I loved everything about these pies from their flavour through to their texture. They exceeded my expectations. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a delicious sweet Christmas treat that I can enjoy.


  1. December 8, 2017 / 6:51 am

    My word, that is a very detailed review! My mind boggles as to how you can make such an item without gluten wheat or milk but it does seem a good alternative. How fortunate you got one of the last boxes. #thatfridaylinky

    • December 10, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      I was indeed lucky to find a box, you would be surprised what gluten free and dairy free goodies can buy or make.

  2. December 8, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Those pies look delish! Sounds like a great alternative to the traditional mince pie.


    • December 10, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Hi they are delicious and a great alternative to a mince pie.

  3. December 9, 2017 / 4:09 am

    I really miss these little treats living away from Home, they do sometimes import some Mr Kipling stuff, but at a high price!!
    These look delish & I’d HAVE to have a bit of custard with them!

    • December 10, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      They sure a delicious with custard, I doubt that they will be exported though.

  4. December 9, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    I will look out for these as I don’t like mince pies, thank you for a good review!

    • December 10, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      They are a great alternative to mince pies. I hope that you can find them to try.

  5. December 10, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    I will have to try these greatreview as usual Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • December 10, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Oh you should a great alternative to the traditional mince pie.

  6. December 11, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Those pies look delicious and you’d never know they were gluten free by looking at them #MMBC

    • December 11, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Indeed you wouldn’t just shows how much better the Free From market is.

  7. serenityyou
    December 11, 2017 / 9:35 am

    these sound really nice. and I really loved your review of these #MMBC

    • December 11, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      They sure are nice and thank you.

  8. December 11, 2017 / 10:16 am

    These sound lovely. I usually buy spiced apple pies rather than mince pies at Christmas, but pear sounds really good so I’ll give these a go. #MMBC

    • December 11, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Oh where do get the spot fed apple pies from, they sound delicious. Thanks.

  9. RaisieBay
    December 11, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    I get so disappointed when the shops have run out of what I want, especially mince pies. These pear pies look really lovely though, I’m glad you enjoyed them and I will look out for them.

    • December 11, 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Hi, I hope that you find them as they seem to be very popular. I need to find some more.

  10. December 11, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Isn’t it nice to have a job that requires you to test out new goodies? They sound good, wish I could try one. #MMBC

    • December 11, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Hi, I wish it was a full time paid job I would be very lucky indeed if it was.

  11. Eleanor May
    December 11, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    These pies look so yummy. I need to try them!

  12. December 11, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Ohhh they sound really good! I stocked up on the original mince pies the other day as they’re so tasty! But I’ve really got to keep an eye out for these, you’ve really tempted me, they sound yummy!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • December 11, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Hi, you should definitely stock up on these if you find the as they are very popular.

  13. December 11, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I am a huge lover of mince pies and these sound like another delicious option to try! Such a shame that they contain egg as I’ve been looking out for vegan Christmas treats lately, I will have to recommend these to my best friend who is gluten free!

    Abbey ❄️

    • December 11, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Hi, yes a real shame. The co-op puff pastry ones that I reviewed are egg free. I also believe that Asda do vegan mince pies.

    • December 11, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Hi, these sure are a great alternative.

    • December 11, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      They sure are super tasty.

  14. Corinne and Kirsty
    December 11, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    They do look super tasty! glad you recommend them! xx corinne

    • December 11, 2017 / 6:17 pm

      They sure are ?

    • December 11, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Yes the egg seems to be a let down for a few, maybe they should do vegan version.

    • December 11, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Hi, I am glad that you found the review helpful.

  15. December 11, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    These look great, i have a few people i can recommend these too! Great Review.

    • December 11, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Thank you, I hope your friends like them.

  16. December 11, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I always head straight for the mice pies at the supermarket so these are something new for me! Love the sound of spiced pear x


    • December 11, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Oh they are a great alternative to mince pies and well worth trying.

  17. December 11, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    These actually sound really good! I haven’t tried any pies like this, either with or without gluten, but they sound pretty tasty.

    • December 11, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Hi, these sure are pretty tasty. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. Lisa's Notebook
    December 11, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    No-one in my family likes mince pies but we have to have them for visitors :(. I’m going to hotfoot it down to my local (HUGE) Tescos tomorrow and try to pick up some of these pear pies, they look absolutely delicious – thank you!

    Lisa |

    • December 12, 2017 / 8:16 am

      They sure are delightful city’s I hope that you can find the pies to enjoy.

  19. December 12, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I love fruit pies so I think I’d like these! xx

    • December 12, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      I am sure you will

  20. December 13, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I was never a huge fan of mince pies so spiced pear sounds like a really yummy alternative. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • December 13, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Hi, they sure do make a great alternative. Thanks for stopping by.

  21. December 13, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    I don’t like the traditional mince pie, so this would be a great alternative! Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • December 13, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Hi, these certainly do make a great alternative to the traditional mince pie.

    January 4, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Ah these look amazing, wish I got the chance to try them! Hopefully they’ll be around next Christmas. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • January 8, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Hi they certainly were amazing fingers crossed that they will return this year.

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