Review of co-op Free From Mince Pies

It’s time for another mince pie review. I recently popped into my local co-op to get some last minute dinner and passed by the Christmas display selection. To my utter surprise I noticed their free from mince pies and next to their regular ones. As I had not tried these I accidentally placed them into my shopping basket to give them a try.

I liked the design of the packaging. It keeps to their simple free from range design but there is an addition of a pretty plate full of mince pies. I also like the addition of the clear window to the top. You can clearly see one of the mince pies inside. Onto the ingredients list egg is highlighted as an allergen. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the packaging I was greeted by a sweet aroma of what I would associate with fruit pies rather than a mince pie. The mince pies are of a good size. They are quiet pale looking in appearance and did not match the colour of that on the packaging. The top the pies have a sprinkling of sugar. The pastry looks slightly dry and 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 slight crunch from the sugar from the top. This was followed by slightly dry and compact pastry. It didn’t take long to discover the filling as it was certainly plentiful. It was worth the wait. It was slightly juicy and moist. The quantity of the filling was just right, you needed the generous amount to try and counteract the slight dryness and hard texture from the pastry. On a positive note I personally liked the subtle flavour from the spice that hit my taste buds.

So would I recommend these mince pies if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegetarian diet? I’m afraid not. They have a nice Christmassy aroma but only once you bite into them but the pastry is dry and compact. The filling is very generous and tasty but this is lost by the texture of this pastry to these pies. Sorry co-op but these mince pies just weren’t for me.

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51 thoughts on “Review of co-op Free From Mince Pies

  1. You can’t beat a mince pie with a hot cup of tea….I was an early starter this year and I happen to have a box of Co-op mince pies in the cupboard waiting for this weekend….can’t wait, you’ve got the tastebuds twitching!!!

  2. I think its great that ‘free from’ food is far more readily available than it used to be! These look pretty much as I would hope they do and although the texture wasn’t quite right for you, I’m glad they aren’t too dissimilar to the usual mince pies 🙂


  3. SO sad to hear that you had a bad experience with these! I had heard that they would good but I’m glad that I didn’t end up picking them up. Tesco have some free from spiced pear Christmas pies that are delightful 💖

  4. You always do such great honest reviews & I thank you for sharing that & your pics are great. I still haven’t tried the others you recommended but a Co-op has just opened near me so it may happen now 😊

  5. I have accidentally and stupidly deleted some pending comments in error, if you have kindly taken the time to read and comment on my post I apologise for not responding to it.

  6. My family is not a fan of mince pie, but we received a massive box over Christmas and I think the kids ate one each and that we it. The rest were for the ducks. lol! Looks like I’m not missing out much here either. lol! Thank you for joining us on #FabFridayPost

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