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.

51 Comments

  1. rebeccasmith19762017
    December 14, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    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!!!

    • December 14, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Oh I hope you enjoy them you are certainly they are the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea.

  2. December 15, 2017 / 9:43 am

    I have heard Co-op are usually pretty good with their Christmas range – sounds like they are pretty nice except for the thick pastry. Sarah #fabFridayPost

    • December 15, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Hi, yes that sums them up perfectly, thanks for popping by C.

  3. December 15, 2017 / 10:10 am

    My son loves a mince pie but the rest of the family aren’t keen so I usually buy a pack from Morrisons and he seems to love those. I’ve not tried the Co-op ones yet. Sarah Stockley #FabFridayPost

    • December 16, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      Oh I need to try Morrisions as I seem to have forget these. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. December 15, 2017 / 10:51 am

    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 🙂

    #ThatFridayLinky

    • December 16, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Hi yes things are certainly improving rapidly in the Free From market. Others like these pies.

  5. December 15, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Oh dear, I do love a good mince pie, sadly these do not sound good. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    • December 16, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Sadly they just weren’t for me never mind.

    • December 16, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Oh you can’t beat homemade mince pies. I really should make my own. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. December 16, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I’m waiting to see what you would recommend! I hope you find something good soon:)

    • December 16, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Hi, fingers crossed I will 😊

  7. December 18, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Love the honesty of this review! Thanks for linking up with the #FabFridayPost

    • December 18, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Thank you, I always try to be as honest as I cam.

    • December 18, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Indeed it was a shame about the dry crust. I love their puff pastry ones though.

  8. December 18, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    You can definitely never have too many mince pies!

    • December 18, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      I can in fact I think that I may have already 🙈.

  9. December 18, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    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 💖

    • December 18, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Oh yes I reviewed those the other week, i love the, delicious but always sold out.

      • December 18, 2017 / 5:42 pm

        I don’t normally like pear but I loved them

        • December 18, 2017 / 5:46 pm

          It easy to see why you loved them.

  10. December 18, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    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 😊

    • December 18, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Oh I hope that you like them, you should try their puff pastry ones if no have no dietary restrictions, they are delicious.

      • December 18, 2017 / 6:55 pm

        Mission at weekend is to visit the new Co-op 😂

        • December 18, 2017 / 8:44 pm

          Good luck 😉

  11. December 18, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Such a shame on the pastry as the filling sounds delicious, but I could not eat something that was dry! I havwnt even spotted these at the co-op either!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • December 18, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Oh I am surprised that you’ve not seen these, indeed shame about the dry pastry.

  12. December 18, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    Aww it’s a shame you didn’t really enjoy the pastry but to be honest I’ve never tried a free from pastry that isn’t dry and crumbly so it’s one of those things that I’ve just accepted now haha!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • December 18, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Hi, yes it can be quiet common with the free from pastry, have you tried the Tesco’s free from pear pies? I was really surprised by its pastry.

  13. onedaydreamawaycom
    December 18, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    I am not a mince pie person myself but I am sure my family would love these! Shame about the pastry

    • December 18, 2017 / 6:51 pm

      Yes it was a shame about the pastry never mind more to try.

  14. Lisa's Notebook
    December 18, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    No-one in our family likes mince pies, I keep trying to find those Tesco spiced pear ones you reviewed before, they sounded so delicious! 😋

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • December 19, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Oh no shame about those pear pies. I want some more and I have not been able to find anymore so they must be very popular.

  15. December 19, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Sorry to hear these mince pies weren’t for you. We love mince pies but are very picky x Popping over from #DreamTeam x

    • December 19, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      I’m glad that i am not the only one who is picky.

  16. December 22, 2017 / 1:43 am

    I am not sure about the pies because I have never heard of them before until now but I do indeed LOVE how you “accidently” put them in your cart! 🙂

    • December 23, 2017 / 8:23 am

      They are a Christmas treat in the UK. I seem to have the bad habit of accidentally putting things in my cart 😊.

  17. December 22, 2017 / 10:31 am

    I have a confession- I’ve never eaten a mince pie. I have no idea what they taste like! 🙊

    • December 23, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Err I am thinking how to describe them maybe like a Christmas Pudding minus the pudding texture and pastry instead.

  18. December 23, 2017 / 2:56 am

    I’ve never had a mince pie, I’m not even sure if they’re sold in the states. I may need to get my hands on some or learn how to make them. #DreamTeam

    • December 23, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Oh I never seen them in the states they are fairly easy to make if you can cheat with a jar of mince meat.

  19. December 24, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Here in the US, this is foreign to me, no pun intended! Happiest of holidays to all! #mondaystumble xoxo

    • December 24, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you and Merry Christmas to you as well.

  20. December 27, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I’ve tried a few different GF mince pies this year but don’t have a local Co-Op which is a shame as I would have liked to try them (especially as I found some of the others a complete disappointment 🙁 ) #dreamteam

    • December 28, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      Oh that is a shame you may get some reduced if you are lucky as these were very popular.

  21. December 30, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    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.

  22. January 3, 2018 / 1:38 pm

    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

    • January 3, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      Hi, many others seemed to like these mince pies so who knows they just weren’t for me.

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