Travelling home for Christmas? Then you’remore than likely to be packing some mince pies – but which are the best to eat and will they survive the long journey home in car and plane? Important questions – and we’ve got the answers right here.
Along with a taste test, we’ve also got our exclusive APH mince pie travel test results. From being flung about in a car boot to being dropped and bashed in a suitcase, we’ve a simulated test to see which pies stay in one piece.
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Our panel of testers included everyone from mince pie fans to haters and a self-confessed food snob – leaving all angles covered. See what they thought of the six big-hitters available this Christmas.
Appearance: 12/20 Pastry: 12/20 Moistness: 16/20 Taste of Christmas: 10/20 Total:50/80
“Great value and taste, according to the testers.”
Appearance: 12/20 Pastry: 10/20 Moistness: 15/20 Taste of Christmas: 10/20 Total: 47/80
“A great showing from the Sainsbury’s pies, which narrowly miss out on top spot.”
Appearance: 9/20 Pastry: 9/20 Moistness: 11/20 Taste of Christmas: 8/20 Total:37/80
“Pastry is a little anaemic looking and a bit short on filling. Rather bland.”
Holly Lane – Aldi
Appearance: 8/20 Pastry: 6/20 Moistness: 8/20 Taste of Christmas: 8/20 Total: 30/80
“Impossible to get out of the foil without the pastry lid coming off in your hand.”
Heston Blumenthal – Waitrose
Appearance: 11/20 Pastry: 13/20 Moistness: 13/20 Taste of Christmas: 13/20 Total:50/80
“Most liked it – but questions over whether it really is a mince pie. Not for traditionalists.”
Appearance: 12/20 Pastry: 11/20 Moistness: 9/20 Taste of Christmas: 6/20 Total:38/80
“Looks nice, but taste lets it down”
Bash test yummies
So, we know which ones taste the best, but which of our pies will travel well, too? From being bashed about in your car to encounters with angry baggage handlers, here’s how the pies fared.
The test: Firstly we placed the pies (in their packaging) in the boot of a car, before driving a 30-minute route of sharp corners and sleeping policemen. Next, we simulated severe suitcase turbulence by dropping the packets from eight foot in the air onto a hard solid floor – five times.
Hover over the baubles to see how the pies got on…