If you made your own mincemeat this year then you are a far better person than I am. I bet you’ve got all your Christmas gifts wrapped up already too, sent all your cards and planned your December 25th outfit, have you? Well, you won’t be needing this post, this is for us last minute idiots that wish we were you – the mulled wine taste test will land in your inbox tomorrow, it will be of far more use to you.
Mince pies are so easy to make quickly if you’re good with pastry, and they make the house smell gorgeous. They’re a wonderful thing to whip up if you know you’ve got someone popping over for a Christmas coffee, so I always keep a couple of jars of mincemeat in at this time of year.
I wanted to find out which the best jar was, partly to help you lot out, but mostly because I really liked the idea of doing a supermarket taste test. I’ve got a jar from each of the four supermarkets within walking distance of my house, so without further ado..
ASDA Extra Special Brandy and Port Mincemeat – £1.40
This one went down really well with my Mum (she guessed that it was from Waitrose) but my Nan and Grandad didn’t think it was particularly special. Interestingly, even when nudged, nobody picked up on the “extra special” alcohol content.
Waitrose Mincemeat – £1.50
Interestingly, this was the opposite. My Mum thought it was a little too sweet, almost as though the fruit content was lower and the sugar content higher. The Grandparents on the other hand thought this was lovely and rich.
Morrison’s Mincemeat – £1.50
Unfortunately, Morrison’s by far was the least favourite. Described as “synthetic”, “not special” and “a bit gelatinous” across the board, I’d probably avoid this one if I were you.
Sainsbury’s Mincemeat – £1
This, I reckon, was the most popular. Good taste, perfect amount of fruit, lovely aroma and the strongest of the bunch. One more highlight – it’s the cheapest of them all.
Everyone has agreed that really, there’s not a lot to choose between any of these. Considering the fact that the Sainsbury’s jar is by far the cheapest and preferred by everyone, I recommend you go and stock up on that one.
You win, Sainsbury’s!
This suits me perfectly, because Sainsbury’s is my local and most frequented supermarket, I’m going to get down there and get a couple more jars to see me through the rest of the season (once I’ve finished the 4 I had to open for this blog post..)
If you don’t fancy the double pastry whammy of actual mince pies, make my page three mincemeat tart. See you tomorrow for a delicious mug of mulled wine.