The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off

I love a mince pie or ten at Christmas time!  It helps when your mum makes hundreds of the little buggers leading up to the big day.  I haven’t tried making gluten free mince pies as yet…so I did what any modern woman would do…I headed straight to the supermarket and thought I would share who makes the best gluten free mince pie this Christmas!

Marks & Spencer Gluten Free Mince Pies – can’t find a link to the M&S website

First impressions were pretty good and I loved the star shape design lid however there was a downside, they started to crumble as soon as I took them out of the box…now this could be okay if you plan to pass these pies off as your own baking as they look less than perfect once you remove them from the packaging and then from their little foil knickers.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Cutting into them just lead them to crumble more so expect to find some mince pie in your bra…a little bit of late night snacking thanks to Mark or who knows maybe Spencer depending on how much they crumble.  Taste wise they were okay however they left a very gritty dry after taste in your mouth…similar to what you get from using Doves Farm flour which I dislike a lot.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Overall rating 2/5

Tesco Gluten Free Mince Pies – £1.75 per packet

First impressions were wow that is a bloody lot of sugar on top of that mince pie however the colour looked good and it wasn’t crumbly, even when I got the mince pie out of it’s little foil knickers…but I was rather concerned what was hiding under all that sugar and for a bloody good reason!

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

I started on this gluten free journey four years ago and let’s just say these gluten free mince pies were like a trip down memory lane…as soon as I took a bite all the saliva just disappeared from my mouth…they were bloody awful…even G agreed with this observation.  They may be free from gluten, wheat and milk but that should also include taste!  I was desperate for something to eat the next day so decided to give them another go…they were okay however I think I would have said the same thing about a dog turd.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

I will say that I find the Tesco Gluten Free range really upsets my IBS and these were no different…if you heard rumbling in Bedfordshire it was because I had two of these mince pies.  Come on Tesco, you need to lift your game…it’s not 2012 anymore!

Overall Rating – 1/4

Sainsbury’s Gluten Free Mince Pies – £2.25

G picked up these mince pies and was desperate to try one (he’s not even gluten free!) hence why the box was opened when I went to photograph them.  First impressions were good, nice colour and no crumbling as you remove them from the packaging or their foil knickers.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Taste wise, G was right in his observation…if you like your gluten free mince pies to have a crunch to them then you will love these pies from Sainsbury’s.  Overall the filling was tasty however the pastry was just too hard…a tad disappointing really as they looked so promising.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Overall Rating 3/5

Waitrose Gluten Free Mince Pies – £2.50

Call me a snob but I love shopping at Waitrose so I was looking forward to seeing how their gluten free mince pies were going to fare in this gluten free bake off!  First impressions were good; nice colour, not a huge amount of sugar on top, thicker lid than bottom and no crumbling as you removed them from the packaging or their foil knickers.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Taste wise these gluten free mince pies are truly amazing and I will definitely rate them as the best gluten free pies in the shops at the moment!  Now to make sure that I stand by this rating, I’ve purchased a few boxes and can say with my hand on my heart that every single gluten free mince pie that I’ve eaten from Waitrose was amazing…my mince pie number may now be in double digits.  There is no gritty after taste, just the right amount of crumble (that pastry looks moist compared to the pies above!) and the mince is rather scrummy and they go perfectly with a cup of tea.

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

Okay they may be the most expensive on the market at £2.50 per packet however I’m happy to pay some extra pennies for a gluten free mince pie which is eatable!

Overall Rating 5/5

Apologies for the lack of pretty plates…our house tried to kill both G and I a few years ago…the cupboard which held all our plates fell off the wall narrowly missing me but landed on the dishes that I had just finished washing, breaking almost every plate and bowl that we owned hence I’ve refused to buy new dishes as pay back (we currently live off 4 dinner plates and 3 bowls!).  A few days later, G fell off a ladder breaking his arm and nose…right before our visit to Claridge’s for Afternoon Tea…I have a love / hate relationship with this house!.  I’ve totally digressed from mince pies haven’t I?!?!

So which gluten free mince pie is your favourite?

The Great British Gluten Free Mince Pie Bake Off - who makes the best gluten free mince pies this christmas; Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Waitrose

xx

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16 Comments

  1. December 4, 2016 / 6:59 PM

    Brilliant! thanks for doing the hard work for us Kelly, I’m sure it tested you at times but well done for sticking in there! ;-)

    • December 4, 2016 / 7:14 PM

      haha Rebecca, such a cheeky monkey! ;-) I left one box at Waitrose in Bedford for you xx

    • December 5, 2016 / 6:10 AM

      I know! Nothing wrong with being a supermarket snob if they do good mince pies hehe! xx

  2. December 4, 2016 / 10:02 PM

    Good work on the mince pie research. I tried the M&S ones and thought they were ok (though it’s about two years since I last had a mince pie so low expectations…) but will definitely give Waitrose a go.
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    • December 5, 2016 / 7:51 PM

      Definitely give Waitrose a try if you can Lucy as I though the M&S pies were okay but they were awfully gritty! Happy eating xxxx

    • December 5, 2016 / 7:52 PM

      What the hell Tanja thats expensive….but you have those amazing little sugar covered cakes which look like peaches which I really really love! I’ve never seen them here xx

  3. December 6, 2016 / 1:22 PM

    I quite like a mince pie but it’s a shame for me that most of the gluten free mince pies (including the Waitrose ones) also contain almonds. I’m not keen enough on them to make my own though!
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    • December 6, 2016 / 8:04 PM

      Sian I’m so gutted for you but I did think of your when I was in Waitrose on Sunday as they were selling nut and alcohol free mince pies but alas they weren’t gluten free! I applaud you for staying sane with your nut and gluten allergy!!

  4. December 7, 2016 / 8:01 PM

    Good old Waitrose! You can generally trust them to do a good job when they put their minds to it.

    I’m not actually a fan of mince pies so I’ll leave you to clear the shelves in Bedford, but am considering finding some frozen gf shortcrust and making my own festive jam tarts. …
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    • December 8, 2016 / 7:53 AM

      Shelves are now cleared hehe in Bedford! Waitrose have frozen short crust pastry in stock so you can make many many Christmas tarts xx

  5. December 14, 2016 / 9:41 AM

    Ooh – my hubby is trying to go gluten free but is struggling a lot this Christmas. I’ll have to have a look at Waitrose and get him some of those mince pies!! Thanks for this!
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    • December 14, 2016 / 11:22 AM

      No worries Phoebe and glad you found it helpful! They are very yummy and they have gf Christmas cake and Christmas puddings there as well. My boy enjoyed the m&s Christmas pudding more though…he’s not gluten free! Happy Christmas xx

  6. December 30, 2016 / 1:06 PM

    This looks fun! I had exactly the same idea so you may well enjoy reading our somewhat different findings within an Ultimate Guide to Gluten Free Mince Pies in 2016!

    http://foreverfreefrom.com/gluten-free-mince-pies-2016/

    The Waitrose performed well in our test of 13 pies too but M&S fared far better, very surprised to read that yours crumbled, ours did not at all. I did notice that M&S, unique amongst the Supermarket brands, did not use a film wrap for their pies so perhaps yours had suffered during transport and storage.. For me personally both were outclassed by the little known Cravye’s Bakery sold via Planet Organic and Wholefoods.
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    • January 15, 2017 / 6:57 PM

      It’s a very interesting read Benjamin. Yeah every packet just crumbled from M&S so just think it was the pastry in general…they just crumbled as you tried to remove them which was disappointing. It’s nice to see that gluten free products have improved so much over the years…long may this continue! x