• Paul O'Connor

Who ate all the mince pies?

Well, the answer to the above is me and the boss. Being a homemaker for years, the boss is more critical than me. I’m not joking.

To be fair we tasted- devoured in some cases- mince pies from most large, nationwide supermarkets. We tasted the cheapest to the dearest, neither of which came out tops. So from Supervalu to Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Dunnes, Marks and Spencer, Centra, we did have misconceptions about which would shine through.

So, what were we looking for? Good, light pastry, fresh-tasting fruity filling. We didn’t want cloying pastry with fruit that looked like it was there to wipe the bottom of the pie.

To be fair, with a couple of exceptions, the pies were ok. What shone through for us was Dunnes stores, their standard mince pies came in second but it was Simply better at Dunnes stores that were the Katy Taylor of pies which knocked everything else out. Gorgeous, buttery pastry with fruit packed to the top, The fruit had a delicious homemade which made sense when we later learned that they were made by Foods of Athenry in County Galway. They weren’t the most expensive and they weren’t the cheapest but boy were they worth it.

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