Welcome to my Sainsbury’s Free From Mini Mince Pies Review. These are part of the Taste the Difference range and are finished with a dash of brandy. There are 9 mini mince pies (total weight 275g) and they cost £2.50. I think these are great because of their cute size and their tasty filling. I find some gluten free mince pies have quite a dry filling (probably made in August for consumption in December) but these have a nice, moist filling. As well as being free from gluten and milk, they are vegan. Great for Christmas parties and for home consumption, or even for leaving out for the big man himself!
My Thoughts on Sainsbury’s Free From Mini Mince Pies
These mini mince pies first debuted in Sainsbury’s seasonal range in 2019. I’m so pleased they’re back for 2020! Their main draw is their taste and their small size, which I love for several reasons. I’m not a huge fan of very sweet things, for me a little goes a long way and one of these pies won’t leave me in a sugar coma. They’re the perfect size to go with a festive latte or glass of port/mulled wine. They’re also really good for parties, buffets or a selection platter, you can have a mini mince pie, plus a couple of other little treats and not feel like you’ve pigged out.
Gluten free pastry cases have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the greasy, crumbly and musty pastries of old. These mince pies have a biscuity pastry which is a little hard and dry compared to ‘normal’ pies, but one of the best for gluten free alternatives! You can eat them hot or cold and I find heating softens the pastry slightly. The filling is generous and fruity, it’s easy to pick out the plump sultanas, raisins and currants. Also detectable are apple pieces, citrus peel and the dash of brandy – just enough for flavour without being overwhelmingly alcoholic. The spice level is good too, enough but not too heavy. The pies have a dusting of icing sugar so they look pretty, all snowy and festive; but I find both the pastry and the filling sweet enough already.
About Sainsbury’s Free From Christmas range
Sainsbury’s have a pretty wide range of seasonal treats this year. I’ll be reviewing their Free From Iced Christmas cake bar soon, so keep an eye out for that. Other highlights include the Chocolate Cherry & Amaretto Cookies (back again this Christmas – hooray!!), a whole host of Christmas puddings and honey roast gammon tortilla curls (excited to try these!). Sainsbury’s also stock some great festive treats from other brands, like the Schar Spekulatious Biscuits and Nairn’s gluten free savoury biscuit selection for your cheeseboard.
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