• DEC 24, 2015
  • WRITTEN BY: Rosie Littlejohns

Christmas day is just one sleep away! We hope everyone – whether still working hard, or relaxing on holiday – is feeling the festive spirit. I’m not sure how other places of work celebrate whilst at their desks during the run up to Christmas, but here at Experience Days, we decided to EAT.

While it’s normal and definitely acceptable to put on a few pounds this time of year, we are beginning to question whether our indulgence in a certain festive favourite may have a more worrying affect on our waistlines…

Experience Days Christmas Mince Pies

There are 7 of us here at the UK office (2 of which don’t even eat mince pies – madness I know!) but of course, we felt it entirely necessary to make our way through 6 different types of mince pie during the past week….

As you can see, we take mince pie munching pretty seriously here at Experience Days. We’ve even gone one step further and given each pie a rating out of 5 for their appearance and taste, in hope to find the definitive winner of the much fought over award;

The Experience Days Mince Pie of the Year!

Take a look at the contenders:

  1. Waitrose All Butter Mince Pies

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Experience Days Rating: Appearance:  4   Flavour: 5    Total: 9

These pies are a classic all round people pleaser with simple design and tasty mincemeat.


2. M&S Puff Pastry Mince Pies

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Experience Days Rating: Appearance:  5   Flavour: 2        Total: 7

These buttery beauties look fantastic, however we weren’t so sure of puff pastry used on a mince pie…


3. Waitrose Duchy Organic

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Experience Days Rating:  Appearance: 2   Flavour:  3   Total: 5

These pies had a little left to desire appearance wise and the rather crunchy pastry let them down… however, we can’t deny the mince in these mince pies tasted fantastic!


4. Waitrose Hestons Spiced Shortcrust Mince Pies

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Experience Days Rating:   Apperance: 2.5    Flavour: 2.5   Total: 5

These fancy festive treats split the office right down the middle. Some loved the unusual take on the classic, whilst others bemoaned the alterations to the simple pastry and mincemeat combination.


5. ASDA Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies

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Experience Days Rating:  Apperance: 5  Flavour: 4  Total: 9

These are stunning little pies and the clear winners on appearance for us! The taste was also great, however a little more mincemeat to pastry ratio would have been the star on top of the tree.


6. M&S All Butter Classic Recipe Mince Pies

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Experience Days Rating: Apperance:  4   Flavour:  4   Total: 8

These pies were another great all rounder. With just a little more flavour and a slightly fancier design, these would be perfect!


So, after much judging and some very difficult decisions, we have decided to crown (da da da daaa)….

Waitrose All Butter Mince Pies  and  ASDA Extra Special Luxury Mince Pies

The Experience Days Mince Pies of the year!


MERRY CHRISTMAS from everyone at Experience Days!

We hope you have a fantastic festive break and enjoy everything the season brings – Mince Pies and all!


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