The best supermarket mince pies for 2020

Adella Miesner

With December now in sight many shoppers have started to tuck into some of the festive treats already available in supermarkets like Asda, Aldi, Tesco, Lidl and M&S. But with so many products available, and with all the supermarkets competing to win over shoppers with the tastiest treats, it can […]

With December now in sight many shoppers have started to tuck into some of the festive treats already available in supermarkets like Asda, Aldi, Tesco, Lidl and M&S.

But with so many products available, and with all the supermarkets competing to win over shoppers with the tastiest treats, it can be difficult to know where to look.

To find where the best Christmas food can be found for 2020, judges for BBC Good Food magazine blind tested more than 150 products across 20 categories from leading UK supermarkets.

According to Surrey Live, M&S took home the most wins in the 2020 Christmas Taste Awards, but Aldi triumphed over other high street brands.

While 12 supermarkets entered the contest for the best mince pie, it was  Spar’s luxury version at £2 which won the top prize in the category for the first time.

The judges said: “These have a lovely golden colour and crumbly, buttery pastry.

“The filling is sweet and jammy, with nice big chunks of plump, soaked fruit and a good hit of citrus from the candied peel.”

Morrisons The Best deep-filled mince pies (£2) and Aldi’s specially selected mince pies (£1.49) were highly commended in the same category.

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M&S ran away with a total of eight wins in the categories of gravy, vegetarian main course, vegan main course, gluten-free mince pies, Christmas cake, stollen, yule log and vegan dessert.

Awarding the supermarket’s turkey gravy (£4) the top prize, the judges said it “could pass as homemade”.

Waitrose was awarded four wins, including for best pigs in blankets with their No.1 free-range pork chipolatas wrapped in bacon (£4.25), praised as attractive and succulent.

Aldi won two awards, including for best Christmas pudding with their Specially Selected Damson, Plum and Pink Gin Pudding, at £8.99 for 800g, described as sweet and fruity with an almost jelly-like plum centre.

Booths also won in two categories, including best turkey centrepiece for their Ultimate Turkey Feast (£85 for 3.5kg).

Judges said: “With turkey, two types of stuffing and pigs in blankets all in one package, this truly is a feast.

“A succulent turkey crown is stuffed with moist, well-flavoured pork, sage and onion.”

BBC Good Food editor-in-chief Christine Hayes said: “Getting the most for your money will be more important than ever this Christmas so be sure to check our winners before planning your big shop.

“It’s good to see some great-value wins in this year’s taste test, all blind-tested by the expert BBC Good Food team.”

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