The festive period is officially upon us.

At this time of year, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by choice. Let us help make one decision easier with our mince pie taste test as we reveal which are the best mince pies of 2017.

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Greggs Sweet Mince Pies, £1.75 for 6

Greggs Sweet Mince Pies

These look like big tasty mince pies and taste just as indulgent, rich and moreish as you’d expect.

The pastry, however is a little soft and crumbly making it a little messy to eat.

Rating: 8/10

Morrisons The Best All Butter Mince Pies, £1.65 for 6

Morrisons The Best All Butter Mince Pies

Expect a juicy fruity filling from Morrisons’ extra special festive offering.

While the pastry tastes buttery, we found it a little too dry and crumbly.

Rating: 7/10

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Riverford Organic Farmers Mince Pies, £5.25 for 6

Riverford Organic Farmers Mince Pies

Our taste tester gave these a 10 out of 10 for their inviting appearance, but found the pastry to be a little too stodgy, making it stick to the roof of the mouth.

Though they tasted fruity and sweet, they fell a little short of being the exceptional level of taste expected at this price point.

Rating: 7/10

Walkers Shortbread Luxury Mince Pies, £3.10 for 6

Walkers Shortbread Luxury Mince Pies

The pastry on these mince pies is quite dry and similar to shortbread and the filling is sugary, spicy but not overpowering.

Overall they’re rich and could do with a little less pastry but make good mince pies.

Rating: 8/10

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Tesco Mince Pies, £1 for 6

Tesco Mince Pies

Tesco’s classic mince pies nailed the pastry but were let down by their filling.

The mincemeat was a little too sweet and sugary and lacked much-needed spice.

Rating: 6/10

Mr Kipling Merry Mince Pies, £1.50 for 6

Mr Kipling Merry Mince Pies

At first glance, these mince pies look like the quintessential mince pie, but our tester found the crust a little too thin.

While they’re a great go-to, we didn’t find anything particularly stand out about these mince pies.

Rating: 7/10

Asda Extra Special All Butter Mince Pies, £1.85 for 6

Asda Extra Special All Butter Mince Pies

These mince pies aren’t too sweet and the filling has a touch of crunch to it too.

On the whole, they’re very tasty but could do with a better filling-to-pastry ratio.

Rating: 8/10

SPAR Luxury Mince Pies, £2 for 6

SPAR Luxury Mince Pies

The appearance of these mince pies lacks uniformity and the pastry was so crumbly, the lid actually fell off one mince pie.

The filling wasn’t much improvement either, as it was chewy and gritty in places.

Rating: 5/10

Waitrose All Butter Mince Pies, £2.50 for 6

Waitrose All Butter Mince Pies

Waitrose is this year’s taste test winner.

They have a strong brandy smell, a buttery pastry and a great orange flavour. Our only complaint is that they could look a little more Christmassy.

Rating: 9/10

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