With Christmas just a month away, it’s time to pull on your knitwear, crank up the central heating and start bulk-buying mince pies.
If you have coeliac disease or are avoiding gluten for other health reasons, you may be struggling to know where to start when it comes to finding gluten-free mince pies.
But fear not, from handmade gift boxes to supermarket finds, I’ve taken it upon myself to test out 10 of the best gluten-free mince pies to see how they fare.
And my top tip? Buy them early and load up the freezer, because once those hungry gluten-free people get wind of them, they never last long.
M&S Made Without Wheat gluten-free mince pies
You’ll probably see the crowd of hungry coeliacs before you see the product itself when it comes to Marks & Spencer’s coveted gluten-free mince pies.
The M&S Made Without Wheat mince pies are sweet and fruity, deep-filled and with a buttery pastry. Just make sure you stock up because they always fly off the shelves.
Costa Coffee gluten-free mince tarts
Costa Coffee’s Christmas menu is normally heavily anticipated, but this year the chain announced it will be bringing out a gluten-free and vegan mince tart.
It’s a decent size, super sweet and topped with a festive star, making it the perfect treat to enjoy with a latte after some late night shopping.
Berkson Bakes gluten-free mince pies
Available by mail order, Berkson Bakes makes the cutest gift-boxed mince pies, which can be delivered as a present or just for your own indulgence.
Rich and fruity, they are topped with cute Christmas trees and are deliciously boozy too, making them the ultimate evening treat by the fireside. Pass the brandy.
Lovemore mince pies
These mince pies have a thick, shortcrust gluten-free pastry that doesn’t crumble everywhere when you bite into it.
Lovemore’s crunchy sugar coating gives them a lovely, traditional look – and a little extra sparkle when you put them out by candlelight for Santa.
Baked To Taste mince pies
Baked to Taste is a West Country-based family bakery, which delivers its freshly baked gluten and wheat-free goodies across the UK.
Their gluten-free mince pies are deliciously sweet and look really rustic, so if you’re feeling sneaky, you could pop them out of the packet and pass them off as homemade.
Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From mince pies
Gluten, milk and wheat free, these mince pies can be enjoyed by everyone, and are easy to accidentally-on-purpose pop into the trolley on your weekly supermarket shop.
The Sainsbury’s free from mince pies are deep-filled with a rich and fruity mincemeat, and topped with a crunchy sugary crust for that extra special finish.
Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From iced mince pies
OK, so Sainsbury’s gets another mention – but this time for its sweet and decadent gluten-free iced mince pies, which really are one-of-a-kind.
How can you resist the charming, golden sparkle on a Christmas party table? They are simply adorable, and perfect for a sweet tooth.
Foods of Athenry mince pies
Available from Ireland by mail order, Foods of Athenry’s award-winning mince pies are beautifully topped with a pastry star and a dusting of icing sugar.
The pastry melts in your mouth, and as well as being gluten and wheat-free, they’re also vegan, which makes them suitable for almost everyone.
Tesco Free From mince pies
Tesco always pulls out the stops when it comes to its Free From festive range, but its staple is certainly its deep-filled gluten-free mince pies.
Filled to the brim with a rich, crumbly pastry, they are delicious when heated up and enjoyed with a dollop of fresh clotted cream.
Waitrose Lovelife gluten-free mince pies
Filled with spicy currants, sultanas and raisins, the Waitrose Lovelife gluten-free mince pies are also free from milk and the perfect party food.
They’re fruity, fun and tastes incredible both hot and cold – how will you eat yours?
Sarah Howells blogs about new gluten-free discoveries and recipes at The Gluten Free Blogger. You can check out her gluten-free blog for recipes, product reviews and vlogs.