I have enjoyed lots of visits to Costa recently, trying out their Christmas coffee and hot chocolate selection. I was excited to see this mince pie in their Christmas range and picked it up as an accompaniment to my hot drink.
Purchased from: Costa coffee
Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free
Description: Gluten and dairy free mince pie.
I have always enjoyed a mince pie at Christmas time, but dietary requirements don’t always make this an easy choice. However, Costa have all bases covered with this vegan and gluten free version.
The pastry is quite flaky for a gluten free version, which I really liked. It gave it the texture of an ordinary mince pie, which was definitely a bonus, as gluten free textures can sometimes be a little dense. The filling was delicious, if a little sweet, and also kept the pastry moist. I don’t think you could tell this was dairy free as the tart as a whole tasted no different to a regular one. The flavours went well together.
I like the presentation of the mince pie as well with the star on top. It made it feel very luxurious and on a par with the other kinds of pastries that Costa sell – not always the way with free from versions. The size of the tart is quite large and it definitely fills you up. Although slightly more expensive than a regular mince pie might cost, I feel effort has been put in to make it just as good. For this reason, I would buy it again.
So, don’t feel left out with the Christmas treats! Have a mince pie at Costa.