Best mince pies for Christmas 2022 taste tested

Some may argue that the festive season hasn’t truly begun until you’ve chomped down on your first mince pie.The pastry has become so synonymous with the time of year that biting into the crisp crust and rich, spiced filling doesn’t hit right at any other time of the year. Sacriliege comparable only to leaving up your decorations past January 6 or playing Mariah Carey before November 1.Each year supermarkets, independent bakers and specialist artisans compete to produce the best mince pie recipes - so who takes the crown for 2022? The ES Best team put the offering to the test.