28 November 2018

Christmas Mince Pie Fudge (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

Christmas Mince Pie Fudge (Waitrose)

I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't like mince pies. It's true that they are seasonal and only come out in the Autumn and Winter months, but I'm sure they'd sell throughout the year. I usually wash them down with a cup of Chai tea, but have recently found that spiced meed wine goes especially well with them. There's such a wide variety of mince pies that come out during these months that it's difficult to pick which are the tastiest, but I do have an affinity for iced mince pies, however, the deeper the mince pie the better in my view, as I like the filling so much.

These mince pie fudge pieces produced for Waitrose are made in small batches in copper pans using their recipe for brandy mincemeat. We still say "mincemeat" these days, but the savoury mincemeat, traditionally made with either beef or lamb, and suet, has fallen out of favour for the sweeter Vegetarian variety of raisins, currants and brandy. I've never tasted a traditional mince pie, but I reckon it would go well with gravy and some root vegetables, with a beer to wash it down, and sweet mince pies (and spiced meed wine) for afters.

Inside the box there was a bag full of fudge blocks. On opening the bag there was a lovely sweet and fruity smell from the blocks of fudge. As you can see from the photograph, they were uneven pieces with mincemeat mixed in with the fudge mixture. On taste there was the sweet taste of treacle mixed in with the fruity flavours of raisins, currants, sultanas and citrus traveling into the aftertaste with a hint of condensed milk and a quick kick of brandy to finish off with. Mmm… these are good. I think I'll go and make a nice mug of Chai tea to wash them down with, as I've already drank all the spiced meed wine!

Information on the box;
The 130g box has 443 calories per 100g, with 14.3g of fat, 73.9g of sugar and 0.26g of salt. Please see photograph for ingredients.

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