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To think that if you are selling mince pies on September 13th...

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elfycat Fri 13-Sep-13 14:36:14

They ought to have a long expiry date?

Well they did I suppose. 21st October though the ones I bought will not be needing to worry about that

What the Christmas-jingle-hell is this about? We're supposed to be holding Xmas soirees mid-October before I get the Halloween decorations out? They were in Christmassy themed box as well so I think a minimum expiry date of 26th December should apply.

I may need a brew and a sit down with a mince pie

Do you think I should start an online petition against it all?

elfycat Sat 14-Sep-13 09:54:43

It was in an Asda that I found my ex mincepies yesterday.

I'm beginning to think the reason for them to be out so early is so that we can taste test them to assure ourselves of having the best mince pies on Xmas day. In this spirit I shall buy more to scoff test them out.

Maybe the box is Christmassy in order to help get in the spirit of things and help bring memory-notes of mulled wine, brandy cream etc into the tasting process. Or maybe I should crack open the mulled wine bottle left over from last year to assist...

MissBeehiving Sat 14-Sep-13 07:07:06

The Heston Pine Sugar was exactly like toilet cleaner! But somehow perversely, I loved it grin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 13-Sep-13 23:23:20

The Lakelamd Limited catalogue heralds the official start of Christmas shopping.

And the first time I hear The Pogues "Fairytale of New York" heralds Christmas grin

'tis official

RhondaJean Fri 13-Sep-13 23:19:46

Horry the chocolate advent calendars do run out often actually, especially if you want a particular one.

And by buying early I've been able to get everyone far better presents than I could get for the same amount of money in December.

But Christmas doesn't officially start until the boots catalogue comes out so it's too early for mince pies.

RhondaJean Fri 13-Sep-13 23:17:46

I'll bet you I could eat 48 creme eggs in one go day.

NicknameIncomplete Fri 13-Sep-13 23:13:51

The reason they have to be eaten before this christmas is because they are left overs from last christmas. This is my theory anyway.

HorryIsUpduffed Fri 13-Sep-13 21:23:14

Someone in the supermarket had half a dozen chocolate advent calendars. I was baffled. They're full price and not going to get more expensive, nor run out.

As for buying in advance to spread the cost, I don't get that either. We save up from January onwards to go Christmas shopping in December when we can buy presents to suit people's current interests, and not have to find hiding places for seasonal treats that will inevitably get eaten and need replacing.

ariadneoliver Fri 13-Sep-13 20:56:08

MissBee the Heston pies were fine, they just smelled like toilet cleaner once you put the pine sugar on them. I wasted two pies with that sugar, I couldn't eat them.

EllesAngel Fri 13-Sep-13 20:51:04

I'm not keen on mince pies unless they're Waterfields' mince pies. They are gorgeous.

littlemisswise Fri 13-Sep-13 20:31:37

We eat mince pies as soon as they come into the shops. I haven't seen any yet though, so please say where you got them from. DH is going overseas next week for four months, I could put some in his case.

MrsOakenshield Fri 13-Sep-13 20:28:11

but surely buying mince pies in September to eat in December is more ludicrous? Unless you're expecting a nuclear winter (are you?).

RaspberryRuffle Fri 13-Sep-13 20:24:52

I'd love a warm mince pie with cream...I have some unopened bottles of mulled wine from last year, if it gets any cooler might have some of that too!

Methe Fri 13-Sep-13 20:21:30

Mince pies bought in September are for eating in September!

FunLovinBunster Fri 13-Sep-13 20:19:22

Sainsbugs selling mince pies, panettone, Yule log,Xmas cakes and puds.

MissBeehiving Fri 13-Sep-13 19:36:22

Ooh, love mince pies. Heston wanky Waitrose ones (with pine sugar) were my faves from last year.

AnyFucker Fri 13-Sep-13 19:11:10

I wish they were available all year round

Like creme eggs

elfycat Fri 13-Sep-13 19:07:23

Well I feel better now as I have 'disposed' of them and the offending box with gold snowflakes

It was a creme egg eating MNetter's challenge. I felt sick just reading that thread.

elcranko Fri 13-Sep-13 16:13:26

I don't like mince pies.

I do love Easter eggs though and I'd love to be able to buy one now.


GoldenGytha Fri 13-Sep-13 16:06:45

If I bought a box of mince pies they wouldn't last the day,

Absolutely love mince pies and never tire of them, could eat them every day smile

Ezio Fri 13-Sep-13 15:53:48

My mum gets the puff pastry ones and freezes them, that way they keep til Xmas.

Rollermum Fri 13-Sep-13 15:45:15

A box of 48 mince pies? Or creme eggs? Eww either way!

elfycat Fri 13-Sep-13 15:12:38

It's more the Christamssy packaging on a item that needs using up by 2 months before Xmas that's irritating.

Luckily we're halfway through the mince pies and I will be able to get rid of the offending box quite soon.

Creme eggs... I ate a few too many at one go a couple of years back and now the idea of eating them makes me nauseated. My heart wants to but my head says no sad.

Wasn't there a MNetter who was trying to eat a box of 48 in a day or similar last year? I wonder how she feels about them this year.

Rollermum Fri 13-Sep-13 14:47:25

Urgh - big fat pregnant fingers!

I agree on principle but quite relieved they don't last til December - they be full of something weird to last that long.

Bit torn on seasonal food being available all year - on one hand wouldn't want to deprive people who love mince pies or whatever, but seems a bit less special.

CaptainSweatPants Fri 13-Sep-13 14:45:50

I noticed today the spooky creme eggs are back !

Rollermum Fri 13-Sep-13 14:45:04

Dang - sorry...

I agree on the principle but think is good they don't last so l

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