Sweet tooth: Mince pie crowned the UK’s favourite sweet pie

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A taste for Christmas: the UK's favourite sweet pie is mince pie (Getty/ Sam Edwards)
A taste for Christmas: the UK's favourite sweet pie is mince pie (Getty/ Sam Edwards)

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Mince pie has been crowned the nation’s favourite sweet pie, with banoffee ranking second, according to data from Top10 Meal Deliveries.

The meal delivery company used the search analytics tool Semrush to record Google average monthly search volumes of pies in the UK.​ 

With more than 70,600 searches, mince pie dominated the chart in top place, and banoffee pie, a dish that originated from East Sussex, placed as the UK’s second favourite with 67,600 searches.  

Apple pie was a step down in third place with 44,400 searches, separated by only a hair’s margin from lemon meringue pie with 41,200 searches.   

Rhubarb pie came in at bottom of the list in 10th place, with 3,620 votes. What’s more, the most popular recipe was ‘mince pie recipe’, searched 40,500 times, making it the nation’s favourite sweet pie to tackle at home.  

UK’s top 10 sweet pies in full: 

Pie name (Sweet)​ 

Average Monthly Search Volume (UK) ​ 

Mince Pie 

73,600 

Banoffee Pie 

67,600 

Apple Pie 

44,400 

Lemon Meringue Pie 

41,200 

Pumpkin Pie 

40,300 

Key Lime Pie 

37,000 

Pecan Pie 

16,500 

Cherry Pie 

9,000 

Sweet Potato Pie 

5,280 

Rhubarb Pie 

3,620 

  

This comes after the UK’s top 10 savoury pies​ were ranked for British Pie Week 2022 (7 to 14 March) by Hellofresh.

While traditional pastry pies did feature in the list, the top spots were dominated by mashed-potato-topped dishes. Shepherd’s pie scored top place with 10,8000 monthly searches, with cottage pie coming in second at 76,000 searches, and fish pie ranking third with 56,000 searches. 

These traditional dinner staples accounted for 69% of the overall monthly searches for the UK’s top ten pies, but some pastry pies still featured in the list, including chicken pie, steak and ale pie, and pork pie, which came in at last place. 

UK’s top 10 pies in full: 

  

Keyword​ 

Volume​ 

shepherd's pie 

108000 

cottage pie 

76000 

fish pie 

56000 

chicken pie 

26000 

chicken and leek pie 

19000 

chicken and mushroom pie 

18000 

steak pie 

13000 

steak and ale pie 

12000 

cheese and onion pie 

11000 

10 

pork pie 

10000 

The UK’s top 10 vegetarian pies were also ranked by the company. Bagging top spot was cheese and onion pie, with 11,000 monthly searches, followed by homity pie, which is filled with potato, leek and onion. 

UK’s top 10 veggie pies in full: 

  

Keyword​ 

Volume​ 

cheese and onion pie 

11000 

homity pie 

7200 

vegetarian shepherd's pie 

4700 

vegetable pie 

4400 

vegetarian cottage pie 

3100 

leek and potato pie 

2800 

spinach and feta pie 

2300 

mushroom pie 

1300 

spinach and ricotta pie 

300 

10 

winter vegetable pie 

250 

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