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Kipling has nothing on these guys!

If you hadn’t already noticed, there’s a recession on, but that hasn’t stopped the chaps at The Exchange in Ilford from creating the world’s most expensive mince pie! Worth over £3,000 it’s more a work of art than seasonal treat but one very lucky shopper will go home with it.

Made using Holy Water from Lourdes, Ambergris sugar (a secretion from sperm whales – sounds appetising!), dusted with platinum and containing a real solid platinum coin, even Heston Blumenthal himself would have struggled to come up with a more bizarre recipe. Even the design on the outside of the pastry has been laser etched by computer – yip this is one ‘out of the ordinary’ pie alright.

If marvelling at this extravagant pastry wasn’t enough, people are encouraged to get involved and make their own pies; from individual twists on classic mince pies, to innovative chocolate spreads, raspberry powder and fruit puree, or if you’re truly odd, insects and honey. Seriously. Every person who enters the Manufactory will receive a raffle ticket to win the world’s most expensive pie which will be drawn on Monday 19th December so it’s worth getting involved!

The Marvellous Mince Pie manufactory is open from Saturday November 19th right through to Christmas Eve in the Exchange shopping centre in Ilford from 11am – 1pm and 2pm -5pm daily.