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    Record Breakers: The Great Mince Pie Hunt

    Okay,

    In the spirit of student radio, Xpression FM at Exeter University is turning thirty this weekend. As part of our birthday celebrations, we'll be attempting to make our way into the Guinness Book of World Records, live on air.

    The record we're after is speed eating - mince pies. However, to beat the record, we have to find commercially available mince pies. However, it's February, and there aren't many to be had.

    Of course, a request trip to Shauls Bakery is an option, but supermarket would be the best way of doing it. The purpose of this thread is to try finding some mince pies in the UK that we can track down and buy - all help is appreciated.

    You should be able to follow our record attempt live at www.xpressionfm.com. I will try to get video...
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    I think I might have seen some in Greggs the other day if that's any help, I'll check tomorrow.

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    The commentators would have to be pretty awesome to bring a mince pie-eating contest to life over the radio. I'll be tuning in if possible to bask in said awesomeness.
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    There's only room for one radio star here, and it's Burpey.


    But anyway, who chose mince pies? they're atrocious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    There's only room for one radio star here, and it's Burpey.


    But anyway, who chose mince pies? they're atrocious.
    The only mince pie you ever had was one I made for you, and I dumped in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Casson
    The only mince pie you ever had was one I made for you, and I dumped in it.
    I thought they were meant to have corn in them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00
    I thought they were meant to have corn in them?
    It's optional - but a mince pie is supposed to be a dark brown colour, not green.

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    The unstinting efforts of Alex have seen 15 mince pies today arriving in Exeter - slightly battered and a little worse for wear (you could have provided SOME protective wrapping, couldn't you?!) but still alive.

    Arrangements are being made for the record attempt, and practice runs are taking place - the first has just been completed, in 42.47 seconds, which reveals to me some shortcomings in my technique that will have to be worked on.

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    haha good luck hope you smash the record
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    The unstinting efforts of Alex have seen 15 mince pies today arriving in Exeter - slightly battered and a little worse for wear (you could have provided SOME protective wrapping, couldn't you?!) but still alive.

    Arrangements are being made for the record attempt, and practice runs are taking place - the first has just been completed, in 42.47 seconds, which reveals to me some shortcomings in my technique that will have to be worked on.
    I watched a speed eating documentary the other day. A preparation technique is to try eating large quantities of food in the buildup, without concentrating on speed - that stretches the stomach. Just before the competition, factor speed into your preparation.

    In the competition (record attempt) itself, try dunking the food in water to get it moist, as that cuts down on the amount of chewing required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    Can you use a liquidiser?
    Strictly speaking, doesn't a mince pie have to be at least vaguely pie-shaped?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Jumbo
    Strictly speaking, doesn't a mince pie have to be at least vaguely pie-shaped?
    Perhaps he could say that it melted in the heat?

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    I've got it down to approx 27 seconds - the "three-mouthful" technique appears to be the optimal - we're going for the record attempt TODAY at 1330 GMT - that's 2 hours 43 minutes from now.

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