For more than 100 years in England, mince pies were the center of theological discussion and Puritanical
clergymen preached to their flocks to abstain from this unholy fare. We are happy to say that by the time the
English arrived in Nova Scotia, the mince pie had been cleansed of all sin and was able to take a place of
honour on the pie shelf.
The above taken from: Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens by Marie Nightingale