In the British tradition, mince pie is as customary at Christmas as egg nog. Colonists brought it to America, and the tradition continued. Yet, have you ever had mince pie? Mince pie dates back to medieval times, when it was a meat pie (as were most pies of the time) based on minced venison, and known as mincemeat pie. The recipe did include dried fruits, sugar and spices. In the mid-nineteenth century, the meat began to disappear from the recipe, which retained the fruits and spices.