A mince pie is a food popular in some cultures (most noticeably Great Britain) at Christmas time. Mince pies are a pastry casing containing mincemeat - a preserve typically containing apple, dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas, spices, and either suet or vegetable shortening. Modern mince pies generally do not contain any meat. Mince pies are often eaten cold, although they can be warmed. In Britain, a mince pie is considered to be the favourite food of Santa Claus and children often leave out a mince pie or two for Santa (which, according to some myths, is the reason he is overweight).