Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Having already looked into GLUTEN FREE Chocolate bars, it seemed timely to look into Easter 2014.
Here is a selection of GLUTEN FREE choices for you as well as some DAIRY FREE options:
I have to start with the best known UK’s producer of Chocolate delight although they refer to it as “Gluten Absent Products” although they add the caveat: “Please note: we cannot ever guarantee that any of our products are 100% free from such contaminant“. On their website they have a Selector which lists /pictures all the “Gluten Absent Products” within their Easter range. I have found Cadburys chocolates in loads of retailers and so pleased that the Cadburys Crème Egg is GLUTEN FREE! https://www.cadbury.co.uk/products
Last year, a major food manufacturer published a listing of GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Easter Eggs which included a larger Cadburys list (Genius http://www.geniusglutenfree.com/gluten-free-living/blog/gluten-free-easter-eggs/. It included Small Buttons Egg, Medium Flake Egg). Of course, I know one year is a long time so I spoke with Cadburys to check on the full listing of Easter Eggs they produce (0121 4511 4444) and my dietary requirements. They confirmed that last year some Eggs (including Egg Shell chocolate were labelled Gluten Free) but this has now changed and therefore the only items they recommend I eat were as indicated on above. The Customer Service Agent took my details and responded:
“Further to our recent conversation. I have received the following information about your enquiry.
All our Easter Eggs are gluten free but Roses & Flake are made on the same production line as products with gluten as ingredients therefore we have to place ‘may contain nuts’ on the packaging.
The Egg shell itself does not contain gluten and is not made on the same production lines as products that contain gluten, but this refers to the chocolate shell only – the allergens for the individual bars will be labelled separately on the pack and will vary depending on the bar.
I hope this information has answered your query. Thank you for contacting Cadbury“.
I guess this does make real sense: there are no GLUTEN ingredients in the chocolate to make Easter Egg Shells but in order to enjoy a full product and eat the accompanying bar, you have to have a GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bar made by Cadburys: Wispa, Wispa Gold, Twirl, Crunchie, Flake, Fudge, Curly Wurly, Chomp, Turkish Delight.
As per my previous post, Nestle list out all their products which do not contain Wheat, Barley, Oats, Rye or any added Gluten which is periodically updated. The latest version is from March 2014 and covers Chocolate but not Easter Eggs. I spoke with Nestle (0800 00 00 30) and the Customer Relations representative confirmed that some chocolates were produced in factories which were strictly GLUTEN FREE and some items were produced that could not be GLUTEN FREE. The Chocolate Eggs and Chocolate products produced in the Halifax Factory (such as all Aero Easter Eggs) are not Gluten free but the items produced by Magna are GLUTEN FREE with the exception of MilkyBar Easter Eggs and Smarties Easter Eggs. She also reinforced the listing that Nestle publish: http://www.nestle.co.uk/nutritionhealthwellness/specialdietaryneeds
It seems “Made without Wheat” is an exciting area for M&S with lots of new products popping up. This Easter they have launched a “Made without Dairy” Egg which is made from soya lecithin. It is suitable for Vegetarians but not those who suffer a nut allergy. They also produce an extensive listing of GLUTEN FREE products, available on their website:
http://health.marksandspencer.com/your-diet-needs/coeliac-disease/made-without-wheat This latest version was published in February 2014.
I haven’t seen the “Made without Wheat” egg in stores yet but quite excited about the “Made without Dairy” Egg and a wide selection of novelty items. I particularly like look of the White Chocolate Kitty!
I have always liked the Moo Free chocolate bars, they really taste like chocolate but are DAIRY FREE, LACTOSE FREE, GLUTEN FREE, WHEAT FREE, suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans alike. They have a small selection of Easter chocolates which I have seen in Little Waitrose, Sainburys as well as in Whole Foods.
Good to see some of the selections at Waitrose are GLUTEN FREE although not all their Easter products seem to have allergy information on their website. Available in stores and to order online. http://www.waitrose.com/shop/HeaderSearchCmd?searchTerm=easter+eggs&defaultSearch=GR&search=
I am surprised how many Thorntons products are GLUTEN FREE and the availability of them: as they seem to be in all Tesco shops as well as their own stores across the country. There is a good selection of proper eggs as well as novelty items. On the website, you can review their Easter Options with “no gluten containing ingredients” by a simple filter and it currently lists 35 different Easter products! http://www.thorntons.co.uk/section/Easter/2459.uts
Greens & Black:
Have to be careful with Green & Black Chocolates although they have some GLUTEN FREE options this year. They do have a warning that some of their Easter Eggs are not suitable for those with an allergy to Milk: http://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/our-range/easter.aspx?c1=1560&c2=1560
A small exclusive chocolatier whose products are all DAIRY FREE, ORGANIC, GLUTEN FREE and SOYA FREE. They have a selection of Easter Eggs which look beautiful. The right amount of stylish packaging which adds to their beautiful chocolates. http://boojabooja.com/ I also found out they have moved into DAIRY FREE Ice-Cream which I will have to look out for. The website have a list of Stockists including a lot of health food shops, Whole Foods Markets, Pod and Waitrose. I’ve bought them from Whole Foods Market in Piccadilly, London.
The range of GLUTEN FREE chocolates has grown and grown. On their website, you can filter their Easter gifts to find 32 items ranging from £2.00 “Egg on Toast Lick” Lolly to “Easter Hamper” at £39.00 Add very elegant with a playful selection of novelty items. http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/easter-eggs
So there’s no excuse not to enjoy a EGG-citing chocolate filled GLUTEN FREE Easter with a selection of tasty, exciting and fabulous Chocolate filled Easter. Have an EGG-sellent Easter and there are more suppliers out there so please feel free to add your favourites in the comments section.