Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
ART OF MALLOW:
Another trend visible at the show were the Marshmallow makers. The Art of Mallow had a distinctly colourful stand with tastings of their main flavours: Raspberry Ripple, Strawberries and Cream and Lemon Meringue. All lightly flavoured and such a light soft marshmallow bite.
From Belgium,Baru make a delightful box of Marshmallow /Chocolate Bites which they confirmed did have any Gluten containing Ingredients although they have a warning on the label that it “may contain…” due to shared manufacturing facilities (although they did confirm that it was currently Gluten Free). These looked more substantial than a regular box of marshmallows and were rather tasty with the thick chocolate layer as well as the soft filling.
APPLE BUTTER by Bekaerts:
After featuring on the Belgium version of “Dragons Den” by Bekaerts, this company made a spreadable biscuit and have now expanded their range to include “Apple Jam”. It proudly states it is “Nut free, dairy free, gluten free and has zero fat”. It is made up from Apples, Pears and dates and was rather sweet. Of course, this apple butter is meant to be spread on toast and biscuits and probably could be used in cooking (as a filling).
RONANS ICE CREAM:
In the “Scotland” section, this small manufacture: Ronan; was tasting several flavours of Ice Cream that was Lactose free, Agarve free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Salt free, Nut free… Of course I tried the Chocolate flavoured ice cream (as I love Chocolate and Ice Cream) and it was divine. A rich creamy ice cream.
JELLY BEAN FACTORY:
In the “Ireland” section, I found Jelly Bean Factory. Having toured the California Jelly Belly Factory to see how they make Gluten Free Jelly Beans, I was keen to find out whether theses were also GLUTEN FREE. Pleased that they were, I had to try some of the selection. I found the Jelly Bean Factory beans to be interesting with a core stable of 39 flavours alongside other seasonal and special flavours. Interestingly, you get the taste of the intended flavour in the sugar coating on the outside but also with the flavour of the bean itself which is great.
They were also giving away bags of “Sours” which I have to confess, I haven’t tried. I have a sweet tooth and so like my sweets to be sugary and sweet (and definitely not sour). But these have been tested and confirmed to be very sour!
Another exhibitor from Ireland was Sowans. They were showing pre-made Gluten Free Cake Mix and a pre-made Gluten Free Bread Mix. The company are based in Ireland and they were very friendly and advised that they were looking to introduce the brands into the UK following a lot of interest from British customers. Made in Cork, this could be an exciting new brand to try- shame they hadn’t pre-made some of the cakes or bread so you could taste the finished results.