Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Last weekend was the Allergy & Free From Show North, at the Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre, just by the River Mersey. It is a sister event of the main London Show which was held at Olympia in July 2014. (I have previously posted about the great array of Sweet Treats and Bakery items as well as talked about the super Chocolatiers, Supermarkets and Meal Providers at the London event) so this is my review of the Sweet Treats on offer for tasting and for purchasing in Liverpool. (LINK: Savoury Product tasted and reviewed at the Show).
The Liverpool event is probably half the size of the London Show but all the key suppliers and manufacturers, including some very new ones were in attendance. So what was on?
A highlight for me was attending a cookery demonstration by Howard Middleton (a former Baker on the Great British Bake Off series 2013) who was introduced as a GLUTEN FREE Baker working with Newburn bakery products. He was funny, quirky and entertaining whilst he made three dishes LIVE to the audience in the middle of the Hall. He started off by making a Chocolate & Ginger Bread Pudding which was DAIRY FREE and GLUTEN FREE. He forgot to add eggs to the mixture before it was placed in the oven and was coy in sharing with the audience how LIVE demonstrations don’t always go as well as you expect. He also made Eggy-Bread (or flapjacks as he called them!) and Rosemary Roasted Chicken Roll with a Winterslaw. He offered lots of advice and suggestions as he cooked his way through three dishes.
Sweet Treats: Tried and Tasted…
Made by Feel Free, I tried their new frozen Doughnuts which are GLUTEN FREE. These were deliciously soft and sweet, quite light and airy. I have to say I havent seen these in the shops but I shall keep a look out for them as they were moorish. They also showed off their extensive range of other frozen products.
Made by Conscious Chocolates, these are GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE and SOYA FREE with tastings of their Cherry, Chilli, Orange, Goji & Coconut, Mint, Plain, Nutty and Wild bars. These are a densely rich Chocolate bar which are handmade and contain at least 50% cacao solids.
Made by CocoaLibre, these GLUTEN FREE and DAIRY FREE Chocolates included regular bars as well as quirky shaped animals: Mint Chocolate Owls, Dark Chocolate Bears, Orange Chocolate Frogs and Rice Milk Sheep. These were really delicious and tasty, especially their mint chocolate (and available in packs of ten animals).
The Galloway Fudge Company are proudly based in Scotland (not Ireland as I had thought) and offered up a wide array of Fudges from Baileys Bliss to Rich Milk Chocolate. I have to confess I dont enjoy Fudge, so I didnt try any of it but I did taste several of their GLUTEN FREE Marshmallows. These are soft to touch, light and well flavoured with an interesting selection of tastes including Sicilian Lemon, Mint Choc Chip, Simply Vanilla, Juicy Orange, Raspberry Delight and Baileys Swirl. I particularlly liked their Mint Choc Chip which had added Chocolate Chips with the minty Marshmallow. It really works to add a new texture to the marshmallow as well as the different flavours. I treated myself to a mixed bag of flavours which I have already eaten!
As I am Lactose Intolerant, I don’t ever have Milk Shakes or really miss them but the Chocolate flavoured KoKo DAIRY FREE Milk was lush. It was a refreshing drink with a sweet flavour of chocolate. On the stand they were suggesting this was an alternative to put on cereals to help encourage a healthier breakfast but as I don’t eat cereals, I’m not sure I will be buying this!
Made by DREAM, this Ice Cream is made from Almond Milk and is DAIRY FREE as well as GLUTEN FREE. I tried the Velvety Vanilla and the Chocolate and they tasted like regular ice-creams, just without any DAIRY! They were advising that these are exclusively available in Waitrose for the time being but new stockists would be announced shortly.
In addition to PERKIER Cakes and Biscuits, they had on offer their refreshed cereals. Anne PERKINS and Steve Turner were at the London Show, and it is good that they are still actively marketing their business. I tried and liked their bite-sized Rocky Road cakes and the Tiffin bars.
Nairns were offering their biscuits for tasting at the show. (I have to say I avoid all oat products but I did try their Chocolate Biscuit Break which was ok but probably not sweet enough for my taste).
Made by Delicious Alchemy, they had ready made cake mixes made up and for tasting. The Chocolate Brownie mix had a good crunchy on the top with a soft sponge underneath, and the Vanilla Mix was tasty and subtle.
Was very excited to see two different types of Mince Pie on offer from the Betterlife Bakery (both GLUTEN FREE). One with a Viennese Biscuit topping and the other with Brandy. (These shall be reviewed on my blog shortly as I love Mince Pies!)
Lots of crunchy GLUTEN FREE wafer biscuits for tasting by Eskal. I did buy some Ice Cream cones as I havent seen these in the shops (which might be due to the seasonality of the product).
A great selection of Sweet treats at the Allergy & Free From Show North. Check out my other posting on Savoury treats from the Show…