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Free From Food Awards 2016: Shortlisted GLUTEN FREE Chocolates, Confectionery, Desserts, Puddings & Store Cupboard Foods (With LINKS)…

With my sweet tooth, it was exciting to get involved with the Free From Food Awards 2016. These awards are the UK’s only industry awards for FreeFrom foods, started in 2008 by FoodsMatter and FreeFrom Foods Matter to encourage innovation and celebrate excellence in the FreeFrom food industry. The awards are entirely independent, supported by sponsorship and entry fees only. As a blogger, with a focus upon Chocolate (Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Bags and Chocolate Boxes), as well as enjoying travelling and eating out, it was great to be part of the team tasting a wide variety of entries for this year’s competition.  I attended the Free From Eating Out Award ceremony last year so I have moved from being an observer to being an active participant:

For the Free From Food Awards 2016, I judged in three categories:

Tasting Award-Winning Chocolate!

Tasting Award-Winning Chocolate!


It was a new experience for me to be a “judge” trying many different products including lots of Chocolates but someone has to do it! The products are numbered and the team of judges are provided with a “Briefing Sheet” which outlines the Award Category entered, Price and weight per pack, Ingredients, Nutritional details and Allergen information. They were all removed from their packaging so no indication of the brand, product name or manufacturer: so we are tasting blindly, with lots of water provided to clean the palate.

With some of the entries, the Manufacturers specifically provided a recipe to make the product (specifically with Store Cupboard entries) which in some cases, made it a challenge to compare and contrast as their entry was one ingredient in a final product, and with several allergies, some of the products I could not try (such as those including egg yolk) but with a good circle of judges, “no-scores” are recorded so it does not have an impact on the result.

Once, we have individually tasted, rated and commented on the entries, a tally is made and an active discussion occurs. It was interesting to listen to the different perspectives that the judges all bring to the table: some with detailed nutritional knowledge who can advise whether the entry is good for the body or the soul, some food  professionals provide a comprehensive background as to how hard it is to achieve a certain taste or manufacture the entry versus other food bloggers who can advise whether this is widely available or not (as the case is often!). After a shortlist is compiled, further discussion is prompted by the packaging /design /branding, once it is revealed whom made the item, with a strong emphasis on labelling. It surprised me how mis-understood and confused some of the labels were by several Manufacturers but then some of these are NEW and INNOVATIVE and breaking-new-ground.

(Good to know that none of the food is wasted with leftovers /surplus product  donated to The Simon Community, a North London homeless charity.)

From my various posts, you’ll know I loved trying, tasting and commenting in the Desserts and Puddings category and even more; Confectionery & Chocolate! I loved the wide selection of entries with many differently flavoured Chocolate bars (some Dairy Free, some Lactose Free and some taste-free)! And the wide variety of products now available for the Coeliac.

Chocolate tastings!

Chocolate tastings!

More Chocolate & Confectionery Tastings!

More Chocolate & Confectionery Tastings!

It’s a hard job but someone has to do it! Thanks to Michelle Berriedale-Johnson for capturing me eating a DAIRY FREE and GLUTEN FREE Dessert! What an attractive picture from her blog!

Enjoying my DAIRY FREE and GLUTEN FREE Dessert!

Enjoying my DAIRY FREE and GLUTEN FREE Dessert!


Well, I can’t reveal the winners (as they haven’t been announced as yet) and will be shared at the Awards Ceremony at the Royal College of Physicians in London on 26th April 2016 but the shortlisted products have been published (With LINKS to individual producers so you can try them for yourself):

Store Cupboard Free From Food 2016 Shortlisted Products: Sponsored by Genius Gluten Free

  1. Bute Island Foods Creamy Scheese Spring Onion & Cracked Black Pepper
  2. Coconom Coconut Aminos
  3. Conserve Della Nonna Green Pesto
  4. Delicious Alchemy Gluten & Dairy Free Vanilla Sponge Mix
  5. Doves Farm Gluten Free Organic Brown Rice Flour
  6. Gordon Rhodes Slow Comfortable Stew Gourmet Mix
  7. Granovita Organic Pumpkin Oil
  8. Granovita Organic Hemp Oil
  9. Hale & Hearty 4 Grain Pancake Mix
  10. Hale & Hearty Organic Multi-Seed Bread Mix
  11. Make It Gluten Free Simple Mills Pizza Dough Mix
  12. Make It Gluten Free Simple Mills Chocolate Muffin & Cake Mix
  13. Miso Tasty Classic Shiro Miso Soup
  14. Nutural World Almond & Coconut Spread
  15. Origin Earth Gluten Free Crackers with Caraway
  16. Providence Deli Dairy Free Basil Pesto
  17. Quinola Mothergrain Quinoa Flour
  18. Quinola Mothergrain Express Pearl & Black
  19. Rana’s Artisan Bread Nearly Rye – GF Artisan Bread Mix
  20. Rude Health Sprouted Buckwheat Flour
  21. Sacla’  FreeFrom Basil Pesto & Tomato Stir-In
  22. Sinclair Condiments Hot Banana Ketchup
  23. Sinclair Condiments Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup
  24. Stoffells No Added Sugars Tomato Ketchup
  25. Sukrin Chia & Hemp Mix
  26. Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Orange Spice
  27. Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
  28. Sweetpea Pantry Grainy Brainy Pancakes
  29. Taste of Goodness Sauces Barbecue Sauce
  30. Tesco Free From Salad Cream
  31. Tesco Free From 8 Light & Crispy Yorkshire Puddings
  32. The Foraging Fox HOT Beetroot Ketchup
  33. Tilda Brown Basmati Rice & Quinoa
  34. Tilda Coconut Basmati Rice
  35. Waitrose Love Life Quick Cook Corn, Bulgar & Red Quinoa

Desserts and Puddings Free From Food 2016 Shortlisted Products: Sponsored by Romer Labs UK

  1. Antonio Russo Vanillato
  2. CocoNuts Raw Chocolate Nice Cream
  3. CocoNuts Sumptuous Strawberry Nice Cream
  4. Go Get Birmingham Morello Cherry Streusel
  5. Hale & Hearty Traditional Christmas Pudding
  6. Jollyum Double Chocolate Dairy Free Ice Cream
  7. Tesco Free From Strawberry & Vanilla Cones
  8. Tesco Free From Cream Filled Profiteroles
  9. The Coconut Collaborative Little Choc Pots Chocolate Ganache

And of course (my favourite):

Confectionery and Chocolate Free From Food 2016 Shortlisted Products: Sponsored by Free From Market

  1. Booja Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles
  2. Cocoa Libre 3 Mini Slab Bars
  3. D&D Chocolates Dairy-Free Chocolate Drops
  4. Eat Allergy Safe 8 Handcrafted Vegan Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Truffles
  5. Eskal Gluten Free Wafer Rolls
  6. Moo Free Caramelised Hazelnut Nibs Bar
  7. Solkiki Tahitian Nougat / White Chocolate
  8. Solkiki Balinese Coconut / White Chocolate
  9. Winning Ways Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins

For other shortlisted products (including Breakfast Foods, Breads, SuperFoods, Food to go, Down the Pub & Bar et al And further information on the Free From Food Awards, see their website.

After the winners have been announced, I will share further information, noticeable trends and some specific product reviews on some of the award-winning products.


COMING SOON: GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Easter Eggs for 2016/ Travelling GLUTEN FREE @DisneyWorld & @Universal Studios / Travelling GLUTEN FREE on Disney Cruise Line

If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK.

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters (featuring Yours Truly) from Coeliac UK launched for Awareness Week, held earlier in 2015. And to be seen in 2016.

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