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Enjoying GLUTEN FREE Easter Eggs in 2016 (Part 3): Luxurious Chocolates: (Fortnums & Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nics and Selfridges)…

My final Chocolate Easter Egg posting includes some luxurious Chocolate Easter Eggs, Figurines and Chocolate Mini Eggs from some of the most Luxurious Department Stores in London, after already covering many Chocolatiers and Chocolate Manufacturers (Part 1) and UK High Street Supermarkets (Part 2). As I love my Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Bags and Chocolate Boxes, I found myself EGG-xamining Ingredients, Allergen Information and photographing this year’s offerings for Easter 2016.

This blog post includes…

  • Chocolate Easter Eggs and Chocolate Figurines which are GLUTEN FREE or have NO GLUTEN CONTAINING Ingredients (and two that clearly state “may contain…”) as at March 2016.
  • Pictures of the items with ingredients shown for selective products (and typed out where it is particularly difficult to read the packaging). Warnings have been highlighted from packaging.
  • The listings includes Chocolate Easter products as seen in Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. Other GLUTEN FREE Easter Eggs are out there!
  • Links have been included: direct to websites showing their Easter ranges.
  • It is accurate at the time of publishing (March 2016) but manufacturers do change their mixes so you should always read the labels before you put anything in your mouth and enjoy! It’s your own responsibility to remain GLUTEN FREE.
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FORTNUM & MASONS: I do adore the Queen’s Grocery shop with it’s distinctive bluey/green packaging and some rather exquisite Chocolate products. Some really interesting and beautiful Chocolate products, but not all of them are GLUTEN FREE.

A selection of GLUTEN FREE Easter delights from Fortnums & Mason

A selection of GLUTEN FREE Easter delights from Fortnum & Mason

The items which I have examined and are GLUTEN FREE include:

Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg By F&M

Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg By F&M

Contains MILK EGG & SOYA. States “Produced in an environment that handles: NUTS

Hand decorated Milk Chocolate Egg by F&M

Hand decorated Dark Chocolate Egg by F&M

Contains EGG & SOYA. States “Produced in an environment that handles: NUTS

Hand decorated Dark Chocolate Egg by F&M

Hand decorated Milk Chocolate Egg by F&M

Contains MILK, EGG & SOYA. States “Produced in an environment that handles: NUTS

Trio of Hand decorated Chocolate Eggs by F&M

Trio of Hand decorated Chocolate Eggs by F&M

Contains MILK, EGG & SOYA. States “Produced in an environment that handles: NUTS

White Chocolate Chick in Egg by F&M

White Chocolate Chick in Egg by F&M

Contains MILK & SOYA.

Milk chocolate Baby Grinner Rabbit by F&M

Milk chocolate Baby Grinner Rabbit by F&M

Contains MILK & SOYA.

White Chocolate Chick in Egg by F&M

White Chocolate Chick in Egg by F&M

Contains MILK & SOYA.

Mother Hen and Chicks Giant Handmade Chocolate Lollipop

Mother Hen and Chicks Giant Handmade Chocolate Lollipop

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “Manufactured in a NUT environment”

Walking Chick Handmade Chocolate Lolly by F&M

Walking Chick Handmade Chocolate Lolly by F&M

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain NUT traces”

Chirpy Chicks by F&M

Chirpy Chicks by F&M

Contains MILK.

Happy Bunnies by F&M

Happy Bunnies by F&M

Contains MILK.

Traditional Easter Sweets: Easter Eggs Fruits by F&M

Traditional Easter Sweets: Easter Eggs Fruits by F&M

Traditional Easter Sweets: Easter Eggs Orange & lemon by F&M

Traditional Easter Sweets: Easter Eggs Orange & lemon by F&M

And for the Chocolate Connoisseurs, I noticed this very special Beehive Egg which was handmade in Essex using Valrhona Chocolate. It’s an exclusive to F&M and retails at £250. It features in the store, in it’s own glass cabinet and the staff were keen to advise me that it was made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but due to manufacturing, it “may contain…” so I didn’t rush to buy one!

The Beehive Egg by F&M

The Beehive Egg by F&M


HARRODS: Another famous Store of London, if not the world, given it’s history and notoriety. They have some own-branded Chocolate products for Easter 2016 and many of them are NOT GLUTEN FREE.

The Harrods GLUTEN FREE Easter 2016 items I found.

The Harrods GLUTEN FREE Easter 2016 items I found.

I found one Harrods-own-labelled GLUTEN FREE Easter Egg, one Harrods-own-label with a “May contain…“, Chocolates Chicks and Sweets:

Handmade Gold Bar Easter Egg by Harrods

Handmade Gold Bar Easter Egg by Harrods

Described as “Milk Chocolate and Almond Nougat Easter Egg decorated with crisp balls and filled with gold foiled milk chocolate almond nougat mini eggs

Contains MILK, SOYA, ALMONDS and EGG. States “May contain traces of other NUTS and PEANUTS

Milk Chocolate Egg & Harrods Mug Gift Set for Easter 2016

Milk Chocolate Egg & Harrods Mug Gift Set for Easter 2016

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain traces of NUTS, EGG, GLUTEN & PEANUTS” The staff were keen to advise that this was because of the factory where this is made and it is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. I wouldn’t buy one because of the risks of cross contamination.

Chocolate Chicks by Harrods

Chocolate Chicks by Harrods

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain traces of NUTS

Easter Egg Hunt Basket with Chocolate Eggs by Harrods

Easter Egg Hunt Basket with Chocolate Eggs by Harrods

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain traces NUTS and PEANUTS

I also spotted other Luxurious Chocolate Easter products that were GLUTEN FREE including Al Nassma, Charbonnel & Walker, James Chocolates, Prestat, Venchi, Wicked & Wonderful and these have been listed on my Part 1 Blog Post covering Chocolatiers and Chocolate Manufacturers.

I also found their exclusive Artist’s Easter Eggs which were hand-painted in a very limited edition of 4 eggs only with hand paintings by Erin Petson, Clayton Junior and Claire Scully, retailing at £195. On closer inspection, I couldn’t find the Ingredients listing and at that price, I wasn’t prepared to pick it up and examine one of twelve boxes. A member of staff confirmed that they were GLUTEN FREE but I haven’t validated that claim.

Harrods Artist's Easter Eggs

Harrods Artist’s Easter Eggs


HARVEY NICHOLS:Made famous in the UK for it’s regular appearances in Ab Fab the Fifth Floor used to be a Foodie Mecca but the Food Hall continues to shrink in place of restaurants and eateries. Indeed, they don’t have any of their own label Easter Eggs this year (which is a shame) but I did spot:

GLUTEN FREE LAKRIDS Dulce De Leche Choc coated Liquorice in Harvey Nichols

GLUTEN FREE LAKRIDS Dulce De Leche Choc coated Liquorice in Harvey Nichols

Made by Lakrids this Easter Egg is described as “a unique oval shaped shell full of beautiful, bite-sized, silver speckled Easter EGGs. Each mouthful consists of soft liquorice, silky smooth Swiss dulce de leche chocolate, and a punch from our own Raw Liquorice Powder.” They produced an Advent Calendar last year and the Easter Egg states GLUTEN FREE. Contains MILK

Ingredients: cane sugar, 38 % dulce de leche chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, skimmed milk powder, whey powder, milk fat, emulsifier: lecithin, natural vanilla flavor), rice flour, invert sugar syrup, treacle, 2.3 % raw liquorice, glucose, salt flakes, rapeseed oil, colour: vegetable carbon, anise oil, glazing agent: (shellac, titanium dioxide, gum arabic)

Also in Harvey Nichols were products by CHOCONCHO: A small Chocolatier partnership of Father and Daughter, based in Somerset with a range of Easter products. I have found two products that are GLUTEN FREE:

Handmade Milk & White Belgian Chocolate Milk Croc Bag by ChoconChoc

Handmade Milk & White Belgian Chocolate Milk Croc Bag by ChoconChoc

Seen in Harvey Nichols Store, London: Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain NUTS

Handmade Milk Belgian Chocolate Milk nest with Chocolate Eggs by ChoconChoc

Handmade Milk Belgian Chocolate Milk nest with Chocolate Eggs by ChoconChoc

Seen in Harvey Nichols Store, London: Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain NUTS

And DEMARQUETTE FINE CHOCOLATES: Another British Chocolatier making award-winning Chocolate products. In Harvey Nichols, I saw two of their products which are GLUTEN FREE and very beautiful:

Exclusively painted and moulded by hand in London Gorgeous Milk Chocolate Hen by Demarquette

Exclusively painted and moulded by hand in London Gorgeous Milk Chocolate Hen by Demarquette

Contains MILK & SOYA

Exclusively painted and moulded by hand in London Gorgeous milk Chocolate Rabbit by Demarquette

Exclusively painted and moulded by hand in London Gorgeous milk Chocolate Rabbit by Demarquette

Contains MILK & SOYA.


SELFRIDGES: The beautiful store on Oxford Street is another premium Department Store who have a huge Chocolate department, just around the corner from their Food Hall with lots of Easter Egg Chocolates, Figurines and Easter treats: some are GLUTEN FREE but disappointingly, many are NOT! They have a limited selection of Selfridge Easter Eggs but none of them exclude the “May contain GLUTEN...”. However, they do stock many good brands in in-house Concessions which are GLUTEN FREE and some products which have NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

A selection of GLUTEN FREE Easter Chocolate at Selfridges

A selection of GLUTEN FREE Easter Chocolate at Selfridges

Reese's Peanut Butter Egg seen in Selfridges

Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg seen in Selfridges

RESSE’S Peanut Butter Egg. Imported from the USA, made by The Hershey Company, this egg is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. The Hershey company issue a GLUTEN FREE listing which can be found HERE which does not list this Egg (nor many other products) and confusingly The Hershey Company state “REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups – All Except REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Unwrapped Minis and Seasonal Shaped Items” There are NO WARNINGS or “MAY CONTAIN..” statements on the packaging.

Contains MILK & SOYA.

Reese's Peanut Butter Giant Bunny

Reese’s Peanut Butter Giant Bunny

REESE’s Peanut Butter Giant Bunny. Also imported from the USA, made by The Hershey Company, this egg is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. The Hershey company issue a GLUTEN FREE listing which can be found HERE which does not list this Egg (nor many other products) and confusingly The Hershey Company state “REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups – All Except REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Unwrapped Minis and Seasonal Shaped Items” There are NO WARNINGS or “MAY CONTAIN..” statements on the packaging.

Demarquette's Dark Chocolate Egg with Gold Leaf at Selfridges

Demarquette’s Dark Chocolate Egg with Gold Leaf at Selfridges

DEMARQUETTE FINE CHOCOLATES: Another British Chocolatier making award-winning Chocolate products: In Selfridges, they have an exclusive Dark Chocolate Egg decorated with GOLD LEAF. Contains SOYA. No warnings.

With Gold Leaf!

With Gold Leaf!

For TV Fans, a “Game of Thrones” inspired Easter Egg is on display, made by MELT CHOCOLATES:

Not for sale: Game of Thrones Large decorative egg by Melt Chocolate

Not for sale: Game of Thrones Large decorative egg by Melt Chocolate

They are selling boxed sets of mini “Dragon Eggs” as inspired by the TV programme which are made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. The Staff advised that the larger egg was made at the same time as the smaller Dragon Eggs and in the same kitchen, hence the warning on the packaging. Such a shame that there is a risk of cross-contamination.

"Dragon Eggs" by Melt Chocolate in Selfridges with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS

“Dragon Eggs” by Melt Chocolate in Selfridges with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS

Contains MILK, SOYA, HAZELNUTS & ALMONDS. States “We use NUTS, SESAME seeds and GLUTEN in our Kitchen”

GODIVA: Another controversial Chocolatier whom can’t make their mind up as to what to say. On display in Selfridges is a Giant Atelier Egg, one of 15 hand-crafted showpieces made by Jean Apostolou, Godiva’s head chef chocolatier based in Brussels. The Godiva staff confirmed that NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS were used in this Giant Egg, available for £1,000.

Godiva's Atelier Easter Egg with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS as seen in Selfridges

Godiva’s Atelier Easter Egg with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS as seen in Selfridges

But regular Blog followers will know that a statement on the (USA) Godiva website means I won’t try their chocolates as they state: “ALL of our products including solid chocolate pieces may contain gluten. Any person with a gluten allergy should NOT consume ANY of our products.” The exception is their GLUTEN FREE Cheesecake which is available at the Cheesecake Factory in the USA.

CHARBONNEL & WALKER: Another luxurious Chocolatier have a very large Easter Egg on display in Selfridges. It is made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

Large Charbonnel et Walker's Easter Egg with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS in Selfridges

Large Charbonnel et Walker’s Easter Egg with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS in Selfridges

Contains MILK, SOYA, HAZELNUTS & ALMONDS.

The staff confirmed some of the boxed Easter Eggs had the warning “May contain…”. Decorated by hand, this was one of the prettiest Chocolate Eggs I have seen.

And finally…

PIERRE MARCOLINI: Another amazingly beautiful Chocolate Easter “Egg” was The Rabbit, part of the “Easter in Wonderland Collection” by Pierre Marcolini. They staff were very proud that this whole range is GLUTEN FREE.

The Rabbit for £105 by Pierre Marcolini and Selfridges

The Rabbit for £105 by Pierre Marcolini and Selfridges

Contains MILK, SOYA, HAZELNUTS, PISTACHIOS  & ALMONDS.

The Rabbit milk chocolate figurine has two drawers containing 30 miniature Easter eggs and 30 caramel animals.

So plenty of luxurious GLUTEN FREE and NO GLUTEN CONTAINING Chocolate Easter Eggs at Fortnum & Masons, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.


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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. They have also published an Easter listing (although it is not as visually EGG-citing as this posting and excludes many of the included Chocolatiers and High Street stores covered in my posts).

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 in 2015 and to be seen later in 2016.


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This information was correct as of March 2016.

But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!

 

 

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