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Loving GLUTEN FREE Valentines Gifts for 2017… (Chocolates & Sweet Treats)…

It’s the most romantic time of the year: no longer are petrol garage bought flowers and a simple box of chocolates acceptable, and if you’re impressing a Coeliac or someone with Food Allergies, make sure you check out which Chocolate Gifts and Sweet Treats are GLUTEN FREE, EGG FREE, MILK FREE and some which are DAIRY FREE! You’ll need to know whether they can tolerate and managed a “May contain...” product versus those who strictly avoid ALL gluten!

But remember to examine the labels as the information is out there!

Revised on 07/02/17 to include three newly discovered Gluten Free Chocolate Valentine products from The Co-Operative.

This guide includes Chocolate & Sweet Treats from High Street and Luxury Shops as seen in 2017, such as Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Hotel Chocolat, Liberty, John Lewis /Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Selfridges. Links to their websites are provided as well as Ingredient Listings with Product Photographs.

M&S:  Marks & SpencerA great ambassador for Coeliacs who offer an extensive range of products specifically for Valentines. Many are WHEAT FREE and GLUTEN FREE with a full listing can be obtained from their website.

Some of their valentine gifts include purchasing a stylish empty cardboard box for £2 (in which you) add sweets for your valentines as well as traditional heart-shaped chocolates:

M&S Empty Heart with space for GLUTEN FREE sweet treats (!)

M&S Empty Heart with space for GLUTEN FREE sweet treats (!)

The empty heart is quite stylish with the cellophane window and space for up to three boxes of sweets. Indeed, I think you would look “cheap” if you didn’t fill it! The little boxes are available separately include:

"Roses are Red" jelly sweets

“Roses are Red” jelly sweets

States that these are “Suitable for Vegetarians” and “Not suitable for children under 36 months due to potential choking hazard.

"I love you Bear-y Much" jelly sweets

“I love you Bear-y Much” jelly sweets

States that these are “Suitable for Vegetarians” and “Not suitable for children under 36 months due to potential choking hazard“.

"You're a Catch" fruit sweets

“You’re a Catch” fruit sweets

States that these are “Suitable for Vegetarians” and “Not suitable for children under 36 months due to potential choking hazard“.

"You're Turtle-y Beautiful" Jelly Sweets

“You’re Turtle-y Beautiful” Jelly Sweets

States that these are “Suitable for Vegetarians” and “Not suitable for children under 36 months due to potential choking hazard“.

Foiled Solid Milk Chocolate Lollipop

Foiled Solid Milk Chocolate Lollipop

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “Not suitable for NUT allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods.”

Milk Chocolate Heart with ground hazelnuts

Milk Chocolate Heart with ground hazelnuts

Contains MILK, SOYA & HAZELNUTS.

Other GLUTEN FREE Sweet Treats by M&S include:

"Be My Sweet Heart" Swiss Milk Chocolate Foiled Hearts by M&S

“Be My Sweet Heart” Swiss Milk Chocolate Foiled Hearts by M&S

Contains MILK & SOYA States “Not suitable for NUT allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods

Solid Milk Chocolate Beans in a coloured crisp candy shell by M&

Solid Milk Chocolate Beans in a coloured crisp candy shell by M&S

Contains MILK & SOYA  States “Not suitable for NUT allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods


HOTEL CHOCOLAT: Well established Chocolatier, with their own High Street Shops and a good range of Valentine treats. Unfortunately, their very large box of Chocolates (in the shape of a heart) includes “WHEAT” on the Ingredients listing as it has some of the wafer /biscuit chocolates.

But several items are GLUTEN FREE (and one DAIRY FREE!) include:

Raspberry Fusion by Hotel Chocolat

Raspberry Fusion by Hotel Chocolat

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

Milk Heart Lick by Hotel Chocolat

Milk Heart Lick by Hotel Chocolat

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

Oysters & Champagne Chocolates

Oysters & Champagne Chocolates

Contains MILK, HAZELNUTS & SOYA. States “May contain traces of other tree NUTS and PEANUTS

Solid Dark Chocolate Hearts blended with cocoa crisps and chilli

Solid Dark Chocolate Hearts blended with cocoa crisps and chilli

Contains SOYA. States “May contain traces of tree NUTS and PEANUTS

Solid Caramel Chocolate Hearts with Milk Chocolate, Caramelised sugar, Cocoa Crisps and cherry granules

Solid Caramel Chocolate Hearts with Milk Chocolate, Caramelised sugar, Cocoa Crisps and cherry granules

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

A selection of alcoholic truffles in Milk, Dark and White Chocolate

A selection of alcoholic truffles in Milk, Dark and White Chocolate

Contains MILK, SULPHITES, HAZELNUT. No GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but has warning: “May contain traces of other tree NUTS, WHEAT, GLUTEN.

An Assortment of Chocolate (Hearts)

An Assortment of Chocolate (Hearts)

Contains MILK, HAZELNUT. No GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but has warning: “May contain traces of other tree NUTS, WHEAT, GLUTEN.

And be careful as this box contains NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but has a warning (due to production methods!)…

"The Valentine" Sleekster by Hotel Chocolat

“The Valentine” Sleekster by Hotel Chocolat

Contains MILK, HAZELNUTS, SOYA, & SULPHITES. States “May contain traces of other tree NUTS, PEANUTS, GLUTEN, WHEAT


HARRODS: Another famous Store of London, if not the world, given it’s history and notoriety. They have some own-branded Chocolate products for Valentines 2017 although many of their chocolates are NOT GLUTEN FREE, so choose carefully. Their GLUTEN FREE selection includes:

"Heart Marshmallows" by Harrod

“Heart Marshmallows” by Harrod

"Raspberry flavoured White Hot Chocolate"

“Raspberry flavoured White Hot Chocolate”

Contains MILK

Selection of Pink & White Chocolate Hearts (No Gluten Containing Ingredients but "May contain...")

Selection of Pink & White Chocolate Hearts (No Gluten Containing Ingredients but “May contain…”)

Contains MILK, SOYA, HAZELNUTS and SULPHITES. States “May contain traces of other NUTS, EGG and GLUTEN

Harrods Luxury Chocolate Assortment (No Gluten Containing Ingredients but "May contain...")

Harrods Luxury Chocolate Assortment (No Gluten Containing Ingredients but “May contain…”)

Contains MILK, SOYA, HAZELNUTS and SULPHITES. States “May contain traces of other NUTS, EGG and GLUTEN

Milk Chocolate Florentines by Harrods

Milk Chocolate Florentines by Harrods

Contains MILK, SOYA, ALMONDS, HAZELNUTS and SULPHUR DIOXIDE. 

Godiva "Coeur Iconique Grand" in Harrods (No Gluten Containing Ingredients but "May contain...")

Godiva “Coeur Iconique Grand” in Harrods (No Gluten Containing Ingredients but “May contain…”)

Contains MILK, SOYA and HAZELNUTS. States “May contain wheat (GLUTEN)


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 Valentine chocolates this year (which is a shame) but I did spot:

Cremini seen in Harvey Nichols

Cremini seen in Harvey Nichols

Assortment of Hazelnut, Almond & Pistachio flavoured Chocolate Creams. Contains HAZELNUTS, MILK, ALMONDS, PISTACHIO & SOYA. States “May contain WALNUTS.”

L'Envie En Rose "Pur Canne" seen in Harvey Nichols

L’Envie En Rose “Pur Canne” seen in Harvey Nichols

L'Envie En Rose "Pur Canne" seen in Harvey Nichols

L’Envie En Rose “Pur Canne” seen in Harvey Nichols

L'Envie En Rose seen in Harvey Nichols

L’Envie En Rose seen in Harvey Nichols

Chocolate Box by Booja Booja as seen in Harvey Nics

Chocolate Box by Booja Booja as seen in Harvey Nics

Contains HAZELNUTS. States “May also contain PECAN NUTS, CASHEWS and ALMONDS


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 for Valentines, but not all of them are GLUTEN FREE and many without at SOYA!

Milk Chocolate Heart Plaque by F&M

Milk Chocolate Heart Plaque by F&M

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

Raspberry & Rose flavour Marshmallow Hearts by F&M

Raspberry & Rose flavour Marshmallow Hearts by F&M

Milk Chocolate & Raspberry Lips Lollipop

Milk Chocolate & Raspberry Lips Lollipop

Jelly Beans by Jelly Belly as seen in F&M

Jelly Beans by Jelly Belly as seen in F&M

Prosecco Gummies as seen in F&M

Prosecco Gummies as seen in F&M

Peachy Hearts as seen in F&M

Peachy Hearts as seen in F&M

Assorted Creams by F&M

Assorted Creams by F&M

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

Rose & Violet Creams by F&M

Rose & Violet Creams by F&M

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

Nut Selection by F&M

Nut Selection by F&M

Contains HAZELNUTS, BRAZIL NUTS, PECAN NUTS, ALMONDSMILK & SOYA.

Ginger Selection by F&M

Ginger Selection by F&M

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

Dark Chocolate Selection by F&M

Dark Chocolate Selection by F&M

Contains HAZELNUTS, BRAZIL NUTS, PECAN NUTS, ALMONDSMILK & SOYA.

Milk Chocolate Selection by F&M

Milk Chocolate Selection by F&M

Contains HAZELNUTS, BRAZIL NUTS, PECAN NUTS, ALMONDSMILK & 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 Valentines treats: including many of the luxurious branded Chocolatiers: some are GLUTEN FREE but disappointingly, many are NOT!

Here are some GLUTEN FREE treats which I found:

Butlers Chocolate Heart Collection

Butlers Chocolate Heart Collection

Contains MILK, HAZELNUTS & SOYA.

Caffarel Chocolate Heart

Caffarel Chocolate Heart

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain HAZELNUTS, ALMONDS, WALNUTS and PISTACHIO NUTS.”

Venchi's Doubled layered Pralines of Extra Dark and White Chocolates

Venchi’s Doubled layered Pralines of Extra Dark and White Chocolates

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

Chocolate Rose by Caffarel

Chocolate Rose by Caffarel

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

"You turn me on" Chocolate Slab as seen at Selfridges

“You turn me on” Chocolate Slab as seen at Selfridges

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “May contain NUT traces

Marzipan Hearts as seen in Selfridges

Marzipan Hearts as seen in Selfridges

Contains ALMONDS. States “May contain traces of other NUTS and EGG


JOHN LEWIS /WAITROSE: As well as stocking some of the luxurious Chocolatiers and big branded Chocolates (as above), they offer some good choices in the gift section of the larger Department Stores as well as larger branches of Waitrose.

The ones I spotted in my local stores included:

Butlers Chocolates as seen in John Lewis Oxford St.

Butlers Chocolates as seen in John Lewis Oxford St.

Contains NUTS, MILK & SOYA.

Foil wrapped Milk Chocolate Hearts as seen in John Lewis Oxford St.

Foil wrapped Milk Chocolate Hearts as seen in John Lewis Oxford St.

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

Marzipan Pralines Chocolates by Niederegger as seen in Waitrose and Peter Jones.

Marzipan Pralines Chocolates by Niederegger as seen in Waitrose and Peter Jones.

Contains ALMONDS, MILK & SOYA. Also states “May contain traces of other tree NUTS, Cereals containing GLUTEN and LUPINS


LIBERTY: Located on Regent’s Street, this distinctive High-End retailer also stocks many Chocolate brands as well as giving space to new up-and-coming brands.

Some GLUTEN FREE options seen at Liberty’s included:

The Naked Marshmallow's Salted Caramel Marshmallows at Liberty.

The Naked Marshmallow’s Salted Caramel Marshmallows at Liberty.

Contains MILK. States “May also contain PEANUTS, Other NUTS, MILK or SOYA

The Naked Marshmallow's Candy Floss Marshmallow in Liberty

The Naked Marshmallow’s Candy Floss Marshmallow in Liberty

Contains MILK. States “May also contain PEANUTS, Other NUTS, MILK or SOYA.

Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Dips as seen in Liberty

Dark Chocolate Honeycomb Dips as seen in Liberty

States “May contain traces of MILK. All Products are made in an environment where PEANUTS, NUTS, DAIRY, EGGS, MILK and SOYA are used.

Salted Caramel Honeycomb Dips as seen in Liberty

Salted Caramel Honeycomb Dips as seen in Liberty

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “All products are made in an environment where PEANUTS, DAIRY, EGGS, MILK & SOYA are used.


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THE CO-OPERATIVE: Located on High Streets, I have found three Chocolate products under their own manufacturing name which are GLUTEN FREE:

I found that they stock many of foodie gifts such as special sponge cakes but these are made with Wheat Flour and CONTAIN GLUTEN. These three gift items are GLUTEN FREE:

Belgian Chocolate hollow Bear with confectionery decoration

Belgian Chocolate hollow Bear with confectionery decoration

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “Also may contain NUTS

White Chocolate Lolly with Confectionery  decoration by The Co-Op

White Chocolate Lolly with Confectionery decoration by The Co-Op

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “Also may contain NUTS

Milk Chocolate Lolly with Confectionery  decoration by The Co-Op

Milk Chocolate Lolly with Confectionery decoration by The Co-Op

Contains MILK & SOYA. States “Also may contain NUTS


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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.

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 in 2016 in The Netherlands.


 

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This information was correct as of February 2017.

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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