Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Finally, in this Part 3: Delightful Drinks & Crisps I review all the drink products and savoury crisps that I tried and tasted at this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show. On my blog (www.GlutenFreePSD.wordpress.com) this is the final review of the show after : Part 1: Perfect Products (which includes NEW GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars and Sweet Treats that I tried and tasted) and Part 2: Strange & Special (which covers the weird and wonderful products which I’m not so sure about!). It is one of the leading European shows for Natural and Organic products (including health, food and beauty) and the 2017 event was the 21st edition attracting its biggest attendance yet.
TRUE NOPAL Cactus Water was a strange one! It tasted like a weak blackcurrant cordial with a light fresh fruity taste but probably too light for me. It was refreshing but not amazing.
BIOTTA Vegetable Juice: And already featured in Part 2 as this was rather strange! Vegetable Juices which looked very colourful and correctly smelt and then tasted like their respective vegetables. I tried the Potato Juice which was powerful stuff with a real whiff of my allotment but wrongly in a liquid form. The purple carrot juice tasted the most “normal” but I couldn’t imagine this will be something I shall be buying:
BARLEY CUP: As a Coeliac, this seemed quite a strange choice to even try but after hearing that it was GLUTEN FREE and had had all the Gluten removed I couldnt help trying. The taste is a little grainy with a dark coffee-like kick but much lighter in terms of depth of flavour. I had the one with added Dandelions but couldn’t really taste what they were meant to. A hot warming drink but not one I’ll rush back for!
CHOC CHICK: A delicious Hot Chocolate drink which is both dairy free and GLUTEN FREE. They also had a mandarin one but the plain regular one was a good Hot Chocolate with a good flavour and thickness and not too powdery.
BREXIT DRINKS: With an Energy Drink called BREXIT: it tastes like any other energy drink in a can. Tried a little bit of this but didn’t say I warmed to these kind of products.
FROO-T: A fairtrade fruit juice drink with added White Tea rather than water. They advised that this is better for you and has a less sweet taste than water and sugar (as they use Steviol). A pleasant enough drink:
CHIKKO: So this product was emblazened with “not coffee” like it was a badge of honour. Indeed, it isn’t coffee but a Chicory based drink with a dark rich flavour. It does have a caffine like taste but they are very keen to advise that it is caffine free.
And plenty of crisps and snacks were on show at the Natural & Organic Show in 2017:
LANDGARTEN: Austrian snack company were also offering tastings of their Chocolate freeze-dried fruits at the show as well as these exciting Soya Snack bags:
ACROSS THE OCEANS: Cassava Crisps which had a good crunch made from Cassava (which is better known as Tapioca). It was different but not amazing!
Also for tasting was crisps made out of Taro, another root vegetable. This was covered in a delicious Irish Cheddar so it was hard to know whether I liked the raw constitution of taro or the flavouring.
RW GARCIA: Blue coloured Corn Tortilla Chips: these are made from naturally blue corn (which they had a jar of to prove that no colourings had been added). Disappointingly, they tasted like regular corn chips:
EAT REAL: Quinoe Puffs which actually taste like wotzits crisps as they’re light and airy.
BURTS: After a solid range of GLUTEN FREE crisps and Lentil Chips, they’ve extended their range to include Quinoa Crinkles as well now. I tried the Sweet Pepper and Chorizo which had a good kick to it with some mild chili flavours as well as the West Country Cream Cheese which was a light cheesy sauce and these were advised to be better than regular crisps due to the fat contents!
THE GOOD CRISP COMPANY: Looking and tasting (from what I remember) like a famous cousin: these stacked crisps are crunchy with just amount of added flavour on both sides of this cracker. It was difficult to stop eating them once I had started!
So lots of NEW and exciting GLUTEN FREE Chocolate products at the Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show.
Check out my other blog posts on: Part 1: Perfect Products (which includes NEW GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars and Sweet Treats that I tried and tasted and Part 2: Strange & Special (which covers the weird and wonderful products which I’m not so sure about!)
Food Shows on my blog include Hotelympia @Excel Centre, Country Living Spring Fair@Islington’s Design Center, Foodie Festival @Truman Brewery, Europe’s largest Allergy & Free From Show in London and it’s sister show inLiverpool, as well as BBC Good Food and the Salon Du Chocolat, and even the Speciality & Fine Food Show, Food Matters LIVE. Overseas Shows include the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in Stamford, CT, USA. And in 2017, a new show appeared at Olympia, London called Top Drawer.
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 my posts and excludes many Chocolatiers and High Street stores covered in my posts).
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This information was correct as of April 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!