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Blogmas Day 6 | Free From Christmas
With more and more people becoming dairy, gluten and wheat free you can expect to find a pretty decent range of products in the supermarket nowadays and this year I have found that they have all upped their game with their Christmas goodies. People with intolerances/allergies can now eat mince pies, Christmas cake, a huge selection of party food and now even cheese which up until a few years ago was unimaginable to think that you could enjoy versions of food that you can no longer eat
Here is what I have found in the supermarkets for a Free From Christmas.
What is Christmas without chocolate? Whether you are vegan or intolerant then there are selection boxes, advent calendars and even boxes of fancy chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth. These Marks and Spencer’s Dairy Free Selection are sooo good and these little Booja Booja truffles are the most amazing chocolatey things I have ever tasted!
These iced mince pies from Sainsbury’s are the best ones I have tried and they are wheat, gluten and dairy free. Also they look so pretty with their dusting of gold glitter and go lovely with some Mulled Wine or Cider. If you are just gluten free, Marks and Spencer also do a mean mince pie too.
Sainsbury’s have a good range of dairy free cheese made from coconut milk with Cheddar, Cheddar style and caramelised onion, Wensleydale style and cranberries, Greek style and even garlic & herb soft cheese, all suitable for vegans. Other stores stock soya cheeses if you like those but I am not keen on soya products. If you want to find out how to do a dairy free cheeseboard I have an upcoming post on that :).
For years party food was off limits as they were mostly pastried, breadcrumbed or battered with an inch of its life but now you will a larger offering of party snacks for you to devour at your festive get-together. Marks and Spencer is the winner with their selection but I’ve just noticed that Tesco has added a few items to their Finest range too. One thing that I have noticed though is that many of the gluten free party foods were cheese based so if you have more than one intolerance (which many do) then you can’t have them either. I picked up these cocktail sausages, Asian chicken lollipops and the Yakatori chicken skewers from the M & S range, I will be doing a party food taste test post with a few other items soon.
If you are having the traditional Roast Turkey, then you will find no gluten/dairy in there but your trimmings however are loaded with them from the stuffing, gravy and sometimes even the roast potatoes have a coating on them if you buy them ready made. All the supermarkets seem to now have gluten free stuffing, pigs in blankets, you can even get gluten free croquette potatoes made by Mash Direct. If you are having Christmas pudding for dessert then both Sainsburys and Tesco have a gluten & dairy free version, I’m not a Christmas pudding lover so will have to pass on giving it the taste test.
If you have found anymore Free From Christmas products then let me know as I love to try them out or not if you think they are awful :)!