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The twelve days of a gluten free Christmas …summary

And so we have finished our 12 days of Christmas. We have taste tested gluten free Christmas food from all the main supermarkets, so that there is national availability of those items we thought stood out or tasted the best. Some food items were better than others, some work really well gluten free and some don’t. In all cases we have presented an independent opinion on the products we felt were the best, in terms of taste, texture and overall eating experience.

It’s been an interesting journey for us, because we normally make the majority of our Christmas food ourselves. However, it wasn’t about cooking for us, it was about reviewing the available gluten free Christmas food. The purpose was to enable caterers to easily source gluten free trimmings to complement their Christmas menus.

If you have found any of the videos / blogs to be useful, then please share them to anyone you know in catering. It would be really nice if we could show the food service industry the range of gluten free Christmas food readily available in every town and how easy it is to source them.

Click the video below to see a summary of the results of our taste testing.

On the twelfth day of a gluten free Christmas …other Christmas fayre

Sadly we have come to the end of our 12 days of a gluten free Christmas. 🙁 For this taste testing, we reviewed some of the other products that are available, that didn’t really fit in to any other day! It is worth noting that most of the supermarkets have really ‘upped their game’ this year. There is so much more availability of gluten free treats, it would be really nice if the food service industry did the same and provided the trimmings to complement their Christmas meals.

Like the Christmas desserts on day nine, On the ninth day of Christmas …gluten free desserts, there were no specific winners in this category – it’s more of an appraisal of the items that we feel may or may not be worth purchasing.

As always, all of the products are reviewed independently and the commentary is our own.

Click the video below to see the results of our taste testing.

On the tenth day of a gluten free Christmas …crackers for the cheese board

For the tenth day of Christmas we taste tested gluten free crackers. If you are planning to serve a cheese board post dinner, then we have done all the hard work for you, by reviewing the crackers on offer. There is so much availability and choice now in all the main supermarkets, so it was simply a case of which crackers we preferred!

It is very rare, actually like most things we have taste tested, for me to be served crackers with a cheese board when eating out. In fact I can actually only think of one occasion where this has happened in the twenty plus years I have been diagnosed as a coeliac and that was in a very posh hotel about sixteen years ago!

Although some coeliacs can be lactose intolerant, most of us aren’t and so we would enjoy cheese as a course to finish off a special meal and how wonderful it would be if one could be served gluten free crackers with it too.

As always, all of the products are reviewed independently and the commentary is our own.

Click the video below to see the results of our taste testing.