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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 eleventh day of a gluten free Christmas …Christmas puddings

For the penultimate day of our 12 days of Christmas, we taste tested a range of widely available gluten free Christmas puddings.

Although not fond of fruit cakes in general, I do love Christmas pudding, and always have done. My nan used to make batches of them for all the family and I still have vivid memories of sitting with all my cousins on a large fold up table (with the emergency chairs!). There wasn’t enough room for all the adults to sit as well, so the kids ate first. After a gut busting feed, the brandy would be poured over the pudding, the lights would go off and the pudding would be lit. As kids we all ooooohhhhed and ahhhhhhed at this. The best bit was that my nan always put sixpences in the pudding and somehow ensured every kid got one. Such happy memories….

To review the puddings, we didn’t quite do the ‘pour brandy over and light it’ ceremony, but we did try them hot to get the best taste experience. Most of them microwaved in only 40 seconds, so perfect for caterers to provide a gluten free Christmas pudding to serve at the end of a Christmas meal.

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 ninth day of a gluten free Christmas …yummy desserts

For the ninth day of our 12 days of Christmas we taste tested gluten free desserts – I know…. it is a tough job I do…..

Some of the desserts we tried were frozen and not labelled specifically gluten free. EU allergen legislation demands that if gluten is present as an ingredient on pre-packaged food, then it must be declared as an allergen on the packaging – see the FSA’s website – EU allergen law. This means that if gluten (which includes barley, wheat, oats and rye) is not declared as an allergen on the packaging then it is safe for coeliacs to eat. I have stated oats, because, as I have mentioned previously, some coeliacs cannot tolerate oats (even if they are labelled as gluten free), so if in doubt, please leave it out.

There was quite a bit of choice for this day, so, it would be really lovely to see some of these offered on Christmas menus. If you can make desserts suitable for coeliacs, then even better, but if you don’t have the time, or the kitchen set up to make gluten free desserts safely, then please look at some of these desserts that you can offer.

If you do want to make a dessert that’s not just fruit, then take a look at our KISS Campaign from last year – there may be some ideas there for you.

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.