Preparing for a #FreeFrom Christmas

Almost 12 months ago, Q was diagnosed with a cows milk allergy and ever since I’ve spent hours reading the ingredients lists on the back of food packets.  We’ve generally found it difficult to find tasty dairy-free products readily available in supermarkets – that is until recently.  

A few days ago, I made a trip to Asda and raided their Free From shelves of  the Christmas treats.  I was really quite impressed at the amount of milk free options – most of which are also Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Egg Free.  I picked up some Gingerbread Santa cookies, Mini Tiffin Bites, Mince Pies, a huge Yule Log, Reindeer Cake, and more. 

Asda FreeFrom
Asda FreeFrom

The boys and I thought it would be fun to do a bit of a taste test to rate how we found some of the products…  So we’ll start with the Gingerbread Santas.  They are Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Dairy Free and cost £1.20 for a box of 6.

Asda FreeFrom

Q loves these; they’re quite big and whilst they come in a box of six, they’re divided between three packets inside the box to make sure they keep as fresh as possible.  O wasn’t such a fan, saying that they were hard to bite – but I don’t know of any soft gingerbread biscuits!  
Scores: Q 10/10       O 4/10       S 7/10           Total Score:  21/30

Asda FreeFrom

Next up, Free From Mince Pies.  These are Gluten Free, Wheat Free and Milk Free and cost £1.50 for a box of 4.

Asda FreeFrom

Q said the filling looked burnt (that’s toddlers for you!) so didn’t really want to try these, but O got right stuck in.  He said that the filling was really yummy, well, that the whole thing was really yummy!  I thought there was quite a lot of pastry, but the pies are of a really good size and would go really well with a glass of mulled wine!  
Scores: Q N/A       O 8/10       S 8/10           Total Score:  16/20

Asda FreeFrom
Asda FreeFrom

We found this fantastic celebration cake on the Free From shelves in Asda and I couldn’t leave him behind!  Roddy the Reindeer cake is Gluten Free and Dairy Free, serves 10 and cost us a mere £6.00.  

Both the kids loved this chocolate cake – the chocolate frosting is delicious and Q loved the little fondant stars on his back.  O says that his feet were nice too.  The soft sponge was lovely and moist, and I’d really recommend it for any kiddies.
Scores: Q 10/10       O 9/10       S 9/10           Total Score:  28/30

Asda FreeFrom
Asda FreeFrom

Next up, the Mini Tiffin Bites.  These are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free and Egg Free making them Vegan friendly too!  You can pick up a packet of nine bites for £2.50.

Made with Belgian Chocolate and chocker full of sultanas, these Tiffin bites are delicious.  Really chocolatey and nice and chewy, so they last a bit longer than two seconds!  
Scores: Q 10/10       O 9/10       S 9/10           Total Score:  28/30

Asda FreeFrom
Asda FreeFrom
Asda FreeFrom

These FreeFrom Choc Truffles come in a little net bag, wrapped to look like dodgy Brussels Sprouts and are Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free and Egg Free.  At £2.00 per 82g bag, they’re great value in my opinion.

These were the absolute favourite with both the boys. They are super tasty, very chocolatey and deceptively not like sprouts at all!  They would make a great stocking filler for any one, but particularly those with allergies.  I’ve had to hide the rest of the packet as the kids would have just continued to eat them until they were all gone! 
Scores: Q 10/10       O 10/10       S 10/10           Total Score:  30/30

That’s everything that we taste tested.  I couldn’t possibly allow the kids to taste everything we picked up, or they would have been too full to eat their tea!  I’ll pop in some photographs of some of the other products we also picked up, so that you can see just how much Asda is flying in the FreeFrom ranges.  I must admit, it’s great to see so much that is suitable for other allergies other than gluten. I’m so impressed with the range and hope it continues into the rest of the year.

Asda FreeFrom
Asda FreeFrom
Asda FreeFrom

We’ll be saving the Christmas Cookie Kit for an activity to do on Christmas Eve, and I’m sure will appreciate our homemade efforts!  I also picked up the tablecloth that you can see in all these photographs at Asda; it’s wipe-clean (perfect with kids) and it was only £6.00.  Another Christmas bargain!

These FreeFrom products and more are available throughout the region including Asda Kendal superstore.  More information relating to the products is available on their website

*This post has been sponsored by Asda, however all words and opinions are our own.

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