With only five weeks until Christmas (where has this year gone?!) I’ve been on the hunt for some gluten free Christmas products. This is my first Christmas as a Coeliac, and I’ve heard that this time of year can sometimes be extra difficult as so many social occasions are primarily based around food, whether that be Christmas meals out or stay at home buffets etc. I’ve actually been really impressed with the amount of Christmas themed food products that are available, and it’s great to see the ranges expanding as the big day nears, so here’s a quick round up of some of my finds …..
Delicious Alchemy – one of the traditions in my household is to bake a home made Christmas cake which lasts us across the whole festive period of Christmas and New Year. Following its popularity last year, DA have brought back their super easy Christmas cake fruit mix (£5) which is not only gluten free, but also dairy free and suitable for vegetarians. Simply add in some butter, eggs and brandy to the mix and you’re good to go.
Moo – what’s Christmas without an advent calendar to count down the days until Santa arrives?! Moo have come to the rescue for all those with allergies and have a really nice “Moo Free” advent calendar which is gluten free, soya free, dairy free, vegan, and organic. (Waitrose/Sainsburys £4.75)
Sainsburys – if you’re not one for baking, Sainsburys have a gluten free Christmas cake in a red Christmas tree design for £10, and has 10 servings – perfect for Christmas Day evening watching the Christmas box sets!
Coori – traditionally from Italy, the Panettone is a sweet bread with dried fruit. Coori have both the traditional and a chocolate chip version available to ore order for £11, perfect to bring out in an emergency for the unexpected Christmas visitors!
Tesco – as a child, the stocking from Santa wouldn’t be complete without a chocolate selection box! This year, Tesco have launched a gluten free and dairy free selection box instore (£2) including white and milk chocolate bars, and white and milk chocolate buttons. A really fun decorated box, ideal for children!
Asda – if you’re looking for a foody Christmas activity, Asda have the most ideal free from gingerbread house set for only £4.50! The box includes a gingerbread biscuit mix to bake your house, along with icing and sprinkles to decorate. If Christmas cake or gingerbread isn’t your thing, Asda also have a gluten and wheat free chocolate Yule log for £4.50 which would make the perfect Christmas dinner dessert!
Marks and Spencer and Lakeland – buying foody gifts for anybody with allergies or intolerances can sometimes be difficult, but this year I’ve found two great gluten free hampers; one in M&S and one in Lakeland. For £40, the M&S hamper includes Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies, a box of dairy chocolates, white chocolate and coconut popcorn and a bottle of wine. Over at Lakeland, a £24.99 gluten free hamper includes Christmas pudding, white chocolate and nut cookies, milk chocolate honeycomb bar, plough and pickle, salted nuts and some Earl Grey tea. Lovely gifts for any foodies!
This is only a small selection of products, but I know there are plenty more in various stores, including mince pies, chocolate coins, gingerbread baubals kits, gluten free stuffing, Christmas puddings and party food. Let me know if you find any particularly nice Christmas treats in your local stores! Happy Christmas!!