Yuletide Eats and Christmas Treats
Whether it’s you who has the food allergies, or whether it’s a loved one or close friend, shopping for delicious foods or safe and special gifts at this time of year is never easy. All those nutty puddings, all those milky chocolate assortments, all those heavily fragranced perfumes and cosmetics … Those with sensitivities inevitably feel a bit under-catered for when it comes to Christmas.
But the good news is that some of the most allergy-friendly brands do come into their own at this time of year and put out a number of seasonal products which are thoughtful and appealing, and which would make terrific gifts or stocking fillers … as well as having strong free from and allergy friendly attributes.
Alex Gazzola offers some suggestions of where to look …
A top tip to remember with chocolate is that it is at high risk of ‘may contain traces’ warnings, as it is so tricky to clean chocolate lines which manufacture both allergy safe and allergen containing chocolate. Always check labelling carefully. Bear in mind that ‘vegan’ does not always mean ‘milk free’ automatically. On the other hand, don’t assume that high street brands aren’t suitable for your needs too.
One of the most exciting launches for the allergy community this year came from NOMO chocolate (www.nomochoc.com) Standing for NO Missing Out, and coming from the house of well-known nut-free brand Kinnerton, NOMO hit the road running in Spring, launching a small collection of chocolate bars, including Creamy Choe, Dark Chocolate, Fruit & Crunch, and Caramel & Sea Salt – all of it vegan and free of all declarable allergens.
In summer NOMO announced they would be adding an advent calendar later in the year. It’s now available at Holland and Barrett and features 25 doors of allergen-free yumminess so you can safely treat yourself every day – 12 chocolate disks, 12 caramel and sea salt discs, plus a full-size chocolate bar for Christmas Day. RRP is £9.99 for 275g.
Although not fully allergen free in that they use soya, Cocoa Libre (www.cocolibre.co.uk) is a more established brand with superb allergy credentials, including being safely nut, peanut and milk free.