It’s the most wonderful [foodie] time of year! Food has always been the central part of Christmas for me and my family and some of my fondest memories from my childhood involve the delicious tastes and smells of the festive season. Since going gluten free however, it has not always been easy to source Christmas treats.
Co-op – a supermarket I have known and shopped in for years – is really ahead of the curve this year, and has introduced a delicious range of sweet treats which, unlike most free from items available in the shops these days, are totally affordable. More importantly, they’re 100% coeliac safe and honestly do not taste gluten free. So, I suggest you have a read below about the products in the range (which I’ve listed in order of personal preference!) and give them a whirl with your family and friends. Gluten free or not, your crew will definitely appreciate these! These products are all available in Co-op stores across the UK now!
1. Cranberry and Orange Tiffin Stackers
I am a massive fan of Tiffin bars in general – there’s something amazing about combining crushed biscuits with chocolate and dried fruit… These Christmas-tasting Cranberry and Orange Tiffin Stackers have a wonderful tang to them, whilst staying true to the origins of a Tiffin. They’re also gorgeous, and covered in edible glitter. What’s not to love?
2. Iced Fruit Cake Stackers
Another traditionally festive item that Co-op has nailed. I am particularly a fan of these as they come in bite-sized form. As fruit cake is traditionally rich, the size means you can indulge without going overboard (or, eat more of them – whichever works!). Beautifully presented and wonderful on a platter.
3. Ruby Reindeer Cupcakes
I don’t need many excuses to tuck into a cupcake, especially not if they’re as cute as these! Delicious moist vanilla sponge topped with fluffy marshmallow and a chocolate reindeer. It’s not always easy to find a gluten free cupcake that is springy and flavourful so I am over the moon with these! Perfect with a cuppa!
4. Free From Mince Pies
Most of you who know me well will know I have never been a massive fan of mince pies. I have grown to realise however that this meant I just had not had a good one! Co-op’s Free From Mince Pies have won me over and are WONDERFUL warmed up in the oven with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side. The pastry is so flaky you will not believe it is gluten free and the filling is tangy, sweet and perfectly spiced for Christmas.
5. Irresistible Spiced Salted Caramel Cookies
Another winner, these decadent cookies are not only jam-packed full of caramel goodness, but are also partially covered in Belgian chocolate, making them very decadent indeed! They are also incredibly moreish, so be warned that the pack will not last long! I would recommend enjoying these with a post-meal coffee!
6. Hand Finished Yule Logs
Co-op has also delighted us with their free from take on a classic – the all mighty Yule Log. Conveniently again, these beautiful yule logs come in small slices, the size of which makes them even easier to polish off! The chocolate sponge base is moist and light, completed by the rich fudgy chocolate topping, decorated beautifully with more glitter. A real crowd pleaser!
This post has been sponsored by Co-op.