Favorina Dark Chocolate Amaretto Eggs

Ingredients
Sugar, Cocoa mass, Glucose syrup, Cocoa butter, 8% Amaretto liqueur (contains almonds), Maltodextrin, Sunflower lecithin, Vanilla extract.

May also contain milk, other nuts, soya and cereals containing gluten.
Contains alcohol.

My love of discount supermarkets is pretty well documented on this blog.  They really are fantastic sources of unexpectedly free from foods (here is my ode to Lidl; by the way, Aldi had Ilumi food in stock as a special last time I was there).  Lidl know how to make this particular Free From Mummy happy this Easter – dairy free, gluten free Easter eggs with alcohol in.  Aside from the Amaretto version, there are Advocaat eggs (which contain egg) and Irish cream eggs (that contain dairy).  I bought two bags, and I might yet survive the school holidays…

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Snapea Rice Sticks

Ingredients

Green Peas, Rapeseed Oil, Rice, Salt, Calcium Carbonate.

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Do you ever eat a packet of crisps and think that these are nice, but I would really like a snack that is a source of protein, high fibre, and tastes like mushy peas?  Then Yushoi have made the snack for you!  I’m being a bit mean, but these really did bring back memories of school dinners (spam, chips and mushy peas on a Thursday to be exact).  The Snapea rice sticks were fine for ladling up excessive amounts of houmous  so they fulfilled my main snack needs.  Also, I should be nicer because they have a nut free recipe and the packet specifies that the factory does not handle peanuts, nuts and sesame.  This might make somebody’s day.  Just not mine.

Super Seeds Raspberry Cocoa Kick 9 Bar

Ingredients

Mixed Seeds (Sunflower, Pumpkin, Hemp, Sesame), Sugar, Golden Syrup, Vegetable Oils (Palm, Rapeseed), Cocoa Powder, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Natural Flavouring, Sunflower Lecithin, Salt.

May contain nuts, peanuts, milk and soya.

One of the lovely things about being an Allergy Mum is that people send me links to possible products and sometimes buy us new things they see.  Thank you, Helen, for thinking of us and buying a 9 Bar for us to try.

This is a really helpful little product.  Unlike most cereal bars, it doesn’t contain peanuts or oats.  It’s also made with sunflower lecithin.  The Allergy Brothers can actually tolerate soya lecithin, although straight soya does cause a reaction, but I know several families that have to avoid soya lecithin. It’s a real pain, especially when there is an easy replacement, sunflower lecithin, that makes the product more accessible.

More importantly, what does it taste like?  I really enjoyed it.  It didn’t taste healthy at all!  It was chocolatey and rich.  The texture was a bit challenging, but not enough to be unpleasant.

Unfortunately, my co-taster, Allergy Little, wasn’t quite so happy.  He is just becoming more aware that there are foods that make him ill and he needs to avoid them.  He knows that he needs to avoid strawberry and I could not persuade him that this bar contained only raspberries.  I guess strawberries and raspberries smell quite similar when mixed with chocolate.  This meant that I had to eat the whole bar or, to put it another way, 217 calories, which is quite a lot for a 40g bar.

I struggle to find appropriate foods to keep the Allergy Brothers fuelled through the day so I think I will try finding the cashew and almond varieties, and see what they think of those.  I’ll just have to make sure I don’t eat them too regularly myself.

Schar Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Ingredients

Apple Filling (50%): [Apple cubes (91%), Sugar, Cinnamon, Ascorbic Acid, Guar Gum, Citric Acid; Margarine [Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Water, Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids, Esters of Fatty Acids and Polyglycerol, Salt, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Extracts of Tocopherols, Aroma, Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene]; Light Brown Sugar, Maize Starch (Sulphites), Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Maize Flour.

May contain soya and milk.

This is the sort of product that I would normally never even bother to check the ingredients list of.  It’s far too unlikely that the Allergy Brothers can eat convenience foods like this.  I only discovered this product because it came up on their list of okay foods from the Food Maestro app.  So here it was; a dessert that I could keep in the freezer and pull out a portion pack when required.  I was already thinking how useful it would be for extended family dinners when I need a dessert for the rest of the family and a dessert for the Allergy Bros.  And then I took it out the oven…

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…As you can see the crumble itself is not burnt so it wasn’t cooked for too long or at a too high temperature, but the plastic tray has melted.  I don’t know about you, but I am not that keen on melted plastic with my food.  I checked the cooking instructions again, but it clearly says to only remove the cardboard box and the plastic wrap.

I did try the crumble (with a generous portion of Almond Dream vanilla icecream) and it was very nice, but, because of the cost and the melting, I think I will just stick with making my own crumble in the future.

Child’s Play Chocolate Bark

We have all been ill here at Allergy Towers, but now we are back and eager to blog again.  We needed a simple idea that Allergy Little and Allergy Niece could do together so we decided to make chocolate bark.

Ingredients

Chocolate (we used dark chocolate that is free of the boys’ allergens)

Sprinkles (please check carefully for your allergens; some of these have very weird ingredients)

That’s it!

Method

  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces.  This might be a good opportunity to taste test the chocolate.20160301_112558-1
  2. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.20160301_113012-1
  3. Lay some baking parchment on a tray.  Pour the melted chocolate on the baking parchment and use a spatula or palette knife to spread the chocolate out.
  4. Cover the chocolate with sprinkles.  You might want to spread them out a little bit more evenly than we managed!20160301_114030-1
  5. Put the tray, baking parchment, and chocolate in the fridge to set.20160301_114109-1.jpg
  6. Then break the chocolate bark up into smaller pieces.  Eat and enjoy.20160301_161823-1