Booja-Booja Rhubarb and Vanilla Fool Truffles

Ingredients – chocolate (cocoa solids, cane sugar, vanilla), coconut oil, cane sugar, rhubarb, cocoa powder, vanilla extract

After the Vantastic hazelnut truffle disappointment, I decided it was time to try Booja-Booja truffles. Booja-Booja did everything right that Vantastic did wrong; the packaging was so beautiful that these could be a gift and the flavour was, well it left me speechless.

This is a problem if you want to write a review so I decided to recruit some Allergy friends to taste test them for me. “I don’t like truffles that much,” said one sceptically then she ate it and made foodgasm noises. We decided that these truffles have a Willy Wonka character as the flavour is revealed in three stages. Firstly, there is the bitter dark cocoa dusting then the smoothness of the truffle. Finally, there is the acidic bite of the rhubarb as a final note. The truffle sceptic was fully converted. The rest of us just wished I had bought a bigger box.

Ananda Food’s Round Up (free from Wagon Wheels!)

Ingredients – Biscuit: Gluten free flour, sugar, Non hydrogenated vegetable fat, soya milk, organic cocoa, cornflour, salt, organic Madagascan Vanilla extract, bicarbonate of soda, xanthine gum.
Marshmallow: British sugar, water, glucose-fructose syrup, modified starch, rice starch, vegetable glycerine, agar, plant derived emulsifiers, organic Madagascan vanilla, locust bean gum, organic sea salt. Chocolate: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural vanilla flavouring. Jam: strawberries, sugar, cane sugar, concentrated lemon juice, gelling agent (fruit pectin), tapioca starch.

The packaging describes these as gelatine, wheat and dairy free wagon wheels. Well, Rounds Ups are to Wagon Wheels what a Heston Blumenthal burger is to McDonald’s. These biscuits were absolutely delicious. I think they are my all time favourite gluten free/vegan treat.

The biscuit had a good texture, which is fairly miraculous for a gluten free product. The marshmallow was chewy in the right way. The quantity of jam was just right. The dark chocolate was good quality. The only minus point I can think of is that the first ingredient (gluten free flour) was a bit vague. With the Allergy Brothers’ extensive range of obscure allergies, we need to know exactly what we are getting. Although, this is slightly academic in our case as they would be allergic to several other ingredients. I, however, am not so I will be ordering more of these to hide in my secret “boys are in bed” stash.

Thanks to The Den Vegan Cafe, Colchester for stocking them in the first place.

Suma Plain Chocolate Raisins

0008744_suma-plain-chocolate-raisins_300Ingredients – raisins, cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, glazing agents: gum Arabic and vegetable protein, soya lecithin.

Here at Allergy Towers, these are kept for the grown ups because a) I am not sure “vegetable protein” narrows it down enough and I like to know exactly what the Allergy Brothers are eating and b) they pack quite a punch as they are really properly dark chocolatey. They come into their own about 4pm on a rainy day in the middle of the school holidays when you need something to get you through the last bit before bedtime, but gin seems a bit wrong.

The Cool Chile Company

1436967680_290_335We find that Mexican food can be really good for gluten free eating. We buy fresh corn tortillas from the Cool Chile Company. The tortillas arrive in big vacuum packed bags that go straight in the freezer. We then peel off the individual tortillas as we want them. After a few minutes in a hot pan, we have fresh and warm tortillas. As far as I know the Cool Chile Company is the only place in the UK to buy fresh tortillas. www.coolchile.co.uk

Nakd Bakewell Tart

Nakd Bakewell Tart

INGREDIENTS: Dates, cashews, raisins, natural flavouring.

Brain: No way, I don’t believe that this can taste like Bakewell tart.
Taste buds: OMG! It totally tastes like Bakewell tart. This is the best raw food bar ever!
Heart : Boys, come try this delicious thing. It tastes exactly like Bakewell tart.
Brain: I think you have forgotten that they have never eaten Bakewell tart, have no idea what you are talking about, and are stepping away from the scary, over excited Mummy.