Updated for 2021!
This post was first published in 2019, so it seems apt to remind you that allergen labelling changes all the time; always check the label with vigilance before consuming. You can also find more of my free from favourites over on Instagram!
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So, here’s the thing. Whilst there’s no denying that there’s been a huuuuge increase in free from food here in the UK, and it’s been absolutely brilliant for people with gluten and dairy allergies, many of these new developments have proved rather problematic for the nut-allergic community.
Why? Because so many of these brands that proudly proclaim they’re ‘allergy-free’ and ‘allergy-safe’ are full of nuts: one of the most fatal allergens of all. Whenever any existing foodstuff is developed into a free-from product, it often seems to be at the expense of nut allergies. And what’s more, so many of the products that are marketed as ‘nut free’ (either by themselves or others) are in fact, not. As anybody else with life-threatening allergies will know, that ‘may contains’ blanket warning is way too important to disregard.
What it all boils down to is this: many dairy free foods rely on nuts and nut milks as replacement ingredients. So, when you have both a severe peanut allergy and a dairy intolerance, your options for sweet chocolate treats do become limited. And as somebody whose life revolves around when they’re next eating, this has become somewhat problematic.
Therefore, I wanted to research the brands catering for both dairy and nut allergies in the run up to Easter, and which of them are worth the money… and I’ve heroically and selflessly took it upon myself to pig out on chocolate in the name of blogging. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.
But before we jump in, a disclaimer: the foods I mention below were safe for me, at the time of consuming. I’ll include below the allergen statements listed on packaging e.g. ‘dairy free’ or ‘suitable for nut allergies’, but do remember that labels change all the time. If you purchase any of these foods, always check the labels for yourself before consuming. If you’re in any doubt, don’t risk it. Easier said than done I know, but it’s not worth it, even for the most delicious looking treat.
Anyway, now for the fun bit. On to the goodies!