Tesco Free From at Christmas

Christmas is a time where we come together to celebrate with family, friends and good food. When you have intolerances and allergies, this can be a nightmare of a season. Tesco have a great range of free from products and their Christmas selection is excellent! With just a few days left before the big day, these are some of the products I would recommend stocking up on. They were kind enough to send me a hamper full of lovely goodies to try. Although I got these products for free, all opinions are my own.

Vegetable Gravy Granules – £1.80 (170G)
Firstly, you can’t have your Christmas dinner without a good gravy. I have seen so many posts on social media of people asking for a tasty gluten free gravy. Tesco sell this tub of vegetable gravy granules which is free from gluten, wheat and milk. It is also suitable for vegetarians. It’s really easy to use, just as you would any other gravy. The thickness is good and you can add more as you wish. The flavour is lovely. It’s a combination of onions, parsnips and carrots. The vegetables really compliment each other and even meat eaters will enjoy this.

Ingredients:
Potato Starch, Palm Oil, Salt, Flavourings, Sugar, Onion Powder (3%), Caramelised Sugar, Maltodextrin, Parsnip Powder (2%), Carrot Powder (1.5%), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithins)

Allergy Information:
Free From: Milk, Wheat, Gluten
May contain egg, mustard

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Pastry Cases – £3.50 (105g)
I can’t tell you how many times I have unsuccessfully looked for pastry cases. Tesco do a box of 12 mini cases. I love the idea of this product as it’s so versatile. You can fill them with cream cheese & salmon or egg & broccoli as a starter or party food. They can also be filled with jam & fruit or chocolate & cream as dessert. They only take between 8-10 minutes if you put a filling in that needs to be cooked or you can eat them straight from the packet. The possibilities are endless. Let me know what you fill yours with if you get some!

Ingredients:
Potato Starch, Palm Oil, Corn Starch, Sugar, Water, Pasteurised Egg, Coconut Fat, Dried Egg White, Dextrose, Rice Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Thickeners (Guar Gum, Methyl Cellulose), Caramelised Sugar, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate), Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Inulin

Allergy Information:
Free From: Milk, Wheat, Gluten

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Bread Sauce Mix – 35p (40g)

This product really impresses me with the price. At just 35p, it is currently the cheapest bread sauce available at Tesco. I have actually used this before and it was a pleasure to work with. It only takes a couple of minutes to cook on the hob and it produces a lovely thick sauce. Perfect for adding to the Christmas dinner table!

Ingredients:
Gluten Free Breadcrumbs (54%), Rice Flour, Onion Powder, Corn Starch, Flavouring, Salt, Flavour Enhancer (Potassium Chloride), Yeast Extract, Sunflower Oil, Nutmeg, Bay Leaf, Gluten Free Breadcrumbs contain: Rice Flour, Salt, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids)

Allergy Information:
Free From: Milk, Wheat, Gluten
May contain egg and mustard.

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Rich Fruit Cake – £6 (425g)
You can’t have Christmas without a cake! I hadn’t seen an iced fruit cake before I came across this one at Tesco. I don’t usually go for fruit cakes but the flavours in this cake are amazing! I enjoyed it with my family whilst having a nice cup of tea. The icing is gorgeous and the design is beautiful too. The cake isn’t dry and it exceeded my expectations. The only thing I’m not keen about is the amount of ingredients as there are so many!

Ingredients:
Marzipan, Sultanas (16%), Sugar, Raisins (8%), Dark Brown Sugar, Glacé Cherries, Butter (Milk) (4%), Glucose Syrup, Free Range Pasteurised Egg, Brandy (2.5%), Free Range Pasteurised Egg White, Cognac (1.5%), Invert Sugar Syrup, Rice Flour, Potato Flour, Maize Flour, Star Decoration, Whole Almonds, Apricot Purée, Orange Peel, Water, Colours (Plain Caramel, Titanium Dioxide), Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Cornflour, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Lemon Peel, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Carbonate), Mixed Spice, Citric Acid, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Free Range Dried Egg White, Humectant (Glycerol), Marzipan contains: Sugar, Ground Almonds, Glucose Syrup, Water, Invert Sugar Syrup, Glacé Cherries contain: Cherries, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar, Citric Acid, Fruit & Vegetable Extracts (Carrot, Blackcurrant, Radish), Star Decoration contains: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Palm Oil, Invert Sugar Syrup, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Acacia), Colours (Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide), Water, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Humectant (Glycerol), Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Glazing Agent (Shellac)

Allergy Information:
Free From: Wheat, Gluten
May contain traces of other nuts.

fruit-cake

Fondant Truffles – £2 (156g)
This was one of my favourite products. These truffles are free from gluten, wheat, milk and egg but you wouldn’t know it. The flavour is similar to milk chocolate and the centres are so gooey and decadent. Inside the box, there are 15 truffles covered in gold foil. They are a luxurious chocolate which is very pleasant to the senses. I would recommend them to anyone who can’t eat milk and is looking for a delicious chocolate at an amazing value.

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Ingredients:
Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Fondant, Invert Sugar Syrup, Cocoa Mass, Rice Syrup, Inulin, Water, Coconut Oil, Rice Flour, Flavourings, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Fondant contains: Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Water

Allergy Information:
Free From: Milk, Wheat, Gluten

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Salted Caramel Pudding – £3 (200g)

Last but not least, we have the salted caramel pudding. I’m not a huge fan of salted caramel but I do love a steam pudding. This one did not disappoint. The box contains one large pot of pudding suitable for 2 or 1 very hungry person! It’s a shame that it doesn’t contain 2 single serving pots as it’s easier with portion control. It only takes 50 seconds in a microwave and standing time of 1 minute. That sauce is so tasty.

Ingredients:
Salted Caramel Sauce (34%), Sugar, Pasteurised Free Range Egg, Butter (Milk), Rice Flour, Humectant (Glycerine), Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Phosphate), Maize Flour, Invert Sugar Syrup, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Single Cream (Milk), Corn Starch, Cane Molasses, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Salt, Salted Caramel Sauce contains: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Butter (Milk), Golden Syrup, Single Cream (Milk), Water, Maize Starch, Salt, Sunflower Lecithins, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)

Allergy Information:
Free: Gluten, Wheat. May contain nuts.

pudding
In conclusion, I am really pleased with the products I tried from the Christmas Free From range at Tesco. They also do Christmas pudding, mince pies, yule log, cheesecake, stuffing, stuffed turkey and more! Check out the range here.

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