I have been on the hunt over the last few weeks for gluten free Easter treats that I felt were worthy of a little shout out. And the good news there are lots. From the classics, that have been knocking around for years, to a few new discoveries, that I have taste tested and then something that I haven’t yet tried but would really like to.
And I’m hoping that within the goodies I’m about to tell you about, there may be a ‘hidden gem’ that you weren’t aware was suitable for your gluten free diet.
Sainsburys Free From chocolate hot cross buns
I have to be totally honest with you, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy these, as I do love traditional hot cross buns and so wasn’t too sure about chocolate being thrown into the mix. However, I was pleasantly surprised as these buns really are delicious. And I will certainly be picking some more up when I’m next in Sainsburys!
Coop gluten free hot cross buns
I fell for the packaging and the look of these buns and I wasn’t disappointed. They were lovely and soft and for me, filled with just the right amount of fruit and spice. Delicious toasted with butter!
Lindt Strawberry and cream and Stracciatella egg
I’m a fan of Lindt chocolate, with its melt in the mouth quality. But unfortunately, a lot of Lindt products do contain gluten, so you have to be extra careful when picking things out. These two eggs within their range have no gluten contain ingredients or may contain warnings on the pack. I haven’t actually tried these but have included them as I thought they might be something you may fancy.
Dark and white chocolate Lindt bunny (picked up from a large Sainsburys store)
Thanks to somebody doing a little shout out on Instagram the other day I discovered that the dark and white Lindt bunnies are gluten free – unlike the milk chocolate ones with the red ribbon which are not, as they contain barley malt. The dark chocolate Bunny will actually be winging its way over to Australia, as I thought would be a nice treat for my sister in law Kate, who just loves Lindt dark chocolate! The white chocolate one is my treat!
Sainsburys Taste the Difference Swiss dark chocolate eggs
I was really taken with these eggs wrapped tightly in their pretty pink foil and glad I picked them up as they were lovely! Perfect little chocolate shot to enjoy with a freshly brewed coffee.
Montezuma’s milk chocolate peanut butter mini eggs (Sainsburys purchase)
If like me, you love your peanut butter I think you will love these too. They say mini eggs on the pack, but they are a good size – one was plenty for me to enjoy with a cuppa and the sweet and salty combination and buttery texture was yummy!
Bon Bons chocolate lollipop (picked these up from Bents Home and Garden – one of my very favourite happy places!)
How sweet are these chocolate lollipops?!! I couldn’t resist picking up Dillon duck, Henrietta Hen and two Florence flower – and of course had to share their cute names with you too! These particular chocolate lollipops had no gluten containing ingredients or ‘may contain’ on the pack but not all Bon Bon chocolates are gluten free so do be mindful of this should you choose to pick anything else up from their range! I have only tried ‘Dillon duck’, despite being yellow, it tasted of white chocolate and was lovely! The other lollipops will be little Easter gifts.
Free From choc bunny by Sainsburys
So far, I have just had a quick nibble of this little one’s ears, as I wanted to be able to share my thoughts with you – saving the rest for later! Well, this Free From bunny is really, really good, and would make the perfect little treat for anybody that loves their chocolate but also has to avoid dairy.
I spotted a few more eggs at Sainsbury’s that were free from gluten, dairy and also suitable for Vegans too.
Buttermilk Easter eggs
There’s a great choice of Buttermilk eggs about and a few of them have won Great Taste Awards. Snapped this shot whilst at Bents Home and Garden and all of these particular eggs were marked up as gluten free on the back of the packs. There may be some other varieties that are not gluten free so do check out to ensure all good to go!
I picked out the Free From choc orange egg from the Buttermilk range. I picked it up from Sainsbury’s and I choose this one, as I wanted to check out an egg that was also dairy dree and suitable for Vegans. Very Impressed with this egg. It has a lovely orange flavour; great texture and if I hadn’t known, I would never have known it was dairy free.
A lot of Cadburys chocolate is gluten free, but you do have to be on your guard and always check individual packs, as some of their products, even if they don’t have gluten containing ingredients, sometimes have a ‘may contain wheat’ warning on the pack. This is due to the way the product has been produced and they include this warning to let you know there is a real risk of gluten cross contamination within the product. I do not eat anything with ‘may contain’ or ‘not suitable’ warnings and would never recommend that you do either. It does appear that I have managed to check out a lot of Cadbury’s treats. Here we go with my favourites…….
Cream eggs (big and small ones) – Been eating these since I was a child and it makes me very happy, that despite now having dietary needs I can still indulge in their yumminess!!
Mini eggs – Easter would not be Easter for me, without a pack of mini eggs. My amazing Mum used to buy a tube of these every year for me and my brother. Always pairing them up with a small gift for us to open too.
Dairy milk bunny filled with vanilla mouse – Perfect little afternoon sugar rush and gorgeous with a cuppa!
Easter egg hunt – You get a box of 10 small hollow chocolate eggs and a bag of mini eggs that can be dotted around your place for the little (and big) ones to find! I did pick up 2 packs of these for gifts, but the other day I gave Neil the go-ahead to tuck into a box, as our ‘emergency chocolate supply’ had all gone!
Ultimate crunchie bits egg – Oh, my word this is seriously good!! When I checked out the packaging on this egg, I just hoped and prayed I would be able to eat it – and yes, I could!!!!! Especially loved, the extra thick parts of this chocolate egg, with the crunchie bits nicely dotted throughout. If crunchie and chocolate is your thing, I hope you manage to treat yourself or somebody to one of these amazing eggs!!
I popped into M&S the other day and they had a great selection of Eater eggs and other Easter treats. Most of them I checked were suitable for a gluten free diet, but do just double check if you choose to pick anything out to be sure. The egg that caught my eye (and captured my heart!) was this Jazzie egg, and I was delighted to discover despite its ‘happy sprinkles’ – which are very often not gluten free – it was safe for me to tuck into! By the time I spotted this, I had purchased and eaten rather a lot of chocolate eggs, so I didn’t buy it at the time. But it is now on my mind, so may have to head back over to M&S and treat myself – again!
So there you go, that is me just scratching the surface of this years gluten free Easter treats. For lots more goodies check out Coeliac Uk’s comprehensive list.
Hope the Easter bunny is extremely kind to you and yours!
Quick thing to mention, as it’s something that nearly caught me out. When you’re checking the suitability of eggs, do double check both the egg and the treat inside, as I’ve spotted a few eggs that were safe, but then the goodie inside was not and vice versa. Also, manufactures can change their ingredients at any point, so it’s always good to keep checking products to make sure still OK for your own dietary needs.