Tesco Chocolate Melting Middle Puddings (DF, LF, GF)

 

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If you have become dairy free recently and miss Gu, this one is for you!

Purchased from: Tesco

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free, but not suitable for vegans

Description of product: A gluten free chocolate cake dessert, with a melt-in-the-middle chocolate sauce.

My review:

Luxury desserts are hard to come by when you are dairy free.  Additionally hard if you want to avoid gluten as well.  Sometimes this is just what you want when you are entertaining, or if you just want a really special treat.

I was initially disappointed when I opened the puddings as they seemed quite small in size.  However, these melting middle puddings are very rich and chocolatey in taste, and the size is probably about right.

They are very easy to cook, as they just need to be popped into the microwave for a few seconds.  I originally wondered if this would be long enough, but it really was the perfect amount of time to keep the middle nice and gooey.

The flavour of these puddings is amazing.  You wouldn’t know they are dairy and gluten free, and you could serve them up to anyone without them guessing.  They have a lovely light texture, and the melting chocolate in the middle really is a delicious treat and nice contrast to the light cake.  They have a strong chocolate flavour to them, and are very rich.  I think they would taste delicious with cream, too!

As I initially said, if you miss Gu, these are for you!  My friends and I absolutely love Gu at a get together, and I really hate missing out on this treat.  These melting middle puddings are 100% the closest dairy and gluten free things I have found to my beloved Gu.

Rating: 5/5

Valsoia soya ice cream (DF, LF, GF)

With the weather warming up, I have found a delicious new ice cream to enjoy.

Purchased from: Ocado

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free

Description of product: A tub of dairy free vanilla and chocolate ice cream

My review:

The texture of this ice cream is fantastic.  It is light, airy and easy to scoop from the tub.  It isn’t hard at all.  The chocolate ice cream has little pieces of chocolate studded into it.

I like the fact that you get two different flavours of ice cream in the tub.  This means you don’t have to choose between buying one flavour over another.  You also get to combine the flavours if you wish to create a dessert, or just have two flavours of ice cream in a cone!  When dairy free can equal expensive, its nice to be able to get two flavours for the price of one.

I usually don’t enjoy chocolate dairy free ice cream, as I don’t find the flavour that nice.  I was pleasantly surprised to try this one.  It has a very rich chocolate taste and I particularly enjoyed the little pieces of chocolate embedded in it.  There was a nice creamy flavour to it, and tastes very similar to a dairy chocolate ice cream.  The vanilla ice cream tends to be my favourite dairy free flavour.  This one is also delicious.  It has a nice creamy taste to it and quite a subtle vanilla flavour.  The two go really well together and complement one another nicely.

Rating: 5/5

 

 

 

Lactose free cheese from Tesco! (LF, V, DF)

I am absolutely in love with cheese!  It has always been a staple of my diet, and one of the things I was most heartbroken to lose when I began a lactose free diet.

Things have come a long way since those days.  There are lots of different options on the market for the lactase challenged – some delicious, some not.  Recently, I have noticed an increase in the different cheeses on the market, and decided to try and review a few.

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Tesco Lactose Free Mascarpone

Purchased from: Tesco

Lactose/dairy free: Lactose free

Description of product: Soft mascarpone cheese, made with cow’s milk but without the lactose!

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Tesco Soya Alternative to Cream Cheese

Purchased from: Tesco

Lactose/dairy free: Dairy free and suitable for vegans

Description of product: A dairy free, soya alternative to cream cheese

My review:

Taste

I enjoyed the taste of both the cheeses, but they did have a slight difference in flavour.  You can tell that the mascarpone is made from cows’ milk from the creamier flavour.  It has a very rich flavour to it.  The soya cream cheese does taste just like a regular cheese, and although it isn’t as creamy, the flavour is still just as enjoyable.

Texture

The mascarpone has a lovely soft texture to it, easy to use, spread and scoop from the tub.  With it being made from cows’ milk, it just has the same kind of texture as a regular cream cheese would.

Unfortunately, the soya cheese doesn’t have the same kind of texture as regular cheese and is quite hard in the tub.  However, you can spread the cheese onto crackers without much difficulty and it has a nice thick texture once on your favourite cracker!

Uses

I have used the mascarpone for cooking, and it worked really well as a pasta sauce.  With the flavour of it, I am sure you can use it for lots of different things.

The soya cheese was used for spreading, which worked really well.  However, with the texture, I am not sure it could be used for cooking.

Summary

Both cheeses had a good taste and I would definitely recommend them and buy them again.  However, I think they are probably better for different uses.  In addition, if you are vegan, the soya cheese is a great alternative to a cream cheese containing cows’ milk.

Rating:

Mascarpone: 5/5

Soya cheese: 4/5

 

 

 

Flora Freedom Spread (LF, DF, V)

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I have to admit to being a lover of ‘real butter’, which is, in fact, very low in lactose. Therefore, I can get away with having it sometimes.  However, it is not an option for every day.  I usually purchase Lactofree Spreadable, as it has such a delicious buttery taste, which I just haven’t found in its sunflower spread or soya counterparts.  Unfortunately, I had run out and there wasn’t any of my usual brand in the local shop, which lead me to trying Flora Freedom instead, and I have to say, I am glad I did!

This product has a really good texture to it and is easy to spread onto toast, crackers or bread.  It has quite a creamy taste to it, and is close to a buttery flavour, which is always a winner in my book!  Having tried other spreads in the past, I can honestly say I didn’t enjoy the taste of them on their own, for example, on toast, with no other flavours to mask it.  But this spread tastes just as good on it’s own when paired with your favourite bread or cracker.  The taste isn’t exactly like butter or a buttery spread would be, but it has a nice taste to it.

I can’t, unfortunately, comment on if it is any good for cooking and baking, as this isn’t something I have tried yet. Feel free to drop me a comment if you have tried it out.

Purchased from: Co-Op

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free and packaging states it is suitable for vegans

Description of product: A substitute for dairy-based butters and spreads.

Rating: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tesco Low Fat Apricot Yoghurt – Lactose free (LF)

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Before I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant and therefore began avoiding dairy, I wasn’t too bothered about buying yoghurts.  I really could take or leave them, unless they were a fancy creation.  However, I realised that as someone who doesn’t eat dairy, I needed to make sure my calcium intake was up to scratch.  I have never enjoyed milk, and as such would never drink a glass of it, or include it in anything where I could still taste it.  For this reason, I began to include yoghurt into my diet to help with my calcium intake.  Most soya ones have calcium added to them, and any that are lactose free yet made with cow’s milk contain as much as they usually would.

This yoghurt was a great find at Tesco.  There seems to be a lack in the variety of flavours that lactose and dairy free yoghurts come in, and I often get bored with the selections available.  I just had to try this apricot one.

The yoghurt was very thick and creamy in texture, and had a decent amount of apricot pieces.  It had a pleasant taste – not too sweet or sour, with a subtle amount of fruitiness. As with other lactose free products, you may find it quite rich to begin with, but it really is worth giving it a go.

Tesco own brand lactose free yoghurts also come in a few different flavours, including raspberry, strawberry and cherry.

Rating: 5/5

Tesco Lactose and Gluten Free Granola Yoghurt (LF, GF)

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Upon a recent trip to Tesco, I was pleasantly surprised to see a large increase in dairy and lactose free products.  Some of these included a new range of lactose free products made by Tesco.

Purchased from: Tesco

Dairy/lactose free: Lactose free only – contains cow’s milk, so not suitable for someone with a milk allergy, but fine for the lactase challenged among us.

Description of product: A pot of plain yoghurt, made from cow’s milk with added lactase enzyme.  It comes with a sachet of oat granola (gluten free) and a spoon for eating on the go.

My review:

I was really excited when I saw this product on the shelf.  Sometimes breakfast can be a little boring and I find myself stuck for ideas.  I try to include plenty of dairy substitutes in my diet to make sure I have enough calcium, and often include a yoghurt at breakfast time for this reason.

The granola on top is a red berry flavour, so combines freeze dried berries with oat granola, like you may find in similar breakfast cereals.  Along with the granola is a pot of plain yoghurt, made from cow’s milk with lactase enzyme added, to help us lactase challenged enjoy it without any side effects.

I added the granola to the yoghurt and mixed it together.  Even though there didn’t seem to be a large amount of granola to begin with, when mixed together there was a good yoghurt to granola ratio.  I enjoyed having the different textures of the crunchy granola and smooth yoghurt together.

The yoghurt itself had a lovely creamy texture and taste to it.  I don’t think I have had a dairy or lactose free one before that has tasted as good as this one.  If you are not used to eating lactose free, rather than dairy free, you may find the taste too sickly at first, but once you get used to it, it is most enjoyable.

I was surprised at how filling this product was and I didn’t need anything else to add to my breakfast.  If you wanted to, you could probably add some fresh fruit.

Rating: 5/5