Easter special – Moo Free Bunnycomb Easter Egg. (DF, LF, GF, V)

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If you are bored of just eating plain chocolate, whether this be dark or milk substitute, this egg is the one for you.

Purchased from: Holland and Barratt

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

Description of product: Milk chocolate substitute egg, studded with honeycomb pieces, with a packet of dairy free buttons included.

My review:

There are more and more dairy free products on the market, particularly chocolate ones.  However, most of these are quite plain in nature, and sometimes you may want a variation on this.

Having come late to lactose intolerance, and being a self-confessed chocaholic, I miss different styles of chocolate bar, for example, Crunchie, Mars bars, and Kit-Kat.  This is where Moo Free come in quite nicely.

Moo Free create a range of different flavoured chocolate bars, including honeycomb, orange and mint.  I have enjoyed their chocolate bars on many occasions when I’ve needed a chocolate fix.

This Easter egg is the same as the honeycomb chocolate bar that they sell.  The egg is not huge, but it is good quality.  The addition of the honeycomb pieces that are studded throughout the egg create a crunchy texture and a delicious taste.  As a milk chocolate substitute, it is quite sweet and the honeycomb adds to this.

I like the way that the egg includes a packet of chocolate buttons.  This could make it a really nice gift for a child (or a big kid!) as it provides a similar package to most of it’s dairy counterparts with the sweets and egg combination.  I would definitely not feel left out if I received this egg as a child.

Moo Free eggs also come in orange chocolate (another favourite) and plain, so there is plenty of choice.

If you fancy a different feel to your Easter egg this year, then dig in!

Rating: 5/5

Easter special – Aldi Dark chocolate bunny (DF, LF)

.bunnyMost dairy free goodies come with a large price tag.  However, I was rather excited to find this delicious dark chocolate bunny in Aldi, at a bargain price!

Purchased from: Aldi.

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free.

Description of product: A dark chocolate hollow bunny.

My review:

Fed up of missing out on the Lindt chocolate bunny every year?  Then this one is for you!

I really like the packaging of the product, and the fact it is a little different to an Easter egg.  I think for the bargain price, it is really detailed and I love the little bow around the neck.

The chocolate itself is a less bitter dark chocolate, and as such has quite a sweet flavour to it.  I was also impressed with the thickness of the chocolate.  You may think that as it is so cheap, it would be quite thin, but you do get a really good amount of chocolate.  The bunny holds it shape well, and won’t break easily.  I think this is really important if you intend to give it as a gift.

All in all, a fantastic bargain buy for Easter.  Why not buy five?!

Rating: 5/5

 

Tesco Free From Chicken Tikka Masala (DF, LF, GF)

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I’m not usually one for ready meals.  The stomach issues I have mean that it is difficult to find ones that have appropriate ingredients, and I have got so used to cooking from scratch that I often find the flavour of ready meals too bland.

However, I came across this one in Tesco, and as it was reduced, I decided to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised.

Purchased from: Tesco

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free.  As well as being free from milk, it is also free from egg.

Description of product: A dairy free chicken tikka masala curry, with rice and quinoa.

My review:

This curry was fairly mild, so suitable for those that don’t like it too strong.  Although it is made with coconut milk, you couldn’t really taste the coconut, so don’t be put off by this if it isn’t your favourite.

The curry sauce was very much like a tikka masala, and to me tasted no different to one that would ordinarily contain dairy based cream or yoghurt.

I really liked the fact that rather than just having plain rice with it, there was a mixture of pilau rice, brown rice and quinoa which was mixed with spinach and herbs.  The rice was not spicy, but added another dimension to the flavours already in the curry.

Upon looking at the ready meal, I didn’t think it would be a big enough portion.  However, I actually found it was just the right amount and very filling.

It was also easy to cook, and can be cooked in the microwave, so a good ready meal to take to work if you fancy a hot meal at lunch time.

Although a ready meal is not something I choose to eat often, it is great that companies are beginning to create a selection that can be eaten by those with dietary requirements, and these can be great for a busy lifestyle sometimes.

Rating: 4/5

Caramel rice squares (DF, LF, GF) 

In a break from my Easter egg tasting mission, I have come across this lactose free lovely.

Purchased from: Asda

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free

Description of product: A gluten and dairy free version of a millionaire’s shortbread, but made with a crisped rice style base. 

My Review:

If you are anything like me, it’s the occasions when you want a bit of a treat, or something a little different that you really miss just being able to help yourself to whatever you like. Although ranges are improving all the time, the options can still be limited. In addition I am always looking for something I can take to share with non-lactase challenged friends. 

When I came across this product, I was looking for something a bit special to take to a friend’s house for a coffee. I was surprised to see that these caramel squares are dairy as well as gluten free, as often the addition of caramel means that it contains dairy. 

The squares are a good size. They are quite rich so one at a time is probably enough. The base is made from a crisped rice style cereal, and it is good with dairy free caramel and chocolate layers, giving it a good mixture of textures. 

The combination of flavours is also a classically good one. I would say that the chocolate is a slightly darker one, but it’s not bitter at all. The caramel does not have a strong flavour, but it does taste very close to the real thing. There is a good ratio of chocolate, caramel and crispes. 

This does have the feel of a more special treat, and is great if you fancy something a bit different. 

Rating: 4/5

Easter special – Asda Free From chocolate egg (DF, LF) 

Purchased from: Asda

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free. I think this egg is also vegan, but check the packaging to be sure! 

Description of product: A dairy-free milk chocolate substitute egg with chocolate orange discs. 

My review:

I have lots of positive things to say about this delicious find! 

The egg is made of a milk chocolate substitute, and has quite a good flavour to it. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like dairy chocolate, but it is quite close. It has a very sweet taste to it, so if you are not keen on the more bitter dark chocolates around, this might be a good one to try. 

Most dairy-free eggs tend to be small in size, but large in cost! However this one is the opposite. I was really impressed to see a decent sized egg at last, probably at least the size of a regular medium Easter egg. To make this even better, it had a small price tag in comparison to other, even smaller, dairy-free eggs I have found. 

It comes with chocolate orange discs, which I was really pleased about, as it makes it more like a standard Easter egg. Again, the discs are made with a milk chocolate substitute and are therefore quite sweet. However, the orange flavour was perfect and reminded me of a Terry’s chocolate orange. 

For cost and flavour, this is a good egg to try. 

Rating: 5/5

Easter special – Tesco Finest Caramel Flavoured Egg with Fondant Truffles (DF, LF, GF, V)

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Purchased from: Tesco

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

Description of product: The egg is perfectly described in the title – a tasty caramel egg with caramel chocolates

My review:

This egg is made from a dairy-free milk chocolate substitute.  Therefore, it has a different flavour to it than the dark chocolate eggs I have recently reviewed.

As a milk chocolate substitute, it is pretty good and has quite a creamy flavour.  I also enjoyed the caramel taste, which also has a good flavour to it, and tastes quite close to a dairy equivalent.

It comes with three chocolates, and these are also a caramel flavour – this time with more of a fondant filling.  I suppose these are like chocolates you might get in a box of chocolates and are the closest thing to a dairy-free Rolo I have found.  If you have ever had ‘Choices’ caramels these taste exactly the same to me, so I’m not sure if they are made by the same people or just very similar.

I also like the fact this is more of a traditional Easter egg, with an egg and sweets like many of it’s dairy-based counterparts.  It’s not a bad sized egg either, but due to the delicious taste, I don’t think it’ll be around too long!

Rating: 5/5

Easter special – Lindt Dark chocolate mini eggs (DF, LF)

Who doesn’t love a tasty mini egg at Easter?  Why not have a try of these lactose-free lovelies?

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Purchased from: Asda

Dairy/lactose free: Although not officially labelled as such, if you have a read of the ingredients, there are no dairy containing ingredients that I can see.  However, if you are planning to buy some for the lactase-challenged friend in your life, I suggest you take a quick look yourself to be sure they meet your requirements.  The only thing making you sick at Easter should be the sheer volume of chocolate, not the ingredients!!

Description of product: A packet of 70% cocoa dark chocolate small eggs

My review:

I absolutely love these dark chocolates.  Unlike some others which are very rich, I would class these eggs as a more ‘accessible’ dark chocolate, as they still have quite a sweet flavour to them.  If you are familiar with the ‘Lindt’ brand, you will already know the kind of taste these eggs will have. It also allows you to enjoy Lindt chocolate without the dairy aspect, which is always a nice treat.

The chocolates are quite small, so you can have one or two as a treat and as they are individually wrapped they are great for on the go.  They are also good for sharing…if you want to!

The only downside to these chocolates, or the one thing that surprised me, is that they are hollow.  I was expecting perhaps a creamy fondant filling.  Having said that, it does not detract from the flavour or enjoyment of the delicious Lindt chocolate.

Rating: 4/5