Easter eggs, hot cross buns, cakes and mountains of chocolate – what’s not to love about Easter?! When you’re a food allergy family though, it’s a little more difficult to navigate. All those delicious foods are often not suitable and you spend your time frantically searching for safe and child friendly replacements.
There are lots of available online and in specialist stores but that just takes more time and planning, so I love finding things I can pick up with my weekly shop. Our closest supermarket is Asda and it’s been great to see how their free from range has expanded over the last few years. So when I was asked to review Asda’s Free From Easter range, I was excited to find out what they have on offer.
Miss A is allergic to milk so we are always looking for great dairy free chocolate that is also appealing to a two year old. Let me introduce the Choc Easter Bunny! They are so cute and have really been designed with kids in mind, which is brilliant to see. There are hardly any full sized, dairy free character chocolates like this on the market and I think it’s an absolute bargain at £3. Miss A is going to absolutely love getting this on Sunday.
Another thing which is really reassuring about Asda’s Free From Easter chocolates is that there is no ‘may contain nuts’ labelling which means it is also safe for J as he is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. This Easter egg with white choc buttons (£3) is a fun alternative to a regular one and importantly for a five year old, looks just like the things his friends will be getting.
Now, I am also glad to see that Asda haven’t been neglecting the grown ups either! There are lots of adults on dairy free diets who need a treat at Easter, especially mums who are breastfeeding allergic babies. This Extra Special Belgian dark chocolate egg with vanilla truffles (£5) is sophisticated and scrumptious and means no-one needs to miss out on the fun.
One of my frustrations with supermarket free from ranges is how heavily focused on gluten free they are. This often means a lot of the cakes or baked goods just aren’t suitable for us as we are dealing with dairy and egg allergies. So I was so excited to read the ingredients on these Free From hot cross buns and find they are gluten free, dairy free, egg free and nut free – amazing! And they still taste really good and are only £2 too. This is really leading the way in designing a baked product for people dealing with multiple allergies like us and I hope we can see more similar things soon.
I also tried out their Free from butterfly buns (£2). They are not suitable for the children as they contain egg and milk – but that just meant all the more for me! I’m often not very impressed with gluten free cakes as they can be a bit grainy or dense but these were really good and you wouldn’t know they were gluten free. I know it’s tricky to make these kinds of cake egg free but it would have been nice to see them being made dairy free too though.
I’ve stashed all these Easter treats away for next week and I can’t wait to see the kids’ reactions. I know the Choc Bunnies are going to be the biggest hit but it will also be lovely for them to be able to join in with a tradition like hot cross buns as well. I was impressed with the range of products on offer and also the prices which makes them accessible to all families and easy for parents, family members or even teachers to plan an easy free from Easter with their weekly shop.
You can pick up most of these items in your local Asda store or check out a superstore like the one in Dunstable for an even wider range.
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WIN: Two Easter Eggs
Everyone deserves some treats at Easter, so we’ve got two eggs to give away – one for the kids and one for the grown ups! You can win:
Easter egg with white chocolate buttons
Belgian dark chocolate egg with vanilla truffles
Simply enter below and we will deliver them to the winner in time for Easter. Enjoy!
(Competition closes: 28 March at midnight. One winner will be chosen at random and the prize will be posted the following day, subject to winner providing their address details. UK residents only)
*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Asda. We were compensated to provide an honest review of the Asda free from Easter range and all photos and opinions are our own.*