As a free-from eater I have grown used to passing (also read as – missing out) on food items. Whilst there are now an abundance of free-from items available , there are still many branded goods that I cannot eat – wagon wheels, walkers crisps, cadbury’s chocolate fingers to name a few. Alternatives are of course available, but sometimes you want the real mccoy.
However one growing trend of the free-from market is the up-take of established brands to cater for the variety of food consumers that now make up the marketplace. Many branded food manufacturers are now going the extra mile to make their popular edible products available in dairy free and/or gluten free options too.
This is great news for ‘fussy-eaters’ like myself – we actually do get to have our cake and eat it. But alongside the obvious benefit of enjoying the real deal, there is a deeper benefit to this trend. By companies going out of their way to include free-from eaters as part of their clientele, they are making their own attempts to create a more inclusive society. The amount of times I have felt ‘left out’ because I couldn’t enjoy the same items as friends or family from gifts or eating out are too numerous to count. So when companies expand their range – they are doing much more than building their own business, they are giving joy to thousands of free-from consumers who have for far too long not been able to enjoy branded products.
Fudge Kitchen – Dairy-free fudge, Dairy-free drinking fudge and sugar-free peanut brittle.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Appeals to: dairy-free consumers and fudge lovers!
All 3 of these products come packaged slightly differently…
A selection of the dairy-free fudge in 4 different flavours came wrapped up in a luxury deep chocolate brown box – making it a perfect gift, for others or yourself. With gold lettering and minimal detail, it adds to air of mystery. Ingredients are listed on the bottom – so discreet. Each slice of fudge was individually wrapped in tissue paper, and the smell as you opened the box….sigh!
The dairy-free drinking fudge was a selection of again, different flavours, in a small box with strips of colour dripping down the white coloured box. Pleasing to the eye and again giving off an air of luxury it would not go amiss in a gift hamper, or displayed proudly in your kitchen. Each sachet is carefully packed inside making it easy to select which flavour you fancy.
The sugar-free peanut brittle is boxed in a light tan colour with minimalist writing. The golden writing makes this a luxurious product but on a more accessible level. It feels like it’s a box you would reach for when you have a few hours to yourself to indulge.
£16.00 for a 4 slice dairy-free fudge box.
£10.00 for dairy-free drinking fudge
£6.50 for sugar free peanut brittle
The price points for the products are aimed at the more discerning consumer. Whilst they are appear at the higher end of the price range, these are artisan products and considering this, the price range seems fair. What makes it fair value as well is that these products are not to be consumed in one go but rather to be enjoyed slowly and over time. This makes the price points far more reasonable.
Each of these products are exquisite. There’s no two ways about it – the care and craftsmanship gone into produce these products make your taste buds come alive.
Out of the 4 flavours, I have only tasted the dairy-free sea salted caramel fudge as yet, but it took a lot of willpower not to devour this in one go. The mix of crunch on the first bite with a soft centre makes this a tasting sensation. There are also pieces of sea-salt mixed within the fudge which provides different textures as you let this sit on your tongue to melt slowly. It surprised me this was dairy-free as the rich taste of it made me think there must be milk in it but there definitely isn’t – so there was no difference in taste of this versus a dairy-full fudge.
The dairy-free drinking fudge is no different. A rich luxurious hot drink this oozes flavour and warms the whole body – with serious contentment. I had the cinnamon spice flavour and although its summer, it just made me wish for winter so that I can enjoy this again in front of a roaring fire!
Sugar-free peanut brittle – this was the surprise product for me. Although not a fudge-based product, the company are clearly trying to cater for different tastes. The snap of peanut coated in a sugar-free caramel base provided me with a moor-ish new snack that had no different in taste despite using sugar alternatives. Letting this melt in your mouth literally allows you to truly experience the different textures of crunch against gooey-ness.
Verdict: in a word – exquisite. These products are for luxury moments. The self-indulgence of the fudge and the peanut brittle makes these ideal for treating – yourself or others. What makes these extra special is the fact that you can consume these knowing you are not missing out on taste but can experience the same delight as a dairy-free consumer.
I would love to hear your thoughts if you have tried this product – feel free to leave comments below.
Guest Blogger: Mrs. M.
As a person with a recently diagnosed sensitive digestive system, I’m now on a path to make sure I eat well whilst still enjoying myself. Having been fearful of food, I now love finding new products, going to new restaurants to try new twists on dishes and am constantly looking for quirky items to consume. I’m a huge supporter of simple food that is made tasty with the right combination of ingredients and more importantly enjoying your food and diet in a balanced way. That means I always have room for my favourite item – chocolate!