Review of co-op free from mini pecan tarts

After a busy morning at work I had developed a bit of a thirst. I fancied a cool refreshing drink to have on  the go. So I popped into a co-op local. I quickly found a drink but out the corner of my eye I saw the free from section calling me. It was fairly big and saying go on have a look you know you want to even if you don’t need any sweet or savoury treats. I gave into temptation and had a crafty look. I was suitably impressed and saw these mini pecan tarts. I loved the simple vibrant packaging which was clearly labelled as being dairy, gluten and wheat free. As usual I checked the ingredients list and the allergens listed were egg, walnuts and pecans. I could have them and they had a good sell by date which meant I didn’t have to have them straight away. I gave into temptation and took some home to try.
I opened the packaging and loved the fact that the 6 mini tarts were split into 3 individually sealed packs containing 2 tarts. A simple but great idea because there is nothing worse than a cake or biscuit that gets slightly stale. On initially seeing the tarts I was slightly put of. The outside pastry was very pale in colour and slightly unappetising. This didn’t deter me from giving them a try as the filling looked rich and indulgent. I was expecting a combination of textures and flavours from this mini tart. I know I’m hard to please.
I carefully took the tart  out of its foil packaging as it looked and was indeed very delicate. On further inspection the outside pastry looked slightly crunchy and look as it may crumble with a nice dry non soggy bottom. You can tell I watch the Great British Bake Off ?. On biting into the tart the first thing I noticed was how light and crumbly the pastry was, it had a nice neutral flavour that did not impact on any other of the elements to the tart. This led nicely into the centre of the tart which was lovely and moist and gooey in texture. This was combined with a nice crunch from the pecan but on top. As for the taste it was rich and indulgent the only way I can describe it is by comparing to a Mississippi mud pie which a subtle hint of pecan added. Now I loved Sainsbury’s free from pecan pies, but I am afraid these have are now my favourites. They are spot on from the cute little style through to the combination of both the flavours and textures. I couldn’t believe how good they were and they certainly didn’t make it to their best before date. The co-op have proved that you can make a really nice sweet treat that is both dairy and gluten free. So thank you co -op from producing a fantastic free from sweet treat that I really enjoy. My only criticism is why isn’t more freely available so more people can give them a try.


  1. Droulla
    September 11, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Nice post :). I’ll be trying these!

    • September 12, 2015 / 6:53 am

      Thank you. I hope you enjoy them ?.

  2. September 12, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Yum I love pecans 🙂

    • September 12, 2015 / 9:04 pm

      I hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by ?.

  3. Adventures of a Novice Mum
    September 13, 2015 / 10:52 pm

    I’m not very familiar with tarts but it’s nice to know that one can get that as ‘Free From’. I only every see ‘Free Form’ bread. Good on Co-op … thanks for sharing. #UKBloggersChat

    • September 14, 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks for popping by. There is lot’s on offer now in the free from sections of supermarkets. They are definitely one of the nicest free from sweet treats I’ve tried.

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