Review of Sainsbury’s Free From Sticky Toffee Pudding

Now I am a girl who likes a naughty pudding as an occasional treat. One pudding I like to indulge in over the colder months are steamed puddings. Now I have to confess to not making my own and relying on ready made ones that you can ping in the microwave. Now being dairy free it’s quiet hard to find this style of pudding that is safe to eat. So when I saw a sticky toffee sponge pudding in Sainsbury’s free from aisle I just had to give it a try.
I personally liked the packaging in their usual style of their free from foods with picture of a very inviting pudding to the front. It is clearly labelled as being gluten free and milk free. Onto the ingredients list with regards to allergens egg is highlighted. There is no may contain warning. However, the is a note stating that it is not suitable for nut or peanut allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods.
On opening the packaging I was greeted by the delightful sweet aroma of a toffee / sweet caramel sauce aroma. This didn’t change on my famous close up sniff test. I microwaved my pudding and let it rest exactly as per the instructions on the packet. I placed the plastic tub upside down and gently removed the tub. The pudding kept its shape and consistency which was a big plus compared to previous puddings that I have tried. I did have to scoop some of the sauce out of the pot and place on top of the pudding as not all of it made it onto the top of the pudding. Onto the aroma of the pudding this seemed to remain the same as before it was heated, a tad disappointing if I’m honest. I had hoped that smell of would intensify but maybe I’m being a tad picky as it was fairly strong and sweet prior to heating it. The aroma didn’t intensify on my famous close up sniff test. On placing the pudding onto my spoon it kept its structure and consistency. It was slightly light and airy in texture. However, sadly this was spoilt by intermittent small hard lumpy grains. As for its flavour it was ok but nothing special. The sponge itself was pretty non descript in flavour. However, the sauce on top of this made up for this. It was like a very sweet caramel. It was very sickly if eaten alone but jazzed the sponge up somewhat.


  1. March 16, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    That’s a let down. I love a good sticky toffee pudding! Whole Foods here has a really good one you can heat up in the microwave!

    • March 16, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Sadly it was disappointing. Next time I pop to London I will pop into Whole Foods to see if they have it here in the UK. Thanks for the tip ?.

  2. March 17, 2017 / 7:54 am

    Aw I saw the picture and decided to read this review, hoping that the pudding was a successful! I quite like Waitrose foods but I’m not sure if they do really good sort of ‘free from’ puddings as I’ve never tried sticky toffee pudding from there :).

    • March 17, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Yes sadly it was a tad disappointing Waitrose do have s free from range with a reasonable amount of sweet treats. I’ve not seen any sponge puddings though.

  3. March 17, 2017 / 8:20 am

    I love sticky toffee pudding! This one looks tasty! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    • March 17, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      It may look tasty sadly it was a bit of s disappointment, never mind. I need to find some new puddings to try.

  4. March 17, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I was so hoping for yummy as Rev T doesn’t eat gluten and Sticky Toffee is his favourite. Ah well!

    • March 17, 2017 / 5:20 pm

      Oh no sorry to get your hopes up. I will have to find some more puddings to try and find one to recommend.

  5. RaisieBay
    March 17, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I was really hoping it was a success, I shop at Sainsburys but I’m only just getting around to their Free From products.

    • March 17, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Yes sorry it was a no from me. Never mind they have more treats to try. Thanks for stopping by, Chloe.

  6. diynige
    March 19, 2017 / 9:23 am

    This looks so yummy sorry it wasn’t so good Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • March 19, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      It was a little disappointing but hey ho there’s more out there to try, Chloe.

    • March 19, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing my review. Have a lovely week, Chloe.

  7. glutenfreelady
    March 19, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    So true of many “free from” items. Looks great, tastes yucky.

    • March 19, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      Yes that can be a problem. It’s just a real bonus when you do find one that’s nice.

  8. March 19, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    Ah that’s a shame! It looked so promising. #freefromfridays

    • March 19, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Hi, yes I was a little disappointed but never mind. I’m sure I can find some other puddings to try ?.

  9. March 20, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Oh that’s a shame it wasn’t very good! thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

    • March 20, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Hi, it sure was. Never mind there are lots of other treats to try, Chloe.

  10. Dave - Dad's Turn
    March 23, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Oh well, nevermind. I haven’t yet tasted a nice free from dessert, but I’ll be looking. #ThatFridayLinky

    • March 23, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Hi, at least there’s more to try. I had some nice Christmas puddings last year, does that count? ?

  11. Le Coin de Mel
    March 24, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Oh it’s such a shame it wasn’t as nice as it looked. Lumps: no no! Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays.

    • March 24, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Yes sadly it was a tad disappointing. Perhaps I should have stocked up on the Christmas puddings I liked for a nice treat.

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