Review of Tesco’s Free From Chocolate Gateau

Being dairy free I never thought that it would be possible to eat a chocolate gateau that you could simply pick up from a local supermarket. So when I heard that Tesco’s free from range new chocolate gateaux was both gluten free and dairy free I got a little excited. My mission was then to find one to try. This was easier said then done as they always seemed to be sold out and my dedicated freezer space remained empty. Finally after several trips to various Tesco’s I managed to find one. I eagerly placed it in my basket to take home and save it until the weekend for a treat.

Onto the packaging of the gateau it was in the usual colour and style that you get with Tesco’s free from range. There is a large picture of the gateau to the front which looks highly inviting. It is clearly labelled as being gluten free, wheat free and milk free. It is also suitable for a vegetarian diet. Onto the ingredients list egg and soya are highlighted as allergens. There is also a may contain warning for peanuts and nuts.

On opening the box greeted by a fairly sweet faint chocolate aroma which intensified on my close up sniff test. On removing the gateau from the box I was a little disappointed as some of the topping had stuck to the top of the box. This meant that the swirly peak design to part of the gateaux was a little flat. It should be noted that I had transported the gateaux home safely in an upright position. The other piece of criticism I have around the packaging is that the circular plastic that holds the gateau in place is a good idea. The only downside as the the cream to the gateau is like mousse in consistency it meant that this stayed on the inside of the plastic and not on the gateau. This resulted in having bald edges to the gateau. On a positive note it did allow you to see all of the layers to the gateaux. Now the gateau itself serves 6 people is I planed to cut it up into smaller servings so that I could have it as individual treats. Sadly, this was not possible. Despite my best attempts with a good knife and lots of will power I was not able to cut out a piece of gateau to serve one person. This meant that I had 24 hours to eat a whole gateaux.

But how did the gateau taste? On biting into the gateau I was immediately struck by the varying three consistencies to the gateau. Initially you get the light airy slightly whipped texture from the mousse from the outside and top of the gateau. This is followed by the chocolate sponge underneath which was a little dry in consistency and slightly prone to crumbling. These layers were repeated throughout the gateau. Amongst this you get a hint just the right amount of what is described as a chocolate sauce which is a bit like a jam in consistency. This combined with the mousse helps balance a bit of they dryness out from the sponge. Onto the flavour this was nice but not as nice as I had personally hoped. The mousse was slightly artificially sweet in flavour but worked well with the slight bitter chocolate flavour from the sponge. The the richness from the intermittent hidden chocolate sauce just gave it that little bit extra rich indulgent flavour without it being too strong and overpowering.

So would I recommend this free from chocolate gateau? I am afraid not. The packaging design impacted on the presentation of the gateau. The chocolate sponge was a little to dry and crumbly even when combined with the mousse and chocolate sauce. Perhaps you make think that I am being a little harsh on Tesco’s or unfair. But when you have waited so long to have a chocolate gateau maybe your expectations are high. I hope that maybe Tesco’s will see my review and take some of my criticisms onboard. Because at the end of the day I think that it is great that you now have the option to be able to easily purchase a dairy free gateau at the supermarket.


  1. October 12, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I’m sure you’re disappointed the gateau did not live up to expectations, it’s always worth trying. I haven’t tried this yet but I don’t think I will, especially if you have to eat it pretty much all at once!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:21 pm

      Oh please let me know what you think of it, thanks.

  2. October 12, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Haha I am actually happy to hear you wouldn’t recommend it as we don’t have something like that and I may have had to fly to where you are:)

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:21 pm

      That has made me smile, otherwise we may have had to shipped some to you 😊.

      • October 15, 2017 / 4:54 pm

        Baha’i never even thought of that solution- guess I’m looking for any reason to go to Europe!

        • October 15, 2017 / 6:36 pm

          It sure is a good excuse 😊.

  3. October 13, 2017 / 12:51 am

    Its always exciting finding dairy free and gluten free desserts. I wouldn’t be able to have this anyway though. The ingredient list is surprisingly bad.

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Hi, I cant argue with that but hey it was a naughty treat 😊.

  4. October 13, 2017 / 5:03 am

    I think you’re brave for even trying… this reminds me of the £1 Gataux I used to buy in Iceland as a kid 🙈😂 awful, but so cheap & being a kid, thought it was great! Lol Thankfully my tastebuds have matured & I commend you for even trying!! Good to see honest posts out there!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      Hi, yes I will give anything a try in the name of research of course.

  5. October 13, 2017 / 5:51 am

    Very nicely criticised the packaging and food. Hope you can try it at home instead of a readymade

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Hi, yes I really should try and make my own one day.

  6. October 13, 2017 / 6:43 am

    The look always lie, it looks really delicious but i will make sure not to try it, thanks for sharing it with us!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      No problem, glad you found it helpful.

  7. thebosscode
    October 13, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Wow this looks really nice so I’m surprised!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      I was surprised as well, never mind.

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

      No problem, glad you found it helpful.

  8. Carla
    October 13, 2017 / 7:55 am

    This is an informative post. Thanks for sharing!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Hi, I’m glad that you found it helpful.

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:14 pm

      Sadly it just live up to the photo on the box.

  9. October 13, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    I read your review with interest. Flipped and stumbled:)

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Thank you 😊

  10. Karen
    October 13, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    I’ve been tempted to get this for my husband and son to try. Thanks for your review. I think I’ll still get it but it’s helpful to have an honest idea of what to expect, and it’s a pity it’s not as good as it should be!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Hi, I hope that your family enjoy it, its just good to have a free from gateau to buy.

  11. mommyhomemanager
    October 13, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Aw, I was so excited….I try to be dairy free, but chocolate and cheese are my weaknesses.
    Thanks for the honesty!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:12 pm

      I love my chocolate as well 😊.

  12. October 13, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    This post made me hungry… Great review, I’m sorry it was disappointing though. One of my closest friend’s is dairy intolerant – so I’m always on the lookout for her, and can relate to the struggle of finding good dairy-free desserts. Thank you for a good honest review – looking forward to your future dairy-free reviews! x

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:11 pm

      Hi, many thanks for your kind comments. I try to be as honest as I can with my reviews.

  13. October 13, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    If only this was free from egg too making it vegan! Thanks for sharing an honest opinion, its so helpful!

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      Sadly not, have you seen the new vegan Santas in Tesco’s yet?

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:10 pm

      It was indeed a shame.

  14. Corinne and Kirsty
    October 13, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    This cake looks so good! Shame it is not that good! As Paul in GBBO would say, never gives look over substance ahah

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      I love this quote 😊.

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      Hi, I’m glad that you found it helpful.

  15. sara
    October 13, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    This looks delicious! Sorry you didn’t try it which is such a shame.

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:09 pm

      It was indeed a little disappointing but never mind lots more other sweet treats to try.

  16. October 13, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Ooh, Ive tried a lot of different free form items but never the gateaux. I really like the free form yoghurts – alone I want to say? Have you got any particular sweet recommendations?xx

    • October 15, 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Oh are there any that you recommend that I should try. I am slowly working my way through a variety of yogurts. Are you dairy free, gluten free or do you have a different alllergy/intolerance?

  17. October 13, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Same as all supermarket cakes tbh even non dairy never live up to expectation! #bloggerstribe

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Oh that is a shame. I am on the hunt for more desserts to try now.

  18. October 13, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Oh no, I bet you would be dissapointed if you’d held up such hope and it dissapointed! It’s gutting that foods that are free from can be so inaccessible

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Hi, yes I was indeed a little disappointed. On a positive note at least free from products are becoming more accessible.

  19. October 13, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    That cake looks delicious! It’s a bummer that it didn’t taste that great

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:58 am

      Indeed it was a bummer.

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:58 am

      Indeed but at least I had the opportunity to give it a try.

  20. October 13, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    What a shame it was so disappointing. I have many friends who are dairy free and they find experiences of finding sweet treats a bit hot and miss 🙁

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Hi, great summary it can indeed be a bit hit and miss and this was certainly a miss.

  21. October 13, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    It looked yummy on the pic, and I could imagine how smooth was the chocolate. That’s why I surprised when you said it was not so good as it was cracked up to be..

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Yes it just wasn’t as I hoped and didn’t really live up to the picture. Hey ho more desserts to try.

  22. Le Coin de Mel
    October 13, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    Oooh that’s something different from you! I love your honesty. I wouldn’t have bought it anyway as it contains egg and my little lady is allergic too egg. It doesn’t look too great either. Thanks for joining in with #FreeFromFridays.

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:56 am

      I just had to review it as I was excited when I heard about a gateau that I could have, sadly it wasn’t that great maybe Tesco’s may get similar feedback from others.

  23. October 14, 2017 / 2:51 am

    I like your honest opinion on the product!!

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Thank you. I always try to be as honest as possible.

  24. October 15, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Great review Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week

    • October 15, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Glad that you found it helpful. Thanks for stopping by.

  25. October 16, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Looks delicious, and perfect for a birthday!

    • October 20, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      It sure would be.

  26. October 17, 2017 / 6:09 am

    That’s disappointing. I thought it looked good to cover all the dietry requirements we need to be mindful of these days…#TwinklyTuesdays

    • October 20, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      It sure was, but at least its available to try.

  27. October 18, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I’ve seen a lot about this gateau so sorry to hear it didn’t live up to expectations. It’s no good for us anyway as it contains egg, which sadly nearly all free from cakes do. #freefromfridays

    • October 20, 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Maybe I am too picky or just had very high hopes. I hope to try their new eclairs soon.

  28. October 18, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Great honest review here – I mmsu admit I’m not a fan of anything with cream on as I dislike the taste. Sarah #FabFridayPost

    • October 20, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments I try to be as honest as I can.

  29. October 20, 2017 / 6:44 am

    I had this before! It is so yummy! 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

    • October 20, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      I am glad that you enjoyed it sadly it just wasn’t for me.

  30. October 22, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Oh what a shame you didn’t like it when you’ve been waiting so long for the option. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • October 23, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Never mind it is probably a good thing because I would eat far too many of them.

  31. October 24, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    This is the first post of yours that I’ve read, so I’m not sure why you’re dairy free, but if it’s an issue with lactose, have you tried lactose-free milk? You can’t tell it from ordinary milk, and it really does make a difference.

    • October 25, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment on my post and your kind tips, its due to an allergy so lactose free milk is no good for me I’m afraid.

  32. February 15, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    When I first saw the picture, I thought ooh I need to try that… but now that I’ve read this post, I’m glad I’ve never gone out and bought it!

    • February 15, 2018 / 5:42 pm

      Hi, I am glad that I may have saved you some money.

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