Review of Valsoia Ice Cream Lollies

I have to confess to being a tad excited about the sudden availability of new vegan ice creams that are becoming readily available. My personal mission is of course to try as many as possible. So when I saw on Ocado that Valsoia did a chocolate coated vegan ice cream lollies I just had to try them.

I liked the pale blue colour of the packaging with the inviting picture of a partially eaten ice cream lolly to the right. As the ice cream lollies are from Italy an English label is placed over the original. They are labelled as being non dairy ice cream with cover. They are clearly labelled as being dairy free, gluten free, and 100% plant based. Onto the ingredients list soya is in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning.


On opening the box I was greeted by 3 large sized lollies in the same style packet as the packaging. On removing this I discovered a thick chocolate covered lolly. The initial aroma was a nice chocolately one. This aroma intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. On biting into the lolly I got a nice crisp crunch from from a nice thick chocolate coating. This was followed by the what I can only describe as a smooth ice cream centre. Onto the taste the chocolate layer was spot on it was strong but not too rich and overpowering. I certainly got my chocolate hit. This was followed by a neutral flavour from the ice cream. I was expecting a little vanilla element or something similar to this. This may be a tad unfair on reflection as vanilla is not listed on the ingredients list. That said I enjoyed this as it makes for a nice change from artificially flavoured ice creams.

So would I recommend these ice cream lollies? Yes I would. The thickness of the chocolate outside is spot. This combined with the smooth ice cream makes for a nice treat. So thank you Valsoia for producing a delicious ice cream lolly that I can enjoy.

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Review of Tesco’s Free From Garlic Baguette

Now I am bit partial to garlic bread and frequently make my own. It is often impossible to find ready made garlic bread which is dairy free. So when I heard that Tesco’s had just launched a free from garlic baguette as part their new free from range I had to investigate further. To be honest I didn’t hold up much hope as free from generally means gluten free with other food allergens included if you are lucky. To my surprise it was indeed suitable for me.

I liked the packaging as it is the same style as the rest of the products in their new updated free from range. I liked the pictures of the inviting pieces of garlic baguette on the front. I hoped that mine would look like this when cooked. The front of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being egg, gluten, milk and wheat free. On the back it is labelled as being suitable for vegans. Onto the ingredients list, there are no allergens highlighted and there is no may contain warning.

On opening the packet I was immediately hit by a pleasant aroma of garlic with a hint of mixed herbs. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the baguette in the oven and cooked the baguette as instructed. Once cooked the aroma of the garlic intensified and seemed to mask the smell of the mixed herbs. I tore the baguette into a couple of sections and undertook my close up sniff test. At this point I was able to smell a faint undertone of the mixed herbs intermingled with the garlic. I couldn’t wait to dive into this baguette. It looked liked a regular garlic baguette nice and crunchy to the outside and light and fluffy inside. On biting into the baguette it was indeed crunchy on the outside and had a lighter fluffy texture inside followed by the slight moistness from the margarine. The texture was perfect, it was just like eating a regular garlic baguette. So a massive thumbs up to Tesco’s because I certainly wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was gluten free. Onto the flavour this the garlic element was definitely the prominent flavour without being too strong. This intermingled with a hint of mixed herbs made for a delicious garlic baguette.

So would I recommend this free from baguette? Yes I certainly would. I was especially surprised by the baguettes texture it was just like a regular garlic baguette. As for the flavour this was also spot on. I will no doubt be having many more of these baguettes in the future. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, and or a vegan diet give this garlic baguette a try. I’m sure that you will be pleasantly surprised. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a delicious garlic baguette that I can enjoy.

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Review of Marks & Spencer Dark Chocolate With Orange & Sugar Crunch

Ok, so I like a little chocolate as a treat. Grabbing a quick bar to enjoy is never easy when you are dairy free. Even dark chocolates can contain milk. So when I recently popped into Marks & Spencer I just had to get some of their dairy free chocolate bars. They had proved to be very popular as they only had 2 of their orange and sugar crunch bars left. So I had to grab both, needs must.

I liked the simplicity of the packaging with its varying shades of orange and its interlocked pattern. I liked the boldness of the dark chocolate logo. I personally think that the made without dairy should be to the same design as due to its USP, but that’s just my opinion. Onto the ingredients list soya is highlighted as an allergen with a warning that it is not suitable for those with a nut allergy due to the manufacturing process. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.

On opening the package I was immediately greeted by a fairly strong aroma of orange. This was stronger than I expected, slightly artificial but nether the less very pleasant. The actual chocolate bar was made up of squares with a nice M&S logo on each. I was personally impressed by this. On breaking of the first square I couldn’t wait to dive in and give it a try. The chocolate was fairly hard to bite into. My taste buds were first hit by the cocoa flavour which was just the right strength. This was proceeded by the strong citrus flavour from the orange and a little sweetness from the sugar crystals. All three flavours worked perfectly together. Oh my goodness I’ve not mentioned the textures. The chocolate melted nicely in the mouth and was slightly smooth in texture, but those little pieces of sugar gave it a little mix up of crunchiness. This was eveningly distributed throughout the bar just perfectly.

So would I recommend this chocolate orange bar, oh my goodness yes. It is a great value chocolate bar with the right balance of flavours and textures. So if you like chocolate and follow a dairy free, and or vegan diet give this bar a try. So thank you Marks & Spencer for producing a chocolate bar that I can enjoy.

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Review of Sainsbury’s Fizzy Fangs Sweets

Now I have to confess to not really having that much of a sweet tooth. Chocolate is my go to sweet treat. Every now and again I get the occasional craving for sweets. With food allergies you can’t just grab a packet and hope for the best you have to study the label. So when I dashed into a Sainsbury’s local a packet of fizzy fangs grabbed my attention. I saw the vegan label and hoped for the best. If I couldn’t have them I knew someone who would.

Ok liked the packaging of these sweets. The bright yellow packaging with a star and a crafty face smiling at you. Aimed at children maybe, but hey I’m a kid at heart. Onto the ingredients list wheat is clearly highlighted as an allergen and there is a no may contain warning. As mentioned earlier they are clearly labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet and were also suitable for dairy free me.

On opening the packet I was greeted by fang shaped sweets. They looked like great fun. They were eveningly coated in a sugary coating some of which was at the bottom of the packet. They smelt just like Haribo Tangtastics, slightly sweet yet sour at the same time. On biting into the sweet I got immediate sour hit, this followed by a slight sweetness and a hint of strawberry. As for the texture this was soft and slightly gooey but nice and different to your everyday Haribos. I quiet enjoyed it. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by these fangs.

So would I recommend these sweets if you follow a dairy free and or a vegan diet? Yes definitely. I loved the fun packaging and the taste and texture of this naughty treat. So thank you Sainsbury’s for producing a packet of sweet that I can enjoy.

Review of Swedish Glace Dairy Free Vanilla Ice Cream Lollies

I have to confess to being a tad excited about the sudden availability of new vegan ice creams that are becoming readily available. My personal mission is of course to try as many as possible. So when I heard that Swedish Glace had launched a dairy free vanilla ice cream lolly I just had to give it a try.

I liked the simple blue packaging with the picture of the chocolate covered lolly revealing its ice cream underneath. I knew what to expect and couldn’t wait to open that box. Onto the ingredients the allergens are clearly highlighted in the with soya in bold. There is no may contain warning. They are clearly labelled as being suitable for a dairy free, gluten free, and a vegan diet.


On opening the box I was greeted by 5 medium sized lollies in a simple white packaging with gold hearts. I personally liked the design. On removing this you find a chocolate covered lolly. The initial aroma is that of chocolate with faint undertones of chocolate noted. This aroma remained the same on my famous close up sniff test and on eating the lolly. On biting into the lolly I got a nice crisp crunch from the chocolate coating followed by the soft smooth ice cream centre. Onto the taste the chocolate layer was just right it wasn’t too chocaolately and therefore didn’t overpower the ice cream underneath. The flavour of the ice cream was spot on its subtle vanilla flavour that was clearly present but without being to artificial or overpowering the chocolate coating. If I am brutally honest I would have liked the chocolate coating to have been a little thicker. The subtle vanilla flavour worked well in combination with the chocolate outer coating. The combination of textures from the slight crunchiness of the outside chocolate layer and the smooth ice cream inside worked really well together.

So would I recommend these ice cream lollies? Yes I would. I enjoyed everything about these from their crunchy yet smooth texture and their subtle vanilla flavour. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan why not give these lollies a try. So thank you Swedish Glacé for producing these lollies. I am sure that these lollies will make both adults and children alike very happy.

Review of Alpro Go On Strawberry & Raspberry Yogurt

When I heard that Alpro were adding some new flavours to their Go On yogurts I have to confess to being a tad excited. So of course I had to buy a pot of the new strawberry and raspberry Go On yogurt to try.

I liked the style of the packaging. It is a simple round pot with the Go On logo on the side . On the lid there is a small simple illustration of the summer berries underneath a very tempting picture of the yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being suitable for a dairy free, gluten free and vegan diet. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a thick creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell summer fruits. Instead I got a neutral aroma one would expect from a plain yogurt. The yogurt clearly consists of two layers the thick cream layer to the top and a compote style layer underneath consisting of strawberries and raspberries. On diving into the yogurt top layer is thick yet slightly creamy in texture. It has a nice neutral or what may be described as plain flavour. Underneath you get what I would describe as a fruit compote. This slightly sticky in consistency. The flavour of the compote was sweet with a slight tart undertone noted and the flavour reminded me of a summer pudding. The two layers mixed perfectly well together to produce a perfect pink creamy yogurt. The two flavours and texture of this yogurt work really well together. It sounds strange but it reminded me of eating the top two layers of a cheesecake. A bonus as it has a lot fewer calories. If I’m being picky I would perhaps liked just a little more of the berries.

So would I recommend this yogurt? Yes I would. In summary it’s nice to have a nice thicker and creamier yogurt that is dairy free. So if you are dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this yogurt a try. So thank you Alpro for producing a new yogurt that I can enjoy.

Review of Smoky Bacon Popchips Ridges

I quickly popped into Waitrose to grab a few essentials. Somehow I found myself drawn to their crisps aisle. Most flavoured crisps are not an option for a dairy free diet. I saw a new band of snacks called Popchips ridges that caught my attention. I noticed that were labelled as gluten free and some were also vegan. I saw a bacon flavour and decided to give them a try.

I liked the simple black packaging with hints of purple. The picture of bacon to the left and popchip ridges made me want to dive straight in. Onto the ingredients list there are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. They are labelled as being gluten free and suitable for a vegan diet.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a an aroma that I associate with barbecue crisps not the aroma of bacon that I was expecting. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. What did strike me was that the bottom of the packaging had a powdery residual, a little off-putting if I’m honest. The popchips ridges themselves were of a good size and had a good scattering of flavouring on them. However, they looked like mini rice cakes. On picking the up the popchips ridges they left a slight powdery residual on my fingers. Not very nice. On biting into the popchips ridges a nice light crunch was noted, just like eating a rice cake. As for the flavour well if I am honest was a little disappointing it wasn’t bacon more like barbecue.

So would I recommend this snack if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan diet? No, I wouldn’t. Their flavour and powdery residual just let them down. Sorry popchip ridges but I have tried much nicer snacks that are an alternative to crisps they just were not for me.