FOR MY CHRISTMAS 2014 NUT FREE FOOD FINDS, SEE Have yourself a merry nut free Christmas.
I’ve just completed the joyous task of submitting my online Christmas food order. A chore made all the more merry by the need to scrutinise every product description for mention of nuts. I thought it might be helpful to post here the details of some of my festive nut free finds. (Obviously do check the label for yourself each time and enquire directly of the manufacturer, if you are at all unsure as to whether a product is nut safe).
If anyone has any other nut free Christmas food tips, it would be fantastic if you could post a comment below!
Nut free chocolate coins and other tree decorations
It seems chocolate coins are the nut mums’ holy grail this year!
- Thanks to a tip off on the Anaphylaxis Campaign facebook page, I’ve found these apparently nut free chocolate coins (pictured above) on the John Lewis website. (This product comes up when you apply a “nut free” filter for dietary requirements. The product description also states “May contain nuts: NO”. However, the “nut free” filter on the John Lewis site appears to be somewhat temperamental at the moment, bringing up, for example (as at 30 November), a box of Hotel Chocolat Pralines. I’ve tweeted John Lewis about this, and hopefully the search facility will be updated soon.) Update: I’ve now tracked these coins down instore and am pleased to report they are labelled “nut free”.
- Cadbury also describe their dairy milk chocolate coins as “nut absent”.
As for Christmas tree decorations:
- Jelly Beans Christmas tree decorations are available from John Lewis (again, this product comes up when you apply a “nut free” filter for dietary requirements and the product description also states “May contain nuts: NO”. However, see comment above about the website search tool).
- Nut Free Chocolate People sell both Christmas baubles (filled with dark, milk or white chocolates) and Christmas angels (which can be filled with white or milk chocolate drops).
Nut free Christmas biscuits
I’ve gone for Cadbury’s Festive Friends (pictured above), which I bought from Sainsbury.
As for tins of biscuits, I’ve bought the “J Sainsbury Family Biscuit Selection”, which has no nuts listed in the ingredients or referred to in the “allergy advice” warnings.
Will keep my eyes peeled for any more nut safe options!
Nut free Christmas chocolates
- After Eight – both “dark thin mints” and “bitesize tubes”.
- Billy Goat Stuff sell a Christmas range of goats’ milk chocolates.
- Cadbury describe their “Snowbites”, Dairy Milk buttons tube and “Endless Crunchie” as “nut absent”.
- Chocolates for Chocoholics sell a “Merry Christmas Chocolate Pack” (pictured above), which is described as “… eleven pieces of solid milk chocolate that are gluten free, nut free and suitable for vegetarians”.
- D&D Chocolates have a range of dairy and nut free Christmas chocolate and carob.
- Kinnerton’s Christmas confectionery includes chocolate lollies and bars. I’ve seen the lollies in Mothercare and our local Poundstretcher had Kinnerton selection boxes.
- Nut Free Chocolate People’s “seasonal delights” include chocolates in the shape of bells, presents, snowmen, stars, Christmas trees and more, plus a range of festive lollipops.
- Plamil sells chocolate snowmen (in both “no added sugar” and “dairy free” versions).
- Tasha’s Dairy Free Delights has a large selection of Christmas chocolates and tree decorations. Tasha’s use both Plamil and Moo Free chocolate. Plamil is a dedicated nut free brand. Moo Free chocolate may contain nut traces. The website says you may specify which type of chocolate is used.
Nut free mince pies
So far, every box of mince pies I’ve picked up has either contained nuts as an ingredient, or been labelled “may contain nuts”. If you are minded to make your own, It’s Nut Free sell jars of luxury Christmas mincemeat (pictured). [Update: Duerr’s and Robertson’s have also confirmed that their mincemeat is nut free].
Nut free gravy, sauces and stuffing
- Free & Easy make gravies, available to buy from Ocado.
- The Friendly Food and Drink Company make a range of chutneys, including a Christmas chutney “packed with cranberries, oranges, cinnamon and nutmeg”.
- The Ocado website states that Paxo Sage, Onion & Apple Stuffing Mix is free from nut and peanut (amongst other allergens). I am asking Paxo to confirm – update to follow once received.
Nut free Christmas pudding
- Coles make a gluten, nut and alcohol free Christmas pudding (in two sizes 454g or 112g) – I’ve ordered mine from Ocado, however a quick google reveals they are also on sale through Red Moped, Real Foods, Lakeland, Amazon and more.
- Ocado (and Waitrose) also sell a nut and alcohol free Christmas pudding by Matthew Walker.
- Tesco also have their own brand Christmas pudding (thanks Steph for this recommendation!).
- If you live in the London area, Nia’s Allergy Friendly Foods sells a Christmas pudding for 6-8 people.
Nut free Christmas cake
AllergyBakes make a handmade and decorated 8″ Christmas Cake. As with all their products, the Christmas Cake is made without dairy, eggs or nuts.
Just Love Food Company has brought out a nut free snowman cake (pictured), which is made from “light sponge with a jam and creme filling”. Order via their Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.