Monday 30 April 2007

Uncle Rick & Patties Update

In an earlier post (Where is Uncle Rick?) we mentioned that Patties (and the old Uncle Ricks) were launching their new gluten free, dairy free range on the 16th of April to be made available via Coles. Well, the 16th came and went and we still hadn't seen anything in store.

However, we have been advised today (30th April) by Coles that the products will start appearing in store from Monday the 7th of May, 2007. (Just one week away)

We'll be on the lookout for them. Let us know if you see them and what you think.

New Products from Freedom Foods

Whilst wandering the aisles in Coles recently we discovered the newly released range of gluten free products from
Freedom Foods

All products are gluten free and some are also dairy free. We tried out the frozen Crumbed Chicken Tenders and found them to be very tasty. (We'll be sure to keep some in the freezer)

The Freedom Foods website contains excellent nutritional information about the products. Read what's in the Crumbed Chicken Tenders here.

Thursday 5 April 2007

Dairy Free Easter Eggs 2007

With Easter upon us, traditionally my local Easter Bunny has a tough time finding chocolate treats for me that are dairy free.

He (The Easter Bunny) has found an excellent source of dairy free Easter chocolates from a local Melbourne company called Alpha Confectionery based in Balaclava.

The make a range of Easter chocolate eggs that are free from all animal based ingredients which makes them attractive to vegans also.

You will find very little mention of Alpha on the Net and they are hard to get on the phone. The main stockists are: David Jones, Myer and Chocolate Box stores.
(Easter Bunny tells me that David Jones in Bourke St. had plenty of stock prior to Easter but that another suburban David Jones had very little left a week prior)

Outside of Easter, Alpha sells a range of products including chocolate coated plums and apricots. (which I can't eat due to a sulphur allergy)

Easter Egg Ingredient List:

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Mass
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Lecithin (322)
  • Vanillin

Note: I have no connection with Alpha other than as a customer who is happy to be able to enjoy a real Easter egg at this time of year.

I also noticed this year that Target had a range of dairy free and nut free Easter eggs as well. These were Simpsons themed (and a few others) which is great for kids with allergies.

The eggs were from Kinnerton, a UK based company and were made in the UK also.

As the packaging says: "dairy free, nut free, and suitable for vegans".

Also check out for details of some other nut free and dairy free items that we did not know about.

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