Saturday 8 March 2008

Coeliac Awareness Week - 13 to 20 March 2008

The latest magazine from the Coeliac Society notes:
Around 1% of the Australian population has coeliac disease. Currently fewer than one in five has been diagnosed. Up to 200,000 Australians have coeliac disease and don't know it.

Coeliac Awareness Week runs from 13 to 20 March, 2008 and aims to raise awareness of coeliac disease and the gluten free diet.

More info at:
The Coeliac Society of Australia -
Coeliac Society Victoria -

We've even had supermarket catalogues from both Woolworths/Safeway and Coles that each have specials on various gluten free items in recognition of Coeliac Awareness Week.

Friday 7 March 2008

Dairy Free Easter Eggs 2008

Last year, I wrote about some of the dairy free Easter eggs that were available.

Well, after a bit of shopping around, here is the list for 2008.

Alpha Confectionery

Once again, Alpha Confectionery, based right here in Melbourne, have their range of dairy free, gluten free & nut free eggs in stores. These are suitable for vegans.

The photo shows their bag of small eggs (each bag contains 7 eggs) for a total of 100 grams.

Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, lecithin (322), vanillin.

Cost: $6.49 at Ritchies IGA ($9.95 in David Jones) Made in Australia

I don't just eat these at Easter. I eat these all year round. They have become my special treat. (One egg is perfect with a cup of tea!)

Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate Eggs

The bag is 100 grams in total and the label says that it contains approximately 20 mini eggs.

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, natural flavour (vanilla), emulsifier (soya lecithin)

May contain traces of almonds, and hazelnuts.

Cost: $5.95 in David Jones. Made in Italy.

Green & Black's Organic

This is a single egg of 110 grams of 70% chocolate.

Ingredients: Organic cocoa mass, organic raw cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, emulisifer (soya lecithin, organic vanilla extract.

Manufactured in a factory that handles nuts, cereal, gluten and dairy ingredients. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Cost: $9.95 Made in the EU.

Green & Black's have some useful nutritional info on their website at

As usual, I have no relationship with the manufacturers/distributors other than as a customer. If you find other products, please let us know in the comments or send an email to

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