The problem with buying FreeFrom products is that you never quite know how they are going to taste. Especially if one the main ingredients has been substituted. Some FreeFrom products are really good and others are not so great. And who wants to be disappointed with their annual Easter Egg? The ScratchSleeves team have rolled up their sleeves and tested 7 readily available FreeFrom Easter Eggs from the 2019 ranges. It was a hard job but someone had to do it!
Where to buy your FreeFrom Easter Egg
The Freefrom Easter Eggs we tested all came from supermarkets and high street stores so should be easy to get hold of. We chose the eggs we tested with children in mind, but we’ve recorded both the kids’ and adults’ thoughts in our reviews. The best range of different FreeFrom Easter Eggs we found was is Sainsbury’s, with various own brand, Moo-Free and Choices eggs available. On the high street, Holland & Barrett did well, with various own-brand, Moo-Free, Plamil and Choices eggs. That said, we do have a particularly large H&B on our local high street which might have helped. From experience, FreeFrom Easter Eggs tend to sell out quickly. It’s a good idea to get organised and buy early.
The same but different!
As you would expect, a number of own-brand eggs are remarkably similar to branded ones. We are sure that both the Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s Eggs are made by Choices. Both supermarkets have white and ‘milk chocolate’ versions of these own brand eggs in the 65g (£2.75) and 115/125g size (£3.00/£3.50). The large Sainsbury’s egg has more ‘chocolate’ coins included and is 50p more expensive – other than that the only difference we could see (or taste) was the design on the packaging. The Choices eggs come with a wider range of treats, including gooey caramels but cost around the same price.
The Holland & Barrett range looks like it has been made by Plamil (both £3.99). The similarities of the packaging, ingredients lists, allergy warnings and batch numbers all suggest that they come from the same factory.
Of all the eggs we tested, only the Moo-Free range seemed not to have any own-branded versions – but we might not have been to the right supermarket to find one. Prices for the Moo-Free eggs vary between stores and flavours but are generally around £4.00 to £5.00.
What are they Free From?
All the eggs we tested were dairy and gluten-free. The risk from other allergens varied between brands:
- Plamil (and Holland & Barrett) use a nut-free factory and are soya-free.
- Choices (as well as Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s) use soya lecithin and make no mention of nut allergies
- Moo-Free – soya free but may contain traces of hazelnuts
- Kids’ favourite: The Buttermilk Free From Choc Orange went down a storm with the kids who loved the orange flavour and the fact that the “milk” chocolate didn’t taste dairy-free at all. Lovely smooth texture and no funny aftertaste. Winner! Simple and tasteful packaging with a single large foil wrapped egg that is thick enough to make a really satisfying cracking sound when broken (half the fun of Easter Eggs!)
- Adults’ favourite: Last year’s Moo-free Bunnycomb egg is hard to top, but their Sea Salt and Caramel offering was the winner this year for the grown ups. They say it’s marvellously moreish and they’re not wrong! The sea salt mixed with the sweet caramel taste is a delicious combination and there was nothing to give away the lack of dairy.
- Not so good: Like last year the white chocolate options were not so good. The So Free egg tasted bland. Sainsburys Free From Strawberry and White Choc Egg was downright revolting – synthetic and sickly and given a definite thumbs down even by our youngest taster.
If you don’t want to buy an allergy-friendly Easter Egg (or you left it too late), why not try our Rice Krispy Easter Egg recipe.
Here at ScratchSleeves, we don’t just share our experiences of bringing up an eczema child and favourite allergy-friendly recipes, we also manufacture and sell our unique stay-on scratch mitts for itchy babies, toddlers and children. We now stock sizes from 0-10 years in a range of colours. Visit our main website for more information.