When Jumpy was diagnosed with multiple allergies, I had no idea where to look for ‘free from’ food other than what I was cooking myself. It was all rather overwhelming and I was pleased when I found Plamil chocolate and mayonnaise she could have when I visited my local health food shop. I was impressed by those two products and discovered they had a huge range of products that could be ordered online.
I was delighted when the lovely people at Plamil agreed to send us goodies to try. We received the parcel the day after I chose the items we were to sample. Talk about lightning speed delivery!
Along with two packs of chocolate bars for Jumpy’s upcoming birthday party, we received dairy free ‘milk’ chocolate drops as well as a beautifully presented, organic hamper containing seven chocolate bars, three luxury chocolate bars, luxury 70% chocolate flakes, plus jars of alternative to milk chocolate spread and plain egg free mayo.
The first time Jumpy (2 years 11 months) picked up a snack bar of organic dairy free chocolate, Crevette (6 years 2 months) immediately took it off her hands, telling her she was not allowed it. We told him it was safe for her so he gave it back as she was starting to cry and she shouted, “allowed!” That was priceless!
Jumpy really likes her chocolate. Crevette thought it tasted like ‘normal’ chocolate, just not as milky. Beanie (4 years) just said two things: “I want another one of this!” and “Can I have a big piece?” Hubby declared it was not exactly like ‘real’ chocolate.
I find the chocolate spread too runny, but Jumpy loves it on pancakes or with toast.
The egg free mayonnaise is nice, considering you normally need egg yolks to make it. Jumpy has never tried anything else, and this condiment suits her perfectly with chips or cold meat. As we were about to have lunch today, I realised we had run out of regular mayonnaise. We all had Jumpy’s mayonnaise with our gammon. The children did not notice the difference and I found it surprisingly good. I still prefer my homemade egg-based version, but it is a pretty good alternative for those who cannot have eggs.
The hamper would make a great present for anybody on an exclusion diet. We took it on our holidays to France for a ‘blind’ tasting session with my family and we all had fun trying the various flavours and guessing what they were. The orange and mint bars were a hit with everyone. Our least favourite flavours were the cayenne and ginger bars. When she tried the orange and cranberry bar, Jumpy quite simply looked over the moon and gave her dad a kiss. My mum was quite keen on the rum and raisin bar. We found that the dark chocolate had the bitterness of regular dark chocolate but not quite the depth of the Swiss chocolate w normally go for. We used the chocolate flakes instead of cocoa powder for hot chocolate and it was delicious!
If you are on a dairy free diet, you could make my cereal bar recipe using Plamil white chocolate (chopped) and Pure Sunflower spread as a butter substitute.
You will need to keep these ‘free from’ cereal bars in the fridge so they stick together a bit better. Jumpy loves them and here is what they look like:
I recently managed to develop a ‘Free From’ banana and chocolate muffin recipe we all enjoy, and I used some of the products I was sent to make those delicious treats: the Organic Fairtrade Dairy Free Milk Chocolate Drops as well as the Luxury 70% Chocolate Flakes that were in the hamper.
Plamil also produce Advent calendars and snowmen. They have Organic Fairtrade and No Added Sugar versions of both.
Jumpy’s diet is so restricted; being able to use chocolate in my cooking and give her treats knowing they are safe for her is incredible.
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