“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cakes „
Being lactose intolerant and wheat intolerant, I always look through a supermarket's "Free From" section for something new to try. Some supermarkets have more/better "free from" products than others and some don't even have any at all! However, Tesco is one of those supermarkets where I know they have a good "free from" range. During my last visit to Tesco in Shrewsbury (we're still waiting for our nearest to open) I spotted these Tesco Free From Double Chocolate Muffins and dumped them in the trolley.
I've found that "free from" chocolate items can be a bit hit & miss, certainly the chocolate bars themselves are usually on the bitter side and not all that nice. So I didn't put a lot of faith in these being nice, that way I wouldn't be too disappointed if they weren't.
Tesco Free From Double Chocolate Muffins come in a (recyclable plastic) pack of 2. They are wheat free, gluten free and milk free, as well as being suitable for vegetarians. They do contain egg and soya, and while the recipe states there are no nuts within the product, they cannot guarantee them to be nut free. The statement on the packet which worried me slightly reads "Before being prepared for manufacture of this product, the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts."....... Are Tesco trying to tell us that they're not sure if the machinery has been cleaned thoroughly or is this just health & safety overkill? Anyway, these muffins can be frozen (on the day of purchase), but if you do freeze them ensure that they are defrosted thoroughly for a minimum of 2 - 4 hours in a cool and dry place.
Apart from checking for ingredients I shouldn't eat, I don't tend to take much notice of the "Guideline Daily Amount" (GDA) information on food items. However, I have noticed a trend of "free from" food products having a lot of salt in them. One of these muffins has 0.7g or 12% of my guideline daily amount of salt, which is quite a lot of salt for what I consider to be a snack. Of course, this chocolatey treat contains sugar, but I don't think I would have guessed that it held top billing on the ingredients list! One of these muffins contains 15.9g or 18% of my guideline daily amount of sugar. Other information on each of these muffins (for those of you who take note of these things) includes 290 Calories and 11.2g of fat. So despite being "free from" ingredients that irritate my body, these aren't exactly healthy for me... But then muffins rarely are!
Now on to the most important things.......
The muffins are average sized muffins, but they don't seem to have risen as much as a you'd expect a normal muffin to. As they are "double chocolate" muffins, the muffin itself is a rich brown and chocolatey with chocolate chunks inside. No chocolate has been spared when making these Tesco Free From Double Chocolate Muffins! In fact, I would say the taste is a bit too rich as I fail to get through a whole one in one sitting. They do crumble a bit (what muffins don't!), but they're not dry or stodgy. They don't have a particularly long date on them - I bought them on the 9th January 2010 and the best before date was 19th January 2010 - but that's to be expected with any muffins.
The best thing about them, I would say, is that I don't think I could tell the difference between one of these Tesco Free From Double Chocolate Muffins and a normal double chocolate muffin if I hadn't seen the packaging!
I believe these are around the £1 for a pack of 2 (I've lost the receipt!), which isn't a bad price really, considering a lot of "free from" products tend to be a lot more expensive than their normal counterpart.
Would I buy these again? Definitely, though I might either split one in half or put it with some Swedish Glace (dairy free) ice cream to tame the richness a bit.
Would I recommend them? Certainly!
You can find these Tesco Free From Double Chocolate Muffins in the "free from" section of the Tesco.