“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
Recently my husband was diagnosed with a list of food intolerances as long as your arm and because I don't want to cook separately, we have really had to have a rethink in terms of our weekly food shop and what we eat. The main intolerances seem to be to eggs, wheat, yeast and cows milk. At first it seemed impossible - you don't realise until you have to check the ingredients, just how much food contains at least one of these! However as time has gone on it has become a lot easier and there have been benefits for both of us even though I don't suffer from intolerances myself. The plus side of it is that we are now eating a lot less processed food and we make pretty much everything from scratch so we are eating much healthier. The downsides are at times like Christmas when everyone else is eating biscuits and chocolates, and although we don't generally buy a lot of this type of thing, it is Christmas and practically the law to over indulge!! Plus I didn't want my hubbie to feel like he was missing out. Tesco do quite a few biscuits in their free from range, including this shortbread variety. They cost just under £2 for a 200g packet which is more expensive than a regular packet of biccies but I did expect that. The packet states that they are free from gluten and dairy but checking the ingredients they also don't contain egg. So to the all important taste - well they don't taste exactly like shortbread, mainly because I find shortbread to be quite dense and these are extremely light and airy. There is a similar butteriness about them but these ones are best described as melt in your mouth. I can quite easily eat two or three in one go because they are really delicate and you don't feel like you have eaten anything too stodgy. I have to say that my expectations for gluten free products are to not compare them with their gluten counterparts, but to treat them as an individual item. So these may not be a dead ringer for shortbread, but for a tasty buttery biscuit - they get the thumbs up in this house!
When I was a kid I would eat shortbread biscuits like there was no tomorrow (probably because we didn't have them all that often). So, having being told a couple of years ago that I'm lactose and wheat intolerant, shortbread is now off limits. That was until I found Tesco's Free From Shortbread....... I picked up a box of Tesco Free From Shortbread from Tesco (obviously!) for £1.39. The yellow & purple (Tesco's Free From range colours) box contained 12 shortbread biscuits, all wheat free, gluten free and milk free as well as suitable for vegetarians (but containing soya). Some 'free from' type products contain a lot of salt; these biscuits each contain 0.1g of salt or 2% of your guildlines daily amount, which isn't bad compared to some other 'free from' products. So once I got the Tesco Free From Shortbread biscuits home, I decided I'd take 3 to work with me to eat mid morning for my elevenses. They looked like shortbread... homemade shortbread, maybe, but did they taste like shortbread? Biting into one, my first thoughts were "No, they don't taste like shortbread". I didn't think they tasted of much, to be honest! I took another bite into the biscuit and found that as I went through the biscuit the taste started to come through... a fake buttery kind of taste. I didn't like it at all. In fact, I struggled to finish the biscuit and couldn't face eating another! When home from work, I decided to do a bit of a taste test as I thought maybe my taste buds had been altered from a non-dairy & non-wheat diet. I gave Mum a biscuit and asked her to eat it and let me know what she thought... She didn't like them either! Next up was Dad, he ate one and said there was nothing wrong with them, so I gave him the rest of the box! I think most men will eat anything edible, but my experience of these Tesco Free From Shortbread biscuits is that 2 out of 3 people don't like them! So, I wouldn't recommend Tesco Free From Shortbread, so shortbread is still off limits for me.