Gluten free desserts, what’s your favourite? If you’ve ever peered into the frozen section at a supermarket you’ll know the gluten free selection is somewhat limited by all the pastry involved. But, my gluten free budies things are a changing!
That’s courtesy of Swedish baker Almondy, who produce frozen, naturally gluten free desserts and are available in the UK. As the name suggests the cake base is made of almonds and you can rest assured the desserts are produced in a dedicated, gluten free factory.
Recently, Almondy held a press event to showcase the latest venture with their gluten free desserts which is to partner with Cadbury’s and Philadelphia, but not in the same cake you understand!
So in the name of research I went along to the event. The promise of gluten free desserts and a cup of tea was more than I could do to resist! We were even given the chance to personalise the cakes, and this … err was my attempt.
But onto the important stuff. According to their press release, Almondy has boosted its year-on sales by 5.5% to become one of the top five brands in the frozen desert retail market. Their cakes are also suitable for Kosher and Halal diets. I wonder how much of their special diets appeal has increased their market share?
Whatever the reason, the supermarket frozen dessert aisle is no longer one for gluten free- ers to whizz past. After all it could very well be home to Almondy’s Cadbury Chocolate Mousse and Almond Cake AND Almondy’s Philadelphia Almond Layered Cheesecake with Lemon. Yah! That’s two BIG names for one Swedish bakery to team up with.
Back at the press event the practical aspect of my research got underway. The Cadbury chocolate cake dessert has the trademark almond base with a chocolate cream and mousse in the middle, topped off with a layering of Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate and buttons. It tastes good! It’s sweet of course, but the combination of the almond crunch and the smoothness of Cadbury’s chocolate works very well.
Another cuppa later (peppermint you understand to cleanse the palette!) and I moved effortlessly onto the next gluten free dessert offering. This was the Philadelphia lemon cheesecake which combines the trademark Almondy almond base with layers of creamy Philadelphia covered in fresh lemon frosting. It was good but not as tasty as the chocolate one. I was surprised by this because in general I would lean more towards a lemon desert than a chocolate one. However, in this instance the taste was sweet and the lemon flavour was quite subtle. Whereas I prefer more of a zesty flavour. So it was fine but if I had to I would choose the chocolate.
A major plus for both gluten free desserts is the price point. Unlike a lot of other gluten free alternatives these are reasonably priced at RRP of £3.19 which is not bad for a desert that would satisfy both gluten free and non gluten free diners alike. I’d say one cake would serve 4 generous portions, 6 modest ones. You should be able to find Almondy at most major supermarkets.
I wouldn’t say the Almondy gluten free deserts are a luxury product but they are the kind of item that’s handy to have in the freezer and would suit adults and children alike.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried the desserts and what you thought? More importantly are you a Cadbury’s chocolate or Philadelphia lemon type of person?
©Maria Brannigan 2014