This week I visited my local Sainsbury’s to see their gluten free offering for the festive season. In general, it is one of my fav supermarkets for gf, although this Christmas I defo think their sweet stuff trumps their savoury options.
What I will be buying: traditional festive foods, frozen desserts
What it was missing: party food
Christmas Dinner Essentials
The main event isn’t complete without all the trimmings. Sainsbury’s has a good selection of gluten free extras which are arguably the best bits.
They have three different options of pigs in blankets which are all gluten free as well as several stuffing options.
In the freezer section they also have their own Yorkshire puddings which cook from frozen in just 4 minutes so you don’t have to worry about missing out on the good stuff.
They have not only nailed the Christmas classics, but they also often have more than one basic gluten free offering of our favourites. There are 3 different types of mince pies including the classics, iced and a cranberry and orange flavour. There is a large yule log as well as mini ones which would be perfect with a cuppa (or Bailey’s).
Alongside their Christmas pudding (a sharing one and a mini individual version), they also have hot pudding alternatives including sticky toffee as well as chocolate sponge (which sounds like a bit of me to be honest).
They also stock a Nutri Free chocolate panettone. And to me, Christmas isn’t complete without a panettone.
One thing I miss since being diagnosed with coeliac disease is the big brand biscuit tins over the festive period. So this year, it is my mission to find the best gf alternatives, and Sainsbury’s is definitely one of the supermarkets with some very appealing options.
I’ve left a link to what looks like an EPIC box of their Taste The Difference Cookie and Shortbread Selection (my branch had sadly sold out).
What they did have in stock was their Choc Cherry and Amaretto Cookies which look delicious, as well as the cutest little gingerbread man which would make a perfect stocking filler.
They also stocked Walkers gluten free pure butter shortbread, which I am genuinely putting on my Christmas list this year.
Grazing on goodies is basically what fills your days between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve. If you are more of a savoury person, they have two different festive flavours of crisps: roast turkey and herb stuffing, and baked camembert and rosemary.
They also stocks lots of different brands which make gluten free crackers, but this Cranberry and Almond Toast by Kent and Fraser sounded a little bit more special than your standard crackers.
If you are looking for something sweet, all their nut selections which I checked were gluten free. They also have ginger tiffin and iced fruit cake bites which would be perfect to put out when people are popping over during December.
My Sainsbury’s seemed to have huge gap where I’m guessing the party food should have been, so I did a little bit of research online. I’m sad to say that it hasn’t quite delivered to us gluten free folk in the same way other supermarkets have this year.
The only things in the Christmas Party food range which were gluten free were the mini Thai salmon fishcakes, firecracker chicken wings and BBQ jackfruit rosti stack. Things which you expected to be naturally gluten free had surprise ingredients of barley or wheat which was a shame.
However, in their regular party food section they had antipasti platters as well as cheddar and jalapeño sticks and cheese and bacon potato skins which were safe to eat.
So there are at least options, but it wouldn’t be my first choice to visit for party food as other places have entire ranges which are safe for coeliacs.
I was super impressed at the amount of frozen dessert options there were and how many were also gluten free. These days there are SO many gluten free Christmas puds but some of us aren’t a fan so it is nice to have a decent selection of other deserts.
The raspberry and Prosecco meringue stack sounds like a DREAM. There are also lots of gluten free roulades as well as festive themed deserts including a raspberry and lemon meringue wreath and strawberry and cream Santa’s hats which could be a hit with both little kids and big kids.
The Best of The Rest
Both of the Taste The Difference milk and dark Belgian drinking chocolate are gluten free, so get some whipped cream, marshmallows (and maybe a shot of Bailey’s) and make yourself the ultimate winter drink.
They also stock a variety of different gluten free beers and ales.
Sainsbury’s stock so many different brands of chocolates which are gluten free, as well as milk free options in the free from section. Thorntons is always my go-to for a big box of chocs and this limited edition Christmas market inspired box caught my eye and would make the perfect addition to your other after-dinner treats.
Grab and Go
Unlike most of their competitors, who have gone with a more traditional turkey sandwich, Sainsbury’s gf option is a wrap. Again, my local store didn’t have any in stock so I am yet to try this option. Sadly there was no festive vegetarian sandwich.
If you did want a little taste of Christmas on your lunch break, you can get a little iced fruit cake bar.
What is your favourite supermarket for gluten free food options?