Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Missing Chocolate Bars!!

One of the frustrating things about being a coeliac is having to read labels every time you eat, looking for anything that contains wheat; specifically wheat startch or wheat flour (I have been told by a nutritionist that glucose from wheat is okay).

A large majority of chocolate bars contain wheat or gluten based products, making the number of chocolate bars that are okay to eat very minimal. Plain chocolate is gluten free but it doesnt have the same appeal as does the flavoured chocolate bars. Don't be fooled by the GF chocolate as it is more of a marketing ploy as plain chocolate doesn't contain gluten as does a small variety of flavoured chocolate. I have often selected a chocolate bar to eat and it is only after I have finished eating the bar that I read the ingredients and realise that it contains gluten. Then there is the side effects of eating gluten that don't nearly compensate for eating the chocolate!

What chocolate bars do you miss? I miss Frys Turkish Delight, Mars Bars, the chocolate bars that contain biscuits like Kit Kats, Violet Crumbles, the list goes on and on and on. I would really like to be able to go to the chocolate section in the supermarket and be able to pick whatever I was craving at the time, not what my coeliac disease dictated I can or more to the point cannot eat!

I would love for you to share your favourite chocolate or sweets that you miss eating, that has gluten and you can no longer eat.


Fiona said...

In June we visited a chocolate factory in Switzerland and I was unable to taste any of the samples ... I was crushed. Imagine smelling all that wonderful chocolate and not being able to try it!!

Many factories produce their plain chocolate on the same lines as the flavoured bars and they can't guarantee that the cleaning process between production runs will eliminate all gluten and it's too expensive to have dedicated lines Very, very frustrating!! I had a hard time finding any chocolate that was safe to eat during the week I was there ... probably helped my diet a bit!

Mishaps and Mayhem of a Gluten Free Life said...

Fiona, my mouth is watering just reading that. You have some impressive will power to not sample any of the chocolate!

Every time I have to watch people eat chocolate or delicious cakes or pastries that are filled with gluten, the one thing that I console myself with is that it's great for my waist line!

I dream of a day where GF food is as available as normal food and we too can indulge in culinary pleasures!

Chompchomp said...

Lindt truffle balls! OMG they were the BOMB!