I’m part of Tesco Orchard – a customer review programme. Every so often I get invited to campaigns in order to feedback what Tesco is doing well, and what it could do better with respect to a particular range of products. You might remember in September, Mr B cooked me this fantastic dish with monkfish tail bought from the Tesco fishmonger.
Last month I was invited to sample from the extensive Tesco ‘Free From’ range, and I was given a £5 voucher to choose some items. There’s items which are free from gluten and wheat, milk, dairy, and egg.
I decided to give the Free From Finest items a run for their money, and I chose:
Tesco Finest Free From Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies (free from wheat and gluten)
Tesco says: “All butter cookies made with cornflour, gluten free oats and tapioca flour with crystallised stem ginger, coated with Belgian dark chocolate”
We say: These were delicious! I liked that these were a hefty biscuit, and not delicately dipped in the chocolate – we definitely feel that the chocolate quota was up to scratch, and so was the generous stem ginger flavour. We definitely couldn’t tell that these were made without wheat or gluten.
We also chose the Tesco Finest Free From Victoria Sponge Cake (free from wheat and gluten)
Tesco says: “Filled with smooth buttercream and seedless raspberry jam. Our soft, moist vanilla sponge is made with free range eggs, butter and gluten free flour. It’s filled with fluffy buttercream and delicious raspberry jam, hand finished with a sweet dusting of icing sugar”
We say: We were really impressed with this cake. Again, you couldn’t tell it was free from wheat or gluten, the bake itself was extremely light. While we’re always going to be more happy with a homemade victoria sponge, this was a very decent effort and one that we would buy if we had coeliac guests with us. The layers of buttercream and jam were pretty much perfect.
Thanks to Tesco Orchard for providing me with £5 of vouchers for the purpose of this review.