|Is this pudding any good?|
And it can, because the pinnacle of human achievement has been reached.
Yes, you heard, ASDA!
This behemoth of cut price consumption is selling a gluten free Christmas pudding. 'Big whoop' you say, 'so is Hale and Hearty.' That's true, but the fourth ingredient in Hale & Hearty's pud is free range egg.
What makes Asda's pud noteworthy is that yes! it's gluten free, yes! it's dairy free and yes! it's wheat free.
But let's save the best yes! 'till last...YES! It's egg free!
Finally a manufacturer has realised that if you're going to cater to most of the allergies, you may as well make it free from eggs too.
The acid test: what does this Free From pud taste like?
One word would suffice - gorgeous - but I'll carry on and add about 150 more.
The texture is pretty much identical to 'normal' Christmas pud. It's fruity and soft with a marvellous alcoholic kick thanks to the cider and rum. And I love that it has no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and the ingredients list is relatively short; there's been no stuffing it full of sugars to make it taste 'better'.
My only teensy criticism is that it's waaay too small. Just 100g in each pot. Yes I did feel fairly full after eating the whole pudding in one sitting, but this is Christmas; I'm supposed to feel like a bloater. So my plea would be for an enormous GF pudding on which the whole family can feast.
And the best of all best parts? The sell by date is June 2014. This transforms the pudding from being 'seasonal treat' to 'daily requirement'. Genius Asda, just genius.
So stock up now because if this Mayan calendar end-of-the-world thing is right, you might have to shelter underground for a long time after the aliens have visited.
And what better snack to have by your side than an Asda Free From Christmas Pudding?
Fill your boots peeps, fill your boots.
The pudding is available online (search 'Asda Gluten free Christmas pudding if that link doesn't work), but given our proximity to Christmas and/or the End of the World, get yourself to the nearest Asda NOW.
ASDA kindly sent me the puddings to review. I'm so glad they did...
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