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Can the brands you stock be trusted?

Yes. We have hand selected the most trusted and reputable brands with a range in ‘free from’ treats. All of our brands guarantee their products. You can find out more about the brands we stock here. Plamil, Dandies and Nut Free Chocolate People all give full assurances that their products are without nuts and without traces of nuts. There will be no risk of cross contamination with these products. That said if you have any suggestions on further brands or things you would like to see, then do let us know.


How can I found out exactly what is in each product?


Simply click on the picture in our shop and you will find a detailed description about the product, including the full ingredients.


Are all of your products suitable for vegetarians?

Yes. All the products we stock are suitable for vegetarians. There is no gelatine in the treats that we sell.


Which products are suitable for vegans?

Moo Free, Plamil, Ananda’s, Dandies and some of the Biona range of sweets. Even some of the Goody Good Stuff, but some of their sweets do have beeswax. If you are not sure, just drop me an email before purchasing and I will let you know for sure.


Do you stock kosher products?

Yes. Eskal products are 100% kosher certified and originate from Israel. Goody Good stuff products are also kosher certified and so are Dandies.


Are you sweets halal?

Our products contain no gelatine and so no meat by products which means they won’t be any pig by products so yes suitable for those following a halal diet.


How long does delivery take?

Read about our deliver times and costs here.


Where can I get more information about food allergies?

Allergy UK is the leading national charity dedicated to supporting allergy sufferers in the UK. They have an excellent website with helpful information and resources about allergies, including food allergies and food intolerance.


What is a dairy allergy?

A dairy or milk allergy is an adverse immune reaction to one or more of the proteins found in animals' milk.


What is lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to metabolise lactose which is a sugar that is found mostly in milk. The condition is caused by a lack of the required enzyme lactose in the digestive system.
If you suspect that you or your child may be lactose intolerant, the NHS recommends making an appointment to get a diagnosis confirmed (or ruled out) by a doctor.


You mention your products are free from gelatine, what is gelatine?

Wikipedia describes gelatine as follows; Gelatine is a translucent, colourless, brittle (when dry), flavourless solid substance, derived from collagen obtained from various animal by-products. It is commonly used as a gelling agent in food, pharmaceuticals, photography, and cosmetic manufacturing. It is found in most gummy/jelly sweets as well as other products such as marshmallows, liquorice allsorts, jelly babies some ice cream, dip and yogurt.
Gelatine is a mixture of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the skin, boiled crushed horn, hoof and bones, connective tissues, organs and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, chicken, pigs, and horses. Food-grade gelatine is produced mainly from two raw materials, beef skin and pig hides.
The treats we sell are free from gelatine which includes marshmallows, jelly sweets and gummy bears.


Children with allergies

The number of children with allergies in the UK has increased significantly over the past few decades. In almost every classroom there is a child who has some sort of food allergy, the most common allergens being milk and eggs.

Thankfully food producers and manufacturers have responded to the growing incidence of allergies and many more products are available for children and adults with restricted diets. Most supermarkets have well stocked organic sections as well as gluten free, wheat free and dairy free products.

Being diagnosed with a food allergy is just the first step. It can be very difficult for people to adapt their lifestyle and diet, and the more restrictive the diet is, the more difficult it is to adjust, especially for children. We have to be very careful in our house as my husband has a range of food allergies (fruits and nuts) and my daughter is also allergic to nuts. I remember reading about a child with a wheat allergy who was bullied at school for eating rice cakes as opposed to sandwiches like everyone else.

It can also be difficult for children at parties or special occasions like Christmas and Easter. Unless they are catered for, children with a dairy or egg intolerance have to pass on the birthday cake. A carrot stick can be a hard substitute to swallow.

Fortunately there are now delicious alternatives for children with allergies so they don’t have to miss out. There is a great selection of dairy free chocolate, gummy bears, lollipops, organic sweets and jellies.

Our online sweet shop stocks a wide range of organic and ‘free from’ brands which are suitable for children with allergies, vegetarians and vegans. Our brands include Moo Free, Biona, Happy Kitchen, Goody Good Stuff, Plamil, Landgarten, Montezuma, Eskal and Just Whole Foods. You can read more about our brands here or shop here.

What is a Food Allergy?

Food Allergy as defined by Allergy UK

Food allergy is a reaction involving the immune system where the body sees the food as harmful and   makes specific antibodies (called IgE antibodies) to ‘fight off’ the allergens found in these foods. This results in the release of histamine and other naturally occurring chemicals in the body.  It is this release of histamine and chemicals, which produce the symptoms we recognise as an allergic reaction.

Symptoms caused by an allergic reaction to food can range from skin reactions: which include itching and rashes (urticaria); swelling (angioedema), gut symptoms, vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhoea, as well as respiratory symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, asthma, blocked or runny nose.


Chocolate

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” Charles M. Schulz

Chocolate is one of life’s pleasures and with that in mind why should someone with a dairy or nut allergy go without. We therefore, offer a range of dairy free chocolates, vegetarian chocolates, vegan chocolates and a lovely range of nut free chocolate that doesn’t compromise on taste.
We supply Moo Free chocolate, which is made in a factory that does not use any dairy products. Moo Free only uses dairy free ingredients, and even have their chocolate tested just to back this up.
Nut free chocolate people range of chocolate is delicious nut free chocolate made without nuts and traces of nuts suitable for those with or without a nut allergy. The chocolate is all hand made in small batches to ensure the highest quality. All chocolate and packaging have been sourced with nut free written assurances; this includes the boxes, bags and ribbons, so you can be safe in the knowledge that it truly is nut free. Each chocolate is hand made from their kitchen own kitchen using only the finest of ingredients. Natural ingredients are sourced whenever possible and any flavouring used is 100% natural with no e numbers.


Chocolate facts

According to the International Cocoa Organization, Europeans account for nearly half of all the chocolate the world eats. The average Brit, Swiss or German will each eat around 11 kilograms (24 pounds) of chocolate a year. Men's love of chocolate is on par with women's preference for the treat: A UK study by research group Mintel revealed 91% of all women admit to eating chocolate – with the men not far behind at more than 87%.
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