By Gluten-free Sam
Furiously addictive and rather like bourbon biscuits in milk, these little hazelnut cream-filled cereal bites are best reserved for a treat.
One of the early pioneers of gluten-free food in the UK, Barkat has been trading since 1994. In fact, they were responsible for introducing their range of foods to the UK grocery market, helping to establish what is now know as the Free From sector.
The packaging was a little lacklustre so I didn’t know quite what to expect. Gluten-free cereal typically isn’t very exciting, but these chocolate pillows hide a naughty secret – they are filled with a creamy hazelnut paste. Once the milk was added it was a lot like eating bourbon biscuits in milk for breakfast. Crazily addictive, and certainly not for everyday consumption!
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The full ingredient list: Chocolate and hazelnut cream (35%) (sugar, non-hydrogenated vegetable fats, hazelnut paste, lactose, cocoa powder, milk proteins, skimmed milk powder, emulsifier: soya lecithin, flavourings), rice flour (27%), cornflour (24%), sugar, cocoa powder (3%), salt.
Hazelnut paste? Think peanut butter but made with hazelnuts instead.
Can you eat it? Contains milk, soya and nuts. Kosher, Free From Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Yeast, Fish, Molluscs, Crustacea, Sesame, Sulphite.
Barkat Gluten-free Chocolate Pillows
Furiously addictive and rather like bourbon biscuits in milk, these little hazelnut cream-filled cereal bites are best reserved for a treat. Tasted by Gluten-free Sam.
Not forgetting barcode: 804345000004
Barkat Gluten-free Chocolate Cornflakes
A very decent-tasting cereal. It definitely tastes like real cocoa and not “chocolate flavour”. Those with multiple allergies will be pleased that it’s also dairy- and egg-free. Tasted by Gluten-free Sam.
Not forgetting barcode: 804345000707
Barkat Organic Gluten-free Frosted Cornflakes
Very tasty and free from gluten, milk and eggs, but it’s a very small box for the price. Also abominably high in sugar. Tasted by Gluten-free Sam.
Not forgetting barcode: 804345000660
Barkat Gluten-free Waffles
Rather dry but improve greatly upon toasting and dousing with maple syrup. Tasted by Gluten-free Sam.
Not forgetting barcode: 804345000066
Barkat Gluten-free Crispbread
Pleasantly bland, these hold together well and are the perfect base for other toppings. Tasted by Gluten-free Sam.