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3 surprising places you can find gluten-free treats for Xmas

Newsflash: it's nearly C-Day! Thankfully, there's still a whole day of shopping you can do, but what if you're looking for things that absolutely, definitely need to be gluten-free (without the dreaded 'may contains' and 'made in a factory where wheat is handled' etc...)?

Allow me to present to you 3 places you can go today that'll help you out.

1. TK Maxx

Thought it was the place to get labelled clothing at a massive discount? Well, it is, but it's also a lot more than that, with plenty of goodies to buy that have a coveted gluten-free tag on them.

Yesterday I bought some delicious macarons, a Xmas tree-shaped tin of chocolate praline balls and a gorgeous box of amaretti biscuits. And if you can't get to the shops and want to browse their website, this link will take you to their gluten-free goodies, including recipe books and floor cleaner. (Is the latter not quite what you had in mind? Somehow I think the gluten-free bots took it a bit far. But there are some yummy edibles to be had, I promise!)

2. Your local 24 hour garage

"Wha-a-a-at?" You cry. "Do you mean a pint of milk or a packet of crisps?" I most certainly do not! Over the past few years, garages have cottoned onto the fact we need more than The Sun and a few Mars bars. The big name brand that seems to be here to stay is Mrs Crimble's, and there's usually a good range to choose from. Admittedly, you do have to like coconut.

3. Pieminister

Thought a pie specialist was your kryptonite? Think again! This wonderful chain does FOUR different gluten-free pies with mash and gravy (yes, gluten-free gravy!), including one very special Mistle Moo for Xmas. They also know not to cross-contaminate and my recent trip to their Bristol city centre restaurant was a pleasure indeed.

So if you need some fuel to help you with your shop, you can either stop by one of their restaurants (including Manchester, Cardiff and Stoke-on-Trent to name but a few) or pop into a supermarket and pick one up to take home.

If you're wondering, my favourite's the Gluten-Free Heidi. Yum!

Have you found any hidden treasures this Xmas Eve? Do share them below for the good of the coeliac community!


If you have any questions then I'd love to hear from you!

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