Despite arriving late to the delight that is National Chocolate Week, we have been lucky enough to receive another fantastically M-friendly chocolate product to try and then review. As I mentioned in my last post, Moo-free chocolate bars are a staple in the fridge at 7yearstodiagnosis HQ and this latest find might soon become another permanent fixture in our store cupboards.
I had never even heard of Sweet Freedom foods until I came across a stray comment on Twitter last month that pointed me in the direction of their allergy-friendly product, Choc Shot. This chocolate syrup is made in the UK from “Sweet Freedom® (natural fruit extracts; apples, grapes & carob), water, cocoa, rapeseed oil, natural chocolate flavour” and promises to deliver great taste for a low calorie and GI content. The website includes a wealth of recipe suggestions for using Choc Shot and I couldn’t wait to see whether it could do all that it promised. M tried it first, opting to have it spread sparingly on a piece of toast, a rare treat in our household. He liked the flavour, but didn’t love it, finding it quite rich and not overly sweet. I could quickly tell that it didn’t quite hit the mark here as he hasn’t asked for a second helping at all.
Mark: A tentative 7/10
However, I was keen to see whether we would fare any better if I used the Choc Shot to cook with and here is where this product really comes into its own. I decided to whip up a batch of my Canadian-style pancakes for pudding and chose to deploy the Choc Shot in 2 ways to see which worked best to satisfy my hungry hoards. The first lot was pancakes made with a generous helping of frozen forest fruits – think cherries, blackcurrants, grapes and blackberries, all the things G wouldn’t usually touch with a barge-pole – mixed into the batter and drizzled with Choc Shot to serve; the second round saw me incorporating both the fruit selection and the Choc Shot into the mixture to produce delicious-looking Chocolate and fruit pancakes. I dished them up and waited nervously for the reports of my discerning children. Two rapidly emptied bowls soon appeared on the table, accompanied by requests for more pancakes, even from G, who barely blinked when I told her what fruits were included in her dessert. I was delighted with this result, not least because the Choc Shot added a delightful chocolate flavour to the pancakes without making them overly sweet.
Mark: A resounding 10/10
The final test was to try the Choc Shot as suggested on the bottle itself – to make Hot Chocolate. I heated mugs of rice milk in the microwave, added a generous squirt of the Choc Shot and topped it off with some boiling water. The end result was fantastic – rich enough to feel indulgent, but not too sweet. It was quick to make and was, by far and away, the best M-friendly hot chocolate I’ve been able to make since diagnosis.
I was impressed with Choc Shot and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for an allergy-friendly alternative for chocolate to use in cooking. It is readily available from most supermarket chains and is reasonably priced at around £3.50 a bottle.
*Disclaimer – We were sent bottles of Choc Shot and Sweet Freedom for the purpose of an independent review and the views expressed are entirely my own and those of G and M.