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chocolate: from on 2002-12-13

Peter,
I am so thrilled to find your website. I tried a gluten free diet and it seems to have been successful in curing an eczema problem. I have been on the diet for about 5 months.
Can you tell me about chocolate? It's hard to tell if the ingredients listed on the label are safe.
Can I also record that Sainsbury's GF range is improving all the time. In our local store (Brookwood, Surrey) in aisle 6 there is lots of GF stuff, even frozen ready-made meals. The gravy mix and the choc cake mix are really good - by 'ORGRAN'.
Also if anyone is reading this don't be afraid to ask the stores for GF stuff. There are a lot of us out there and stores are always looking for new customers! The more we ask the more chance we have of getting what we want.
Many thanks, Chris

Re: chocolate: from Peter on 2002-12-17

Plain chocolate bar is safe ( unless you also react to soya - because it contains soya lecithin)

Other chocolates you need to look up in the coeliac societies booklet. Some contain thin wafers of biscuit, others prepared on trays dusted with flour to prevent them stidking - and not listed in the ingredients.

Peter

Re: chocolate: from on 2003-05-28

Peter, what is your website

Re: chocolate: from Peter on 2003-06-17

You should have a link at the top of this page to http://www.peter-thomson.com/glutenfree/index.html

If the link is not there, please copy the url you are looking at now and mail it to me

Peter

Re: chocolate: from on 2004-09-06

Hi

I've just been diagnosed after waiting 3 months for confirmation of a biopsy - need to know urgently!!! whether Mars is GF?

Cheers

Joy

Re: chocolate: from on 2004-09-06

Hi

I've just been diagnosed after waiting 3 months for confirmation of a biopsy - need to know urgently!!! whether Mars is GF?

Cheers

Joy

Re: chocolate: from Peter on 2004-09-17

Some Mars are gluten-free and some are not - depends on size of bar and country of manufacture.
Life is never easy!

Peter

Re:chocolate chip cookies: from on 2004-12-08

If you're willing to bake your own cookies, I recently made delicious chocolate chip cookies. I substituted 7/8 cup of rice flour for 1 cup of wheat flour. I also added 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. They were delicious! Get yourself a good gluten-free cookbook. I'm not a baker, but out of necessity, I'm beginning to bake more. And it's challenging, but when the result tastes good, I feel so accomplished and successful at dealing with this diet! One more thing--get you son tested--it's genetic. After I was diagnosed, I had my kids tested, and 2 of them were positive

Re chocolate: from Vida on 2006-07-05

Hi, my boyfriend is a coeliac and lives in Italy... in Italy things seem to be labelled and handled differently to the UK- not much help in terms of finding out which big name products are gluten free. He will hopefully move to the UK soon and get hold of the coeliac.org food directory, but for now we also desperately need an answer regarding mars bars!
Which Mars are gluten free? Are any? He hasn't eaten a Mars bar in 14 years- this ray of hope seems too good to be true!

Thanks!

Re chocolate: from Peter on 2006-07-06

In the UK all sizes of Mars Bars are gluten-free

In other countries, they may be made slightly differently and may not be gluten-free.