FAQ 14: What is Gluten Free Chocolate?

FAQ 14: What is Gluten Free Chocolate?

Posted by Kylie Suich

Did you know, all chocolate starts out as gluten free. It is not until the chocolatier starts creating their products, that animal products and / or gluten may be added as part of adding flavours. 

Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, barley, semolina, spelt and a few other types of grains.

Gluten acts as a glue that holds food together; and it helps foods maintain their shape.  As the most commonly grown flours used to make bread, cakes, pastas and other baked goods contain gluten it is found in lots of foods.  Gluten is also added into other foods, as a natural binding agent - so it pops up in unexpected places, such as sauces, soups and cereal.

Some people are allergic to gluten, so it makes them feel ill or generally unhealthy.  Then some people are intolerant (so can't have it at all) to gluten, requiring medical testing that may result in being diagnosed with Celiac disease which is an autoimmune disease.  If those people eat gluten it damages their intestine and can make them very sick, so it's no laughing joke to muck around with giving them chocolate or other treats that contain gluten. 

So gluten free, means the ingredients and the kitchen / production premises have been kept totally free of gluten when the chocolate or other treats are being made. 

Depending on how strictly you are looking for gluten free products, you need to pay attention to the labelling on the front of the pack.    Under Australian food packaging laws, if gluten or traces of gluten may be in a product - it must be stated within the ingredients listing on the back of packaging, so make sure to check there.

The great thing about the amazing artisan chocolatiers I work with, is that many have gluten free and sometimes vegan & gf options that are full of flavour.  The days of boring chocolate and treats that taste worse than cardboard are long gone. 

Nearly the entire range of Birdsnake is gluten free and vegan. Monsieur Truffe have an extensive organic gluten free range and also vegan & gf products. While the entire range of Two Little Tarts is gluten free.  They also make some gf and vegan treats that are simply divine, like their honeycomb which you can find in the Anything Goes (gf) Treats Box

I always have an extensive range of gluten free chocolate and other treats on hand to select from when curating a tasting box. 

If you think a balanced diet is a delicious flavoursome gluten free chocolate in each hand, then shop to your tastebud's delight here.    Use the ‘gift’ option at the checkout to provide details of what you can or can’t have and I'll curate your order to suit.  

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