Sugar & Gluten free treats from Free-ist!

When I buy biscuits & treats for my children at the shop, I have to admit, I rarely consider the sugar content – which no doubt made some of you gasp! Obviously, I am not buying the most chocolatey or the gooiest biscuits on the shelves. But even when I buy the likes of custard creams or bourbon biscuits, the sugar content still isn’t at the forefront of my mind. It should be, though. 

Free-ist, a sugar-free based food company right here in Northern Ireland invested a hefty quarter of a million pounds into a complete rebrand. Based in Belfast, Free-ist launched their range of sugar-free products in 2013 and since then have had a huge response alongside a growing demand for more sugar-free {& no-added sugar} snacks.

Since the demand for sugar-free snacks grew, Free-ist has grown their range to include chocolate bars, popcorn, marshmallows & even cookies. We were kindly sent out a hamper full of some of their amazing no added sugar, sugar & gluten free snacks and I was keen to dish them out to my snack monkeys to see if they even tasted a difference.

Sugar-free and no added sugar snacks

Sugar-free and no added sugar snacks

As part of their rebranding, Free-ist completely transformed their brand identity and packaging. The kids commented on how fun their packaging looked, with all of the vibrant pinks, teal, red, yellow & blue colours throughout their range.

Sugar-free and no added sugar snacks

Sugar-free and no added sugar snacks

Sugar-free and no added sugar snacks

I have my own troop of snack monkeys, having more readily available sugar-free snacks available for my children would be amazing. I’d even feel less guilty indulging in a second biscuit with my cup of tea, myself!  

Freeist sugar free food range

I guess the big question is – did we test a difference? 

I tasted the coconut cookies first {with a cup of tea, naturally} and they tasted no different to me. They were delicious in fact! So much so that I may have had two {guilt-free of course!}. The cookies are no added sugar and while they aren’t gluten-free, they are suitable for vegetarians. 

Sugar-free and no added sugar snacks

The sugar-free gummy bears were a hit – we found them to actually be more flavoursome than regular gummy bears. Which I guess is where the added sweeteners come into play. But knowing they are sugar-free gives me a little more peace of mind when letting my children have a sweet treat. 

Sugar-free and no added sugar snacks

All in all, we have enjoyed the Free-ist range so far. We haven’t eaten everything yet, but we’re on half term so they will certainly be put to good use. But thus far, they get a big thumbs up from us. 

The Free-ist range is available in Tesco, Spar, Supervalu, Centra & Holland & Barratt stores. You can find out more information about their range of sugar-free foods over on the Free-ist website.

Disclosure: I have kindly been gifted this hamper and not asked to write this post. I did so because I feel more people need to know about sugar-free goodies that we can buy for our family. All photos, thoughts & opinions are entirely my own. 

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