Marks & Spencer have been a huge part of Christmas in my household for as long as I can remember! We always buy so much of our festive food from there as a Christmas treat and I love the fact that even now that I’m gluten free, I can still join in and get all my festive food from there!
The best thing about M&S Food is that they don’t just have their amazing ‘Made Without Wheat’ range but so many of their ‘normal’ products are also either naturally gluten free or made to be gluten free. All of their allergen information is so clearly labelled, so it’s super easy to shop there with confidence!
I’ve teamed up with M&S to show you some of my festive foodie favourites as this year, their Christmas marketing campaign is all about how you favourite foods make Christmas extra special. So, here we go:
Made Without Wheat Ready Meals
You might be thinking ‘ready meals at Christmas? What?’ but hear me out!
Turkey and all the trimmings is a staple on the 25th and of course, there’s always plenty left over as well as an abundance of chocolate and party food to be enjoyed throughout the festive period but does anyone else get to the 29th/30th and just crave ‘normal food’?
Food that isn’t at all festive but just something totally different to all the roast dinners and mini foods you’ve been eating for days now!
These tasty ready meals are perfect for when that craving kicks in because you’re probably also fed up of cooking and just want something so easy! The M&S gluten free ready meals are without a doubt my favourites because they taste such good quality and almost home cooked!
I’ve tried the Macaroni Cheese & Spaghetti Carbonara before and they are just insanely good but they’ve also got Spaghetti Bolognese, Beef Lasagne and Chicken, Bacon and Broccoli Bake, so whatever you fancy, they’ve got it!
I also got a Creamy Chicken Pie from there with gluten free pastry which is perfect if you fancy a home cooked meal that isn’t a roast dinner over the festive period!
Made Without Wheat Chocolate Yule Log
I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit so I don’t really like Christmas pudding but I am all about chocolate cake at Christmas and this free from yule log from M&S is just something else!
Not only does it look great as a centre-piece at all your family gatherings, it is so soft and delicious that you’d never know it was gluten free!
My top tip for serving this is to warm a slice up in the microwave for 20 seconds and serve with ice cream – heaven!
Made Without Wheat New York Cheesecake
Continuing with the theme of desserts for those of us who don’t like Christmas pudding, you can’t go wrong with cheesecake can you?
It’s simple, it’s light and it’s so moreish and the M&S Made Without Wheat Vanilla New York Cheesecake is definitely my favourite!
You could add any toppings of your choice to this plain, creamy vanilla cheesecake but I think the best thing about this cheesecake is the size! It’s big enough to give yourself a generous portion on a couple of occasions but it’s not too big that you’ll end up wasting any if you’re the only one eating it!
Made Without Wheat Triple Chocolate Crunch Cereal
When I was younger, at Christmas or if we went self-catering on holiday, we would always have the M&S Triple Chocolate Crunch cereal for breakfast as a treat but since being gluten free, I hadn’t had anything like that until now!
I have to say I think this is possibly one of the best launches in the gluten free world ever, this cereal is honestly just amazing!
There’s so much chocolate but the granola itself is the perfect level of sweetness, super crunchy and the whole thing together is just irresistible – I end up having multiple bowls!
Made Without Wheat Millionaires Shortbread & Caramel Crispy Bites
I’ve got a massively sweet tooth and nothing quite satisfies my craving for something chocolatey like the cakes from the Made Without Wheat range at M&S, so obviously I had to have some in for Christmas!
We all know the tubs of Caramel Crispy Mini Bites are just one of the best things ever! These little bites are so sweet and chocolatey and definitely have to be consumed at least 5 at a time!
The Millionaires Shortbread Slices are also seriously decadent with those thick layers of chocolate and caramel, so if you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy whilst watching a festive film, these should hit the spot!
M&S Chocolates – Normal Range
Although M&S have chocolate in their Made Without range, if you can eat dairy and are just looking for gluten free chocolate, a lot of the chocolate in their normal ranges is fine for you to eat!
I picked up the Belgian Flaked Truffles because these seriously decadent chocolates are a tradition in our house on Christmas Day and are always brought to the dinner table once we’ve finished dessert, so I couldn’t do a round up of my festive foodie favourites without including them!
I also got a box of assorted Swiss Chocolate Truffles which are all gluten free! I think this box of chocolates would make a lovely gift for someone, especially if you’re going to someone else’s house for dinner, they’d make a lovely thank you gift!
I also grabbed a pack of chocolate coins because they’re a stocking staple but needless to say, I don’t think they’ll make it to my stocking, I’ll just be snacking on those as an addition to my advent calendar!
Jaffa Cake Cocktail
M&S have brought out some seriously cool and quirky bottled cocktails this year and I have to say, I am so excited to try the Jaffa Cake one!
You’re probably thinking there’s no way that jaffa cake cocktail could be gluten free but it is and you can be confident because the ingredients are so well labelled!
Gluten free jaffa cakes aren’t very nice, so hopefully a sip of this cocktail will bring back fond memories of one of my all-time favourite gluten-filled biscuits – M&S Jaffa Cakes!
Are you hungry now? I’m not surprised!
M&S is definitely my go-to destination for Christmas treats and I’d seriously recommend you take a visit before the big day to pick up some of these festive favourites!
If you want to be sure what is gluten free in the M&S food hall, you can head to the customer services/information desk in the food hall and ask for a printout of everything in store that is gluten free. It’s pretty long but it’s so handy to help you find everything you can eat and will probably help you discover some new favourites!
What’s your go-to festive food from M&S? Let me know!