I’ve been asked about nut-allergy safe chocolate spreads a number of times, so here is a round-up of products from both North America and the UK, which are free from peanuts and the eight EU-defined tree nuts.
Cacao, ghee and dates are the signature ingredients in these spreads, which come in three varieties — original, coffee and passion fruit. The sweetener is coconut sugar, which is made from the sap of flower buds not coconuts themselves. (Coconut is considered a tree nut in the US.) I was told: “It does not contain peanuts or tree nuts. The product is made in a facility that also handles peanuts and tree nuts but we have allergen protocols in place to prevent cross contamination”. Contain milk.
This spread is made using sunflower seeds, coconut palm sugar, cacao beans, rapeseed oil, sunflower lecithin and vanilla bean, and therefore free of all 14 EU food allergens.
These are three spreads — Chocolate with Orange, With Vanilla, and Vegan Coconut — produced by Essence Foods, who told me this when I got in touch: “None of our kitchens use nuts at all. None of the staff working at the farm are allowed to bring any foods containing nuts with them to work”. Contain soya (lecithin). The orange and vanilla contain milk. Called Beetella as they contain some beetroot powder.
This is a blend of coconut — flesh, oil and blossom syrup — with cocoa powder. Confirmed by Biona as free from nut traces, and indeed all other 14 EU allergens. Available from Planet Organic and Ocado.
Two chocolate spreads, both are nut-free and vegan. Only allergen they contain is soya (flour — so unsuitable for soya allergics who tolerate soya lecithin). Available from Holland and Barrett.
Contains soya and milk. No nuts in the ingredients nor any nut allergy warning on the jar and has been recommended by the team at Nutfreeliving Food Guide.
Luisella Spreads (Canada)
“100% nut-free chocolate spreads” … Four varieties: Original, Crunchy (the ‘crunch’ is roasted sunflower seeds), Espresso and Cinnamon. All four contain milk.
All Tiptree chocolate spreads — Chocolate Spread, Chocolate Mint Spread, Chocolate Orange Spread — are safe for nut allergy, as is the Thursday Cottage Homemade Chocolate Spread, from the same ‘house’ of Wilkin & Sons. They’re made in a nut-free factory. Contain allergens milk and soya. The Chocolate Spread is available through Ocado.
Hashachar Chocolate Spread (US / Israel)
This is a Kosher-certified dairy-based chocolate spread, which says it is nuts-free. Ingredients aren’t supplied on the G.I.T Food website.
Available on pre-order and due for launch in Summer 2019, a fruity-chocolate spread made with prunes and figs, chocolate and coconut oil. Labelled nut-free and vegan, and looks to be free of all 14 EU allergens.