Peas & Figs

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Costa goes gluten-free!

costa 30th May 2014

I was pleasantly surprised and secretly very happy to hear that Costa were expanding their gluten-free range by way of introducing a savory product to the mix.  The 100% British sourced chicken and responsibly sourced basil gave the perfect combination of ingredients to contribute to the gluten-free Chicken Wrap.

I was pleasantly surprised and secretly very happy to hear that Costa were expanding their gluten-free range by way of introducing a savory product to the mix.  The 100% British sourced chicken and responsibly sourced basil gave the perfect combination of ingredients to contribute to the gluten-free Chicken Wrap.

It’s common for gluten-free alternatives to be available in niche, quirky coffee shops and food markets, however (as far as I know) only a few of the main coffee chains have ventured into the gluten-free area and traditionally start with a limited offering for those with a sweet tooth.

I was keen to try the wrap, and while at Costa and much to the dismay of my waistline, thought why not try the gluten-free Bakewell Tart and Chocolate Brownie too!

 

Gluten-Free Chicken Wrap:

It seems like half the population were waiting for the launch of the gluten-free British Chicken and Basil Wrap!  I had to try 2 or 3 Costa branches over a number of days before I could find one.   It was worth the wait as I was pleasantly surprised by the combination of flavours, the hint of Basil really carried through, together with the moist and light nature of the wrap.   I would have liked to see more Chicken in the wrap, or hummus would have been a good and complementary flavor.  Unfortunately, the wrap was quite high in salt, totaling 20% of your recommended RDA.  This is the only factor which would put me off eating the wrap on a regular basis.

Priced at £3.75, it is in line with the cost of wraps in the Capital, so comparatively it’s good value.  It’s also inline with the cost of Costa’s Panini range which seem better value for money as they are bursting with ingredients and flavours.

Not only is the wrap gluten-free and licensed by Coeliac UK. it’s also dairy free and so suited to a range of intolerances and diet choices.

Overall, the wrap was tasty and it’s great to have a gluten free offering in nationwide stores.  I will certainly be having one again.

 

Gluten-Free Bakewell Tart:

I didn’t try myself but my partner did and on accounts of both the Bakewell Tarts disappearing in the space of around 10 minutes, I believe he enjoyed them!  A few words from him: 

"These Bakewell Tarts delivered on the taste front. The jam was sufficiently punchy to cut through the taste of the pastry and the cherry was juicy enough to make a difference. I did find the icing to be a little 'so so' which is always a tad disappointing for a Bakewell.  Overall I did enjoy them and have been back to a Costa since to purchased them again."

 

Gluten-Free Brownie:

"Whilst you could say I am generally not a fan of most chocolate-based treats the dear brownie tends to catch my eye when offered as an option in cafes around London. To see the brownie in a plastic wrapper was disappointing as I feel it should have been free to show off amongst its peers. My frown soon turned to a smile on taking the first bite. The brownie was quite moist, packed full of chocolate flavours, and delivered on the sweet craving I was looking to satisfy. Was it the best chocolate brownie I have ever tasted?  Probably not, however for a chocolate treat that is made sans-gluten it will certainly be on the treat-list should I be near a Costa in the future."