The lovely Honeyrose Bakery contacted me to ask if we would like to review some of their gluten-free goodies. How excited was I?! Oh yes please! Any offer of sweet treats is always well received in this household!
When the box of goodies arrived last week I waited to open it until my daughter was home from school. Her eyes were wider than lollipops as she ripped open the packaging to find chocolate brownies, lime macaroons, banana cake and chocolate biscuits that were all gluten-free!
I was very impressed with the size of the brownies and macaroons. Each box contained about 6 individually wrapped treats that were the perfect size for a child (a few adult mouthfuls!)…ideal for a lunchbox. This makes a very pleasant change and could be a unique selling point because very little ‘freefrom’ stuff out there is aimed/suitable for children (because of the size/salt content etc). The biscuits were also a sensible size for both adults and children and were individually wrapped too. The banana cake was a small loaf cake that cut into approx. 6 generous slices.
So, the verdict? Smiles all round!
Banana cake – surprisingly my little one’s joint favourite with the brownie! Surprising because she always claims not to like things made with bananas! She described the cake as sweet, chewy, dense, squidgy, bananary and yummy! I would agree with her. It was a delicious dense, but not heavy cake, with a wonderful flavour of bananas without being too sweet. My little one’s score – 8/10
Walnut brownie – the joint favourite with the banana cake. She described this as being chocolately and nutty with a dense texture. She said it was hard and crumbly but not too sickly. I personally prefer brownies that are a little more chocolately and squidgy than this. However, it had a very good texture and my lo was right, it was not too sickly. My little one’s score – 8/10
Triple chocolate biscuit – this was scored in second place. My lo said it was really yummy, but not as good as my M&M cookies! She said it was lovely and chocolately along with being crunchy and crumbly. I thought the biscuit had a lovely dense flavour but was rather hard for me, being someone who prefers a chewier biscuit…however that is down to personal choice! My little one’s score – 7/10
Lime macaroon – this was scored in last place! My daughter thought that it was lovely and chewy and had a wonderful texture but felt that the lime taste was rather strong and said she preferred Mrs Crimbles macaroons. I however, totally disagreed with her!! I thought these were the nicest macaroons I had ever tasted! The slightly sour flavour of the lime cut through the sweetness of the coconut and sent my tastebuds tingling with excitement and salivating for the next bite! The texture was perfect and the lime tricked my brain into thinking that they were ‘juicy’, a pleasant change from the sometimes ‘dry’ texture of macaroons. My little one’s score – 6/10
All in all the whole family liked these treats and I am sure I will be ‘nagged’ into buying them if my daughter spots them in a shop!
As an aside, having looked at their online shop I am slightly confused as neither the banana cake nor the box of small brownies seems available to buy? A shame because as I mentioned, the size of the brownies was perfect and the banana cake was very tasty! Perhaps Honeyrose can enlighten us as to where these can be purchased?
I would also recommend marking clearly on the packaging (as it says on the website) that “minute traces of Wheat, Gluten, or Dairy may be present through our other production processes”. That is pretty important information that I didn’t see written on the packaging…and had I known in advance (rather than having just read that on their website) I may not have given them to my lo (who is very sensitive and continues to have symptoms despite our best efforts)…