I’ve never tasted an Oreo…

What is all the fuss about with Oreos? At work, if anyone is traveling to America there is a whole bunch of my colleagues who are clamouring for particular Oreo’s to be brought back through customs for them. I mean, do they really need so many flavours? Birthday cake Oreo, banana split oreo, peanut butter oreo… Clare – your Oreo fetish is now famous.

And because I have had a nut allergy pretty much all my life, and now a wheat, dairy and soya allergy, I’ve never eaten an Oreo.

I’ve also never eaten a Snickers bar for obvious reasons.
I have never eaten a Toblerone.
Nor a Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut bar.

But as a child I did play Russian Roulette with the Revels. Please note, this was years before we knew my nut allergy was life threatening.

I used to suck the chocolate off until I discovered what was inside… and got to be quite an expert at telling just from the shape, because I got a mild reaction from doing this. Not for the faint-hearted! Kids – please don’t do this at home. But do check out the funny YouTube video for Revels where they play, guess what? Russian Roulette with Revels!

Except I loved the coffee flavour ones and hated the peanut ones. Even more disgusting? I think my brother may have eaten the part sucked peanut reject Revels. In our defence, we didn’t get sweets often… ha ha.

The doctor just told my mum, “OK so she seems to have some kind of reaction when she eats nuts. Don’t give her nuts.”

No shit Sherlock!

My poor Mother used to sit by my bedside waking me up throughout those long nights when I would be so ill I was almost unconscious.

But I lived the tell the tale and quite honestly, I don’t feel the loss of Oreos. Not much anyway. Just a little jealousy for those who can just dip into any biscuit jar or grab any chocolate treat they fancy.

And so it was with some excitement this week, when placing an order for the amazing gluten, dairy, nut and soya free doughnuts that Sweetcheeks makes that I discovered she makes Gloreos… gluten free oreos. Who even knew there was such a thing! #glutenfreeoreos #gloreos

And so I will be able to say, very soon, that I have indeed eaten an oreo, or rather a Gloreo

If you want to find out what fellow gluten free and almond allergic blogger Gluten Free Mrs D thought of these, read, Sweetcheeks gluten-free, vegan baked goods blog

They are gluten free and vegan freefrom Oreos. I can’t wait!

Catherine, Sweetcheeks – please send them quick 🙂

What I would love to hear is, what is your favourite freefrom treat and what do you really miss or think you’d miss cos you’ve never even had it?

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Ruth works freelance as a copywriter and writes the What Allergy blog to share information with people who have allergies, eczema, asthma and food intolerances. http://www.whatallergy.com was voted in the top 5 allergy blogs and Ruth also judges regularly for the FreeFrom Food Awards and FreeFrom Skincare Awards. She also won the Foods You Can People's choice Best FreeFrom blogger award 2014.


  1. Cheese. I really miss cheese. I used to have it with almost everything, literally. The substitutes are ok but they really don’t come close to the real stuff.

    I never understood the fascination with Oreos though. They are ok but there are much better biscuits out there, like custard cremes. mmmmm, custard cremes.

    • Oh I was so in love with Cheese. It’s a bit like an old lover who suddenly decides they don’t want you any more and leaves. I’m still in love with cheese and crave it like you wouldn’t believe. I do like VioLife dairy free cheese. Mozzarizella is also amazing but I can never find it in the shops. Now custard cremes… I used to LOVE those! There are freefrom alternatives but they are a pale comparison. I am now a big fan of Nairns biscuits and Doves Farm do some nice freefrom biccies.

  2. I miss snails. All that lovely garlic butter and parsley. Oh and that weird rubbery taste..

    • Yeah right, sounds to me like you just liked the buttery sauce. Snails sound horrible, let’s admit that right now. YOu are not missing anything by being allergic to snails

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