Product Review – Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread

Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread

Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread

Product: Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread – $3.99+

I absolutely LOVE Nutella.  I love it.  There is something so amazing about that flavor combination of chocolate and hazelnut.  And while sometimes Nutella and I get along like old friends…there are other times I have a reaction to the dairy that is in it…and then…we don’t get on so great.

So…I stopped with the Nutella.  As much as I could.  Every now and again…I would risk that small bit of dairy.  I don’t get it with me and dairy.  Sometimes…a little bit doesn’t affect me.  Other times, even the slightest bit of it does.  Ah, food intolerance.  So much fun!  *dripping with sarcasm*

As it was…I would gaze longingly at the Nutella at the grocery store…thinking…maybe…just maybe it would be okay this one time.  But, then I would recall how I would feel afterwards and…well…it wasn’t worth it.  While naturally gluten-free Nutella does contain skim milk, whey, and soy.  I don’t always get along with those ingredients.  So, bummer.

Until…until that blessed day I was grocery shopping at my local Kroger and came to the gluten-free end cap that usually holds the same products it has held since…they first put it up.  But there was something different.  Something…exciting.  Foods from my beloved Freedom Foods.  I am hooked on their Tropico’s cereal, which my parents have to mail to me.  We have a few of their products here now.  And, while I didn’t spot it, my roommate did.  And she picked it up off the shelf and went…”NUTELLA!”

Sure enough!  This little jar of cocoa goodness goes by the name Smudge.  Smudge.  I love it.  It’s so…cute!

And since everything I have tried from Freedom Foods has been delicious, this was a splurge I was willing to pay for.  Splurging on Smudge.  That’s my life.  That had to be done!

So, for an entire week it sat on my pantry shelf with nothing to be spread on.  That is until my roomie went grocery shopping and found Udi’s Gluten-Free Bagels on a “huge stupid sale” at one of our various grocery stores we frequent every week.  So…bagels!!  And I know that Nutella and Nutella-ish spreads are amazing on bagels.  Like…dessert for breakfast.  So, this morning after my spin class…I came home and put the bagels in the oven to toast while I took a shower and got changed for work.  By the time I was out, the bagels were ready.  It was time to schmear the Smudge!

This spread was a rich, dark chocolate color and very smooth.  It smelled like bittersweet chocolate and happiness.  Because if happiness was a smell, it would smell like chocolate.  Trust me.  It was so easy to spread over the toasted bagel, a tablespoon to each half.  I did a test for my roomie, putting the Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread on one of her halves and Nutella on the other half.  Just for comparison reasons.  She liked both, but I noticed she saved Smudge for her last bite.  So when I asked, she said it was good…less sweet than hers.  Nice.

As for my thoughts…Holy Chocolate Goodness, Batman!!  Freedom Foods just won my heart, my stomach, and the rest of me.  If there is a pleasure switch when it comes to taste, this one flipped it.  It was just as smooth as it spread on the bagel.  It was chocolatey, without being too much.  It wasn’t hot fudge chocolate, but perhaps chocolate syrup chocolate.  And now I can imagine drizzling this over a scoop of dairy-free ice cream.  Oh, Freedom Foods Smudge is one happy spread, bite-for-bite-for bite.  You’ll want to lick your fingers clean.  I did.  And maybe my plate too.  This is Nutella without the nuts and the dairy and the soy.  This is Nutella on happy steroids for people like me…suffering from food allergies and only being able to pass by the product in the store and think about what could have been.

Smudge…makes it all better.  Smudge…makes life better.

I seriously could eat the entire jar with a spoon.  I am going to attempt to not do that.  No promises though…

Freedom Foods is an Australian company that takes great pride in their products they put out on the market.  Since they say something is “free from” something…they mean it.  And, they adhere to the Food Standards Code of Australia and New Zealand, keeping their products free of anything genetically modified.  In addition. All of their products are free from nuts and gluten.  And, in addition, they use no artificial colors or flavors.  All natural.  All good!

So, what makes up Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread?  Simple.  This chocolatey spread is made from vegetable oils, maltodextrin (maize), raw sugar, cocoa (10%), tapioca starch, inulin, emulsifier (sunflower lecithin), vegetable gums (locust bean, xanthan), flavors, sweetener (steviol glycosides), sea salt.  Not 100% clean…but still…YUMMY!!  This product is gluten-free, nut-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and lactose-free.

As for nutrition, a serving of the Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread is 2 tablespoons.  This serving delivers 210 calories and 12 grans if fat.  So…yes, eating the entire 9.2 ounce jar with a spoon is probably not recommended.  A serving also serves up 35 mg sodium and 12 sugars.  This product is cholesterol free.  Two tablespoons will also provide you with 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. In the long run – not filling.  That’s why you put it on a carby, fiber-filled bagel.  Mmmm…

Trust me on this one…it is amazing.  So…it’s not Nutella.  For someone like me…it’s so much more than Nutella.  And, honestly…I like it better.  Thank you, once again, Freedom Foods…because of you Smudge is my new go-to spread.  I am in chocoholic heaven!

Also…it’s fun to say schmear of Smudge.  HA!

Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread (on a gluten-free bagel)

Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread (on a gluten-free bagel)

What are our products free from, and just how ‘free from’ are they?

For us, what we leave out of our products is just as important as what we put in. When we say a product is ‘free from’ something, we make sure it really is.

Nuts

• All Freedom Foods cereals and bars are made in our Stanbridge factory, which does not use, and tests rigorously for, the presence of peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts.

• We also work with our raw material suppliers to ensure anything we bring into our factory hasn’t been exposed to nuts.

• If our box states the product is nut free, that means no peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts can be detected. (While we’d love to test for every single type of tree nut, there’s just not an approved test available just yet. We’ll get there.)

• Please note: A few of our products are made in other factories that may have nuts, so always check the packaging before you buy or give us a call.

Gluten

• Our Stanbridge factory is completely free from wheat, rye, barley and triticale and we also make sure the oats we bring on site are not contaminated with wheat.

• As for testing, every batch of our finished product is tested ensure no gluten is detected.

Artificial Colours & Flavours

• While other leading snack brands sneak artificial colours and flavours into their foods, we don’t. You won’t find a single artificial colour or flavour in any of our products. And trust us, you won’t miss them.

Genetically Modified Ingredients

• We’re proud to say that all Freedom Foods products are free of genetically modified ingredients. We adhere to the Food Standards Code of Australia and New Zealand, if you’d like to learn more about our standards.
How can we guarantee our foods are free from all of the above? Check out How We Do It.

- See more at: http://www.freedomfoods.com.au/what-were-free-from#sthash.8SjjxHU5.dpuf

For us, what we leave out of our products is just as important as what we put in. When we say a product is ‘free from’ something, we make sure it really is.

Nuts

• All Freedom Foods cereals and bars are made in our Stanbridge factory, which does not use, and tests rigorously for, the presence of peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts.

• We also work with our raw material suppliers to ensure anything we bring into our factory hasn’t been exposed to nuts.

• If our box states the product is nut free, that means no peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts can be detected. (While we’d love to test for every single type of tree nut, there’s just not an approved test available just yet. We’ll get there.)

• Please note: A few of our products are made in other factories that may have nuts, so always check the packaging before you buy or give us a call.

Gluten

• Our Stanbridge factory is completely free from wheat, rye, barley and triticale and we also make sure the oats we bring on site are not contaminated with wheat.

• As for testing, every batch of our finished product is tested ensure no gluten is detected.

Artificial Colours & Flavours

• While other leading snack brands sneak artificial colours and flavours into their foods, we don’t. You won’t find a single artificial colour or flavour in any of our products. And trust us, you won’t miss them.

Genetically Modified Ingredients

• We’re proud to say that all Freedom Foods products are free of genetically modified ingredients. We adhere to the Food Standards Code of Australia and New Zealand, if you’d like to learn more about our standards.
How can we guarantee our foods are free from all of the above? Check out How We Do It.

- See more at: http://www.freedomfoods.com.au/what-were-free-from#sthash.k7reomFu.dpuf

For us, what we leave out of our products is just as important as what we put in. When we say a product is ‘free from’ something, we make sure it really is.

Nuts

• All Freedom Foods cereals and bars are made in our Stanbridge factory, which does not use, and tests rigorously for, the presence of peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts.

• We also work with our raw material suppliers to ensure anything we bring into our factory hasn’t been exposed to nuts.

• If our box states the product is nut free, that means no peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts can be detected. (While we’d love to test for every single type of tree nut, there’s just not an approved test available just yet. We’ll get there.)

• Please note: A few of our products are made in other factories that may have nuts, so always check the packaging before you buy or give us a call.

Gluten

• Our Stanbridge factory is completely free from wheat, rye, barley and triticale and we also make sure the oats we bring on site are not contaminated with wheat.

• As for testing, every batch of our finished product is tested ensure no gluten is detected.

Artificial Colours & Flavours

• While other leading snack brands sneak artificial colours and flavours into their foods, we don’t. You won’t find a single artificial colour or flavour in any of our products. And trust us, you won’t miss them.

Genetically Modified Ingredients

• We’re proud to say that all Freedom Foods products are free of genetically modified ingredients. We adhere to the Food Standards Code of Australia and New Zealand, if you’d like to learn more about our standards.
How can we guarantee our foods are free from all of the above? Check out How We Do It.

- See more at: http://www.freedomfoods.com.au/what-were-free-from#sthash.k7reomFu.dpuf

About these ads

One thought on “Product Review – Freedom Foods Nut & Dairy Free Smudge Cocoa Spread

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s