Taste Test: Tesco’s new dairy free range

I was very interested to learn that Tesco have launched a new range of own brand dairy free products, which hit their shelves on 20th February.

The new range includes 27 products, taking the number of freefrom products that they offer to over 200, including over 90 own brand freefrom products. I’m sure we all welcome more choice in the freefrom aisle, so below I have list all the new products. As always, if you can’t see them on offer, do ask at the Customer Services Desk – as they can often get product lines in that they do not currently stock.

Anyway, most importantly, what did they taste like? I assembled a group of tasters to help me try the products, consisting of lactose intolerant, vegan, no dietary restrictions and children. Here’s what we thought of the products we tried.

First, the yoghurts. All yoghurts do taste very soya-ey, more so than other leading brands. We unanimously agreed that the mayo and raspberry and passionfruit flavours were significantly tastier than the other flavours in the range.

Next, the desserts. Well, we all agreed that it was great to see these products available, particularly the crème caramel. The heavy soya flavour was a distinct feature of all of the products we tried again; namely the crème caramel, the vanilla and chocolate desserts and vanilla and chocolate desserts on the go. The crème caramel was very successful, looking like and with the texture of the “real thing” but again with a very heavy soya flavour. Ditto the deserts, although everyone thought the chocolate and vanilla flavourings were a little too synthetic. The vanilla and chocolate desserts on the go are a great idea, although the general feeling was that people would rather have a yoghurt on the go product rather than a dessert on the go.

On to the milks now, and we tried the unsweetened soya, almond and hazelnut milks. The unsweetened soya milk was very good and everyone liked it.

The nut milks however, were less of a hit. They are very thick and have a very overpowering flavour. Neither worked in our opinion in tea or coffee and were very overpowering on cereal. The hazelnut milk is so sweet, it reminded us all of a chocolate milk. I tried baking with the almond milk in some muffins, and sadly the strong almond flavour completely overpowered the muffins.

The cheeses were a big hit. The cream cheese style spread went down very well indeed as did the mild and red cheddar style cheeses. My vegan taster made a mac and cheese which she declared to be really good, and my lactose intolerant tester made pizza which she really enjoyed, being wheat and dairy free it can be hard to make suitable pizzas. Neither of the cheddar-style cheeses melted in the same was as you would expect a hard cheese too, but they really liked the taste.

And finally, the sunflower spread. Everyone liked this and would happily use it at home on breads and in baking.

Thank you to Tesco for sending us samples to try. For more information, please see www.tesco.com

Here is the full list of products

Yoghurts

Tesco Free From Soya Alternative Cherry Yogurt, 4x100g, £1.50

Tesco Free From Soya Alternative Mango Yogurt, 4x100g, £1.50

Tesco Free From Soya Alternative Mixed Berries Yogurt, 450g, £1.20

Tesco Free From Soya Alternative Natural Yogurt, 500g, £1.20

Tesco Free From Soya Alternative Peach Yogurt, 4x100g, £1.50

Tesco Free From Soya Alternative Raspberry Passion Yogurt, 4x100g, £1.50

Desserts

Tesco Free From Soya Vanilla Dessert, 4x100g, £1.25

Tesco Free From Soya Chocolate Dessert, 4x100g, £1.25

Tesco Free From Soya Creme Caramel Dessert, 4x100g, £1.59

Tesco Free From Soya Chocolate Dessert on the go, 5x65ml, £1.69

Tesco Free From Soya Vanilla Dessert on the go, 5x65ml, £1.69

Tesco Free From Raspberry Jelly, 160g, 99p

Tesco Free From Passion Fruit Jelly, 160g,99p

Dairy Milk Alternatives

Tesco Free From Organic Rice Drink Org Calcium, 1L, £1.69

Tesco Free From Almond Drink, 1L, £1.69

Tesco Free From Hazelnut Drink, 1L, £1.69

Tesco Free From Sweetened Soya, 1L, £1.09

Tesco Free From UnSweetened Soya, 1L, £1.09

Tesco Free From Chocolate Coconut Milk Drink, 1L, £1.69

Tesco Free From Coconut Milk Drink, 1L, £1.69

Dairy Cheese Alternatives

Tesco Free From Red Cheddar Style, 227G, £2.50

Tesco Free From Creamy Cheddar Style Spread, 255G, £2.25

Tesco Free From Creamy Orig Style Spread, 255G, £2.25

Tesco Free From Creamy Style Garlic & Herb Spread, 255G, £2.25

Tesco Free From Creamy Style Sweet Chilli Spread, 255G, £2.25

Tesco Free From Mild Cheddar Style, 227G, £2.50

Dairy free spreads

Tesco Free From Soya Spread, 500G, £1.30

Tesco Free From Sunflower Spread, 500G, £1.30

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