Good without Gluten: Taste Full, Gluten Free
Do you have to avoid or reduce gluten in your diet? Thankfully, that does not mean you have to wave goodbye to your Walkers Shortbread. Our award winning Gluten Free range has a selection of tasty shortbread favourites, made 100% gluten free. But what is gluten?
Gluten: The facts
In short, gluten is the protein found in the grains wheat, rye and barley. It adds elasticity and strength, and is key to holding food together. Biscuits, cakes and bread normally have high gluten content, as they are made from wheat or sometimes rye and barley. Our modern diets have a high proportion of processed wheat products, and we consume more and more gluten. Many individuals have a sensitivity to gluten, and benefit from reducing their overall consumption. Some people have an allergy to gluten, which is a condition called coeliac disease.
Going without gluten does not mean you have to sacrifice taste or texture. At Walkers, we know that a lot of people love our tasty, classic shortbread, but because they are traditionally made with wheat, they are off limits. But now we have launched a special range of delicious Gluten Free products. By using specially developed flour blends of rice, potato starch and maize means that we can bake a delicious and tasteful shortbread without using flours that contain gluten.
“I have received my first box and have tried both types and they are delicious, I think Walkers has got it exactly right. Biscuits can sometimes be too hard or too sugary, these are perfect.” Aenne Meredith, September 2014.
Certified by the experts
All of the gluten free shortbreads from Walkers are certified by the UK Coeliac Society, and marked with the easily recognisable Crossed Grain symbol. This symbol is internationally known and trusted by consumers, and signifies that our products meet the strict criteria for gluten-free and coeliac-friendly products. Every shortbread has less than 20 parts per million of gluten, and we test every single batch to make sure they comply with this standard. This way you know that when you buy Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread online or in the shops, you can enjoy them safely.
Gluten free treats
The Walkers Shortbread selection of delicious gluten free treats has several popular products. Our classic pure butter shortbread rounds are now available in a gluten free version. With a crumbly texture that melts in your mouth, they are simply delicious. They even won two gold stars at the Great Taste Awards. And what about gluten free shortbread with one of Scotland’s finest whiskies? We encourage you to try pairing shortbread with whisky – it might become a new favourite taste combination!
If you prefer a more chocolate-y treat, the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread combines the buttery taste of our classic shortbread with a generous helping of tasty chocolate chips. The kids love these chocolate shortbreads – and the adults too! Serving them with a cup of hot cocoa on a rainy autumn day is just perfection… Or bring them in your backpack when you go for a walk, to enjoy once you reach the summit.
We also have an exotic Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread which also won a gold star at the Great Taste Awards. This lovely blend of warm and spicy stem ginger, with a tangy finish of lemon, all combined within crumbly all-butter gluten free shortbread is a treat for anyone who wants a little more flavour in their shortbread. It’s lovely with a herbal tea, and just as well with a normal cuppa too!