Ice cream cones – I know it is raining, but I still want them! 4

As the weather is so poor at home, we decided to head to the seaside for the rest of half term. My parents live in Christchurch, Dorset and seem to get better weather than us. We don’t have to bring too much of Zac’s special food with us, as there is a large Sainsbury’s close by and a Waitrose. Both usually stock a good range of free from foods and Mum is great at catering for Zac. But she had run out of his special dairy free, wheat free, gluten free ice cream cones and so had I.

The last time I managed to find any was at the Allergy Show last month. I was thrilled when I stumbled upon the Barkat stall and even more happy to find that they were selling them. Annoyingly, I didn’t have much cash on me so could only buy one box. And the nice weather last month caused us to run out – very quickly.

I have been to our local Sainsbury’s several times since and had no luck. So the first thing we did when we arrived in Christchurch was to run out and see if we could find them. Sadly, they had none on the shelves, and there wasn’t even a ‘space’ for them, so it doesn’t look like they have been selling them lately.

I expected not to find the ice cream cones on the supermarket shelves in winter, but I had expected them to have made a comeback by now. The dairy free ice cream is in the freezers all year round so it doesn’t make much sense. Also, I have only ever seen one brand – Barkat and I have only ever found them in Sainsbury’s.

I don’t understand why they are not in more supermarkets or why they are not on the shelves yet. I know the weather is poor but kids love ice cream all year round. If I had found them I would have bought several boxes and I am sure others would too. They are expensive and so the supermarkets are really missing a trick here.

It is easy enough to find the well known Askey’s ice cream cones and wafers all year round, so why not the free from versions? Also, I have looked carefully at the Askey’s cones and they have a worryingly long list of not very natural ingredients, and in my opinion don’t even taste that good. The Barkat cones that we love are in the style of a Belgian waffle cone and taste really good. It is not often that a ‘free from’ product is a better flavour or texture than a ‘normal’ one but these are great.

So today, I decided to have a look and see where else I can find them. Here are the sites. Please take a look and try them. Perhaps if enough of us try them and buy them we can help them convince more supermarkets to stock them. Definitely a product for all the family and not just the food intolerants among us.

http://www.glutenfree-foods.co.uk/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=barkat&tag=mh0a9-21&index=grocery&hvadid=461131476&ref=pd_sl_4z6y45hau2_e

http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk/cgi-local/frameset/detail/301426_Barkat_Ice_Cream_Cones__12__60g.html

http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp

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4 comments

  1. I have never seen these cones, but after your posts I was dying to try them out on Edward. I popped into my local Sainsburys today (where I know the Free From aisle inside out) and there they had 2 boxes on the top shelf! So, they have obviously been listening. I’ll let you know what he thinks! x

    • Glad you found some. I never see more than a couple at a time either. Hope he likes them. I think they are nice. They look much nicer than the standard cones. x

  2. Just seen that Ocado also sells them, but typically they’re out of stock! Maybe it’s a manufacturers supply problem? Ocado also stock the Orgran biscuits I mentioned. x

    • It is starting to look like I need to do all of my food shopping online. All of the time. The stores are so sporadic with their stock. Thanks for reminding me about the Orgran stuff. Zac does love them. They had a good stand at the allergy show and had loads of products I have never seen before. I think I will have to order some more in. x

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