I doubt I’m not the only coeliac who’s slightly saddened and a little confused by the news that Walkers are no longer suitable for coeliacs, as they’re now state they’re made in a factory that contains wheat, gluten etc!
For as long as I can remember, Walkers have become my ‘go to’ crisps. They dominated every corner shop when I was growing up [alongside space raider 10p crisps – yum!] , were in every vending machine going, was always in my lunch box and even won me prizes when they used to package small blue parcels inside their crisps packets! [remember those!]
Even when I went to Uni, they became my saviour! When I was up all night studying *cough*, I would run to the vending machine down the hall and stock up on about 3 bags of crisps and munch on them into the early hours. But more importantly, they became my hangover cure [alongside a cold orange capri-sun] and would bring me back to my senses!
And even when I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, they became my ‘go to’ crisps as they would claim on their packets that they were ‘suitable for coeliacs’. Which saved us poor souls from having to read and re-read ingredients to make sure they contained no nasties!
So you can understand our surprise when it started emerging that because of the recent law changes regarding gluten in food [check Alex’s blog for more information] that Walker’s will no longer state they’re suitable for coeliacs but will state they’re made in a factory where gluten is present. Which has made myself and, I bet few others, a little confused and wonder why they suddenly say this when they never stated it before?
Some are wondering whether they should risk eating Walkers crisps, even when wheat or gluten isn’t in the list of ingredients and for those who are worried for getting ‘glutened’, they are some amazing and tasty ‘gluten free’ crisps still available, such as my personal favourite: PomBear and Prawn Cocktail flavoured Seabrook crisps! If you know of any more, please feel free to leave a little comment on this post and I’ll get it added to the list!
However, for more information regarding Walkers crisps and to get involved in the debate then please visit Alex‘s blog post which will explain in greater detail what’s happening, why it’s happening and whether Walkers is doing anything to help sort out this confusion.
Also, there is a great online petition going regarding Walkers crisps. If you’d like to get involved please don’t hesitate in signing the petition, or leaving a comment on the Facebook group ‘Bring Back Gluten Free Walkers Crisps’
So here’s a wee little list of crisps that are suitable for us fabulous coeliacs which have been recommended by other coeliacs and gluten/wheat sufferers. As always, I can’t stress enough of the importance of checking the ingredients for yourself before buying. If you know of any more gluten free and coeliac friendly crisps, please leave a little comment down below and I’ll get it added to the list!
My favourite crisps, especially the prawn cocktail flavour! Most of the range of Seabrook crisps are suitable for us awesome coeliacs and also for those on a gluten free/wheat diet. Remember that the crisps pictures above aren’t the full list of flavours that are coeliac friendly, there’s a hell of a lot more!
Certified gluten free on the crisps packets, plus they’re made from a well loved gluten free company that do an assortmant of gluten free delights, from stuffing, pancake mixes to name a few!
The ‘posh’ crisps that also shares it’s name with a popular kitchen appliance, usually makes an appearance when trying to impress [well, in my case anyway]. Although not 100% sure that all their flavours are gluten free, so please triple check the packaging to see if that flavour is suitable for you. However, the ones pictured are mentioned in the coeliac food and drink directory [plus a few more!].
Love it or loathe it, the infamous Marmite are now making crisps [who knew?!], which are suitable for coeliacs and are mentioned in the coeliac food and drink directory. I’m not aware that Marmite do other flavours, but if they do and you find any, please make sure they contain no nasties in their ingredient list!
Would be here forever listing all the crisps Sainburys make that are suitable for coeliacs and for those on a gluten free diet! However, not all are gluten/wheat free, so please double check the ingredients or check your coeliac food and drink directory for which flavours are safe. What I love about these crisps is how cheap they are, plus they’re available in multi packs! What’s more, they have ‘cheese ball’ crisps which taste like wotsits!
What a cute name for a crisp company [which also reminds me of the programme ‘Darling Buds of May’!] These delightful crisps are certified gluten free, therefore suitable for coeliacs! There are more flavours available so keep your eyes ‘peeled’ for them!
Not all crisps made in Aldi are suitable for coeliacs but according to Coeliac UK, there is a small handful that are such as: Aldi : Passions Vegetable Crisps, Aldi : BeLight Reduced Fat Ready Salted Potato Crisps and Aldi : Snackrite Crisps – Ready Salted. Again, please triple and quadruple check that the Aldi crisps you pick are safe and if you’re ever unsure, please check the coeliac food and drink directory!
Another great company, like Sainsburys, that do a large array of crisps that are suitable for coeliacs. Just like Sainsburys, I’d be here all day listing all the flavours that are gluten free, so for bigger list, please check your coeliac food and drink directory. However, here are a few of their flavours that are suitable for us coeliacs!
The ‘gud with fud’ company also do a large selection of crisps, however there is only a small handful that are ‘gud’ for us coeliacs such as their own Ready Salted, Salt and Vinegar and Cheese and Onion flavoured potato crisps!
Like the other major supermarkets, Waitrose also do crisps that are suitable for coeliacs! Although not all crisps they do are gluten free and coeliac friendly. However, luckily for us, there is a fair few that are and some are pictured below!
Another one of my personal favourites, the cute and delicious Pombears! They’re so light and delcicous and are a favourite amongst those who don’t suffer from coeliac disease! Plus, the crisps are shaped as little bears squeels
The lovely Levi has now branched into crisps and according to Debra, these crisps are gluten free but do be warned people, these crisps apparently have a bit of a kick! – you’ve been warned!
Like the other supermarkets, Marks and Sparks also do crisps that are suitable for coeliacs! And again like the other supermarkets, not all of their own brand crisps are gluten free so do triple check the list of ingredients before buying! However, I have provided a small list of suitable M&S crisps below but for a bigger list, please check your coeliac food and drink directory!
As soon as I posted this blog post on all the crisps us fabulous coeliacs could eat, I was inundated with cries of disbelief that I had forgotten about Burts potato chips! I really deserve a good slap on the wrist forgetting these as they are all gluten free and suitable for coeliacs! Plus by the looks of it, they’re quite popular! So do keep your eyes peeled and remember, all their flavours are suitable for us!
Who knew Nandos do crisps and what’s more some of their flavours are gluten free! Nando’s is one of my favourite gluten free friendly restaurants and I’m so happy that I can now have my Nando’s peri peri fix in the form of crisps!