*This post contains ingredient information from September 2016. Always double-check ingredients of pre-packaged snacks to ensure that an item is safe for your special dietary need before consuming.
I love snacks, and I love to see what snacks sold in the Epcot World Showcase pavilions from other countries might be safe for me to eat. Recently, I stopped by the Tea Caddy at the UK Pavilion to see what items are available, and I found several packages of potato chips (aka “crisps” as they are referred to in the UK) and found several marked gluten free.
Up first is Burts British Hand Cooked Potato Chips in Sea Salt flavor.
The ingredients look fairly simple and include potatoes, sunflower oil, and sea salt. It also contains a note that says, “suitable for vegetarians, gluten free.” There do not appear to be any warnings about cross-contamination or made in facility with wheat/gluten.
Next up, I saw another package of Burts British Hand Cooked Potato Chips in Sea Salt & Malted Vinegar flavor. Now, I don’t know about you but “malt” and gluten free don’t mix. Let’s look at the ingredients…
According to the packaging the ingredients include: Potatoes, sunflower oil, natural vinegar flavourings (BARLEY), sea salt, sugar, rice flour, acid: citric acid, yeast extract powder. It has a note that
It also contains a note that says, “suitable for vegetarians, gluten free.” However, when I went to their website, these chips are not listed as gluten free. I personally would avoid these, as they would not be a safe GF option.
Like the Sea Salt & Malted Vinegar flavor chips, I couldn’t imagine anything labeled Guinness would be gluten free. The Guinness Rich Chili flavor chips are marked gluten free. Let’s look at the ingredients…
The ingredients listed are Potatoes, sunflower oil, sugar, yeast extract powder, salt, natural flavour, onion powder, paprika flavour, barley malt extract powder, spices, tomato powder, citric acid, natural colour: paprika extract, chilli extract.
Again, we see Barley listed in the ingredients which is not considered gluten free. When I went to their website, I couldn’t find an exact match for these chips, and I would not consider these to be gluten free based on the barley malt.
I’m a bit disappointed by the options, and kind of wish there were some of the more interesting and fun flavor of crisps. Just looking at Burts website, I saw the following that were gluten free: Devon Roasted Beef, Firecracker Lobster, and Vintage Cheddar & Spring Onion. I think I need the Firecracker Lobster & Devon Roasted Beef crisps in my life!
Still, at least there’s one flavor at the Tea Caddy shop in the UK Pavilion at Epcot that is gluten free — the classic Sea Salt.
I’ll be heading back here and updating the list and finding other chips and snacks options!
Have you been to the Tea Caddy at the UK Pavilion in Epcot? What gluten free and special dietary needs snacks did you find?