We have just returned from our third time in France with the boys being dairy free. We stayed in a mobile home and cooked for ourselves most of the time. We are well used to being able to find alternatives in the supermarkets in France at this stage. We were in the south-west this time so the brands were a little different. Here’s how we fared this year.
Just like here Lidl and Aldi weren’t great for dairy free options. However, Intermarché, Carre Four, E. Leclerc, Super U and the bigger Casino’s all stocked soya milk and the bigger ones had almond milk, coconut milk and rice milk too. All the big supermarkets had soja yoghurts and desserts readily available and many biscuits and cakes were naturally dairy free but almost all of these that we found carried a may contain warning. It sounds like I spent all my time in supermarkets, I assure you I didn’t, I just happened to visit a different one each time we went.
Just like here the range of milk alternatives has multiplied hugely since last year. E. Leclerc and Intermarché had the biggest selection. Here’s some of what is available. I didn’t find oat milk anywhere though.
Yoghurt and Desserts
Soya yoghurt and desserts are easy to find almost anywhere and there’s more variation than here. Flavours such as summer berries (fruits rouge) and pear and almond (poire amandes).
Cake and Biscuits
I was delighted to discover marble and chocolate cake which contained no milk. They did have a may contain milk warning though, so watch out for this. There was many different brands of them and they also came in handy individually packed mini-cakes. We stuck with the same dairy free biscuits as last year LU La Barquette, available everywhere.
My aunt and uncle bought in these gorgeous sorbets for the boys, they came in a pack of 6, 2 of each flavours coconut, strawberry and mango. I also discovered Calippo shots which are little balls of ice pop rather than the traditional Calippos (I’m sure these can be got here too), they proved way less messy in the back of the car.