Help with milk allergy in Augsburg

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Hello

We are coming to Augsburg this Friday, Dec. 14 and staying until March 1, 2013. (My husband works for Kuka Robotics in Detroit) We have 2 teenage daughters who have milk intolerances, even trace amounts make them sick.

I have a few German friends who have let me know about certain products like milk substitutes, margarine, yogurt. I am looking for any more info on living in Augsburg with this issue! Germany is so milky and I don't want them to be sick.

Any advice on certain good tasting brands of anything would be appreciated! Also, is there any milk free chocolate that is sweet? Over here, even dark chocolate bars contain milk. The only commercial candy we can get is Junior Mints and otherwise we spend tons at Whole Foods on specialty rice milk chocolate bars.

Thanks for any advice at all!!!

Lori

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Specifically, we are living in Augsburg-Goeggingen :)

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http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/themenwelten/gesundheit/Laktoseintoleranz-Spezialprodukte-meist-unnoetig-id21099421.html

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There are a lot of products which are lactose-free anyway. But even Aldi offers cheap lactose-free milk. The German word is "Milchzucker" and in case of doubt check the labels of food you want to buy. A lot of shops sell food labeled as "lactose-free" for twice the price, but the food in question doesn't contain it anyway, even in the cheap version.

You can buy groceries for little money at Aldi or Lidl (they are all over Germany).

A lot of Germans cook from scratch, so if you buy the ingredients listed in the first column you can be sure you buy stuff without lactose. "Fertiggerichte" (TV dinners) often contain Lactose and you can't be sure with instant and processed stuff.

If you want chocolate bars or other items which usually contain lactose look for a "Reformhaus". Shops that specialise in diet food. Or order them from Amazon.

If you are able to cook it's quite easy to live lactose-free, healthy and without spending a fortune in Germany.

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If you look for food items sold as Vegan, they won't have any milk products in them. This includes chocolate bars. The reform houses, as suggested by Beul are a good place to look. That, and cooking your own food.

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Not to forget German bread. Most of it comes without lactose, but some varieties contain it. The baker can tell you.

And if you like to try to make your own chocolate:

You need:

A bain-marie or double-cooker, (a small and a larger pot will do)

200g lactose-free milkpowder (e.g MinusL) (Our local DM Markt offers it in the baby section, but you can find a place near Augsburg using the link)

125ml lactose-free cream (e.g MinusL)

You can get the following items at Aldi, some of them are seasonal offers, but they are availiable now.

50g pure cocoa powder (Back family, pure cocoa powder for baking)

50g lactose-free marge (Bellasan)

100g Honey

Add if you like

dried raisins

chopped nuts or almonds

any other kind of dried fruit (a little ginger powder or chili also makes for interesting results, should be stirred in with the cocoa powder)

baking paper

(if you want to make chocolate more often you might want to buy some silicone chocolate baking molds)

Melt marge in a bain-marie (or a smaller pot in a hot water bath) and stir until the marge has melted completely.

Mix cocoa and milkpowder and sift into the melted marge, add cream slowly and keep stirring until everything is mixed well.

Take the smaller pot out and keep strirring until the mixture has cooled down to 50°C. Stir in honey.

Put baking paper on the cookie sheet and pour the mixture on it, smooth down with a knife or cake server. If you like, scatter raisins, nuts or whatever you want to add.

Dry your chocolate for 15 minutes at 100°C (E-Herd) or 80°C (convection or gas oven). If it gets too hot it might burn and turn bitter.

Take it out and let the mixture cool down until it feels solid and cool enough to cut in pieces with a knife. Put the chocolate in the fridge (best put it in a tupperware box, especially if you keep smelly things in the fridge).

Tastes better at room temperature. Best before 4 weeks after making it, though it probably never lasts that long ;) .

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We have 2 teenage daughters who have milk intolerances, even trace amounts make them sick.

Do they have a lactose intolerance or a milk protein allergy or both? That could make a difference in the product recommendations.

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I guess it wasn't so important after all. OP hasn't been back since she posted it.

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