We all are familiar with the Snyder of Hanover’s gluten free Pretzel sticks. We reviewed them over a year ago here: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=849.
My mother-in-law stopped by this weekend, and while shopping at the Commissary in Fayetteville, found Snyder’s mini-pretzels. Not sure when they also started making these, but they were new to us. We really liked their pretzel sticks, and like these as well. Similar to the Glutino that our daughters like so much. Much ‘thinner’ than the sticks by Snyder’s, but the same taste.
Plus, much much ore flexibility in recipes!
The Fourth of July occurs soon, and with it will bring lots of summer cookouts, picnics, and opportunities for summer treats. Last year we reviewed a variety of gluten free cool treats that we would like to share again. As always, check labels and websites first for the most current information, as it is possible manufacturers change their cooking process and ingredients. But for now…some cool treats for hot days…
- Frozen Greek Yogurt bars: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1423. Yummy, creamy, and cool! Plus pretty healthy (relatively speaking!)
- Mickey Mouse Premium Ice Cream Bars: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1098. Should you find yourself at a Disney theme park this summer, you can be confident to cool down with the Mouse in these gf ice cream bars.
- GF Ice Cream Cones: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=871. Ice cream is fine, but you need a container, and unfortunately, regular cones contain gluten. So why not just take a gf waffle or sugar cone to Baskin Robbins or DQ?
- Popsicles: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=784. Yup, the traditional frozen juice on a stick. We’re not talking the generic brands, only the original! Still check the label, as they will clearly mark gluten ingredients.
- Rita’s Italian Ice: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=792. Mmm…Italian Ice sure can cool you down! Fortunately, Rita’s brand comes gluten free in a variety of flavors!
- Pop Ice/Fla-Vor-Ice: http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=790. Another traditional summer treat, especially out in the hot sun–Pop Ice, rolling down your chin. Fortunately again, another gluten free treat!
Organic? They’re gluten free, are they healthy too?
You can’t go wrong with gluten free candy! On a recent trip to Target we found this large bag full of individually wrapped gummy bears. Yes, it looks like they may even have some level (albeit small) of nutrition. Yum Earth Organics (http://yummyearth.com/) makes a variety of organic candy including the bears, sour beans, and sour worms. They also make a variety of organic lollypops in some great flavors like pomegranate pucker, TooBerry Blueberry, and Cheeky Lemon. All of their products can be purchased online, when you cannot find them in the stores.
A Great GF Treat for Picnics!
Ever need an easy dessert for a summertime party or picnic? With the 4th of July, beach trips, and other events, a light, unique dessert can be refreshing for Celiacs. We found a great dessert to try–gluten free berry cheesecake cups.
- 1 1/2 cups Cinnamon or Chocolate Chex
- 2 tblspoons sugar
- 2 tblspoons butter or margarine, melted
- 1 package (80z.) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 containers (6oz each) Yoplait fat-free strawberry yogurt
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 cups fresh berries
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Find the rest of the recipe at Betty Crocker’s site at: http://www.glutenfreely.com/recipes/desserts/d992e863-91fc-4722-aa5f-ee301e802913
Another Clear Label
I would hope that most drink mixes these days would be gluten free. We did review Crystal Light (here), True Lemon (here), and Country Time (here), all being gluten free.
On a recent trip to Aldi’s, we found their brand of drink mixes, clearly marked gluten free. Nice style of markings as well. We found both fruit punch and classic lemonade to be gluten free. We do not buy a lot of drinks, but it is nice to know we do possess options.
Trader Joe Cookies
New cookies! Love checking out the stores and finding some new snacks. This time, on a recent trip to the Raleigh Trader Joe’s, we found new chocolate chip cookies. Any chocolate chip cookie is a great find, especially gluten free cookies. They come in a pack and most resemble Chips Ahoy, more crispy than soft. The girls love them! Whether with ice cream or plain, a good treat to pick up from Trader Joe’s.
Clear GF Labeling
We tried Trader Joe’s Powerberries (here), chocolate covered Pomegranate seeds (here), and chocolate covered sunflower seeds (here). All of which gluten free. Recently we found dark chocolate covered cranberries. One word: yum!
While the label, very clear as usual from Trader Joe’s, does state on the front ‘No Gluten ingredients Used,’ the label on the back says ‘May contain traces of milk, egg, wheat, etc.’ We never noticed this in the past. So while the product itself is gluten free, it may have been made on a line that produced wheat ingredients.
How do you handle that? Do you go ahead and test it? Watch your kids after eating it for symptoms? Do you avoid it? I hope we will not see this become a trend…
Curious Label…Approach with Caution!
We mentioned stopping by Aldi recently and finding gluten free rice cereal (here). We also found gluten free cheese puffs. While we feel comfortable about giving the girls Cheetos, both crunchy and puffs, neither clearly labels their bags.
Clancy’s brand cheese puffs, sold at Aldi’s, DO clearly mark their bag as gluten free. The puffs taste not like Cheetos brand, but like all the generic brands out there. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as the cheese flavoring does taste pretty good. The bag we got tasted fresh, so we would definitely recommend these for all your gluten-free lunches, snacks, and even travelling, as they do not make too messy of fingers.
Gluten Free Milk
Ok, so chocolate and strawberry milk may not be the most healthy drink, but if your children will not drink regular milk, maybe you consider these. Or as a ‘sometimes’ treat. Thankfully, our girls do like regular white milk, but on a recent trip to Sheetz, we found Nesquik chocolate and strawberry milk with a clear Gluten Free.
This excites us, as Nestle makes Nesquik. In the past, Nestle has not been thought of as a good indicator of a product’s gluten content. So maybe we will begin to see better labels on Nestle products. Would love to see which Nestle candy bars are gluten free. We think Butterfinger and maybe Baby Ruth. Not sure that Crunch or 100 Grand are, as it appears they use a malt ingredient…but we just do not know.
However, another nice find at Sheetz. Good to know for a quick snack or when travelling. Something semi-decent for the girls.
Yup, GF Sugar Cones!
Any time we can find a good gluten free dessert is a time to celebrate! My sister-in-law actually found these gf sugar cones in Fayetteville, and yes, just a dollar! No, they were not stale either! The cones tasted just like regular sugar cones.
Goldbaum’s actually make a variety of gluten free products (http://www.goldbaums.com/). You can find their gluten free pastas, sugar and cake cones, and soon, some additional meals. While their website does not show any stores within 200 miles of the Triangle, you can order online at http://www.celiac.com/glutenfreemall/goldbaums-natural-food-m-134.html.
Summer is calling, and with these cones, it should prove a good summer for Celiacs!