So I was out shopping at my favorite health food store on Friday and walked past the GF pretzels. To what did my wandering eyes appeared a special new chocolate sensation, and it was even on sale for three bucks and some change!
The new Gluten Free Chocolate-Covered Pretzels are a dream come true for people like me that crave sweet and salty snacks to tantalize their taste buds. They were every bit as delicious as I remember Nestle Flipz being. I use to snack on Flipz while studying in college. There is just something about the saltiness of the pretzel combined by the sweetness of the chocolate that makes this snack food one of my most craved culinary comforts. Still nowhere near as good as the chocolate covered pretzels my mom makes for Christmas that are covered in sprinkles, but still pretty darn good for coming out of a bag.
If you have multiple allergies, they do unfortunately contain soy and milk. They might also contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and sesame. Even though I have been avoiding soy lecithin since I had a horrible reaction to Nutella, I couldn’t resist these tasty morsels. Surprisingly I only ended up with a mild headache and runny nose. Maybe it was the hazelnuts that I had such a horrible reaction to from eating Nutella back in June.
If you can tolerate soy, milk and nuts I highly recommend this new scrumptious treat. Even if you can’t find them on sale, I think they are worth the $5.99 price tag. Yummy!
Buy them online at glutenfree.com search for “Chocolate Covered Pretzels”. Enjoy!
Since I have had a feeling I am soy intolerant, it has been difficult to find any cookies store-bought or even mixes that I can eat. While shopping at Meijer yesterday, I came across Gluten Free Sensations Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. This mix does not include the chocolate chips, you must purchase your own. Although this makes it more expensive, you have the option of using carob chips or my personal new favorite, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.
I followed the directions on the box for mixing the batter. There is also a suggestion for making peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I think I also might have a peanut intolerance, so I added a 1/2 cup of almond butter to the butter. This made some awesome chewy chocolate chip cookies. By far the best Gluten-Free cookies I have had since going Gluten-Free. My son has disliked any of the GFree cookies I have made to date, but he loved these. Other cookies I have made, he has taken only one bite, but he even asked for a second helping of these!
So what makes these so special. I’m not really sure. The ingredients are very basic. Granulated Cane Juice (sugar), Potato Starch, Sorghum Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Corn Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Xanthan Gum. You have to add your own Chocolate Chips, so I’m not sure why this is so expensive. It cost me about $10 to make this one batch of cookies. Is it worth it? My son thinks so. They were pretty delicious.
I will openly admit that I am crazy for chocolate. Before going gluten-free I would just crave it by the mouthful. One of the first things I have had to find a gluten-free substitute for has been snack bars. Unfortunately this is a staple in my diet, as I am a working mother that has been a grab a cereal bar and go type. Being a school librarian and teacher I am pulled in 30 different directions all day and am lucky to be able to sit down and eat a snack while at work. The snack bar is my ultimate convenience food.
Being that I am a chocoholic, the first gluten-free variety I have tried was obviously Enjoy Life‘s Cocoa Loco snack bar, which is labeled as soft and chewy. I found it to be neither of those, but a dry chocolate paste with a weird crunchy rice texture. The flavor isn’t bad, but the texture is just funky. After taking one bite, I threw the rest of the bar in the trash and went to see if either of my coworkers that are gluten-free wanted the rest of the box. They said they tried them and disliked them as well.
I give Enjoy Life props for the labeling of their package. It prominently displays, “Nut and Gluten Free” on the top of the box, with a green seal that states the product is allergy friendly. There is also a symbol for Vegan and Certified Gluten-Free in the bottom right corner of the box. I wish other products would label their products in a more obvious manner.
Although I am not a fan of the Cocoa Loco bars, I have grown to like the Boom Choco Boom dark chocolate bars made by the same company. A better alternative to Enjoy Life Cocoa Loco bars are the Envirokidz Crispy Rice bars. These taste much like a rice crispy treat and are available in a few varieties, chocolate, peanut butter, peanut choco drizzle. I am also becoming a fan of Lara Bars, which have a nice fruity flavor with fresh nuts. Also, I have tried a couple of the Think Thin bars, which seem to be pretty tasty. Regardless of which gluten-free snack bar you choose, I am relieved to be finding some snack bars that actually give me energy instead of making me feel sluggish and nauseous.