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Gluten Free Gifts for Your Sweetheart

January 31st, 2013

Katz Gluten Free Cookie Gift Box

Katz Gluten Free Cookie Gift Box

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be struggling with what to give your gluten free sweetie. You and your loved one may just be learning the ropes of the gluten free lifestyle. The last thing you want to do is make your loved one sick on one of the most romantic days of the year, so here are some affordable and delicious recommendations from trusted gluten free vendors.

Assorted Cookie Box by Katz
The Assorted Cookie Box by Katz includes a delightful assortment of their best cookies. Share a gift of sprinkle cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and raspberry tart’s that come packaged in an elegantly presented box. Estimated 25-28 cookies per box at a cost of only $20 plus shipping. See Other Katz Gluten Free Gift Boxes

Sweet Pete's Valentine
Chocolate Box by Sweet Pete’s
Sweet Pete’s gift box is filled with delicious, all natural, gluten free, vegan sweets. The sweet box consists of: Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Dark Chocolate Pretzels, Dark Chocolate Potato Chips, Pecan Chocolate Bar, Sweet Pete’s Vegan Gummy Bears, Hand Pulled Taffy. At a cost of $26 plus shipping, this would be a delicious and affordable gift. I absolutely love the the caramels and the chocolate dipped Kinnikinnick cookies. See My Sweet Pete’s Review

More Gifts from Sweet Pete’s
Vegan Valentine’s Chocolate Heart Box (Medium- 12 Pieces) $20.00
Valentine’s Chocolate Heart Box (Large 28 Pieces) $40.00
Chocolate Dipped Sandwich Cookies (White Chocolate) $13.50
Valentine’s Sweets Gift Tower $45.00
Valentine’s Chocolate & Candy Basket (Large)$60.00

Giovanni's Chocolate Factory
Chocolates by Giovanni’s Chocolate Factory
This beautiful heart shape box is the perfect way to say I love you. The box holds 12 or more of Giovanni’s finest chocolates and truffles. Available for $15 plus shipping.

More Gift Boxes from Giovanni’s
Gourmet Chocolate Truffle Assortment – 16 pc $16.00
Velvet Heart Box of Assorted Chocolates $17.00
Gourmet Chocolates and Truffles (48 pc) in a Jewelry Box $60.00
Golden Gourmet Chocolate Gift Box – 4 Tier (64 pc) $70.00

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Lentil Chips: A Healthy Gluten Free Snack

January 12th, 2013

Plentils by Enjoy Life

Lentil Chips by Enjoy Life

Are you looking for a healthier snack option this new year? Of course fruits and vegetables are always a good gluten free option, but what can you do to satisfy that craving for a crunchy potato chip? Besides being a fatty food, many flavored potato chips contain seasoning that has MSG, and other additives or preservatives. While walking the aisle of my local health food store, searching for a new snack to fill my crunch addiction I came across a fairly new product by Enjoy Life. Plentils!

Enjoy Life Plentils Garlic Parmesan Flavor

Enjoy Life Plentils Garlic Parmesan Flavor

Plentils come in four yummy flavors including light sea salt, dill and sour cream, garlic and parmesan and margherita pizza. The first sample I tasted was the dill and sour cream variety. I found the flavor to be quite tasty and the texture airy and crunchy. They reminded me a bit of Funyuns without the grease. Of course Funyuns are gluten free, but they contain MSG, soy flour and ferrous sulfate. I have bad reactions to those three ingredients, but I can happily eat Plentils. They are free of the top 8 allergens including gluten, corn & soy.

A thinner, slightly denser snack option is made by Mediterranean Snacks. Available flavors include cucumber dill, parmesan garlic, sea salt, rosemary, cracked pepper, and roasted pepper. With 110 calories per serving and 70% less fat than potato chips, these lentil chips make for a healthy snack option.

Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Chips

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips
Cucumber Dill Flavor

Lentils are a superfood. Not only are they a great source of protein and fiber, but they can also help lower your cholesterol. They are a complex carbohydrate that provides a slow burning energy source to fuel your body. They are also a great source of iron, which is often found to be deficient in Lupus patients that have developed anemia1. So power up and eat your lentil crisps!

When comparing flavor, I preferred the seasoning of the Mediterranean Snacks lentil chip brand slightly better than the Enjoy Life Plentils. However the texture of the Enjoy Life brand makes them nice crunchy, airy crisp that is fun to eat. If you were looking for a crisp to dip, I would go with the Mediterranean Snacks brand. Give them a try.

Mediterranean Lentil Chips

Mediterranean Lentil Chips

Download Enjoy Life Plentils Coupon

Download Mediterranean Snacks Coupon

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Sweet Pete’s Gourmet Gluten-Free Candy

October 17th, 2011

Sweet Pete's LogoPeter Behringer has grown up making gourmet chocolates and candies. He founded his company Sweet Pete’s, out of a desire to provide consumers with “Pure, simple, sweets made the traditional way with real cane sugar while using natural flavors and colors.” Sweet Pete’s entire kitchen is gluten free. On their website they do sell products that contain gluten, however they are manufactured at separate facilities. Read more about their gluten-free standards on Pete’s Blog.

To make gourmet candy, you have to start with the best ingredients. The chocolate that is used to make Sweet Pete’s gluten free gourmet sweets is produced by Callebaut. From the Callebaut website:

Abstaining from foodstuff to feel better
In general, the “Free-from” product category includes gluten-free, dairy free, lactose-free and sugar free. Typically, this category “focuses” on people suffering from allergies or food intolerance. The latter term describes an adverse food-induced reaction that does not involve the immune system. Lactose intolerance is one example. In contrast, the immune system of people suffering from food allergy reacts to a certain food causing hives, asthma, or other – in some cases life-threatening reactions. The only way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the triggering food.

Chocolate indulgence for everyone
Barry Callebaut works constantly on making chocolate accessible to everyone, which is one of the keystones of the company.

To me it seems that Callebaut is another company that is looking to provide quality products for people that suffer from various food intolerances. The fact the Sweet Pete’s is using superior ingredients to make their candies made me want to try them even more. Who can resist handmade caramels, lollipops, and chocolates? Not me, that is for sure. Read on for my thoughts about some sweet treats I was lucky enough to sample.

Gourmet Gluten-Free Candy from Sweet Pete's

Sea Salt Caramel, Rocky Road, and Chocolate Dipped Kinnikinnick Kinnitoos

Sea Salt Caramel
A sweet and salty, chewy caramel that is truly decadent. This is so good they sell it by the pound! One of Sweet Pete’s best sellers and it is delicious.

Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Milk. Salt, Sea Salt, All Natural Vanilla Extract

Rocky Road
Pictured lower left, the rocky road candy bar has a fluffy marshmallow filling covered in milk chocolate and topped with pecans.

Ingredients: sugar, cocoa fat, dry whole milk, unsweetened chocolate, soy lecithin, sugar, water, corn syrup, honey, corn starch, all natural vanilla flavoring, pecans, Canola oil

Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookie
Before going gluten-free, Oreos were one of my favorite sweet snacks. Of course Kinnikinnick Kinni-Toos quickly filled the void left behind when I could no longer indulge in Oreos. Perhaps one of my favorite holiday treats was a chocolate dipped Oreo. Years have passed since I have had a dipped Oreo, and this dark chocolate dipped sandwich cookie from Sweet Pete’s did not disappoint. So rich was every bite that I think one cookie could nourish the craving of a chocoholic for a week! I cannot wait to order these dipped in white chocolate. Pictured above on the right, these cookies are also available dipped in milk chocolate.

Lollipops made by Sweet Pete's

Milk Chocolate Pirate Lollipop and Hard Candy Apple Flavored Frankenstein Lollipop

Ingredients: sugar, cocoa mass, emulsifier, natural vanilla flavor, soy lecithin, icing, sugar, flour mix, organic palm oil, cocoa powder

Milk Chocolate Lollipop
Sweet Pete’s makes lollipops in a variety of shapes and flavors fitting the season or your liking. With Halloween nearly here, I sampled a devilishly sweet milk chocolate pirate lollipop that was melt in my mouth good.

Ingredients: sugar, cocoa fat, dry whole milk, unsweetened chocolate, natural vanilla flavor, soy lecithin

Hard Candy Lollipop
My son and I also taste-tested an apple flavored Frankenstein lollipop that was so yummy my son asked if we could buy some more. These lollipops are also vegan!

Ingredients:corn syrup, water, sugar, natural flavors, natural color

Corn Syrup Substitution
Those with corn sensitivity may request their lollipops, taffy and caramels be made with tapioca syrup instead of corn syrup. Products made with the tapioca syrup will cost about 10% more than those made with corn syrup. Obviously, corn syrup is cheaper to produce and thus the reason for an additional charge for this substitution. Customers can call Sweet Pete’s to place a phone order for the substitution. Ingredient substitutions are not available in the online ordering.

My son enjoying a lollipop made by Sweet Pete's.

My son enjoying a lollipop made by Sweet Pete's.

Halloween Special
Sweet Pete’s is offering a deal on the purchase of their lollipops for Halloween. Buy any four lollipops and get 20% off. Also if you buy one pound of the sea salt caramels, you will receive free shipping. These deals will last until 10/31/11, so take advantage and order some of Sweet Pete’s handmade natural gluten-free candy for you and your loved ones this Halloween.

I like that Sweet Pete’s is making candy the old fashioned way and that they are using natural ingredients. Making gluten-free candy for those of us that have had to go without will help individuals with gluten-intolerance feel included during the holidays. Unfortunately, I feel that Sweet Pete’s online ordering could be a bit more allergen friendly. I have multiple food intolerances, and when I was getting ready to place an order I had to contact the company via email to see if I would be able to eat what I wanted to purchase.

I would like to see Sweet Pete’s list the ingredients, or at least the major allergens on its ordering page. Also, it would nice on the gift baskets to know exactly what products will be included in the purchase. I have a nephew that must eat gluten and casein free. I wanted to order him a gift basket for the Holidays, but I will have to phone or email to see what he can have. I really enjoyed this candy and I will become a regular customer of Sweet Pete’s.

Note: Sweet Pete’s provided samples for review purposes, however the opinions represented in this review are 100% my own.

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Subway Testing Gluten-Free Market

April 4th, 2011
New Gluten-Free offerings at select Subways in Texas

New Gluten-Free offerings at select Subways in Texas

Since January, Subway has been testing a bun made of egg whites, corn starch and tapioca starches for customers with gluten sensitivities at 700 outlets in Dallas and East Texas.1 They are even offering a gluten-free brownie for dessert made by French Meadow Bakery. It sounds like Subway has trained their staff well, and has gone to great lengths to insure little chance of cross contamination. The gluten-free blogger at TastyEatsAtHome is lucky enough to live near one of the Subways that is test marketing the gluten-free offerings. Read her review about the new products.

I really hope that Subway will decide to carry these food items. The convenience of being able to get a sandwich at a Subway again would be amazing. Eating gluten-free gets easier everyday as more restaurants begin to offer food specifically for us!

Read More Reviews:

Gluten Free Angel
Celiac About.com

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