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New Products from Katz Gluten Free

July 29th, 2011
Katz Bundt Cake

Katz Gluten Free Bundt Cake with Coffee Flavored Icing

Katz Gluten Free has recently added three new products to their stores and I was given the opportunity to sample them. First I taste-tested the coffee bundt cake. I am not a coffee drinker and so I didn’t have high expectations when I decided to sample this cake. The cake arrives with the icing in a small plastic cup and must be warmed up to frost the cake. After following the directions for icing the cake, I ended up with what could have been a centerpiece for a party. The cake looked delicious, and it was pretty tasty. I found that I actually enjoyed the coffee flavor of the icing. I would purchase this cake again in the future for special occasions.

Katz Apple Pie

Katz Gluten Free Apple Pie

Another new product from Katz includes their mouthwatering homemade pies in the flavors of apple, blueberry, and cherry. Unfortunately, I cannot tolerate cinnamon; my tongue swells up and my arms go numb. Needless to say my husband was happy to eat some apple pie for me. He thought the flavor was good, but the crust wasn’t as flaky as he would have liked. Obviously that is difficult to achieve in gluten-free baking. I did not serve the pie warm, and he thought he might prefer it that way. The pies are on the small side, so for those of you watching your waistline eating one slice will be great. I’m afraid it might be all too easy to eat the whole pie.

Katz Poppers

Katz Gluten Free Sugared Snack Poppers

Lastly I tried the Sugared Snack Poppers. I found them to be a great crunchy little cookie that I could just pop in my mouth. The flavor reminded me a bit of vanilla wafers I use to eat as a child. My mom would make a banana pudding with nilla wafers and that was a sweet treat. I attempted to do the same with these, but was unable to find an organic banana pudding mix so I went with butterscotch instead. It just wasn’t the same. I will definitely try this again, but with homemade banana pudding. These snack poppers could be addictive just eating them on their own.

Katz Summer Bloggin’ Giveaway
It is not to late to enter the Katz Summer Bloggin Giveaway! You too could try these great gluten-free snacks along with 37 other products. The contest ends August 15th, so sign up now to win a prize pack of 40 gluten-free items baked by Katz Gluten Free. Also, leave a comment on this post for a second chance to win a box of 10 treats from Katz.

NOTE: Katz Gluten Free provided samples for reviewing purposes.

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Katz Gluten Free Summer Giveaway

July 14th, 2011

Katz Gluten Free LogoGluten Fibro Free is participating in the Katz Gluten Free Bloggin Spectacular. Katz has recently added some new treats to their selection of gfree items, including pies, cookies and cake to delight your taste buds. You can enter to win a box with all 40 of their gfree delights by filling out the form here.

Also by commenting on this post and sharing it on your twitter feed you will be entered into a drawing for 10 items from Katz. So you have two ways to win! Katz has some really great products, so this is your chance to try some of their goodies for free. Enter now because the contest will run until August 15th!

Gluten & Fibro Free Reviews of Katz Products

Hamburger Buns

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Gluten Free Hamburger Buns

February 20th, 2011

Our winter warm-up this past week made me realize that spring is just around the corner. Soon grilling season will commence in full force and I don’t want to suffer through another summer season eating hamburgers and hot dogs sans bun because the alternative, gluten-free buns, taste worse than eating sawdust. Over the past year I have tried a variety of gluten-free buns, and many a time I have pulled the meat off and pitched the bun in the trash bin because they are often that gross.

Does this look anything like the picture?

I recently tried Chebe Sandwich Buns, which I think their bread dough might make good calzones, but it isn’t ideal for a hamburger bun. I’m not sure if I was suppose to let the bun completely cool, but I ended up eating a stringy cheesy gooey mess. It didn’t exactly taste bad, but the texture just wasn’t right for a hamburger bun.

Kinnikinnick has some decent products, and they were amongst the first buns I taste tested when I first went gluten-free. I found their buns to always be dry, crumbly and hard, even when lightly toasted or grilled with butter. The taste could be compared to cardboard. I think that recently they have attempted to improve their recipe, but I don’t think I will ever go back to eating their buns.

Another bun I used for a while is made by Against the Grain, the makers of one of my favorite pizza crusts. They also make a french style baguette that makes a great chicken Parmesan sandwich. Up until recently they made my favorite hamburger bun. Their bread products have a tendency to get too crunchy because of the cheese, which is fine for a french style baguette, but not so great when you are craving a soft hamburger bun.

Katz Hamburger Bun Grilled to Perfection!

Thanks to Katz Gluten-Free I won’t have to suffer another summer without a tasty bun for my burgers. I lightly toasted my Katz Gluten-Free hamburger bun in my toaster oven, then sliced it open. I lightly buttered the bun then popped it back in my toaster oven. I wanted a slightly golden bun, and the toaster oven wasn’t cooperating so I ended up putting my bun down in a frying pan for a minute just to slightly brown the inside. This bun was so delicious and soft, slightly sweet, with no after taste. I felt like I was eating a real hamburger again. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The only downside to this bun is that it tastes so good I might be tempted to go back to eating more hamburgers! That would be bad for my waistline and my arteries.

Katz Gluten Free Hamburger Bun

The Ultimate Gluten Free Burger on Katz Hamburger Buns

Your guests to your backyard cookouts this summer will not even know these buns are gluten free, so you might as well stock up now. To promote their new buns, Katz Gluten Free is running a deal, buy 3 packs of buns, get one free. Use Coupon Code BBQ. They are so sure that you will love their buns, that they are offering a 100% money back guarantee. So what do you have to lose?

Now if Mrs. Katz could only help me with my hot dog problem. Since Kinnikinnick is the only baker of hot dog buns available for purchase in my area, and I’ve already established how horrible those taste, I’ve resorted to eating my hot dogs on Udi’s slices of bread. I’ve tried following the suggestion on The Gluten Free Survivor’s blog about using an Udi’s bagel, but I find it too messy. Katz Gluten Free should be releasing what they are calling their “Frank Buns” sometime in the near future. I can hardly wait!

NOTE: Katz Gluten Free provided samples for review purposes.

Udi's Hamburger BunsUPDATE (04/17/11): Udi’s should be releasing their gluten-free buns sometime in May. I can hardly wait for them to be in stores. Some online vendors are selling them:
Gluten Free Palace
Linda’s Diet Delights

By the Case:
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Classic Hotdog Buns 12.9 oz. – case of 8
NEW Udi’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns 10.4 oz. – case of 6

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Katz Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 13th, 2011


I love a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie, and before trying the Katz brand, the only way for me to gratify my craving for this sweet treat was to bake a batch up myself. I must say that Katz Gluten Free chocolate chip cookies are deliciously soft and they are a highly addictive cookie. These are almost bite-size cookies that you could easily pop into your mouth, and before you know it you’re left with only the crumbs in the container. Make sure you pace yourself and slowly enjoy each morsel!

In this house, one package didn’t last two days because my son and husband also found them to be pretty tasty. My son didn’t even ask, “Is this one of mommy’s cookies?” He just ate them up. My hubby thought they were lacking some sweetness, but I think what he was really missing was the butter. I think the palm oil instead gives them a nice clean, fresh taste. I found them to be far superior to the Udi’s brand, that are so rock hard from the molasses that I almost chipped a tooth. See my review of the Udi’s Chocolate Chip cookies here.

Of course, there is always room for improvement. One ingredient I wish Katz would change is in the chocolate chips themselves. Lurking inside the chocolate chips is soy lecithin, an ingredient I try to avoid. When I do eat products with soy lecithin, because it is hard to avoid in sweet treats, I try to purchase those that have used non-GMO organic soy lecithin. The way that soy lecithin is processed from the runoff of soybeans makes it a collecting pool for all kinds of pesticides and other chemicals, not too mention it is processed with hexane, a neurotoxin. With my chemical sensitivity, it is important for me to limit my exposure to chemicals in every way possible.

It would be easy for Katz to replace their chocolate chips with a healthier version, but they will obviously be more expensive to produce. I willingly pay for more expensive organic products, that are healthy and taste great. I thought these cookies were even better than the ones I bake from scratch. I would become a regular customer if they would do something about that one ingredient. If you are not concerned about soy lecithin, you should definitely give this product a try. These cookies are delicious!

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