Curiosity once again took hold of my taste buds. After writing about celiac disease and the subsequent gluten-free diet, I couldn’t resist testing a few gluten-free products. The sampling began with a corndog, which I wouldn’t advise, and branched out to include the four products listed below. If the rest of the gluten-free world is anything like them, I’d say that the transition from wheat to none may not be too painful, but I can’t say I’d do it without a diagnosis.
White Cheddar Cheese Kruncheeze – They were the first to be tasted and in all honesty, made me think twice about my gluten-free sampling. They are certainly crunchy and have a strong cheddar flavor, but their kinship with cardboard and lengthy aftertaste cancel out their better points. In the words of another taster, “I’d eat them, but only because I’m starving.”
Pumpkin Spice Bar by Sun Flour Baking Company – As a lover and creator of home-made pumpkin bread, I had my reservations about this cookie. And while it wasn’t as good as the real thing, it was pretty close. The bar is soft and moist with a pumpkiny flavor enhanced by subtle spices.
Ener G Wheat-Free Crackers – These large, rectangular crackers are not only free of gluten but also lactose and eggs. They taste something like saltines, without the salt, and would make a satisfying snack or hors d’oeuvre, as long as some cheese was provided.
Oskri Coconut Bar with Mango – If you’re a lover of all things coconut and regularly indulge in Almond Joys, your initial taste may leave you lacking. This bar doesn’t offer you the intense sugar shock other coconut candies do. However, that’s not a bad thing. Once you move beyond your confusion and embrace the mango, you’ll find that you have found a snack worth snacking on.
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