Product Review: So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert

So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert

So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert

Product: So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert – $6.99+

There is a short list of treats that I forever want in my life.  Seriously.  This ranges from my local gluten-free bakery (Annie May’s Sweet Café) vegan chocolate chip cookies to my gluten free lemon chiffon cake…to ICE CREAM!

The thing with ice cream is…as much as I love ice cream, being lactose intolerant means that sometimes…the ice cream doesn’t love me back.  This means that it’s better for me to skip it all together…or find something that is equally as delicious…and just like that rich, creamy, amazing dairy-filled treat that I grew up eating…year round!

The answer, my friends, is no further than your grocery store freezer.

The amazing and wonderful people at So Delicious Dairy Free sent me a few pints of their new Gluten Free and No Sugar Added frozen dessert offerings.  Yes…their coconut milk ice cream, if you will.  And me, being the ice cream lover that I am…am thrilled to try these flavors out.  I’ve already reviewed the Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert and the Gluten-Free Cookies ‘N Cream Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert.

Tonight…it was on to the No Sugar Added (and still gluten-free) flavors.  I asked my roomie to choose a flavor from the ones that are in the freezer.  Without any hesitation she immediately chose…

…the So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert.

Butter Pecan just happens to be her mom’s favorite ice cream flavor.  Fact.  Now you know.

After a very long, and somewhat stressful day…I made dinner upon getting home and after we devoured that….dessert was up.  As usual, I tend to pull the pint out of the freezer while we eat dinner to allow it to soften up.  Because it is made without the dairy, it sometimes gets a little more frozen than regular ice cream, so the time sitting on the counter while we dine means that it’s ready to scoop when dessert time rolls around.  I was pretty stoked myself, having always enjoyed a great butter pecan ice cream.  It’s one of those oddball flavors that I so rarely get, that I only remember how much I love it when I actually get it.

I dished up two bowls of ice cream, with the proper serving all measured out.  I served it up and we dug in while watching Food Network (because…we love our Food Network!).  One bite.  That was all I needed to fall in love with this frozen treat.  Honestly.  WOW!  First of all, the texture is perfect.  Creamy, light, not gritty.  Pure ice cream perfection.  You’d never guess this was made with coconut milk.  It is that perfectly balanced.  But, my rave doesn’t stop there.  FLAVOR!  Holy cow.  The flavors incorporated into the So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert stand up and just dance with your taste buds.  Dance.  Maybe a tango.  Maybe the conga.  vanilla with butter and pecans…oh…it’s so good.  You can really catch all those rich and amazing flavors.  And the pecans bring this great crunch and texture to the creamy ice cream.  And all of this…without any added sugar.  You can’t argue with that.  My roommate actually licked her bowl clean.  I think this is her new favorite so far!

So, what all goes into the So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert?  Well, it all comes together using organic coconut milk, pecans, gum arabic, vegetable glycerin, chicory root extract, erythritol, natural flavors, sea salt, locust bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan, and monk fruit extract.  This dessert is organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, kosher, and vegan.  It is also cholesterol free.

And with that, you know we have to take a peek at the nutritional information.  A serving of the So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert is 1/2 cup.  In this serving you will be taking in 140 calories and 13 grams of fat.  Don’t panic over that fat content.  It’s derived from coconut milk, which means that’s the healthy fats.  A serving dishes up 65 mg sodium and only 1 gram of sugar.  LOVE THAT!  And finally, you will be taking in 10 grams of filling fiber and 1 gram of protein.

LOVE!  That’s what this ice cream is all about.  A dairy-free twist on a classic flavor!  The So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert is truly a pint of love.  The flavors and texture are fantastic and amazing.  And I am totally in love with it.  It will take all my (currently non-existent) self-control not to devour the entire pint right out of the carton.  It would be worth it though…

So Delicious…keep on making these amazing treats…because you certainly got my attention.  No sugar added just proves that sugar free doesn’t mean flavor free.  I am totally in love with you, my So Delicious people.  Thank you!

A serving of So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert

A serving of So Delicious Dairy Free No Sugar Added Butter Pecan Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert

Product Review: Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers

Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers

Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers

Product: Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers – $1.49

So, I haven’t been into Aldi since I went there on Mother’s Day and stocked up on ALL THE GLUTEN FREE ITEMS that I could get my hands on and that I truly needed.  I had so many mixes that I really didn’t need to add to the growing collection in my pantry.  But, man…it sure was nice for Celiac Awareness Month (May, in case you didn’t know) for Aldi to bring out a gluten-free line of products to test on the market.  From the way it sounded, people were gobbling these products up.  My store had run out of the gluten-free wraps (dang it!) by the time I had gotten there.

Now, with only a couple products remaining from my original haul…I have since heard that the gluten-free products are nigh on impossible to find now.  I truly hope that Aldi didn’t do away with this line permanently.  I was really looking forward to a restock…since less than $30 got me a whole lot of food.  And rather good food too.

Which leads me to this installment of the next Aldi liveGfree product that came into the rotation.  Snack time at work is a very important time and I take my snacks very seriously.  On weeks where I am without the fresh fruit and veggies from my bin, I turn to my pantry.  Such is the case this week and the next product that happened to be up were the Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers.  From the packaging, they closely resemble Crunchmaster crackers in both size and appearance.

So, I tore into the bag last night and loaded up a little container with a serving of the crackers.  And as snack time rolled around today, I was all set to revel in my Crunchmaster-wannabe crackers.  I expected them to taste every bit like a Crunchmaster cracker.

Boy…were my taste buds surprised.

For one thing…the Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers are less about the salt…and lean more on the sweet.  Yes…these crackers are sweet.  More of the sesame seed shines through over any seasoning or any other seed incorporated.  So, while I was anticipating a salty, savory bite, what I ended up getting was something that tasted of sweetened sesame seeds. And that’s okay…just not what I expected.  I do appreciate that, while these are a Sea Salt flavor, they aren’t overly salty.  I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on eating them on their own.  With the abundant sweetness, I sort of feel like it needs a creamy, spicy kick of hummus to tame it.  I definitely prefer Crunchmaster over these, but at more than half the price, these are a great deal.

Sort of on the fence, as it were.  I did find the more I ate them…the more they grew on me…

So…since I can’t figure out how I feel about the taste, let’s talk about ingredients and delve into those nutritionals, shall we?

The Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Multiseed Snack Crackers are made from brown rice flour, long grain white rice flour, brown sugar, sesame seeds, long grain brown rice flour, corn starch, vegetable oil (corn and/or canola and/or sunflower), flax seed, quinoa seeds, millet, sea salt, oat fiber, and natural flavor.  They are certified gluten-free and are cholesterol free.

As for the nutrition information, a serving of the Aldi liveGfree Gluten Free Sea Salt Mulitseed Snack Crackers is 1 ounce, or about 13 crackers.  This serving will provide you with 130 calories and 5 grams of fat.  A serving also dishes up 120 mg sodium and 3 grams of sugar.  In addition, you will be taking in 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein.  These crackers are definitely not made to make you feel full.  So, remember to stick to that serving size and know that you will feel hungry soon after your snack.

While I honestly believe these crackers would be better served with some sort of fantastic dip, like a hummus, they aren’t bad on their own.  They just seem to need something that would help balance out the sweetness and that sesame seed flavor that just permeates each bite.  They aren’t bad…but I would buy Crunchmaster first before coming back to these.  I applaud the effort for a snack cracker by Aldi and would definitely encourage them to keep this line around.

I hope they are listening!

Product Review: CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar

CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar

CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar

Product: CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar – $1.49+

As an active and extremely busy on-the-go girl, I often find myself in places where I need something to eat, and given my dietary restrictions…that’s not always a simple thing.  I always…always…have some form of a snack bar or protein bar on hand.  And while my usual go-to’s include KIND, Lärabar, and Luna Protein…I have since been expanding on my protein bar options.

Leave it to my roommate then, to head out to the grocery store on an errand and return with some gluten-free bars that were on Manager’s Special.  This is always a nice treat to find gluten-free anything market down at the grocery store…usually by half price.  The bars were the CLIF Mojo Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bars…of which she grabbed one of each variety that were on the markdown.

I went out of town this past weekend, and while I knew I’d have plenty of options in the Columbus area (and my friend Jenn is awesome at keeping gluten-free stuff around for me!), I wasn’t so sure if I’d need something to eat on the journey home.  So, as usual, I threw a couple of bars into the food bag we haul with us everywhere…and I was so so glad we did.  About the time we hit Columbus, my delicious breakfast had been burned through and my stomach was starting to grumble that it was hungry.  We were trying to race bad weather (that never hit!) home, so stopping somewhere wasn’t an option.  Besides, there are only a couple of places I have been to and would trust in Cincinnati…and we weren’t anywhere near them at that point.  As we didn’t go to Dayton to hit up Sinfully Gluten Free, nor did we go to Cherbourg Bakery while in Columbus, there were no gluten-free baked treats begging for devouring.

But…we each had our bars.  So, at the first chance I had, I dug through the bag and found Cathy a bar and then dug around more, pulling out the first CLIF Mojo Fruit and Nut Trail Mix Bar I could find.

It just so happened to be the Wild Blueberry Almond Bar.

Sounded yummy as I am a huge fan of both blueberries and almonds.  It was like it was made to make me one happy girl at that point.

I unwrapped it, making immediate note as to how the CLIF Mojo Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bars looked a lot like the KIND bars that I love.  That was definitely a good sign, for sure.  I snapped pictures for the blog, then broke off my first piece to taste.  I was hoping it was as good as the KIND bars I rave about constantly.

Guess what?  It was amazing.  Huge flavor, partially because the fruit part of this bar is from real, organic, wild blueberries.  Seriously…you can see the berries when you bite into or break off pieces of the bar.  They are one of the most prominant ingredients too.  With almonds being the second.  And since the bar is the CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar…I suppose it better be full of blueberries and almonds.  You won’t be disappointed.  The blueberries bring this amazing sweetness to each bite, and the almonds counter it with that little crunch and that saltiness.  It finds perfect balance between both tastes and makes for one fantastic bar to eat on the go.  I was won over by the first bite.  And I’m super excited that I have three other flavors left at home in my running snack drawer to try.  But the CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar is one fantastic bar.  Serious flavor without a serious amount of calories.

So, let’s talk ingredients, shall we?  The CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar is made from: almonds, organic currant raisins, organic tapioca syrup, organic wild blueberries, organic cashews, organic rice crisps, organic roasted soybeans, organic inulin, organic sunflower oil, sea salt, citric acid, natural flavor, and natural vitamin E.  This bar is gluten-free, cholesterol free, low in sodium, and is low glycemic.

A serving of the CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar is one bar.  In this one bar, you will be provided with 160 calories and 8 grams of fat.  Do not panic over that fat count through, most of that comes naturally from the nuts, and is a healthy fat.  You will also be taking in 110 mg sodium and 12 grams of sugar.  Yes…the sugar does seem high…but I’m hoping a lot of that is naturally occurring in the fruit.  In addition, you get 210 mg potassium, 4 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.  Yes…you will feel full after consuming this bar.  And that’s the whole point of a bar like this.  You don’t want to eat it and feel hungry an hour later.  You want something that will stick with you for awhile.  And the CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar does just that.

Super delicious!!  If you haven’t tried the gluten-free CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bars, I highly encourage you to head to the grocery store and pick some up.  I can definitely recommend this flavor.  Just a burst of sweet and salty in each bite, making this one epic bar…any time you like.  Trust me…you won’t be disappointed.

CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar (unwrapped)

CLIF Mojo Wild Blueberry Almond Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Bar (unwrapped)

Recipe: Gluten Free Lemon Bread Pudding

It’s become a sort of tradition whenever Weekend at Jenn’s happens…Sunday morning means creating one of our, now legendary, breakfast treats to feast on.  No more eating out…no more eating day old goodies from the local gluten-free bakery (although, I’m okay with that…just sayin’.)  We usually plan it out the week of the visit…and I sprung this one on her sort of as an afterthought a day or two before my drive up that way.  She, thankfully, had everything but the bread…which I had in my freezer, leftover from our last bread pudding adventure.  Seriously, if you ever want a sturdy bread…order the Katz Gluten Free Braided Challah loaf…the big one…and you will have at least 6 uses out of it.  I know I got my money’s worth, that’s for sure.

Anyway…I don’t know why…but I was feeling lemon this week.  And it just so happens that my two partners in crime, Jenn and Cathy, are both lovers of lemon and lemon flavored things as well.  This recipe was going to be a match made in heaven.  Jenn and I took a recipe, originally posted by Bijouxs, and put our own little touches on it to make it easier as well as change it to gluten free.  We also made ours dairy free…because I’m sort of lactose intolerant and every little bit helps!

This bread pudding smelled SO amazing as it was baking up on Saturday morning.  It does take an hour to do.  And Jenn and I prepped the dish the night before and let everything soak up and sit in the fridge until we were getting ready for breakfast.  I recommend doing this.  The original recipe called for homemade lemon curd.  We weren’t feeling that.  Jenn had a 12 ounce jar…so we just used every bit of that jar in our version of this dish.  Just make sure that the lemon curd is gluten-free (not all of them are!).

And now…you can make it yourself and see what I mean!

Recipe: Lemon Bread Pudding

Gluten Free Lemon Bread Pudding

Gluten Free Lemon Bread Pudding

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1 French bread baguette, cut into 1 inch slices (I used Katz Gluten Free Braided Challah (of [delicious] DOOM!))
  • 1 12 ounce jar of lemon curd
  • 2 cups cold whole milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, cold
  • 3-4 lemons, juiced (around 1/3 cup juice)
  • zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tablespoons)
  • pinch of kosher salt

 

Directions:

Place the bread slices cut sides down in a lightly buttered 10 x 8 inch oval ovenproof baking dish.  Fit the bread slices together in a single layer to completely cover the bottom of the pan.

Spread the top of the bread slices with all of the lemon curd.

Whisk together the milk, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest and pinch of salt, mixing well and pour over the bread.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (or overnight like we did!), to allow the bread to absorb the milk mixture. Remove from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes prior to baking.

Preheat the over to 325° F.

Cover the bread pudding with foil and bake on top of a sheet pan for 30 minutes.

Remove cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes until puffy and golden brown.

Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired.

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OMG…amazing.  Bright, zesty, tangy…it was a citrus flavored treat all rolled into one amazing little bread pudding.  This makes a day brightening breakfast or a light, palate cleansing dessert.  No matter how you slice it, all of us were digging into this delicious treat.   I brought some home and reheated it for breakfast this morning.  This reheats beautifully.  Seriously.  Nothing got soggy or gross in the fridge and it didn’t get destroyed when nuked in the microwave for about 2 and a half minutes.  Still amazing.  Still tangy.  Still…OH so good!

Product Review: Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu

Russo's Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu

Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu

Product Review: Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu – $5.99+

Oh, great and wonderful and powerful (because you keep drawing me in) Raisin Rack natural food store in Columbus, Ohio.  I love you.  I love you in so many ways I can’t even begin to count them.  And one of the many reasons I love you is that your extensive gluten-free section offers me A LOT of options I can’t get here in Louisville, Kentucky…or anywhere else for that matter.  Seriously…there are some items I have never even heard of…and then I head up to Columbus to visit my friend Jenn…and BAM…I am educated on products that are out on the market that I didn’t even know existed.

After making about 10 laps of the gluten-free aisles and filling up my basket (actually, I behaved and didn’t fill it up…no need to Tetris anything this time)…I made one final decision before checking out.  And that was for dessert.  After all, Cathy, Jenn and I were cooking Italian that night (gluten-free pasta with gluten-free foccacia), so I figured…despite having made a delicious homemade buttermint ice cream…we might as well keep with the Italian theme.  So…I went back to the freezer section and pulled the Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu from the shelf.  Into the basket.  Up to the register.  Into a bag.  Back to Jenn’s.  I put it in the fridge to let it thaw…and dinner time came and went and I was so ready to dive into dessert.  I mean…I don’t get to have tiramisu that often.  In fact…I never get to.  So this was indeed a nice treat and one I was looking forward to.

I had pulled the box out of the refrigerator to let it thaw the rest of the way while we ate dinner.  And when dinner was appropriately devoured…it was time to work on dessert.  And I was super excited about the Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu, which was suddenly on the menu.  And I was not alone.  Jenn is Italian…and she knows good tiramisu.  And I couldn’t wait to get her thoughts on this.  Cathy doesn’t do tiramisu too often, so she’s sort of a non-entity in this review…because Jenn is an expert and I’m a fan.  So…after clearing the table…I opened up the box, removed the container with the tiramisu…and eagerly and carefully popped the lid.

And…the entire top layer stayed on the lid.  Well…crap.

Oh well…I went to Jenn’s silverware drawer and pulled out a knife to see if I could salvage that layer of dusted cocoa.  I gave it my best shot, so, the top of the tiramisu isn’t as pretty as it should be…however…as Jenn always says…it still tastes the same.  So…I just sort of incorporated the cocoa dusted layer over the fluffy mascarpone cheese layer as best I could…then split the delicate dessert into thirds.  This dessert is actually meant for two people, but there were three of us…so we had ice cream with it.  HA!

Anyway…the layers were soft and light as my butter knife sliced through it.  The dessert itself was easy to lift out of the little plastic container it had been frozen in.  A little messy…but workable.  Desserts are good to be messy.  It’s just means more opportunities to lick the plate clean.  We all settled in with our forks and plates with the layered dessert of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, mascarpone cheese and cocoa…and took our first bites.

Cathy, as I said, is excluded from this review of the Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu as she isn’t a tiramisu person.  That being said, she loved the fluffy layer of mascarpone cheese.  She said she could take or leave the ladyfingers.  EH.  Whatever.  She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.  Jenn, however, is a tiramisu expert.  And both she and I hoovered this slice of gluten-free Italian dessert heaven without so much as a breath, I think.  We both agreed that the ladyfingers were moist and soft and good.  The mascarpone layer was so light and fluffy, whipped up to perfection.  The espresso flavor was sort of lost…we both said that we were sort of looking for that coffee flavor, but overall, Jenn said she never would have guessed it was gluten-free if she hadn’t found it for me in the freezer.  HA!

There you go.  I’m a huge fan.  And now I want to try more and more from Russo’s Gluten-Free Gourmet.  And it seems like they have quite a few items I might consider next time I’m at Raisin Rack.

Let’s talk about what goes into Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu, shall we?  The ingredients are gluten-free lady fingers (made from rice flour, corn starch, rice extracts, tapioca dextrin, and xanthan gum) mascarpone cheese, whole eggs, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso, and cognac.  Simple ingredients for sure.  And I recognize each and every one of them.  That’s a plus.  Interestingly enough, this is a family owned and operated company that dedicates itself to gluten-free products with exceptional quality.  They are certainly doing their job right.  This was fantastic.

A serving size of the Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet Tiramisu is 1/2 of the container (or 4 ounces).  A proper serving will provide you with 160 calories and 11 grams of fat.  Yeah…it’s worth every gram.  You will also be taking in 85 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, and 9 grams of sugar.  I’m impressed by the sugar count, as I thought it would be higher for such a decadent dessert.  But…it’s actually in a decent range.  Finally, you will be consuming 1 gram of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

Honestly, this was one very rich, moist, light, amazing dessert.  I am beyond impressed with my introduction into the lineup of products from Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet.  This more than solidifies the fact that I will pick up other items by their company and try them out next time.  I’m already thinking dinner will be gluten-free mozzerella sticks.  And pizza bites.  Yep.  Both.  Because…why the hell not?  Beyond enthusiastic.  Beyond surprised.  Just…totally blown away by this dessert.  Add a bit more of that coffee flavor and it would be absolute tiramisu perfection.

Well done, Russo’s Gluten Free Gourmet.  Well done!

Product Review: Domata Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix

Gluten Free Foccacia Bread made with Domata Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix

Gluten Free Foccacia Bread made with Domata Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix

Product: Domata Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix – $7.99+

It’s no secret…I love pizza.  Pizza, to me, is the perfect food.  Honestly.  Some people would probably disagree…but, I ignore them.  Because every thing that is right and good in this world…can happen on a pizza.  Pizza is a basic staple in my diet, especially the night before a big race.  I just have found that if I eat pizza before a half marathon or marathon (or, hell, even the shorter distances), I seem to run better.  I don’t know if it’s all just in my head, or if I have found that magic food that offers that perfect balance of protein, carbs, and fats that fuel my body on the long run.

Regardless…I love my pizza.  I love to make pizza and order pizza.  Around here, there are quite a few places in Louisville, Kentucky that offer gluten-free pizza.  And I love them for that.  On this side of the river, options are definitely more limited.  Therefore, I usually end up making my own (on the best gluten-free pizza crust ever…from Annie May’s Sweet Cafe – here in Louisville, Kentucky) or purchasing a frozen one (usually Udi’s, Ian’s, Glutino, or even Daiya).  That’s if I’m not planning on pizza that day.  Otherwise, I normally will head to Annie May’s Sweet Café on Friday or Saturday (pizza day’s) or hit up one of the restaurants around the area that offer gluten-free pizza…but I have to feel safe eating there, and that narrows down the possibilities.

That being said, on a recent trip to Columbus, Ohio, I made a stop by the infamous natural food store I have come to love…Raisin Rack.  In the aisle with various baking flours, I spotted this red and white box with bold black lettering.  It really stuck out and, therefore, it drew my attention.  It turned out to be the Pizza Crust Mix from Domata, a company owned by David and Julie Madison, who understand how difficult a gluten-free diet can be, and also believe in the importance of affordable gluten-free foods.  They kept this in mind when they created their gluten-free flour mixes: Recipe Ready Flour, Pizza Crust Mix, and their Seasoned Flour.  These flours are easy to work with too.  The recipe ready is a cup-for-cup exchange on all recipes and the pizza crust mix…well…I’ll get into that.  These products are made in a dedicated gluten-free and nut-free manufacturing facility, so there is no worries about cross contamination.  And Domata does pride itself on using all natural ingredients with nothing artificial.  I appreciate that too.

Ironically, I didn’t use this mix to make pizza crust.  Not this time, anyway.  This time, I used it to make the recipe for Gluten Free Foccacia Bread that is listed on the box.  Because, I was in Columbus, Ohio, visiting my friend Jenn…and we were making pasta for dinner.  Foccacia bread is a great side to have with gluten-free pasta…so that evening, after a busy day of shopping around town (and hitting up Raisin Rack for more goodies), she and I got busy in her kitchen, prepping this super-easy recipe for gluten-free foccacia.

The great thing about the Domata Gluten Free Pizza Drust Mix is that all you need to do is add water.  It’s that simple.  Put it in a mixer and blend the dough.  It will be sticky.  That’s why you turn it out onto a floured surface.  Jenn and I skipped this step because…eh…we didn’t want to mess with it.  So, using our oiled fingers, we spread the dough out in the baking pan and gave it a little brush of olive oil and seasoned it with the garlic powder and dried oregano that the recipe on the box suggests.  Super simple.  Into the oven it went to bake for 20 minutes.  We started to prep the water to cook the gluten-free noodles in and got out the marinara sauce for the noodles and, of course, to mop up with the bread.  When the noodles were in, the bread came out to get a dusting of Parmesan cheese…then it was back in the oven for another 5 minutes.  The noodles finished up.  They were drained and properly sauced (the Italian way), and dished up.  The bread was set on the table to rip into (instead of slicing it into strips) as we wanted to get as much as we wanted.  Dinner was served.

I have to say…I was very impressed with the quality and flavor of the Foccacia bread that we baked with the Domata Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix.  It wasn’t too heavy or dense and it browned up beautifully.  The herbs that we scattered throughout the dough and on top brought a nice pop of flavor.  And the bread itself was airy and light, rather than the kind that feels heavy and sits like a lump in your stomach.  The crispy outside gave way to a soft middle, which was bread perfection, if you ask me.  I have enough of the mix left to do a pizza crust with and I think I might do that sometime this week or next…just to see how well it works in pizza crust form.  But as a flour to make Gluten Free Foccacia bread…Domata totally wins.  It was delicious!

When Domata exclaims that “life is hard enough, baking gluten free shouldn’t be”…they hit the nail on the head.  This flour requires no time to rise.  It’s straight from the mixer to the pan to the oven to the table to the plate to the stomach.  It is fantastic and so easy!!  We all (me…the Celiac, and my two non-gluten-free compatriots, Cathy (the roomie) and Jenn (the hostess with the mostest!)) agreed that it made a very tasty and highly acceptable loaf of gluten-free foccacia bread.  Definitely impressed with the flavor, the lightness, and the texture.  I’d purchase this again in a heartbeat.  I mean, come on…you just add water!!!!  It doesn’t get easier than that!

So, let’s talk ingredients for a moment.  The Domata Gluten Free Pizza Dough Mix is a blend of rice flour, corn starch, tapioca dextrim, nonfat dry milk, whole egg, sugar, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder, soybean oil, and rice extract.  It is gluten-free, nut-free, and kosher.

Nutritionally speaking, a serving of Domata Gluten Free Pizza Dough Mix is 1/4 cup.  In this serving you will be taking in 150 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.  This serving will also be giving you 30 mg cholesterol, 460 mg sodium, and 2 grams of sugar.  In addition, you will be taking in 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein.  Not bad for a pizza crust or pan of foccacia bread, right?  Especially when it’s gluten-free.  Because so often the calories and fat go way, way, way up in gluten-free items such as this.

Impressive!

I am definitely more than willing to try the other two flours and purchase the Domata Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix again.  Honestly.  I was impressed with how easy it was to make the bread with and how delicious each bite turned out to be.  If this holds true for their Seasoned Flour and their Recipe Ready Flour…you might just have me sold on it for life…simply for simplicity.  HA!!  But let’s not forget, it also bakes up into something amazing and totally delicious.  I want to make more foccacia bread.  I want to make pizza crust.  I just want to bake it all and see how this flour fares against others I have used…including my current favorite.

Only time will tell…but this was a winning flour mix in my book!

Product Review: Van’s PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars

Van's PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars

Van’s PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars

Product: Van’s PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars -$4.99+

While I have only spoken ill of a couple of the snack bars/breakfast bars that I have tried going gluten-free…I believe my quality standards have been raised.  I love Glutino to death, I do…but, while I don’t dislike their snack/breakfast bars, they are a little bit…tasteless when compared to the amazing bars I have had the chance to devour this past week.

And I owe this all to Van’s.  Yes…Van’s.  Van’s who makes the best gluten-free waffles.  Amazing gluten-free cereal.  And have since branched out into other products, such as gluten-free crackers, chips, granola, pasta, and yes…snack bars and granola bars.  And some of my local stores have started to carry some of these other products from Van’s…and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Usually during the day, I have two snacks because I eat a good breakfast, a light lunch, and a sensible dinner.  I snack in between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner.  Yes…even when I’m not running.  But I am generally very specific about what I choose to snack on.  Currently, however, I am attempting to whittle down some of the products I have accumulated in my freezer and pantry.  So, by checking out expiration dates, I began to go in order.  And this week I finally cracked open my box of snack bars from Van’s Gluten Free.

While the store I purchased these snack bars at had many to choose from, I selected Van’s PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars because…I’m addicted to peanut butter for one thing…and I love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Seriously…it’s one of the simplest pleasures in life.  And not one that I indulge in too often as gluten-free bread is stupid expensive.  But…I figured this might be a good way to enjoy one of my favorite things to eat.

This past week…I got to see for myself.

Wednesday morning…around 10:30 am, I tore into my little wrapped snack bar.  It looked like a slap of peanut butter with a jelly middle…sort of like a sandwich minus the bread.  I was intrigued.  I could see the oats rolled into that peanut butter layer and really couldn’t wait to take a bite.  A picture for the blog had to come first though…despite wanting to rip into it.  It smelled amazing…like peanut butter and jelly…so it was already living up to its name.  I snapped a quick picture and then tore off a corner to take a bite.

WOW!  This bar is truly like eating a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  The strawberry filling is sweet without being too tart or too strong.  It just is this layer of sweetness that totally works with the savory peanut butter that encompasses it.  The rolled oats give a great texture, making it seem like a real sandwich.  Each layer of texture and flavor brings a whole new level of deliciousness to this bar.  They are soft and chewy, just like a sandwich should be.  And none of that “like cardboard” outer crust that a lot of snack/breakfast bars have.  Every bite brings 10 grams of nutrient-rich whole grain oats and real peanut butter…which definitely makes each bar a nice and filling snack.  Honestly, I’m rarely ever starving when lunch time rolls around, and I find myself delaying it slightly because this little mighty bar of peanut butter and jelly goodness has done it’s job as a snack.  Beyond impressed.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients and nutrition information when it comes to Van’s PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars.

As far as ingredients go, the Van’s PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars are made from gluten free oats, invert cane sugar, peanut butter, non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil, sweet rice flour, strawberries, apple powder, fruit juice concentrate (pineapple, pear, apple and peach) tapioca starch, rice bran, peanut flour, peanut extract, glycerin, natural flavor, citric acid, pectin, locust bean gum, sea salt, red cabbage extract and annatto (for coloring), and baking soda.  These bars are gluten-free and dairy-free.  In addition, Van’s, as always, states that these are ingredients that they are proud of.  I can totally see why!

As for nutritional information, a serving size of the Van’s PB & J Strawberry Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bars is 1 snack bar.  One bar has 160 calories and 6 grams of fat.  Don’t worry, much of that comes from the peanut butter…and that is a healthy fat.  These bars are cholesterol free, contain 115 mg sodium, and a (rather high) 14 grams of sugar.  I guess that has a lot to do with the fruit and fruit juices that are inside each bar.  A little high in sugars, but the 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein help make up for it, making it more than a sweet treat, but a filling snack.  Honestly…your appetite will be satiated.

Big kudos, once more, to Van’s for another amazing gluten-free treat.  It just goes to prove that when you use quality ingredients (that you are proud of) you always put out a quality product.  And that…that is what it is all about.  The PB & J Gluten Free Snack Bars come in two flavors, currently: strawberry and blueberry.  I’m a huge fan of the strawberry…so I can’t wait to get my hands on the blueberries.  And the other snack bars and snacks that Van’s has to offer.  It is definitely a name I can trust.

If you love peanut butter and jelly…then you’ll definitely LOVE these.

Van's PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bar (unwrapped)

Van’s PB & J Strawberry and Peanut Butter Gluten Free Snack Bar (unwrapped)

Product Review: My Dad’s Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Dad's Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Dad’s Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Product: My Dad’s Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – $7.99+

Did someone say cookies?

Yes…cookie monster is back with a vengeance.  A vengeance, I tell you!

After a couple weeks of feasting off of brownies and ice cream, I needed some cookies in my life.  And it just so happened that my roomie and I decided to splurge at Lucky’s again last week and picked up another type of cookie from My Dad’s Cookies.  It was actually a tough decision.  I had promised her the Lemon Drop cookies…but they didn’t have those in stock this time around.  So after a lot of thought and a lot of circling the table…I finally chose…

Chocolate Chip.

Iconic.  And a personal favorite of mine.  I mean, who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie, right?

Well, with the brownies and the ice cream polished off…cookies were dessert this week.  After dinner, as always, after cleaning up the dishes and the kitchen, I got ready to serve dessert.  This time…it was easy.  The cookies were on my counter and I just simply popped open the plastic container and fished out a serving for each of us.  These cookies are little bite-size morsels that I hoped would be as good as they looked.  I walked Cathy’s serving out to her, then returned to the kitchen for mine.

Settling in…it was the moment of absolute truth…

One bite of the My Dad’s Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies…and I was more than happy with this classic choice.  No one would even fathom that these little cookies were gluten-free unless you told them.  They had just the slightest bit of crunch on the edges and this soft, chewy center.  Each cookie was about two to three bites, and each bite guaranteed a hit of chocolate chips and sweet vanilla flavor.  There was the right amount of flavor throughout these cookies.  The vanilla essence and the chocolate chips gave it that classic, homemade, chocolate chip cookie feel.  I meant to warm the next night’s up in the microwave to give them that “fresh out of the oven” appeal, but didn’t.  Nevertheless, I was beyond amazed by the quality and taste of these.  They weren’t super moist, but they weren’t dry either.  They hit that perfect midpoint that gave you both the crunch and the soft center.  And…come on…CHOCOLATE CHIPS!

Classic cookies with not-so-classic ingredients.  Gluten-free, after all, takes some special flour blends and some TLC.  But that’s what makes these cookies even more extraordinary!  Let’s take a look at the science and nutrition behind My Dad’s Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The My Dad’s Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are made from a gluten-free flour blend (brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum), palm oil, chocolate chips, sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, agave syrup, cream of tartar, baking powder, and salt.  These cookies are gluten-free, dairy free, nut free, and kosher.

A serving of the My Dad’s Cookies Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies is three of the bite-size cookies.  There are six servings per container.  These three cookies will provide you with 150 calories and 7 grams of fat.  In addition, you will be taking in 15 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, and 13 grams of sugar.  Cookies have sugar…so, while that seems high…it’s a dessert…a treat…COOKIES!  Also, these three cookies will give you less than 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein.  This is not a filling dessert, but it is…oh, so sweet!

Once again, My Dad’s Cookies proves that it is definitely a brand to be reckoned with on the gluten free dessert market.  While I have just discovered these amazing little treats at the newest grocery store in the area, I am glad to have been brave enough to shell out the $7.99 price for each container so far.  None have really let me down, and all have been great to eat after a long day and a light meal.

My Dad’s Cookies took on the classic chocolate chip cookie and made it into one delicious, bite-size, gluten-free treat.  I will definitely buy these again.

Product Review: Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings

Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings

Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings

Product: Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings – $5.99+

There are quite a few things I really miss in my life at times.  Like…makes me sad and really wanting to cry kind of miss.  Maybe not the way I miss my family (and I really miss my family)…but people and food have relationships too.  And one of my favorite cuisines growing up was none other than Chinese food or Asian-style cuisine.

It was tradition in my family to visit my great grandmother in Winona, Minnesota, every year that we went to visit both sets of grandparents.  And one thing that I always looked forward to when visiting my great grandma was…Chinese food.  She always ordered in the most amazing Chinese food in town.  It was always egg rolls and chow mein and rice and there was more of it than the group of us could eat…but we always gave it our best shot.  It was tradition.  It was one of the many highlights I experienced growing up and something I came to look forward to every time we headed over to great grandma’s house.

I haven’t had true Chinese food since I went gluten-free…three years ago.  The sauces…the way things are cooked…it’s risky.  And it’s a risk I no longer am willing to take.  It’s sad, because Asian food is one of my favorite types of cuisine.  Sure, there are places like P.F. Chang’s that offers a gluten-free menu…but the vegetarian choices are very limited…and that’s not true Chinese.

Then…along came a little miracle in my Whole Foods (and other natural food stores) freezer section.  A company, known as Feel Good Foods, introduced the first (and I believe the only) gluten-free Asian dumplings and egg rolls to the market.  The hardest part was choosing if I wanted egg rolls or dumplings.  It was a tough decision, but I finally chose the dumplings.  One of the interesting things about this company is that it was created by husband and wife duo, Chef Tryg and Vanessa Phillips.  They created Feel Good Foods gluten-free frozen foods after they opened a gluten-free restaurant and were told that they needed to put their food out on the market.  Their foods are non-GMO, all-natural and completely gluten-free.  You see…Vanessa is a Celiac…so they take food allergies really seriously.

Cathy had some leftover rice from our treat on Friday at the local Indian restaurant.  So, after work and a trip to the gym, I wanted something that was easy to prepare and wouldn’t require me to read off a recipe or attempt something new.  With the rice in the fridge, I figured I could steam up some of the last of the jasmine rice in my pantry for myself and then pull the Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings out of the freezer to prepare while my rice was cooking on the stove.

These are super easy to prepare.  In a non-stick pan, add a cup of water and 1 tablespoon of oil.  Bring it to a boil and add the dumplings to the pan, flat side down.  Cover and reduce the heat to medium-high, leaving the dumplings in the pan until the water completely evaporates.  It takes around 10-11 minutes.  They are fine to eat on their own, but I served mine with rice.  These even come with a fantastic dipping sauce, which I ended up just pouring over the top so that the rice could absorb it too.

I settled in for dinner and dug into my little bowl of Asian gluten-free food.  I wasn’t sure what to expect…but I was very happy with what I started to eat.  The dumplings were soft and tender, with a nice crust on the flat side that was on the pan.  The rest of it was that doughy stickiness you associate with potstickers.  Amazing.  The stuffing inside the wrapper was flavorful and very much like a delicious egg roll.  So it was like a dumpling with an egg roll flavor.  Happy girl right here.  And the dipping sauce helped add a bit of seasoning and flavor to the entire dish.  I am already wanting to restock my freezer with more of these.  And the egg rolls for that matter.  Delicious!

The Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings are a simple blend of ingredients.  The wrapper is made from water, sweet rice flour, rice flour, potato starch, canola oil, salt, xanthan gum, and corn starch.  The filling is a combination of cabbage, yellow onion, bean vermicelli, carrots, green onion, corn starch, sesame oil, and less than 2% of evaporated cany syrup, ginger, salt, black pepper, yeast extract, and shiitake mushrooms.  The dipping sauce is made from water, organic tamari soy sauce, sugar, ginger juice, garlic juice, and natural flavors of garlic and black pepper.  These dumplings are gluten-free and cholesterol free.

Real and recognizable ingredients.  LOVE it.

As far as nutrition goes, a serving size of the Feel Good Foods Vegetable Dumplings is 4 dumplings.  There are two servings per box.  One serving provides you with 290 calories and 9 grams of fat.  They contain 430 mg sodium and 3 grams of sugar.  These contain 2 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.  The sauce packet contains 45 calories, is completely fat free, has 10 grams of sugar, and 2 gram of protein.  Not bad for a frozen package of gluten-free foods.

If I could hug both Chef Tryg and Vanessa, I totally would.  Because of them, I am once again able to revisit one of my favorite cuisines…Asian.  And I can’t wait to try the Vegetable Egg Rolls and replenish my freezer with the Vegetable Dumplings.  These are one of my favorite frozen dishes I have had to date.  It might be the nostalgia, but I definitely think it has more to do with the product itself.  Taste, texture, flavor and just all around goodness.

It doesn’t get much better than this!

Chinese food is BACK in my life!

Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings and Dipping Sauce

Feel Good Foods Gluten Free Vegetable Dumplings and Dipping Sauce

Product Review: Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal

Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal

Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal

Product: Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal – $5.99+

Many of you know, because I make it no secret, that there are certain things in life that I love.  Certain foods that I fall in love with and make a staple in my pantry, refrigerator, or even my freezer.  Well, that holds true for products made by the Australian company, Freedom Foods.  Freedom Foods makes a variety of products, although only a few items are available in the United States at the moment…and most of these include cereals, which, for the record, are made in a dedicated and specially built allergen-free facility in the Riverina region of New South Wales, in Australia.  As Freedom Foods was specifically developed to make allergen-free foods, they test every batch made in their facilities, to the most stringent levels possible, leaving no doubt that the Freedom Foods products you pick up will be free of the allergens that are necessary to avoid.

LOVE THAT!

Because we live in a world where it’s not enough to just be health conscious.  Now we have to be allergen conscious too.  With the growing number of food allergies and intolerances, it is nice to find a company that really proves that it is dedicated to creating products that are safe to consume.  Freedom Foods has been around for over 20 years, making great-tasting and nutritious allergen-free food.  I can attest to this, as I am a huge fan of the products I have had from them thus far.  All of their products adhere to the strict guidelines laid out by Australia’s food industry, meaning all their products are non-GMO.  They even test for GMOs just to make sure.

One of my favorite products, mind you, is the Tropico’s cereal, which is a gluten-free version of Froot Loops, but made without artificial colors, ingredients, partially hydrogenated crap…you know…all that bad stuff that Kellogg’s puts into their cereals and people consume freely.  I am a cereal girl.  I start most of my mornings with a small bowl.  A serving.  And yes…I do measure.  You knew that already though, right?

Well, in my July Cuisine Cube, I had a special surprise waiting for me inside.  Because when I opened up the box, I saw that bright red top of a cereal box that meant…it had to be Freedom Foods.  I thought for a moment that they just restocked me on my Tropico’s (which my parents mail to me every few weeks so I never run out – as it is impossible to find them around here anymore!).  But I was wrong.  The box of cereal that awaited me when I pulled it out of the Cuisine Cube was…one I had never seen in the wild before.  Not when stores around here carried it…and not at the store that carries the brand in Birmingham, Alabama…where I think my parents buy them out of Tropico’s.

The cereal was Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal…and it’s basically a chocolate version of Rice Krispies.  Chocolate puffed rice cereal?  I’m down with that.  We all know I’m a chocolate fiend as it is.  Give it to me for breakfast and you just won my morning.  As I just ran out of Tropico’s…it looked like Monday was going to start with a bit of chocolate.  So, I poured myself a serving of the Cocoa Crunch, topped it with a splash of unsweetened almond milk, and settled in to get something more in my stomach (I had a small bite of something before I went for my run, but I still had spin class to contend with…so…fuel, baby, fuel!).

I have had my fair share of puffed rice cereals in the chocolate form before.  Envirokidz (Koala Crisp) and Mom’s Best (Crispy Cocoa Rice) both do gluten-free puffed rice cereal.  And both are really delicious.  So…when I took a bite of this cereal, I was hoping it would live up to those two at least.

It came as no surprise that…it did.

Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch is a chocolaty bowl of goodness and rightness in the morning.  Chocolate can make anything better.  Even a good morning can be improved on with a hint of chocolate.  What makes this cereal really unique, though, is that these chocolate puffs of rice are flavored and colored with natural ingredients and are lower in sodium and sugar than comparable kids cereals.  And…the flavor really is great.  I don’t want a cereal to be too sweet, because it feels like it’s just a bunch of sugar.  And this one strikes a nice balance of rich chocolate without that overkill on sweetness.  It was crunchy, and stayed crunchy, as I ate it.  And analyzed each bite…which I tend to do each time I try a new cereal.  It was decadent without being too much.  And, the best part is…the chocolate milk left in the bowl at the end of it.  Recovery fuel at its finest!  This cereal is total chocolate love without the excess sugar and sodium that other kids cereals have inside.

So…let’s get down to the comparisons and the nitty-gritty of the ingredients and nutritional information, yes?

Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal contains the following ingredients: gluten-free flour mix (rice, non-GMO corn, wholegrain sorghum flour), cane sugar, chocolate syrup, psyllium, cocoa powder, salt, palm oil, natural chocolate flavor, and…wait for it…vitamins (niacin, thiamine, folic acid).  This cereal is free from gluten, wheat, nuts, soy, eggs, and GMO ingredients.

As for the nutritional information, this isn’t too bad for a gluten-free chocolate-based cereal.  Honestly.  A serving of Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal is 1 cup (Envirokidz Koala Crunch is 3/4 cup and Mom’s Best is 3/4 cup).  This serving will give you 130 calories and .5 grams of fat (Envirokidz – 110 calories; 1 gram fat; Mom’s – 120 calories; 1 gram fat).  This serving will also dish you up  85 mg sodium and only 7.5 grams of sugar (Envirokidz – 100 mg sodium; 11 grams sugar; Mom’s – 150 mg sodium and 13 grams sugar).  And finally, you will be taking in 3.5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein (Envirokidz – 2 grams fiber; 2 grams protein; Mom’s – 0 grams of fiber; 1 gram protein).  So, Freedom Foods might have a few more calories than the other gluten-free puffed rice cereals out there, but it definitely has them beat on everything else.  And you know what?  That makes me really happy.  The small amount of sugar that is inside a chocolate cereal from Freedom Foods just wow’s me.  Honestly.  I am beyond impressed.

Between Tropico’s and Smudge…Freedom Foods is really making a name for itself in my pantry.  And now…it’s striking a high note with the chocolate lover in me with this Cocoa Crunch Cereal.  I can’t thank Cuisine Cube enough for introducing me to this product that I didn’t even know existed.  Another great item in my latest box…another fantastic product from Freedom Foods.  I am one happy food-loving girl!

A bowl of Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal

A bowl of Freedom Foods Cocoa Crunch Cereal