Product: Glutino Gluten-Free Lemon Wafers – $5.49+
I have quite a few food memories that go all the way back to when I was a child. It’s helped shape me into the fearless vegetarian and gluten-free foodie that I am today. Honestly. I was raised with the mantra that you have to at least try something before you can say whether you like it or not. Forget that your best friend totally despises asparagus. I had to try it and make my own judgment call on it. I liked it. I was never afraid to try something…regardless of how it looked or smelled. That was the rule…and I obeyed it.
With that lead-in, I bring you to one of my guiltiest pleasures I indulged in as a child. Wafer cookies. Perhaps you remember them…those chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavored wafer cookies that came in a pack. The strawberry were always my favorite…followed by the chocolate. But my most favorite thing to do would be to separate the different layers of the cookies and then reconstruct them, so that each cookie had a bit of each flavor in it. My very own Neapolitan wafer cookie, if you will.
I mean, these weren’t gourmet cookies by any means…but as a child…they were fun. They might have tasted like artificially flavored cardboard…but you ate them…and your parents continued to by them. And you just never got tired of them. Yep…I remember those days…
Then a couple of years ago…the gluten-free diagnosis came. My eating habits changed, but I still like to indulge every now and again. And that’s okay. I love to treat myself to different products that sound intriguing.
Well, with my love of lemon, the day I spotted Glutino’s Gluten-Free Lemon Wafers on the shelf was the day I thought I died and went to heaven. Would they be like those wafer cookies of my childhood…just in my favorite flavor? Or would they surprise me and be better? There was only one way to find out, but unfortunately, it took me months to convince myself to actually purchase them. I live on a very strict budget, but I decided to treat myself one day. So, they finally left the shelf and made the journey to my pantry.
Lemon just seems to brighten up everything, which is why my palate loves it so much. I could add lemon to just about anything and be a happy girl. It’s refreshing.
But, that’s not to say I didn’t worry that these cookies would taste like liquid dish soap cardboard. It was a very real concern yesterday when I cracked open this box for my dessert.
They looked like and felt like those wafer cookies from my childhood…that’s for sure. Just minus the fake food dyes. These cookies are white with a light yellow filling…which would be that lemon I could go on and on about…
But I’ll spare you that. First…the nutritional value of these wafer cookies…
A serving size is three wafer cookies, which will set you back 160 calories and 7 grams of fat. I know…seems a bit high for little wafer cookies…I agree. These also supply 12 grams of sugar to your daily allowance. Keep in mind, however, that these are…cookies. So, they aren’t supposed to be naturally good for you.
These cookies are made from simple ingredients which include cane sugar, potato starch, palm oil, soy lecithin, citric acid, salt and lemon flavor.
So, how do they taste?
Like…wafer cookies, to be honest. But wafer cookies taken up a notch. I didn’t find these to taste like cardboard, for one thing. The lemon flavoring is awesome and very refreshing. I loved the creaminess of the filling between the layers of wafer. They have the right amount of tang, without being too much. They are light, being made up of wafer layers and a thin layer of cream. And…honestly…I prefer them over the ones from my childhood (which I can no longer eat anyway!). I love that no artificial colors are used and that the flavor comes from lemon. Awesome.
Glutino has always wowed me with their products and it’s good to know that something as risky as a wafer cookie still keeps them in my favor. No product that I have tried has had me turn up my nose. This is a great company that puts a lot of pride into their products, and you can tell. The Glutino Gluten-Free Lemon Wafers made me feel like a kid again. And I loved pulling them apart even now…and eating the creamy bit last.
Love lemon? You’ll love these!