Product Review: Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Bites

Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Bites
Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Bites

Product: Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Bites – $5.99+

Remember those wafer cookies that ever child grows up eating?  Those ones that come in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry?  You know…thin wafer cookies with that thin layer of sugary cream in between layers?  Remember those?  I do…because I loved them.  The strawberry were my favorite.  Always my favorite.

Granted, I’m sure those cookies were (and still are…except I can’t eat them anymore and haven’t since I was a child, regardless) loaded with a plethora of artificial ingredients.  They were simple, but delicious.

Fast forward to three years since my Celiac diagnosis.  While gluten free snacks are everywhere, sometimes finding good ones are difficult.  And don’t get me started on how most gluten free products out on the market are snack foods.  As in cookies, chips, crackers, etc.  Which, is all fine and good.  Because, as we all know…I am a snacker…but I’m also an athlete who does try to keep snacks on the healthier scale.

That being said, this doesn’t mean I ban snack foods from my life.  In fact, I like to indulge every now and again.  And dessert is a necessity in my life.  I grew up having a cookie or a scoop of ice cream after dinner.  My family loves our dessert.  Honestly.  And nothing will ever change that.  However, I try to either make my own desserts or really choose my treats carefully.

I admit…I didn’t use any methodical choice when I picked up a bag of the Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Cookies.  Nope.  I didn’t even look at ingredients.  They just intrigued me.  They were like…a grown-up, bite-size version of those sugar wafer cookies I grew up loving!  And I didn’t care, as I put them in my shopping basket, whether they were good for me or not.  These were cookies I simply just…wanted!

Cookie monster, remember?

So, tonight, after having a roasted vegetable sandwich for dinner, I pulled out the bag of Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Cookies for dessert.  I was really excited about them and my anticipation was evident as the bag pretty much ripped as I attempted to open them!  HA!  This cookie monster wanted her treat.  I got out my kitchen scale and placed a handful on a paper towel, weighing out a serving.  I might love my sweets, but I always eat them in moderation and stick to that serving size.  It was the perfect amount.

These little bite-size wafer cookies are light and flavorful and fantastic.  They are the epitome of the sugar wafer cookies I grew up on…better in that instead these vanilla cookies have a chocolate hazelnut cream layer.  And these layers are repeated, making them repetitively delicious.  Honestly.  The thin layer of cream is just enough to kick up the sweetness level of what would otherwise be a relatively bland vanilla wafer cookie.  Absolutely amazing.  They were light, so they didn’t leave you feeling guilty or guiltily stuffed.  And, most importantly, they were delicious.  A grown-up version of those cookies you ate as a child.  Each bite-size cookie offered up the right hit of flavor and sweetness without being too much all at once.  These cookies are layered in love.

So, let’s talk about the ingredients, shall we?  Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Bites are made from potato starch, cane sugar, coconut oil, hazelnut paste, cocoa powder, soy oil, soy lecithin, salt, ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, and natural flavor.  These cookies are gluten-free and cholesterol free.

But how sinful are they?  For cookies…not bad at all.  A serving of the Glutino Gluten Free Hazelnut Wafer Bites is 30 grams (which the box says is 7 cookies, but it is actually more!).  This serving of little bite-size wafer cookies will serve you 150 calories and 7 grams of fat.  This serving also dishes up 45 mg sodium and 9 grams of sugar.  And finally, you will be taking in less than 1 gram of fiber and less than 1 gram of protein.  Like I said…they won’t fill you up…except with awesome cookie goodness.

Oh, it’s safe to say that this cookie monster definitely indulged and enjoyed dessert tonight.  Glutino hasn’t had a miss yet with one of their products for as much as I have tried them.  And this is only a good thing, my friends.  They are certainly doing something right.  Because, everything so far has been oh…so good!  Another perfectly indulgent item!  One that I’d buy again in a heartbeat!

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