Product: Kellogg’s Gluten Free Eggo Waffles – $3.49+
I had heard the rumors…
I had. There had been word of Eggo putting out two (yes two!) gluten-free versions of their infamous waffles. I had seen photographs of the boxes. And yet…despite checking the freezer section at virtually every store with frozen waffles inside…I hadn’t had the fortune of seeing them out in the wild. I didn’t give up though. I never do.
As luck would have it, I finally stumbled across a freezer that held these majestic boxes…at a Target in Louisville, Kentucky. This has now been dubbed “the best Target in my area!” I have since checked other Target stores and NONE of them have these inside. Believe me…if I can get them on this side of the Ohio River, I would…but…for now at least, I’ll have to journey over the river into Louisville if I want to indulge in these beauties.
So, why do I care if I can eat Eggo Waffles? I mean, plenty of mid-size gluten-free companies have had waffles on the market for years. Van’s, by far, have been my favorite, but Nature’s Path also offers quite a selection of these frozen breakfast options. I guess I cared because I grew up eating Eggo Waffles. I did. I was diagnosed as a Celiac until I was 30. My entire childhood is made up of mornings where my mom would toast up some Eggo Waffles (she believed in sending us to school with a hot breakfast in our bellies, whether she made pancakes or French toast, or toasted up something like waffles from the freezer) before sending us out to catch the bus to school. We saved cereal for the weekends. And when I struck out on my own, working a job that didn’t pay much, and just living paycheck to paycheck, Eggo was there to make sure my mornings at least had some sustenance to them. I loved Eggo’s. I mean, what child (or adult, I don’t judge!) doesn’t get a little giggly when they say, “L’eggo my Eggo” to someone, right?
So, yeah…the fact that Kellogg’s was making an effort to put out a gluten-free version of one of their most popular breakfast items was pretty huge. And I was pretty excited. Even the Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Kellogg’s frozen foods, AnneMarie Suarez Davis, stated that Kellogg’s is making sure to not sacrifice the crispy texture and wholesome flavor of their waffles as they move into the gluten-free territory. It was critical for them to avoid the pitfall of some gluten-free items that actually due sacrifice taste and texture when being compared to the original versions. So…their goal…to be as delicious and wholesome as the original Eggo’s.
I’d like to say I could tell you right off if these were just as good as the original versions. However, it has been about 3-4 years since I last had an Eggo Waffle. So, I don’t exactly remember what they tasted like. There are a lot of things I don’t remember what they tasted like since going gluten free. It’s a bit sad at times. And sometimes it is a relief. But this…this is a bit more on the sad side than anything. I know I loved them…both as a child and as an adult…so it was time to put the gluten-free version to the test.
This past week, I needed some non-stressful, easy breakfasts to make. I was beyond tired and sore from the Boston Marathon and my sleep schedule is way off. WAY off. As in…not happening much. I had appointments out the wazoo as well, so the less I needed to do to prepare a breakfast, the better. Additionally…my CSA bin failed to deliver to me on Friday, so I had little to no fresh produce to use. Perfect excuse to just reach into the freezer.
I don’t own a toaster. I got rid of it after the Celiac diagnosis…back before my roommate said our kitchen could be 100% gluten free…and she still had regular bread. I toast everything up in the oven instead, so I preheated the oven to about 450°F and laid out four (a serving size is 2 waffles) of the Kellogg’s Gluten Free Eggo Waffles on a baking sheet. Into the oven they went, where they toasted up in about 5-7 minutes. My oven is never as hot as it’s supposed to be (it’s old!)…so it takes a bit longer on some things. When they came out, they smelled like Eggo Waffles…and were this light golden color…just like regular Eggo Waffles. I spread a little butter and poured on some maple syrup.
I was already in a better mood that morning, just for having Gluten Free Eggo Waffles. No joke. Seriously, it’s sometimes just the simplest things in life.
My roommate settled in with her two waffles first. When she took a first bite, I asked how they tasted. And she said, “They taste like Eggo Waffles.” That being said, she hasn’t had Eggo Waffles in 3-4 years either, because of me…but…we’ll just go with it. I tucked in that morning with my breakfast and sliced off a bite of the waffle. The outside of the waffle was crispy and flaky. It sort of broke into a few little pieces. The inside…soft…and arm. It was almost perfection. I don’t remember much about how Eggo Waffles tasted, but I could definitely tell a bit of a difference with these. Probably the use of oat flour over the enriched wheat flour that the other varieties have. Other than that, however, I couldn’t really tell if there was much of a difference. Soft and fluffy on the inside, crisp and toasted on the outside. That’s waffle perfection. And…to top it off…it was a bit satisfactory to stroll over to my roommate that morning, handing her a plate of waffles and saying, “L’eggo my Gluten Free Eggo.” HAHA! I told you…simple pleasures.
Let’s talk about the ingredients in the Kellogg’s Gluten Free Eggo Waffles, shall we? These waffles are made from water, rice flour, whole oat flour, eggs, sugar, soybean and palm oil, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), 2% or less artificial flavor, xanthan gum, salt, soy lecithin, and whey. These waffles are gluten-free and free from trans-fat.
As for nutrition…for gluten-free waffles, the Kellogg’s Gluten Free Eggo Waffles don’t do too bad at all. A serving size is 2 waffles, and 8 come in a box. This serving of 2 Gluten Free Eggo Waffles will provide you with 170 calories, 5 grams of fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 75 mg potassium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, and 4 grams of protein. So it actually is a filling breakfast without being really big. And the waffles are pretty large in size too. Like standard Eggo Waffle big. Bigger than Van’s and Nature’s Path gluten-free versions.
Kellogg’s Gluten Free Eggo Waffles come in two different flavors – Original and Cinnamon. I only have found the Original, but that’s fine. I’m okay with that. I’m okay with these waffles. They were tastier than I anticipated and really live up to the high standard that Kellogg’s set with their regular versions of Eggo Waffles. Seriously, for a quick, easy breakfast, I’d be more than happy to keep a box of these in my freezer. Totally happy. Worth hugging the box in the aisles of Target. And totally worth devouring in the mornings. Really…really good!