Gluten-Free Foods: Cookies, Crackers and Snack Product Review


| 11/23/2010 4:29:26 PM


Tags: product review, gluten free snacks, gluten free, gluten free cookies, gluten free crackers,

What would you do if you discovered you could no longer eat most breads, crackers, cookies or nearly all processed foods? Enter the world of the majority of people living with gluten intolerances and Celiac disease, one devoid of glutinous grains (wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats). While the severity of a gluten sensitivity can vary, it can be difficult — and often impossible — for people with gluten allergies to find good snack foods. The “cardboard” texture that can result when baked goods do not contain gluten can make buying a box of rice crackers daunting.

The editorial team at MOTHER EARTH NEWS decided to give a few gluten-free foods a taste test. We tried to stick to companies with entirely pamelas pbcc cookiesgluten-free and organic product lines, focusing on snack foods: crackers, chips, pretzels and cookies. Click on the name of each company in the list of those we tested to find out more about their products and where to buy them:

Pamela’s Products
Edward & Sons 
Home Free 
Mary’s Gone Crackers 

Anonymous survey forms were distributed along with samples of the various types of products being sampled. The products were rated from a low of one (“Ick! I couldn’t finish this!”) to a high of five (“Awesome! I will definitely go out and buy this!”). The survey forms were collected, and a mean average score was determined from the responses received.

Gluten-Free Cookies 

We sampled a wide range of cookie types, from Pamela’s Products, Home Free and Mary’s Gone Crackers. Overall, the cookies from Pamela’s Products were the favorites, especially the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Dark Chocolate-Chocolate Chunk. Many reviewers commented that the texture of these cookies was most similar to “regular” cookies, although some felt they were too crumbly — especially if you are “cookie dunker.” Some were described as “better than regular box cookies,” although the ginger cookie was generally considered too strong and even a bit bitter.

The cookies from Mary’s Gone Crackers were met with mixed reviews, although only the Ginger Snaps scored a better-than-average (over 2.5) overall score. Most felt that these cookies had too grainy a texture and were too dry. Comments ranged from “surprisingly complex” to “tastes too healthy” for this brand.

baldev goel
12/5/2010 8:46:21 PM

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trisha
11/27/2010 8:25:49 PM

Thank you for this article on gluten-free foods and increasing awareness of the existence of coeliac disease to the greater community. I'll be trying the recipes out as getting a range of edible foods can be tricky and new recipes always help :-) Trisha





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