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#196 Coolclimates

 
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:23 PM

I was just in Iceland, Finland and Estonia. Finland is much more advanced in celiac disease research and gluten-free foods than the other 2 countries. Also, the gluten-free products in Finland, overall, were much tastier than those in the US. I noticed some of the products were imported from Sweden, England and Germany.
The cookies and rolls were some of the best.
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 11:20 AM

Any sunbutter products I've tried have been nasty.


I've had regular 'ole sunbutter, & I liked it (but it did take a little getting used to), but I gotta agree with the Sunbutter Bars... they taste burnt or something to me....nasty...

I've never been very picky as far as breads, but after reading all these comments about the Ener-g rice bread, I've got to agree!! I didn't know until last time I went to our Kroger store that they had a bunch of gluten-free bread in the freezer....I will try some of those sometime, rather than getting the Ener-G brand again...

Those are the only things I've tried but not liked so far.

Have tried the Hodgson Mill Apple Cinnamon Muffin & pancake Mix a couple times...When I get the sweetner right, it's good, but for some reason, I don't always get it right...


Other stuff I've tried (and liked)
Glutino breakfast bars, apple & blueberry flavor (can't have chocolate or cranberry). I saw Cherry flavor at our local gluten-free store, i'll try those sometime
pretzels....can't remember what brand, but I think it was Ener-g. Had both the salt & the sesame flavor.
Van's waffles
Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal (good with honey or fruit added)
gluten-free rolled oats
Mesa Sunrise
Honey'd Flakes
Crunchy Flax (also like the nutty flax, but not as much)
EnviroKids bars (the berry flavor one)
liked all the pastas & pizza crusts I've tried
Burritos (by Glutenfreeda)....actually, I would prefer a burrito that isn't so spicy & doesn't have tomatoes & corn (ya know, how 'bout a plain ole bean & cheese burrito??, c'mon), but since this is all there is right now, I'll take it...
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Posted 16 July 2010 - 02:21 PM

Oh, man ... you guys are killing me. I just found out I have Celiac. Look what I have to look forward to. UGH!
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Actually, this is the best place to ask which is the best without wasting a lot of money on trial and error.
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 08:32 AM

Ok, I'm in a rare mood tonight so I thought I'd start a thread just for fun. :)

We've all been there...the gluten-free product that you shelled out half your life savings for, slaved over for two hours in the kitchen, looked forward to trying all week long and turned out to be AWFUL!!! Let's vent about our *least* favorite gluten-free products and get a good laugh out of it.

Of course there should be a disclaimer somewhere here...something like "the following opinions are only opinions and as opinions mean absolutly nothing when it comes to actual products. Everyone's tastes are different and the top three nasty gluten-free products on one person's list may well be the top three yummy items on another's...yaddah yaddah yaddah".

That said........drum roll please..........

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>~~My All Time Top Three Nastiest gluten-free Products List~~</span>

3. Ener-G white rice bread. With twice the half-life of a twinkie (but none of the taste) this loaf of styrofoam strongly resembled bread but tasted like whatever my alergy-free pillow is stuffed with. So dry I wondered if it had been dipped in Decon before packaging. Inedible unless saturated with butter and toasted, and only marginally ediable then. My son liked it slightly less than I did.

2. My attempt at gluten-free crepes. "Ah," I thought, "Crepes are mostly egg and should be easy to substitute flours!". Little did I know. Followed the regular recipe but used gluten-free mix instead, turned out way too thick. Added milk. Put whole mess in blender and added more milk. Blended. Added more milk. Burned motor of blender up with still-too-thick batter. Opened windows to clear smoke. Tried to use batter anyway by smearing it around on the hot pan with a spatula. Crepes puffed up to pancake size, managed somehow to be burned black on outside but completely raw on inside. Tried to eat them anyway. Dumped the whole mess in the sink and prayed that the motor in the disposal would win the battle.

1. All-Time-Worst gluten-free purchase EVER: Nana's gluten-free cookies. Spent $10.00 on nicely packaged, moist looking, big round cookies. Bought lemon, chocolate, and chocolate crunch. Drooled all the way home. Opened cookies, sat down with the kids and dug in. When we opened the packages and tried to take out the cookies we ran into the first problem: Cookies disenegrate upon touch. Suddenly we each held a bag of crumbs, peppered here and there with a dime-sized chunk. Ok, I think, so they're a little crumbly. Then I tasted it! It was like eating chocolate flavored sand. But not as nice. The cookie stuck in my throat as if I had been eating cotton batting! Not only that, but my throat hurt after eating it, it felt all scratched up! The kids, who will eat nearly anything if it is sweet, were having similar experiences. All three of us instantly wanted to drink at least a gallon of water, there were crumbs all over the place (looked like a cookie factory exploded) and my toddler hated it so bad she started crying and trying to wipe her tongue off. No kidding! I kept the extra cookies in the pantry as incentives for eating a good, healthy dinner...."eat all your peas or you'll get a Nana's cookie for dessert!"


Anyone else want to share? I could use a good laugh!!!






I am cracking up as I read your post while at work. Your descriptions of hilarious and I just wanted to say thanks for the laugh. I am new to the gluten-free products and so far have not found anything worth buying again. So true about the bread. I've only been at it for about 3 weeks and would love to find bread that does not weigh a ton and is tasty. Otherwise I've been substituting rice cakes for bread but I gotta tell ya I am dying for a slice of toast with my eggs. Thanks for the laugh!
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:35 AM

The worst ever was some kind of gluten-free frozen pie crust. Just awful taste and grainy. Must have been made of sand.
Another bust was Pamela's biscuit mix. Just bore no relation to a biscuit!
Several of you slammed the Midel cookies, but I love their ginger snaps.
A new treat I just found is Kind Plus Cranberry Almond bar. Also, the Atkins Endulge candy bars are safe (at least I haven't had a problem and the ingredients sound all OK)
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Posted 21 July 2010 - 10:05 PM

there have been quite a few gluten-free items that I didn't find very tasty...but my top three worst would have to be the products that claim to be gluten free but aren't! Two of the items are on your FAVORITE LIST!

1.Midel Cookies-I used to buy them, until there was a black cookie on the bottom of my bag of Midel Pecan Cookies! I emailed the company and they confirmed it was a wheat cookie. The wheat cookies and the gluten-free cookies are made in the same facility on the same equipment. The rep from Midel told me they use the same holding bins to store the wheat cookies and the gluten free cookies in and there must have been some wheat cookies still in the bin when they dumped the gluten free cookies in. She said they decided to change their labeling practices, but they have not changed their other procedures and there is still the possibility that the same bins could be used to store the cookies in.

2. Wellshire Farms was tested and found to contain high amounts of gluten. Google it for more info.

3. Chili's Gluten Free Menu....not gluten free, heavy cross contamination!

My FAVORITES....

1. Glutino Flax Seed Multi grain bread...great whole grain bread substitute!

2. Bakery on Main Extreme Fruit & Nut Granola-There are all kinds of nuts, excluding peanuts. I love this with yogurt!

3. Pamela's Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies YUM!

#4-Had to include Dowd & Roger's Vanilla Bean Cake Mix-Everyone loves it, even all my gluten consuming friends and family!

I always warn people about Midel cookies. If you want, you can email the company and see if they have changed their practices yet. It has been about a year and a half since that happened.

I hope this helps someone!

glutenfreeincalifornia



There are tons of good brands of things...alot of us had to go through many yucky things to find those good things but then you can learn from our experiences :lol: so then you can go straight for the good things.

My top 3 worst:

1. Ener-G rice bread(tastes like cardboard-not that I know what cardboard tastes like :lol: )
2.Glutino chocolate bars-I like the other 2 flavors but those are just plain nasty
3. The version of spaghetti that nini mentioned..they were BAD

Now I'll list my top 3 favorite...well maybe more then that..there are too many for me to name so I will keep it short:

1.Wellshire kids chicken bites-fully breaded
2.Cybros Rice Rolls
3.Foods By George English Muffins(cinnamon)
4. Lays Staxx-yummm
5.Alexia fries
6.Envirokids cereal and bars
7.Glutano lemon wafers
8.Ener-G Pretzels(covered with sesame seeds)
9. Midel cookies
10. Kinnikinnick products and especially the chocolate glazed donuts

Tons more but I'll stop there I think everyone gets the picture...I love food :P


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Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:25 AM

I've had regular 'ole sunbutter, & I liked it (but it did take a little getting used to), but I gotta agree with the Sunbutter Bars... they taste burnt or something to me....nasty...

I've never been very picky as far as breads, but after reading all these comments about the Ener-g rice bread, I've got to agree!! I didn't know until last time I went to our Kroger store that they had a bunch of gluten-free bread in the freezer....I will try some of those sometime, rather than getting the Ener-G brand again...

Those are the only things I've tried but not liked so far.

Have tried the Hodgson Mill Apple Cinnamon Muffin & pancake Mix a couple times...When I get the sweetner right, it's good, but for some reason, I don't always get it right...


Other stuff I've tried (and liked)
Glutino breakfast bars, apple & blueberry flavor (can't have chocolate or cranberry). I saw Cherry flavor at our local gluten-free store, i'll try those sometime
pretzels....can't remember what brand, but I think it was Ener-g. Had both the salt & the sesame flavor.
Van's waffles
Bob's Red Mill Mighty Tasty Hot Cereal (good with honey or fruit added)
gluten-free rolled oats
Mesa Sunrise
Honey'd Flakes
Crunchy Flax (also like the nutty flax, but not as much)
EnviroKids bars (the berry flavor one)
liked all the pastas & pizza crusts I've tried
Burritos (by Glutenfreeda)....actually, I would prefer a burrito that isn't so spicy & doesn't have tomatoes & corn (ya know, how 'bout a plain ole bean & cheese burrito??, c'mon), but since this is all there is right now, I'll take it...



If you are looking for bread try the Katz Gluten Free challah. It has a sweet nutty flavor and is delicious right out of the bag with some dairy free margarine. It makes delicious sandwiches. You can go to their site and get a free box of samples. http://www.katzglute...Pack_p/kasp.htm

It isn't sold where I live, so I order several loaves online and keep them in the freezer. They also make delicious rugalach - sort of like mini cinnamon rolls... the chocolate flavor is sooooooo yummy.

Finding really good gluten-free baked goods is difficult but I am hoping that Katz products will soon be available in the Dallas area.
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 09:34 AM

I haven't done a lot of gluten free replacement products yet, but the worst so far have been:

1. Bob's Red Mill Pizza crust mix (was more like a cross between a biscuit and corn bread)
2. Hodgson's Mill rice pasta (Had an aftertaste like cardboard, even when I rinsed it well)
3. Gluten Free Pantry Scone and Muffin mix (made scones that crumbled and left a sawdust coating on the roof of my mouth)

The best have been:

1. Trader Joe's gluten-free pancake mix (yummy, I even added blueberries to it one time for blueberry pancakes)
2. Sam Mills Corn spaghetti (taste and texture is most like spaghetti to me)
3. Pamela's white cake mix (tasted just like a regular cake)
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Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:32 PM

1 - bread

2 - bread

3 - bread

The first thing I'm going to do when someone comes up with a pill for celiac disease is to buy a loaf of hard-crusted Italian bread and a tub of butter!
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Posted 07 August 2010 - 12:21 PM

Is it me, or do Enjoy Life cookies and bars taste awful? Very hard, weird texture/flavor.
Here are some other comments from Glutensolutions.com regarding their caramel apple bars:

mcminnville, oregon *
Friday, October 01, 2004
got this in my package as a mistake and it was awful - edible but awful


New Haven, CT *
Monday, November 01, 2004
too hard for my two-year son to eat


Council Bluffs, IA *
Monday, November 01, 2004
These are not something I would order again. They are quite hard and dry.


New York City * * * *
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
They are an acquired taste, but I think they are great. They can be equated to "healthy granola bars" w/o the sugar and sweetners.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 11:09 AM

This is actually a good way to save some money, everything is so expensive and i have wasted so much money trying products only to taste and then dump.

I love kinnick kinnick chocolate chip cookies so i tried the Corn Muffins at an expensive price..thinking how can you go wrong with corn muffins when everthing is substituded with corn. Boy was i wrong, they tasted like biscuits, which would not have been a bad thing if they didn't have such a weird texture. Yuck! :wacko:
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 11:36 AM

I have tried about five different breads and have found Udi's to be the best! They are the one of the top selling gluten free breads. The bread is actually soft!!!!! :)
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 11:42 AM

1 - bread

2 - bread

3 - bread

The first thing I'm going to do when someone comes up with a pill for celiac disease is to buy a loaf of hard-crusted Italian bread and a tub of butter!



Try Udi's, probably the closest you will get!
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:25 PM

I recently tried Katz chocolate-dipped cookies at my sister-in-law's wedding (she had a dessert reception and thoughtfully provided gluten-free cookies, which I could eat along with the fresh fruit). These were SO good- simple little vanilla cookies half-dipped in dark chocolate. They were pretty, too- they looked almost like black-and-white cookies.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 02:17 PM

I have to take back what i said.

The Corn Muffins are from foods by george, i thought they would be good because i like the brownies.
The Kinni kinnick muffins are blue berry and they make me choke. Im afraid to try anything else because it is like throwing away money. I was lucky enough to find decent cookies and brownies, i consider myself lucky!
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