I’m starting something new today. I’ve been thinking about this since I started blogging about being without gluten and gums. There aren’t that many products out there that I can eat. Processed ones, at least. I try to stay away from food that’s processed, in general, but sometimes you’ve got to have a cookie. Or a cracker. Or another snack. It’s especially important when I’m on the go, or at my desk at work, to have non-homemade options that I know about. Trust me, no matter how on top of things I am, there are times when I just can’t cook. Period.
I work two jobs. It happens.
Anyway, lately I’ve been really keeping my eyes open for gluten- and gum-free products. There aren’t a lot out there. It’s tough to find them. So I thought I’d review some.
By the way, I’m not super comfortable with the idea of getting free things to review. It’s just me. So unless I say otherwise, any and every review I do will be of things I bought myself, with my own money, unprompted by the manufacturers. That way I can be completely unbiased.
So… These St. Amour cookies.
I bought them a couple of month back at Whole Foods (this review actually should have posted in September but for some reason it didn’t!). They’re not cheap. A very small package runs you about $5. But they don’t have junk in them. Rice flour, sugar, butter, vanilla. It’s nice to see a list of pronounceable ingredients. I haven’t tried all the flavors, so I can only speak to the two I have. One – the vanilla butter cookies – was pretty amazing. Crunchy, crumbly, sweet. Slightly too sweet, in comparison to my memory of Nilla wafers, but these are a nice treat with some black coffee. I’d highly recommend these to someone buying a treat for a gluten free friend, or for a gluten free person to have lying around just in case. I will say that they tended to give me quite a hypoglycemic crash if I ate more than one (which I did only once), which was, I think, a result of the amount of sugar in them.
The other – the lemon vanilla madelines – was dense, heavy, and frankly not good at all. I was excited to try them, since I love madelines, but these weren’t the slightly-crisp-on-the-outside and featherlight-cake-on-the-inside traditional madeline cookies… They were simultaneously dry and soggy, dense, and completely one-dimensional. I wouldn’t recommend them. I guess I’m just going to have to make my own some day!
I have a few more products I’m excited to review here in the next several weeks!