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Apr 24 2014

Pamela’s Introduces Figgies & Jammies Cookies

Pamela’s Products have been a favorite in our house since we first started the gluten-free diet. I believe the only product they had at the time were the boxed cookies.  The Pecan Shortbread Cookies really helped me feel like I wasn’t missing out, as they reminded me of Pecan Sandies.

Pamela’s has added many products to the line-up over the past few years, including mixes, bars and now Figgies & Jammies.

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There are four varieties of the new Figgies & Jammies cookies:

Blueberry & Fig - Cake [Flour Base (Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Sweet Rice Flour, Xanthan Gum), Natural Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Invert Sugar, Grape Juice and Whole Rice Syrup, Sweet Whey Powder, Glycerin, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Lemon Oil], Jam [Blueberry Paste (Cane Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup, Apple Powder, Rice Starch, Dried Cane Syrup, Glycerin, Water, Blueberry Juice Concentrate, Pectin,  Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Red Cabbage Extract for Color), Fig, Citric Acid].

Mission Fig – Cake [Flour Base (Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Sweet Rice Flour, Xanthan Gum), Natural Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Invert Sugar, Grape Juice and Whole Rice Syrup, Sweet Whey Powder, Glycerin, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Lemon Oil], Jam [Mission Figs, Organic Invert Sugar, Grape Juice and Whole Rice Syrup, Pectin, Glycerin, Flour Base (Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Sweet Rice Flour, Xanthan Gum), Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor].

Raspberry & Fig – Cake [Flour Base (Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Sweet Rice Flour, Xanthan Gum), Natural Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Invert Sugar, Grape Juice and Whole Rice Syrup, Sweet Whey Powder, Glycerin, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Lemon Oil], Jam [Raspberry Paste (Cane Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup, Apple Powder, Rice Starch, Dried Cane Syrup, Glycerin, Water, Raspberry Juice Concentrate, Pectin,  Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Red Cabbage Extract for Color), Fig, Citric Acid].

Strawberry & Fig - Cake [Flour Base (Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Sweet Rice Flour, Xanthan Gum), Natural Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Invert Sugar, Grape Juice and Whole Rice Syrup, Sweet Whey Powder, Glycerin, Baking Soda, Sea Salt, Lemon Oil], Jam [Strawberry Paste (Cane Syrup, Brown Rice Syrup, Apple Powder, Rice Starch, Dried Cane Syrup, Glycerin, Water, Strawberry Juice Concentrate, Pectin,  Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Red Cabbage Extract for Color), Fig, Citric Acid].

All varieties are egg-free in addition to being gluten-free. They are certified gluten-free by the GFCO and are larger in size than traditional fig cookies.

I am thrilled about these new cookies and can’t wait to get my hands on them to sample. Fig Newtons were a favorite of mine growing up! Look for Figgies & Jammies in stores across the US. Keep in mind that these are a new product, so it may take some time to see them in stores.


Apr 23 2014

LaRosa’s Offers Gluten-Free Pizza

LaRosa’s Pizzeria has been a Cincinnati staple for 60 years now! It was 1954 when Buddy LaRosa opened his first pizzeria on Cincinnati’s West Side. Since then, many more locations have opened and some of those serve gluten-free pizza now.

LaRosa Pizzeria takes gluten-free pizza seriously. There are currently nine locations offering this option. While this may disappoint some, LaRosa has taken the time to do gluten-free right. They follow strict cleaning and preparation procedures to keep gluten-free guests as safe as possible and have selected these locations to focus on. The locations are:

  • Alexandria
  • Beavercreek
  • Centerville
  • Boudinot
  • Colerain
  • Kenwood
  • Mason
  • Oxford (Miami University students…take note!)
  • Kings Island

I just found out the other day that LaRosa’s is coming to Columbus (Dublin, specifically). I hope that they expand their gluten-free pizza offerings to include more locations (hint, hint..Dublin). Have you tried LaRosa’s pizza?


Apr 22 2014

Crunchmaster Introduces Popped Edamame Chips

Crunchmaster Crackers are a big hit in our house with both the gluten-free and non-gluten-free crowd. On top of being delicious crackers, they are easy to find in stores across the US, including Costco. Now Crunchmaster is introducing Popped Edamame Chips.

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More about the chips:

Try a snack that combines natural, non-GMO ingredients with the nutritious, delicious taste of edamame. These light, crispy, air-popped chips are not just a great tasting snack, they’re the ideal pairing with dips or sandwiches. Best of all, these chips are cholesterol and saturated fat FREE. Whether you’re following a gluten free diet or not, you’ll love the taste of Crunchmaster’s Popped Edamame Chips.

There are two different kinds of Popped Edamame Chips:

  • Wasabi Soy 
  • Sea Salt

More about Crunchmaster:

It’s not so much what’s inside our crackers as what’s not inside. At Crunchmaster, we believe in keeping our products down-to-earth and easy to understand. We don’t put in any artificial flavors, preservatives or other icky stuff. 
Our products are only made with simple ingredients like pure, California grown rice, sesame, quinoa, amaranth and flax seeds.

Have you tried any of the Crunchmaster crackers or chips? Do you have a favorite?


Apr 21 2014

Luna Adds New Flavors to Protein Bar Line-Up

I can’t believe it has been almost three years since I first tried Luna Protein Bars! The bars are a tasty way to refuel after a hard workout. Now Luna has added two new varieties to the line-up.

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Lemon Vanilla - Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Kernel Oil, Macadamia Nut Butter, Natural Flavors, Whey Protein Concentrate, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Organic Glucose Syrup, Water, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate.

Chocolate Coconut Almond -Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Kernel Oil, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Organic Toasted Coconut, Almonds, Cocoa, Almond Butter, Whey Protein Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Water, Tapioca Starch, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract.

The Lemon Vanilla variety is Luna’s first non-chocolate protein bar. It is full of zesty lemon flavor and has a creamy finish. The Chocolate Coconut Almond is like a decadent treat and the perfect way to end a hard workout. Both bars are gluten-free, have 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

The bars can be found in select stores across the US and online. Have you tried any of the Luna Protein Bars? Do you have a favorite flavor? What do you think of a non-chocolate variety? 

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.


Apr 19 2014

What Gives, Udi’s?

I have been eating Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread for many years now. I was overjoyed when I discovered the commercial size loaves available at Jason’s Deli, and then Costco. That’s really the only way I eat sandwiches and PB & J now; I feel lost without my “normal” size bread.

Last year I did notice a couple of the loaves I purchased had holes going right through the center. I returned those loaves and I haven’t seen any issues again until the other day.

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What gives? While this may not be a big deal with deli meat and cheese, it is with PB & J. Talk about a mess! I truly hope that this is an isolated incident and not something that I will find in every loaf I buy.

Have you noticed any issues with Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread? Do you buy the commercial size or the regular size?