Review: Celiac Specialties
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Nov 1 2010

Review: Celiac Specialties

When I went to a Celiac Conference this past weekend, I was able to sample treats from many vendors. Some I was familiar with, others were new to me. I had heard of all but 1 or 2 of the companies, but hadn’t sampled all of the food. I tried to keep my sampling to foods I had not previously tried since there was so much food.

I have heard many people sing the praises of Celiac Specialties, our own Tiffany Janes being one of them, but had never had the pleasure of trying their treats before. Boy, I was seriously missing out! I was standing in line to taste their products after lunch and first tried the Cider Donut Hole. I was amazed at how good it was! The taste & texture were amazing. It was moist and I would have put money on the fact that there had to be gluten in these things. Of course they were gluten-free. Next up was the Powdered Sugar Donut Hole. I believe that I uttered the words “Oh.My.God” aloud after my first bite! The others in line looked at me & we all laughed! Only others who eat gluten-free would totally understand, right? I knew that I had to buy both of the varieties of donut holes, the donuts and the Croissant Type Rolls. The Donut Holes are $6.33/pack and the Donuts are $6.80 for a pack of 6.

The Croissant Type Rolls looked & felt just like a “real” croissant. I made sure to create my lunch today around that roll. I wanted to use it as a bun, so I decided on a deli turkey, cucumber dill feta sauce and spinach piled on top. I cut the roll in half and could not believe how flaky it was on the inside! My mouth was watering just thinking about sinking my teeth into it.

The roll really did taste like what I remember a croissant tasting like! Seriously. I don’t know what I was thinking not trying the products from this company before! They are worth their weight in gold! The roll was flaky and flavorful. It didn’t fall apart and held up well to my sandwich. Since then, I have also used the roll as a burger bun and it held up well as a bun, too. The rolls cost $5.95 for 4 rolls and are well worth their price!

Celiac Specialties was started by Michelle Fuller on June 3, 2003. Michelle taught cooking classes and was asked by a student one day if she could cook for a friend with a child who couldn’t eat wheat or gluten. She began learning all she could about cooking & baking gluten-free and was soon taking orders from the Detroit area Tri-County Celiac Support Group. She had to make the decision to “move on or go for it” and she obviously went for it. The rest is history!

Celiac Specialties products are sold online, in 2 stores in Michigan (Rochester & Novi) and select other health food stores.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. Kim – I’m so glad you loved the powdered sugar to-die-for donut holes as much as I do! I have not even had those rolls before so I’m adding them to my next order from them. During the holidays especially, I like to keep a stock of the donut holes (they freeze beautifully). If you’re in a house full of gluten on Christmas day, it’s nice to have something decadent to enjoy. Thanks for the tip about the rolls ;)

  2. Anne Steib says:

    Oh wow, i would love to have a sandwich on a croissant, thank you for the review! I am definitely going to have to try these! And I was just saying the other day how I missed apple cider donuts.

  3. Julianne Fenton says:

    when are they going to make gluten free products that I can afford…..the prices are absolutely sky high for the average person………….

    • Julianne,

      It is unfortunate that some gluten-free products are so expensive. The cost of gluten-free ingredients often cost more due to limited availability and special processing to ensure that they are not contaminated with gluten. With increased awareness and demand, I expect that the prices will eventually come down.

      Kim

  4. Terra says:

    I am so happy to hear your review on Celiac Specialites. Their foods are a staple in our house. One of our children has celiac disease and I do not know what we would ever do without these amazing products. My son, who is 8, never feels like he is missing out on anything because their baked goods taste the same as gluten products. We are so fortunate to live right down the street from this store and sing their praises every single day!! I never question the price because the food is AMAZING!!!

    • Terra,

      I am so jealous that you live right down the street! How lucky for you all! The food is amazing. We don’t eat a lot of specialty items, so I can justify the expense when we find something worth the money.

      Kim

  5. My order arrived today from Celiac Specialties. Even though I’d just had lunch, I had to open the croissant rolls and eat half of one. I heated it up in the toaster oven and put a little butter on it. It was not as great as gluten croissants in Paris are, but it’s pretty dang close! Thanks again for letting me know about this great item from CS that somehow I’ve not tried before now. I’m going to have one of the rolls with honey butter on Thanksgiving morning…what a great item to be thankful for!

    • Tiffany,

      I am so glad that you enjoyed the roll! I get almost as excited for someone else when they find a fantastic gluten-free item as I do for myself, if that makes sense! LOL! I bet they will be great with honey butter!

      Kim

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