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Aug 22 2011

Review: El's Gluten-Free Snacks

Last week I was the very lucky recipient of some sample packs of El’s gluten-free snacks. El’s snacks are unique – they are bagel snaps and medleys (snack mix) that can be described as a Chex-type mix on steroids.

El's Gluten-Free Snacks


I literally tore right into these when they arrived on my doorstep.  I was hungry and dinner wasn’t for a couple hours, so why wait?  The first bag I opened was the bagel snaps.  While not as thick as the bagel chips that I remember, they are just as crispy & full of flavor.  I had a hard time closing the bag & moving onto the medleys.  The medley includes bagel chips, pretzels, corn nuts, corn chips and is seasoned with the perfect blend of spices.  This was a little bag of heaven!  I had to force myself to put them down or there would be no dinner!

Curious about what goes into El’s snacks?  The nutrition labels can be viewed here.  The medleys do contain soy, but the snaps do not.  Since the products are manufactured in a facility that does produce wheat (and nuts), each run is tested for the presence of gluten. The gluten-free products are made on different days so as to minimize the risk of contamination.

A little more about El’s Gluten-Free Snacks:

  • No gluten
  • No preservatives
  • No trans fats
  • No cholesterol
  • No fake colors
  • No fake flavors
  • No hydrogenated oil
  • No GMOs
  • No eggs
  • No nuts
    (well, corn nuts, but we’re pretty sure they don’t count)
  • No dairy

El’s (real) kitchen is always full of friends, but one of them couldn’t enjoy El’s snacks because of worries about gluten. And bland gluten-free snacks frustrated El who wasn’t about to serve them to her guests. She had already launched a successful line of spice rubs (and knows something about taste), so she flavored some gluten-free snacks with them to please everyone.  She knew she’d scored when friends without worries about wheat scarfed down her snacks too – then asked for more. That’s this snack – only it’s even better (she’s had more time to play with the recipe).

In 1998, her dreams of embarking on a new career in the food industry became a reality, and El’s Kitchen was open for business. In the early years, her husband Jim offered his ideas and recipes as both Jim and El love to BBQ. These days, Jim stays out of the kitchen (smart man) and El runs the business (as well as the kitchen, although she enjoys the occasional helping hand) – and is always looking for new ways to add to the culinary landscape.

In addition to the snacks, El’s also makes a line of dry rubs.  The rubs, six different varieties, along with the snack mixes can be purchased right on the website or in select stores across the US.  Have you tried El’s gluten-free snacks?  What did you think?

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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