Review: Van’s Cinnamon French Toast Sticks - Celiac Disease
Jul 20 2011

Review: Van’s Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

While the Van’s French Toast Sticks have been on the market for a while now, I am just getting around to reviewing them.   It is easy to make French toast here at home, but once school starts back up in a month or so (35 days to be exact, but who’s counting?), Jon will need something he can prepare without my help.  He is 15, so let’s hope that he can pop these in the toaster oven or microwave on his own.

The French toast sticks are cinnamon flavor.  In addition to being gluten-free, they are also dairy & egg-free.  The sticks come in the shape of French toast and are “perforated” and can easily be separated after toasting.  The sticks heat up quickly in the toaster or toaster oven, but can be heated in the microwave or oven as well.  Two slices of French toast (or 6 sticks) have 190 calories, 3.5g fat, 1g fiber and 2g protein.  These make a great breakfast choice for busy mornings or even an easy after school snack.

The whole house smelled of cinnamon while these were toasting!  It was such a pleasant smell and reminded me of fall.  Jon has had these a couple of different ways – pouring syrup over the top and pouring the syrup on the side and dipping the sticks in the syrup.  He preferred them toasted as opposed to heated in the microwave.

A little history behind Van’s:

You may not know it, but Van’s has been cooking up tasty, good-for-you waffles for almost a half century. It all started back in the 1970s when the Van Dam family opened a swinging waffle joint in Southern California. By the late 1980s, our groovy little beachside favorite had outgrown itself, and the Van Dam family decided it was time to bring their creations to a whole new group of customers—right in their local grocery stores.

Since then, Van’s has evolved from a single waffle restaurant to one of the country’s most beloved frozen waffle and breakfast companies—but our philosophy hasn’t changed a bit. We’re a company that cares about what its customers eat. We value artisanal quality, cooking our products in small, minimally processed batches with always-fresh ingredients. And, since we want everyone to be able to enjoy our waffles, we offer wheat/gluten free waffles along with organic, mini and our signature 8 Whole Grain varieties.

The original Van’s restaurant may no longer be dishing out waffles on the beach, but we still pack the same sunny Southern California spirit of the Van Dam family into every waffle—and we’re doing it with your well-being in mind. Our only hope is that you’ll enjoy Van’s foods as much as we enjoy creating them.

Van’s products can be found in stores around the USHave you had a chance to try the French Toast Sticks yet? 

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Dallas says:

    My 4 year old daughter has celiac disease. When she was first diagnosed a friend recommended Van’s. She is addicted to the French Toast sticks. She just loves them and usually eats them without syrup. I would recommend to anyone, especially those with GF kids!!

  2. Tiffany says:

    These are very, very good! I was pleasantly surprised that they were as tasty as people had told me they were 😉

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