Gluten-free foods are expensive and their flavor profile, in many cases, is suspect. The Al Dente blog is going to work through the good and the bad from the perspective of a toddler who known for her picky eating and her parents. We’ll collect these, as well as the rest of our journey with The Kid’s Celiac disease diagnosis, under the Gluten Schmuten category tag.
The Wife’s birthday falls in the middle of the week this year, so we celebrated in style over Memorial Day weekend with clams and shrimp. The Mother-In-Law offered to make a gluten-free birthday cake, so The Kid could partake, but ran into some issues with it (more later). She still brought it but also brought a batch of cookies made from a Wegmans gluten-free mix that she had on hand.
THE SELL: Wheat-free. Rich and indulgent. Gluten Free. Chosen with Care! Our Food You Feel Good About yellow banner is your shortcut to great-tasting products with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
THE PACKAGE: Each 15.3 oz box makes 22 cookies.
THE INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Corn Starch, Tapioca Starch, Yellow Corn Flour, Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Cornstarch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Natural Flavor, Sea Salt, Xanthan Gum, Soy Flour.
THE STATS ON A SERVING: One cookie serving has 80 calories, 1g fat, and 14g carbs.
THE COST: $3.49 at Syracuse Wegmans stores.
THE REPLACEMENT: Truth be told, The MIL would make from scratch. That said, Wegmans carries Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix is $2.00 per bag.
THE ADULT TASTE TEST: I really liked them. The MIL said she used vanilla, but the mix could have used a little more. They had the telltale grit, but I didn’t think it was that bad all things considered.
THE KID TEST: Inhaled them. Had the plate been within her reach, the 15 cookies that The MIL brought would have been gone.
THE VERDICT: Thumbs up.