Some yummy new products have come my way to try. Both Glutino and El’s Kitchen sent me free samples so I could try them and tell you what I thought! Considering we’re always up for new bread options and El’s Kitchen had a unique spin on a gluten free snack..I said a hearty yes!
Glutino Genius Bread
Glutino sent me both the Genius multigrain bread and the white bread they are now creating.
The first thing you notice is that the bread slices are physically bigger than perhaps what you’re used to with Udi’s (which seems to be a fair comparison, because I believe many gluten free folks have considered Udi’s to be the gold standard). The Genius bread is 14.1 ounces (2 ounces more than Udi’s).
As for the taste and texture. I thought it was pretty good. Emma just started eating sandwiches (I know…late bloomer). Her first sandwich was at camp with Udi’s and she really liked it. Her second was with the Genius white bread. She liked it too, but she said she thought it crumbled a little more than Udi’s.
I took two pieces out of the freezer: 1 piece of Glutino Genius Multigrain and 1 piece of Udi’s White Bread I put them into a sandwich baggie as if to make a sandwich. I set the baggie out for about 5 hours and checked both of them for “crumble-ability” and softness. Both seemed relatively soft and yes, I found the Glutino Bread to be just slightly more crumbly than the Udi’s. But it held together WAY better than the homemade gluten free bread I make in my bread machine. My bread crumbles the second it cools down from the microwave.
Overall, here’s my conclusion, I think it’s worth it to try the Genius bread. The taste and texture are good and you get bigger slices at about the same price as other breads. At Glutenfree.com, you can buy the Genius bread for $5.39 for a 14 oz loaf.
El’s Kitchen Gluten Free Snacks
In all 11 years of my shopping and cooking gluten free, I have not yet seen a snack like the items El’s Kitchen is now creating. The two products sent to me from the company were the Medleys and the Bagel Snaps.
I liked both of them for different reasons. The bagel chips are a zesty little snack filled with a good kick of flavor, and the Medleys are the closest thing to come to a gluten free Gardetto. The Medleys are also flavorful, but also have different textures including corn nuts, pretzels, and bagel chips.
Only problem is you can’t find them in a lot of places and you’ll have to order them online. See the locations here. A 5-ounce bag costs $5.39 on El’s Kitchen’s website. At that price, I’m guessing you won’t be using these snacks to hand out to a dozen hungry people at your next Super Bowl party. But it would be perfect for a work snack, a treat while you’re driving or something you bring for yourself to an event.
If you like this kind of a snack, you’ll definitely like El’s Kitchen’s selection.