Product Reviews

Video Review:

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix

Here are our GF food product reviews. We have wanted to integrate this feature into the site for a long time, and be sure to check out the first one and let us know what you think! We would love to have a weekly feature, and if you’re a Gluten Free food distributor/maker/etc., suggest something to us! We are glad to provide you with honest, relevant product reviews. Thanks for tuning in!

Video Review:

Explorer’s Bounty Tribal Stone Crackers - Garlic

Product Review:

Coffee Plant Lavender Almond Cookie    $2

Coffee Plant is a coffee shop and bakery based out of Portland, with their ‘main shop’ on Corbett Avenue in Southwest. They also have a coffeeshop downtown, and sell their gluten-free baked goods at a few other cafes around Portland. It’s great to have local products, knowing that you’ll be getting them fresh, and supporting a local shop.  I just had a Lavender Almond cookie, and it was really nice. Light, bordering on airy, but with a bit of chewiness and texture that seemed sophisticated, unlike some GF baked goods that are dry and lifeless. A hint of lavender didn’t overpower the cookie, but added a nice flavor, and make it memorable. A bit steep at $2, but tasty nonetheless.

Product Review:

Mary’s Gone Crackers  Sticks & Twigs

Mary’s Gone Crackers. A very goofy name, a unique kind of cracker. These are a variation on the tasty crackers. These little bites are indeed a bit on the tree-like side. Their flavor is complex to begin with, and when added with flavors like curry, they’re definitely not boring. Tasting decidedly ‘healthy’, but not in a bad way, they have a non-greasy crunch, and will most likely be eaten quickly. I tried them with fresh hummus, which proved to be very tasty indeed.


Available at a number of Portland grocery stores.


-Ben

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Via the blog:

Well, it took me a few weeks since I blogged about this beer before I actually picked it up and tried it.

Available in four-packs at Belmont Station for about $8.50, it’s a pricey beer. But the claim of ‘best gluten-free beer in the world’ is worthy of investigation.

Well, I’ve gotta admit, it’s really damn good!  I’ll not try to wax philosophical on the flavor notes, but this beer seems to be very well balanced, and doesn’t have any metallic or strange aftertaste, the way some GF beers do.

Truth be told, it’s been a while since I’ve had regular ‘ol beer, so I wouldn’t be able to compare Estrella Damm Daura to another well-known brand, but chances are, you’re going to like this.

Available at Belmont Station and New Seasons in Portland.

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Estrella Damm Daura Gluten Free Beer   About $8 for 4-pack

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Product Review:

Fifty Licks Maple & Bacon Ice Cream   $4 for a single cone  $6 for a pint

Chad Draizin, owner of Fifty Licks, is a friend, so I was hesitant to publicly review his ice cream, but he’s made his ice cream nearly a household name in just a few years, so I figure it’s overdue.

On style, packaging, and concept, Fifty Licks is a homerun. The ice cream trucks are vintage and beautiful, restored lovingly and featuring hand-painted signage. The ice cream packaging is great, nice graphics, satisfying click to the box.

The ice cream is quite good, though I may have been too spoiled by premium ice cream, as it’s not the creamiest stuff I’ve ever had. The maple flavor comes through beautifully, but the bacon seems too subtle for the novelty. If I’m going to buy ice cream with meat in it, I’m expecting decadence, and this is more ethereal.  On the plus side, it doesn’t make you feel gross and bloated after just a few bites, which is maybe what all the hard R&D efforts yielded.  Regardless, Fifty Licks is playful, tasty and fun, which is what ice cream is all about, right?

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