Being gluten-free isn’t as hard as it seems (thank you, potato), but gluten-free snacking can be frustrating as hell. Corn chips and chocolate-covered almonds are only exciting for so long, and there’s no way around it: Sometimes you just want an Oreo. So I looked to Glutino, the maker of several gluten-free products, for some midnight snacking solutions. Here are some of their like-the-real-thing snacks, and what I think of them:
Okay, hands down, these win. Lest the word “yogurt” make you think these are somehow a dry, bland health food: Think again. The gluten-free pretzels are just a conveniently-textured prop for loads of fatty, sugary coating that merely resembles yogurt in color. And that’s the way we like it. The only problem is the headache you might experience after, like I did, if you eat the entire bag at your desk. By yourself.
First, I should say that I’m not a fan of milk chocolate. But milk chocolate with salty things is slightly more palatable to me, so I gave these a whirl. Unfortunately, these didn’t win me over. I say go for the yogurt.
Without a candy coating, gluten-free snacks can sometimes be scary (corn chips excluded). I tried these after my love affair with their yogurt-covered cousin, and to my astonishment, I liked them as much. Compared to regular pretzels, they’re not an exact flavor match (and they’re less dense), but when you haven’t had a bread product for months, you’ll hardly mind.
Vanilla Creme Dream Cookies
“Some people” used to have a habit of buying baby food and teething cookies as a weirdly comforting dessert. These cookies remind those people of the teething cookies, in a good way: A little almond-y, but simple, comforting, and “treat-like” in that five-year-old kind of way.
Chocolate Vanilla Creme Dream Cookies
These cookies are one-part good, one-part bad. They start off making you feel like you’ve entered the land of gluten-free Oreo dreams, and they end up making you wonder if you’ve eaten dirt. Unfortunately, the chocolate sandwich cookie just doesn’t seem meant to be wheat-free.