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Katz Cupcakes

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Our local Market 32 freezer section had these Katz cupcakes. I was very hesitant at first to purchase the package because I am not a huge Katz brand fan. I found their doughnuts to be too dry for my liking. These cupcakes though! WOW!

First of all if you have ever had a hostess cupcake back in the day prior to celiac disease, then you’ll know that this will taste so close to that! When I took the first bite all those memories came flooding back! No lie! This taste just like a hostess cupcake with the cream filling on the inside.

So let’s get down to it! These cupcakes are not only gluten free, but dairy, soy and nut free! They are certified gluten free as labeled on the box. This package contains 4 individually wrapped, frozen cupcakes. This product does contain eggs and corn. You can either heat the cupcake in the microwave for 10 seconds or let thaw for 2 hours. I prefer the thawing for 2 hours.

Katz products are made in a fully dedicated facility away from gluten containing products. Their facility is also certified nut and dairy free! All their products including this one is kosher as well!

I have to say, I gave these cupcakes to my kids and husband after dinner and they all agreed it did not taste like a gluten free product! We all loved that it didn’t crumble apart as we ate it! It is both adult and more importantly KID APPROVED!

I would give this product a 9/10 and look forward to trying more products by Katz!

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Dessert Essence

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Let’s talk about some products shall we?

A lot of people don’t realize that if you have celiac disease you should also watch what you put on your skin not just what you ingest. Why is that? Well the gluten that is within products, such as lotions, and sunscreen are being absorbed into your skin. Even though you are not ingesting it, you can still have a reaction on your skin.

Once I realized that I needed to change over my skincare products, I went in search of some new products. One brand that I did fall in love with is Desert Essence. This company offers many gluten free products that are reasonably priced and smell AMAZING! They have a variety of options from apple, to coconut, lavender, grape, red raspberry, lemon and fragrance free options! They offer gluten free products for your hair and skin a well as dental products.

I did reach out to the company so that I could confirm a few things. Here is what i found out:

Even though the company has many gluten free products not all of their line is gluten free. They do label every products clearly to determine if it contains gluten or not. They did let me know that some of the products are manufactured in dedicated facilities, but some others are manufactured on dedicated gluten free lines as well. So far so good. I have had no reactions to these products whatsoever.

These products are also free from:
Parabens
Sulfates – SLS/SLES
Phosphates
Phthalates
Artificial Fragrances or Dyes
Silicones
EDTA
Glycols
PEGS, PPG, MEA, DEA or TEA
Petroleum Compounds: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum or Paraffin
Animal Derived Ingredients
Animal Testing

They are cruelty free as well as vegan and gluten free!

I love the colors and packaging of these products as well and they just started offering a travel size package for $10.99 on their site which will include the shampoo, conditioner, lotion and body wash all in the coconut fragrance.

Their shipping is fast as well! It usually takes 2 days to arrive! My only complaint has been when my package has arrived. I am not however blaming the company, but good ole UPS. I have had many packages arrived with squished boxes and once I open it up, I’ll find the body wash all over the place. The company has been more than helpful to replace my damaged products.

I give this company a 9 out of 10 review!

Now I’m off to enjoy the weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with a new post!

Until next time….

XOXO
Alicia
The Celiac Corner

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Made Good Soft baked mini chocolate chip cookies!!!

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Ok let’s take a quick second to go over these! I recently had ventured out to our local Wegmans and came across these soft baked, mini chocolate chip cookies by the company Made Good! I’m going to be honest, I am a bit judgemental when it comes to choosing food I may or may not enjoy! When I first saw this package I saw that it was free from the top 8 allergens! So what the heck was it actually made with? I am used to eating gluten free but was this something that could really be that good? I mean, I haven’t had a good soft baked cookie in I don’t know how long! Alas I picked up the package, and threw it in my cart and on my way home I went!

That night as I was preparing to sit and finish up a few recent stories, I have been working on all I was craving was chocolate! I grabbed the package and opened up a small pouch of these cookies, popped one in my mouth and couldn’t believe the taste!

“SHUT THE FRONT DOOR” , I had exclaimed to my husband (which he clearly knows meant that I was amazed by whatever it was I was doing!)

This tiny little cookie the size of a quarter tasted like a spoonful of chocolate chip cookie dough! You know the stuff your not supposed to eat out of the bowl but do anyway because you just can’t resist?! I think my world just flipped upside down. It was then when I decided to actually read the ingredients and full on product information!

First of all like I said this is free from the top 8 allergens! No dairy, nuts, wheat/gluten, tree nuts, sesame seeds, shellfish, soy or egg! It also stated on the package that each one of these pouches is 1 serving of vegetables! They are also free from dyes! This product is also certified gluten free, certified vegan, and certified organic and made in a dedicated facility free from these allergens!

As I read on it just kept getting better! The ingredients listed were extracts from carrots, beets, spinach and other vegetables! This was amazing. Where have they been all of my celiac life!?

So this gave me an idea. Now most of you who do not know my family or I personally wouldn’t know we do have other food allergies, such as one of my boys has a severe allergy to shellfish and red dye (possibly other dyes as well…to be tested coming up Monday) That particular son also has sensory processing disorder. So he is the pickiest child when it comes to food and tasting certain things. I literally have the worst time trying to get him to eat anything good! So this afternoon in between church and lunch, I handed each kid a small bite sized cookie and their minds were blown, especially my picky eater! They kept asking for more! So I can certainly tell you this product is KID APPROVED! I can’t wait to send them to school and know that they are getting a serving of vegetables that taste just like cookie dough!

Side note- I did tell them what was in it only because I wanted them to know there are so many other healthier options out there!

I also love their packaging. Each box comes with five small packages just the right portion size!
I am giving this product a 10/10 !!!!

With that I am off to get the kids ready for bed!

Until Next Time,

XOXO
Alicia
The Celiac Corner