Gluten Schmuten: Udi’s plain bagel

GLUTENSCHUMUTENGluten-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.

Bangos, also known as bagels, were a constant around here with The Kid. Extremely portable and customizable, bagels offered her a handheld snack or breakfast (particularly the mini-bagels that you can get from Thomas).

Of course, as the joke goes, a bagel is a roll with a hole in it. So, we had to go without for a while until picking up a bag of Udi’s on a recent shopping trip.

THE SELL: Introducing Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels, the newest addition to our collection of baked goods. Already a popular item throughout the Rocky Mountain region, our soft, chewy, and yummy plain bagels are anything but plain. They’re delicious anytime of day and now available for everyone to enjoy. Top with your favorite cream cheese and lox, prepare your favorite sandwich or even make pizza bagels. Nosh to your heart’s content.

THE PACKAGE: Each 14 oz. bag has four bagels.

THE INGREDIENTS: Udi’s Best Blend (tapioca starch, brown rice flour), water, non-GMO vegetable oil, egg whites, evaporated can juice tapioca maltodextrin, xanthan gum, tapioca syrup, yeast, salt, cultured corn syrup solids, enzymes.

THE STATS ON A SERVING: One bagel has 320 calories, 10g fat, 48g carbs, 3g fiber, 8g protein and 4g sugar. 

THE COST: $4.99 at Syracuse Wegmans stores. Also available in whole grain and cinnamon raisin.

THE REPLACEMENT: Thomas sells a six-pack of soft bagels for $3.89.

THE ADULT TASTE TEST: There is a richness to them, which I attribute to the tapioca. But, otherwise, there is no real taste difference.

THE KID TEST: To her, there is no difference.

THE VERDICT: Thumbs up.


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