Gluten-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.
We promised a gluten-free birthday spread to our guests on Saturday. And we delivered…basically. The pulled pork was gluten free, but the accompanying rolls were not. My father made his trademark tortellini salad and, of course, there was beer. Plenty of beer. But, the rest of the buffet was free of wheat and the pesky gluten it creates.
Not that it matters. The Kid feasted on Van’s french toast sticks while the other youngins dined on pork. What they all agreed on, however, was the cornbread. The geniuses at Wegmans Food Markets make their own private label honey cornbread.
THE SELL: Wheat-free, Sweet and Moist. Chosen with Care! Our Food You Feel Good About yellow banner is your shortcut to great-tasting products with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
THE PACKAGE: Each package makes 16 two-inch squares.
THE INGREDIENTS: Yellow Cornmeal, Sugar, Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Honey Granules (Refinery Syrup and Honey), Cornstarch, Baking Powder (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Cornstarch, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Xanthan Gum, Soy Flour.
THE STATS ON A SERVING: One serving has 200 calories, 32g carbohydrates and 12g sugar.
THE COST: $3.49 at Syracuse Wegmans stores.
THE REPLACEMENT: The comprable Betty Crocker mix is…holy sh*t. 69 cents a box.
THE ADULT TASTE TEST: I never really had a good taste of it. I ate my cornbread the same way I always do: under a healthy glop of pulled pork.
THE KID TEST: She liked it, but I noticed that crumbled with greater ease than the non-GF variety. It was reminiscent of dry cornbread. I know this because my stepmother spent quite a few minutes by the kid’s table with a Dustbuster.
THE VERDICT: Thumbs up.