Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cinde's Gluten Free Spotlight - Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Doughnuts, Waffles and Cookies

I recently received a big box of gluten free goodies to sample from Kinnikinnick Foods. Imagine my kid's delight as I pulled a box of gluten free chocolate dipped doughnuts from the box! Of course we all sampled one immediately, and they got a thumbs up from everyone. I love that they are stored in the freezer for freshness, so I can defrost only the amount I need and still have some on hand for future doughnut cravings. Since I don't always have time to make my homemade gluten free Unbelievably Good Cake Doughnuts, the Kinnikinnick doughnuts are the next best thing.

Squeals (yes, squeals) of excitement came from all 3 of my kids when I pulled a package of Kinnikinnick gluten free S'moreables Graham Style Crackers from the box! One of the treats my kids missed the most since our household became gluten free was S'mores. We used to make them at the fire pit in our yard on summer nights. Guess what we had for dessert that night?? You got it... homemade S'mores! Kinnikinnick Foods even provides a recipe for s'mores on the box that can be made in the oven in less than 5 minutes. I congratulate Kinnikinnick Foods for giving the joy of eating S'mores back to gluten free children (and adults!). The S'moreables gluten free Graham Style crackers taste excellent on their own for after school or late night snacks, or tucked into a school lunch box for a special treat.

This picture speaks a thousand words. Oreo's are a staple in most school age children's school lunch boxes. My daughter was painfully aware that her lunch box never had any Oreo's in it. I made homemade gluten free Oreo's for her to take in her school lunch. Although they were delicious, they didn't look like "real" Oreo's and some of the children at her lunch table actually made fun of them. My daughter never wanted to take them to school again. Kinnikinnick Foods to the rescue! Imagine my daughter's delight as I pulled "real" looking Oreo's from the box of samples. One taste of these gluten free KinniTOOS Chocolate Sandwich Creme Cookies, and we all said the same thing "These taste JUST like Oreo's!". Guess what cookies are going in to my daughter's school lunch box?

Gluten free KinniTOOS Sandwich Creme Cookie are also available in Vanilla Creme (these are my oldest daughter's favorite!).

All Gluten Free Waffles are not created equal. The gluten free Kinnikinnick Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Waffles we pulled from the sample box looked promising. The true test would be at the breakfast table the next day. We eat A LOT of frozen waffles at our house on busy school mornings, so I had many willing "taste-testers". The verdict? The gluten free Kinnikinnick Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Waffles were crispier and had a more appealing texture than other gluten free waffles we have purchased. An added bonus was the brown sugar and cinnamon flavor in every warm, crispy bite. I really love these!

With only a few samples left in the box, we were all eager to see what other tasty treasures Kinnikinnick Foods had sent me. When I pulled out a package of gluten free Kinnikinnick Montana Chocolate Chip Cookies my son did a happy dance. He is a chocolate chip cookie fanatic, other wise known by our family as "The Cookie Monster!". These scrumptious, crunchy chocolate chip cookies are loaded with chocolate chips. My son agreed with the rest of us that they were wonderful. These really passed the test.

Just when we all thought things couldn't' get any better, I pulled the last sample from the box. Gluten free Animal Cookies!! Oh happy day! I practically get tears of joy in my eyes when I think how thrilled my children are to be able to once again eat the types of treats that they
used to enjoy "pre-Celiac". I have nothing but happy memories of eating circus animal cookies when I was a child. I want those memories for my children too. Thanks to Kinnikinnick Foods, now they can have them by eating Kinnikinnick gluten free K-Kritters Animal Cookies.

The best part about Kinnikinnick Foods isn't just the wide range of food choices they produce, but the wide range of people they make them for. Check out their mission statement:

"To provide Celiacs, people with Autism and other people with special dietary requirements with an uncontaminated, risk free source of food products.To provide our customers with food that actually looks and tastes Great Gluten Free Has Never Tasted So Good."

As the mother of a child with Celiac Disease living in a 100% gluten free household, I am grateful to Kinnikinnick Foods for making "normal" treats that children on gluten free diets can enjoy safely, with pride.

Try Kinnikinnick Foods for yourself... you'll be so glad you did!


  1. Thank you for this post! I've tried their animal crackers and LOVED them, I had no idea they had DONUTS!!!! I'm gonna have to get ahold of some FAST :D.

  2. You are very welcome Sophie... enjoy the doughnuts!

    cinde :)

  3. Haven't tried their cookies and waffles yet, but I love Kinnickinnick's doughnuts and frozen breads. Thanks for the review =D.

  4. Thanks for stopping by Lauren!

    Cinde :)

  5. Hi Cinde:

    I saw a blog post about making homemade lip balm and thought you might be interested in checking it out to make for your tween.

    Love those Kinnickkinnick Chocolate Doughnuts!

  6. Thanks so much for thinking of us Rachel! I checked it out... looks like fun! :)


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