A Half-Baked Promise

The appearance of these rolls readily lends itself to toilet humor, but hey, you should never judge a book by its cover, right? Promise’s Gluten Free Brioche Chocolate Chip Rolls are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian friendly and high in fibre content.

Alright, so the appearance is hilarious, but how’s the content? Well…it’s okay. The texture is puffy and oddly firm in comparison to other rolls I’m used to. Despite the chocolate chips, the rolls tasted bland and dry. The choco chips were mild in terms of sweetness and weren’t crunchy in the slightest. To be clear, this product is not terrible; my roommate and I finished the whole pack in a single evening, and he found the rolls to be quite tasty. But for me, on the whole, Promise’s Brioche Chocolate Chip Rolls are underwhelming.  

Honey Stinger Organic Fruit Smoothie Chews

Delicious. I mean…it’s candy. Healthy, gluten-free candy.

I recommend.

Hmm? What’s that? Review’s too short? Well, alright then…I’ll do some more reviewing…

If you’re someone who exercises a good amount like me, chances are you’d have come across those energy chews you can buy at the counter at sports shops. Honey Stinger’s smoothie chews are pretty much the same concept. They’re chewy, not too sweet, and easy to consume. In addition to the fruity flavors, the chews are mixed with honey which is a nice little touch. Honestly, these smoothie chews are suitable for any occasion. You can eat a couple after a workout and refill your electrolyte capacity or you can eat a few when you feel like eating something sweet. They’re tasty either way.

Avocado Bravado

Avocado Crisps by Hippie Snacks are crunchy bites made from real avocado. Ingredients are plant-based and is non-GMO and gluten-free. This review will be based on the Sea Salt (Left) flavor and Guacamole (Right) flavor.

When it comes to the Sea Salt flavor, the word that comes to my mind is “OK”. The texture is nice and crispy, but the flavor is…underwhelming. The avocado mash is mixed with pumpkin seeds and the taste of those ingredients come through nicely. But I could barely taste the sea salt. The Sea Salt flavor is relatively bland, so I do recommend eating them with some sort of dip or spread.

The Guacamole flavor is definitely the pick of the two. The texture is pretty much identical, but the flavor is much, much better. You can taste the sourness or tanginess from the guacamole, and dare I say, has a slight spicy aftertaste as well. I think the guac and avocado crisp is a fantastic combo. If you want to try these for yourself, I recommend trying the Guacamole flavor.

GFB are the BFG (Best Frickin’ Goodies):

If you’ve ever had the Ferrero Rocher classic confectionery creation before, GFBs are made with pretty much he same concept. There are of course, some differences. For one, GFBs are high in nutritious value. Some of its headline features include vegan-friendly, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and is also a source of protein and fibre. There is a total of eight flavors of GFBs. This review will be on ‘Dark Chocolate Almond’ (Left) and ‘Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter’ (Right).

Let’s start with ‘Dark Chocolate Almond’. This variation is covered with a layer of almond chips and its taste is prominent in your first few bites. Once you get to the chewy dark chocolate mix in the interior, that’s when the flavors begin to mix. There is a good amount of cocoa powder and there is a slight bitter after-taste. This product does contain organic cane sugar but honestly, the sweetness isn’t all that noticeable.

‘Dark Chocolate Almond’ flavor is good, but if I’m going to choose between the two I’m reviewing, I have to take ‘Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter’. The peanut butter is genius. Instead of almonds, the batter is coated with peanuts, and the interior batter itself is a fantastic, nicely balanced mix of peanut butter and dark chocolate. Again, the sweetness is kept at a minimal. My preference for ‘Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter’ should not take away from ‘Dark Chocolate Almond’. Both flavors are very good if you feel the need to cure an itchy stomach! All in all, Gluten Free Bites are highly recommended.

Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads – Cracking Stuff!

In the genealogical tree of baked goods, Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads is more closely related to the Cracker family than the Flatbread family. So…it’s a strange choice to call these cracking delights ‘flatbreads’ if you ask me. Anyway, let’s get to the review, shall we?

Brought to the shores of Canada from our British friends across the pond, Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads are crispy, fibre-rich, vegetarian friendly snacks made with gluten free wholegrain oats. There are three flavors of Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads available on the market: Original, Rosemary & Sea Salt and Caramelised Onion. This review is based on the latter two.

Both flavors I’ve tried are nice and crispy, and I am not exaggerating when I say that they are comparable to regular crackers on the market. Just like regular crackers, this product shines best when eaten with something else. Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads are like blank canvases that allows you mix and match different flavors and different textures. You can combine them with cheese, sour cream, salad and even meats. They are a fantastic snack to make for yourself or someone else. I also noticed that the flatbreads maintain its crispiness after the packet had been opened. I had a packet opened for a day and the flatbreads were just as crispy. So there’s absolutely no need to stuff your face from fear of turning stale!

If there is a negative about this product, it is this: I would say that both flavors are not great when eaten by itself. While the flavors are there, it is on the mild side. But honestly, I am nitpicking at this point. If you do decide to buy Nairn’s Gluten Free Flatbreads which I highly recommend, do yourself a favor by eating them with something else!

MadeGood Soft Baked Mini Cookies Chocolate Chip – Chip off the old block

I love chocolate chips, but then again, who doesn’t? Made Good’s soft baked mini chocolate chips combine dark chocolate chips with a cookie base made from nutritious organic ingredients. It is gluten-free, nut-free and vegan friendly.

So how does it taste? Just like chocolate chips. I would say that it is less sweet than the regular variations you can find on the market, but it does not differ all that much in terms of taste. The big difference comes in texture. Since these guys are soft-baked, expect these cookies to be more chewy than crunchy. The cookies are bite-sized and come in neat packets suitable to pack for road trips, lunch breaks, mid-class snacks or whatever else you think you’ll need a little food to get by. 

The only qualm I have with this product is the price. Retail price for the 5-pack box is around CAD$5 which I find to be on the pricey side for a snack I could easily finish in a day or two. But other than that, I’d say it’s a very good product all round. It’s obvious that Made Good clearly cares about their consumers and set out to make the best tasting chocolate chips with the best nutritional value.