Glutino Chocolate and Yogurt Covered Pretzels

Yesterday, my shipment of Glutino Chocolate and Yogurt Covered Pretzels arrived!  There has been quite a bit of buzz around this new product since the announcement was made in March on Food Biz Daily, so the second I heard they were available for sale on GlutenFree.com, I had to order some.  Sam used to love the Pretzel Flipz back in his gluten days so I decided to wait and let him be the one to open the package and be the first sampler.

Now, Sam is only 6 so his taste-testing and critiquing skills are still rather limited, as is his database of descriptive words, so keep that in mind with his review (it’s a short one, LOL!).

Sam: GLUUUU-TEN, yeah, yeah, gluten!

Translation: The Glutino Chocolate and Yogurt covered pretzels taste just as good as the Pretzel Flipz in Sam’s memory!

Click the following links for ingredient and nutritional information: Glutino Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Glutino Yogurt Covered Pretzels.

My review: the Glutino Chocolate and Yogurt covered pretzels ARE good, however, they are kind of pricey after you add in the shipping costs.  I ordered one 5.5-ounce package of each flavor from GlutenFree.com, each retailing for $5.99.  After adding in the $12.00 shipping cost, each package essentially cost $12.00.  I cannot wrap my brain around that, no matter how good they are.  I would definitely buy these again, but I will wait until they are available in local stores.  Until then, I will just keep making my own (with Glutino’s GF pretzels of course!).  There is an added benefit to making my own too…  I have to make them in order to eat them, so there is a built in “self-control” mechanism going on.  When the Glutino Chocolate and Yogurt Covered Pretzels hit my local store shelves, I might be in trouble in the waistline department! 🙂

These are my homemade version of Glutino Chocolate Covered Pretzels... they are certainly not as pretty and I do not have a Yogurt version! I do have white chocolate though, hmm... 😉

Sometimes You Beat the Gluten, Sometimes the Gluten Beats You

I think I have finally recovered from my GF Pretzel Rod Adventure from last week. Well, at least enough to post a few funny photos!

So why did I even bother, you ask?  Well, that is a very good question!

For Sam’s Friday Fun Snack last week, we needed a gluten-free version of these:

But the only pre-packaged gluten-free pretzel stick available are these:

NOT EVEN CLOSE to the size I needed! Maybe if Sam were pocket-sized…

Now, We LOVE Glutino’s GF pretzels (for GF moms-to-be… they are a GREAT replacement for Saltines to help with morning sickness!), both the little sticks and the twists.  They are a staple in our house and even in our car (well, in our car until yesterday when I had my minivan detailed and I discovered a large mound of pretzel twists underneath Luke’s car seat…(how???).  I have once again vowed that food is banned from the car F.O.R.E.V.E.R.!  Which might last a week, and my kids know it!).  Anyway, I haven’t had a pretzel rod in years and I am not quite sure my boys have ever even had one, at least not Luke.  No big deal, a pretzel is a pretzel until you need to make a “magic wand” in your Kindergarten cooking class!

OYE!

The “pretzel rod” is a MAJOR component in a “Magic Wand,” which is essentially one of these:

I was mortified when I got Sam’s Friday Fun Snack recipe a couple of weeks ago.  How in the heck was I going to make a GF Pretzel Rod??!  I’ve never even made a soft pretzel, let alone a hard, crunchy pretzel!  I started pouring over pretzel recipes online and landed on a few to try out, using my Better Batter Gluten Free Flour.  If any gluten-free flour blend could pull this off, it had to be Better Batter!

Yeah, not so much.  Not sure if it was because of the Better Batter though… I am definitely considering “operator error” as a major contributing factor! 😉

The first batch of dough I made was a real pickle to shape into an 8 – 9″ stick… and even when I achieved the desired length, it hardly resembled s Snyder’s Pretzel Rod!

So unless I could figure out how to shrink Sam like Alice in Wonderland, I had to figure this one out on my own!

Exhibit A:

My lumpy and bumpy 4″ uncooked pretzel stick…

Exhibit B:

It was a %#*&!@ to stretch it out a few more inches!

Exhibit C:

Once I got it to stretch (Exhibit B), I could then roll it, to smooth it out.  But it was obviously still “homemade” looking (this is my issue at hand right now with Sam, he is anti-homemade!)

So, I had to dig deep for some inspiration.

I turned to my role model that I have had since learning how to cook gluten-free:

Sometimes, you have to think “outside the box” in gluten-free cooking; so I decided to go off the Swedish Chef’s “innovation” for making donuts!  I went digging through Sam and Luke’s GF play-dough box!  😀

Disclaimer: The following Play-Doh toy has NEVER been contaminated with “glutonium.”  Santa brought the Play-Doh toys after having removed the gluten-containing Play-Doh! 😉  I still ran it through the dishwasher several times (ick…)

Know what that is?  It is one of these, LOL!:

Oh yes, I did.  I REALLY need some therapy.

The pretzels were pretty good fresh out of the oven but they WERE NOT crunchy pretzel rods! They reminded me of the hot pretzel bites from the movie theater, the kind you dip in nacho cheese.

Anyhoo, by the next morning, they were like a lead balloon with zero crunch. I sent them in with Sam anyway, at least he wasn’t going to have a teeny tiny “magic wand!”  That would not have been good for his male ego. 😉

I also sent Sam in with his own chocolate in a Crock-Pot “Little Dipper,” and some GF sprinkles.

You can find these chocolate melting wafers at Chocoley.com

I love my label maker…

but I hate pretzel rods. 😀

I hope everyone has a GREAT Monday, hopefully you can start it off with a little laugh…

Gluten-Free Margarita Cheesecake

Also known as “Happy Cheesecake” around our house! This is not a dessert to be shared with the kiddos since it is a no-bake cheesecake and therefore the alcohol is not “cooked out,” but it is a great cheesecake to take to a holiday party, “mom’s night” gathering or even to share with your hubby when the kids go to bed! 😉

No-Bake Margarita Cheesecake (my friend Kristen gave me this recipe and I am not sure of the original source).

Crust:
1 1/4 cup finely crushed Pretzels (I used Glutino GF Pretzels)
1/3 cup Butter, melted (I used Smart Balance but you could also use a dairy-free/vegan butter substitute)
1/4 cup Sugar

Filling:
1 8 oz. package Cream Cheese (I used Low Fat Cream Cheese, or you could use Tofutti Cream Cheese, or Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese)
1-14 oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk (here are some recipes to make your own Dairy-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk)
1/4 cup Lime Juice
(I used fresh Limes)
1/4 cup Tequila
1/4 cup Triple Sec
3 drops of Green Food Coloring (optional)
1-4 oz. container Non-Dairy Whipped Topping (here is a yummy looking vegan, soy-free whipped cream recipe!)

  • Combine the pretzel crumbs, melted butter, and sugar until crumbly.  Press into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie plate. (The recipe doesn’t call for it, but I baked my crust in a 400° F. oven for about 10 minutes).
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy.  Gradually beat in the sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, Tequila, Triple Sec, and optional green food coloring. (I grated in some fresh Lime Zest for an added punch).
  • Fold in the whipped topping and pour into the prepared pie plate.
  • Freeze 4 hours or until firm.

This was really good! Be forewarned though, (especially if you are a lightweight like me)…I had a piece of this the night I made Tie-Dye Goldfish crackers! Seriously, looking at that post now, it all makes sense. 😀 LOL!