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popchips!

Tasty and Healthy. Only 100 calories per bag, popchips make a great mid-day snack and fit easily into my desk drawer at work.
Great crunch and airy texture. I love the lightness and bold flavors. Not greasy at all, like most potato chips. I’m also a fan of the minimal saltiness.
My favorite is the sweet potato chips. They are a bit sweet, crispy and delicious!
All potato (14 flavors) and tortilla (4 flavors) chips are gluten free.

Simply Organics Cocoa Cayenne Cupcake Mix

Gluten-Free Cocoa Cayenne Cupcake Mix is fast and to prepare. All you have to do is add 2 eggs, water and 1 tablespoon of butter (optional). The mix is also vegan and they provide you with a vegan recipe too. This was great because I was having a Welcome home party for my friend Becca, who just returned from 7 weeks in India and is a vegan. I didn’t follow the vegan recipe; I substituted the eggs for one small banana and omitted the butter. I also made a cake instead of cupcakes. All the reviews I saw said the cupcakes are slightly dry. My cake was just actually a bit moist, but drier the next day, so I suggest eating the cake – or cupcakes – on the same day you bake.

The mix is spicy, which is nice but you can barely taste the cocoa. The cayenne adds a great kick but not completely overpowers the cake, yet the sweetness from the cocoa is missing. I used a vegan vanilla frosting on top, which gave it a little more sweetness and toned down the cayenne. Everyone loved it. I have a low tolerance for spicy foods and flavors but with the sweetness from the frosting it was delicious.

I also reduced the cooking time to 22 minutes, which I think helped with the dryness issue everyone seemed to be experiencing.

Simply Organics offers a wide variety of gluten free baking mixes, dips, sauces, gravies spices and seasonings.

Ob La Da – Cupcakes in Marshfield

My friends Molly and Scott just got married in April. Instead of having a cake they decided on cupcakes from Ob La Da. Scott’s family has known the owner, Kevin, for years and thus decided to use him for their wedding.

These are not gf, the gf cupcakes were kept separately

While not an exclusively gluten-free bakery, almost all of their products can be made gluten-free or vegan! All items are made to order and natural, local, organic ingredients are used when available. The products can be ordered online and at local farmer’s markets (Plymouth Plantation and Marshfield) or by calling. When I called, on a Sunday afternoon, Kevin was on Cape Cod with his wife, but was still super friendly and happy to talk to me about a cake for my graduation party.
At the wedding Molly had gotten 12 gluten free cupcakes, and being the only gluten free guest, I was given all 12 to take home. Lucky me! I was able to try three different flavors:

Chocolate cake topped with vanilla frosting

Vanilla cake topped with vanilla frosting

Salted Caramel: Caramel cake, Caramel buttercream with a swirl of fleur de sel caramel sauce on top.

My favorite was the Salted Caramel. It was delicious!!! I also enjoyed the vanilla and found the chocolate cupcakes to be a bit dry.

For my graduation party last weekend I was having a hard time deciding between a Coconut Cake and the Bananas Foster: banana cake, rum caramel filling and vanilla frosting. I know, my mouth is watering too. As delicious as the Bananas Fosters sounds, I knew coconut would probably be best for a group of 65 people. So I chose a half sheet cake ($80) of the coconut cake with vanilla butter cream frosting instead of the cream cheese frosting.

They will deliver (included in price) to Duxbury, Marshfield and other areas close to their home (not sure the exact radius). He brought the cake over Saturday morning, along with 6 cupcakes he made with the extra batter.

Other delicious sounding cupcake flavors include:

Red Velvet Underground:  Rich red velvet cake with a sweet cream cheese frosting and topped with red velvet cake crumbs, as it should be.
Wavy Gravy:  Rainbow tie dye vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and rainbow jimmies.
Carrot Fever: Spiced carrot cake made with local carrots topped with fresh cream cheese frosting.
Banana Boat:  Dense banana rum cake filled with  sticky caramel and topped with signature caramel buttercream.

Margaritaville: Fresh vanilla and lime cake stuffed with a tequila cream filling and topped off with a light and fluffy lime frosting and, of course, a wedge of lime.

Cake Flavors

Vanilla                                                                                 Chocolate
Red Velvet                                                                                Carrot
Cookies and Cream (not sure if available gf)               Banana
Coconut                                                                               Margarita
Pound Cake                                                                            Lemon

Fillings

Chocolate Ganache                                    White Chocolate Ganache
Raspberry Jam                                                              Strawberry Jam
Blueberry Jam                                                                     Apricot Jam
Grape Jam                                                                             Lemon Curd
Key Lime Filling                                                               Peanut Butter
Nutella                                                                                Caramel Sauce
French Cream                                                    Fresh Fruit (in season)

Frostings

Vanilla Buttercream                                         Chocolate Buttercream
Mocha Buttercream                                                        Whipped Cream
Cream Cheese                                                             Chocolate Ganache
Swiss Meringue Buttercream                                                  Key Lime

Kevin is very friendly; exceptional customer service. The cake was delicious and moist  and a hit at the party. Everyone kept asking “is this gluten free?!”

Many cake and cupcake flavors can be made gluten free. They also offer gluten free cookies, brownies, pies and other desserts.

Location: for now cooking out of their home, hoping to open a store front soon in Marshfield. Also available at local farmers markets.

Website: http://www.oblada.net/home/

Katz Gluten Free Sample Pack

Katz Gluten Free Sample Pack
Use Coupon Code SAMPLE + shipping price

I just received my free sample pack from Katz! Normally it costs $4.99 + shipping ($7.99 on all orders under $40, free on orders $40 or more) but they are having a promotion and if you use the coupon code SAMPLE at check out you get it for free!
All the products are kosher, gluten free, dairy free and nut free. Many are also soy free, so it’s great for all types of allergies!
The Sample contains:
1 slice of challah bread, white bread, whole grain bread slightly toasted, wholesome bread slightly toasted and
1 slice of marble cake
1 Chocolate Chip cupcake
1 honey muffin
1 chocolate chip cookie
1 dinner roll
1 chocolate and 1 cinnamon rugelach
This sample pack is prefect for trying different things I and I know I will be placing an order very soon 🙂
The first thing I tried was the rugelach, of course I did, it’s chocolate! Rugelach is a traditional Jewish pastry and means ‘’little twists’’ in Yiddish. The dough is not as soft as a cookie but it’s not hard either. The dough is rolled around sweet fillings such as chocolate, raisins, nuts or preserves. I was never a fan of the fruit or nut rugelach growing up so I was a little skeptical about how this one would be. The cinnamon rugelach is one of my favorite gluten free desserts. I’ve actually had this before and I absolutely love it! It’s delicious, with a mild cinnamon flavor, not overly sweet and had a great texture; light and flaky, yet firm at the same time. It almost reminded me of a freshly baked cinnamon roll, but less sugary and without the frosting.
Next I tried the chocolate, which was not my favorite, surprisingly. I could taste the richness of the chocolate and it tastes just like the ‘real’ thing, but without gluten!!
Honey Muffin – It has a very distinct honey flavor. The inside is very crumbly, and a bit dry. The top is nice and moist with lots of what looks like crystalized honey and sugar, a little too much for me, and very sweet.
 Chocolate chip cookies – not my favorite, but they have a nice texture and are loaded with chocolate chip.
Marble Cake –  Talk about yummy! Not too sweet, but just right to satisfy my chocolate/cake craving!! It has the prefect blend of vanilla and chocolate swirls. It stayed together nicely, no crumbs, which means no mess! I hate cutting into gluten free cakes or breads and it just falls apart and crumbs go everywhere.
Chocolate Cupcake– Rich dark chocolate, but a bit dry. They come unfrosted so if I ever do get this again I will add my own frosting.
All the slices of bread, which is true of all gluten free bread, were on the small side. The wholesome bread & whole grain were dry and dense. I didn’t like the texture or the taste, it was very grainy and left a bad taste in my mouth.
The Challah & White bread were my favorite, soft and more moist than the others.
I also really liked the dinner roll. It’s one of the best dinner rolls I’ve ever had! Great texture and not too dry
Katz is constantly offering deals (25 % off loafs of bread, free rugelach with orders over $40, etc.) and I recommend signing up for their newsletter so you can stay informed of these deals.