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Ardenne Farms NEW gluten free products + giveaway

Ardenne Farms is on a mission to help those living gluten free and/or those with a sweet tooth. Ardenne Farm (pronounced Are-den) started by using a variety of innovative high-quality gluten-free flour blends, creative imaginations, and over 20 years of experience working in the food business. Ardenne Farms makes Gluten Free baking mixes that are vegan, Kosher and produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. Ardenne Farms is certified gluten free and carry the GFCO’s GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten.

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Ardenne Farms makes a variety of baking mixes; from muffins and pancakes, to cookies, brownies and cakes. 

Ardenne Farms recently launched three new baking mixes: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Pumpkin Streusel, and Snickerdoodle Cookies. 

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The NEW Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin mix bakes up muffins that are so decadent and moist, they’ll soon become your new morning pick-me-up! I brought them to work and everyone in my office devoured them. I got so many compliments, and requests for more! They taste so good that many people did not know they were gluten free until I told them. 

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I also love the new Snickerdoodle Cookie mix. I love the flavor of cinnamon and vanilla; yum! You can purchase Ardenne Farms products at retail locations across the country, including Roche Brothers, and Natural Food Stores. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win all three NEW baking mixes. To enter simply leave a comment below then head over to Instagram, like and comment on this post

This giveaway will end on March 12, 2017 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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Gluten Free Goodie Girl Cookies

When I was a little girl I was a Girl Scout and I loved the Thin Mint Cookies. I would make my mom buy boxes so we could eat them for months. 2009 was the last time I ate a thin mint cookie. Well thanks to Goodie Girl Cookies and their new “Slims”, I can finally enjoy thin mints again! 
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Goodie Girl Cookies is based out of Tribeca, New York, specializing in gluten free cookies with surprising flavors, as well as exciting twists on cookie classics.  In 2010, Founder, Shira Berk, also a mom and native New Yorker, began her journey to create an all-natural, super-delicious line of cookies that are all gluten free. Her intention was to create cookies that were intended for anyone to eat, but still be accessible to the 30%-and-growing number of population who had to avoid gluten.  Interestingly neither Berk, nor anyone in her family is Celiac, gluten-intolerant, or in need of a gluten-free diet.  

Goodie Girl Cookies break the – often dry and flavorless – gluten free cookie mold. The gluten free version of the Girl Scouts’ Thin Mints, called Mint Slims, are my favorite and absolute delicious. Mint Slims are thinner and less dense than the original girl scout cookies and are coated in milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate, but I still find the flavor spot on. Now, I haven’t had a girl scout cookie in 8 years, but my husband loves them too so that says something. The Vanilla Slims are vanilla cookies dressed up in a dark chocolate coating. Definitely acompliment for Vanilla lovers. We also devoured these. 

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In addition to the Slims, Goodie Girl Cookies has a full line of fresh baked cookies:

  • Oatmeal Raisin: slightly spiced oatmeal cookies 
  • Midnight Brownie: double the chocolate and double the pleasure
  • Quinoa Chocolate Chip: crunchy, with a slight nuttiness
  • Toffee Chaos: crunchy caramelized toffee, crispy rice and chocolate make this sweet and salty. 

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Goodie Girl Cookies are available in full-size (6 or 7 oz.) as well as 2 oz. on-the-go snack packs. Goodie Girl Cookies are available at Walmart,Wegman’s and dozens of other retail locations across the U.S and online on Amazon. Click here to find a location nearest you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Send Cheryl’s Gluten Free Cookies to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!

In June I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show where I met Elisabeth Allwein, the Food Development Director at Cheryl’s. There, I had the chance to talk to her about Cheryl’s new line of gluten free cookies and brownies, which just hit the market this past summer! 

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The gluten-free line features Cheryl’s famous baked goods including fudge brownies, brownie walnut cookies, snicker doodle cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and buttercream frosted sugar cookies, which is to die for. The new gluten free goodies exceed the FDA regulations for gluten free foods, meaning you can safely eat all the cookies you want! The gluten free line is made in separate, dedicated gluten free facility. And they make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your gluten free loved one(s)! 

I’ve tried a lot of gluten free cookies over the years and I have to say that the buttercream frosted cookie is one of the best by far. It is soft and sweet enough that it keeps me coming back for more. I’m also a big fan of the snickerdoodle cookies and fudgey, chocolaty brownies!! The Brownie walnut cookies and chocolate chip cookies are for those that prefer hard and crunchy cookies, they taste great, but I just prefer the softer cookies. 

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Each cookie and brownie is individually wrapped and available for purchase online. From birthday gifts, to holiday gifts, to thank you gifts, there is something for everyone and every budget. Gluten Free Cookies and Brownies range from $6.99 – $49.99.

Another reason I support Cheryl’s is because they use a gluten free bakery in Columbus, OH, owned byARC Industries, an organization that aims to offer employment opportunities to developmentally and intellectually disabled adults. Cheryl’s already employs some people from ARC, and continues to support this community group and their kitchen, as a training ground for seasonal hires in the future. Cheryl’s brought in some of its own gluten-free equipment, sanitation and production processes as well as management to work with ARC employees. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies featuring Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs // Giveaway

The holidays are about spending time with friends and family and baking delicious food! Pete and Gerry’s Eggs knows there is a tremendous amount of time and thought that goes into carefully selecting every recipe ingredient – and choosing the right egg is no exception!!

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If you’re not already familiar with the brand, Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs has been in business since the late 1800’s, sourcing their eggs sustainably from small family farms while becoming the country’s first Certified Humane Free Range egg producer. This holiday season,I am baking up my favorite gluten free sugar cookies using Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. ½ cup butter, softened
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1 tablespoon milk
  5. 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  6. ¼ teaspoon salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  8. 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour + more for rolling/dusting
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter at medium speed.
  2. Add the egg, water, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon (if using). Blend until mixed well.
  3. Add the flour and mix at low speed until well combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  6. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, about ¼-inch thick.
  7. Cut out the dough with selected cookie cutters, and place the cookies on the baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are not touching.
  8. Reform and roll out the scrap dough, then continue cutting more cookies.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing them to a cooling rack. Cool completely before decorating.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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These sugar cookies are fluffy, soft and sweet – you would never know they were gluten free. I brought them to my friends holiday party on Saturday night and everybody ate them. The best part is that nobody knew they were gluten free!  They are so good  and sweet enough – that you really don’t need frosting, but it does make for a fun addition!

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What are you baking this holiday season? Does your recipe require eggs? If so, then I think you will love this giveaway! I am giving one lucky reader the chance to win two free Pete and Gerry’s product coupons! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on December 15, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Introducing Enjoy Life Foods Mini Cookies

I’m not sure if you’ve heard the news yet – Enjoy Life Foods launched a NEW product, Mini Cookies!! Now you can eat freely with these mini versions of your favorite allergy-friendly Crunchy Cookies and Soft Baked Cookies.

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The new mini cookies are available in 3 Soft Baked varieties and 4 Crunchy varieties.  The single serve snack bags are perfect for school lunches, after school snacking, afternoon snack at work, and snacking on the go! Each box contains 6 single-serve bags and in keeping with their “Always Free-From” promise, Enjoy Life Mini Cookies are certified gluten-free and free from the top 8 allergens, and they’re certified kosher and halal, verified non-GMO, and contain no artificial anything!

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AI love chocolate and I love Enjoy Life’s Soft Baked Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies and Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies. I devoured a bag of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips within minutes of opening the box. The chocolate chips cookies are crunchy and taste exactly like their full sized version. Not a fan of crunchy? No problem! You can enjoy the mini cookies in soft baked versions as well! 

You can now purchase Enjoy Life Foods Mini Cookies in stores and online. 

 Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Guilt Free Snacks // Gluten Free Indulgences

Guilt Free Snacks is a company that was created thinking about all the people with a sweet tooth who want to watch the fat and sugar content of their food but also to the ones that are gluten intolerant or celiac. Guilt Free Snacks is not only a brand is a life style. The goal is to avoid the guilt in your life and our snacks will give you the opportunity to to indulge in a healthy and tasty way!

 

Ingredients are meticulously selected for quality to create recipes that are Gluten-free, Less Fat, Less Sugar, Low Sodium and NO Guilt.

 

The product collection includes: Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oatmeal Raisin, Trail Mix Bar and the new Granola To go!!

I loved the chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies. Both were light and fluffy, with a slightly sweet taste to satisfy my sweet tooth. The trail mix bar was a perfect combination of nuts, seeds, oats and other natural products that are a very good source of energy with delicious flavor.

You can purchase Guilt Free Snacks online and in retail locations throughout NYC and Queens. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Celiac Awareness Month // Milton’s NEW Gluten Free Baked Chips Giveaway

Two years ago, Milton’s Baking Company introduced it’s first line of gluten free crackers, which you might remember from a review/giveaway I did last May. Well this year, Milton’s is launching two new lines of gluten free products: Baked Chips and Cookies!! And I am so excited to share both you today! 

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The new line of Milton’s Gluten Free Baked Chips is available in 6 flavors:

  • Nacho Cheddar
  • Red Chili Salsa
  • Santa Maria BBQ
  • Sea Salt
  • Himalayan Salt 
  • Green Chili Salsa 

The chips are made from a blend of corn, brown rice, chickpeas, lentils and seasonings and are vegetarian friendly! Each flavor was distinct and had varying levels of spiciness or saltiness.  

The Red Chili Salsa and Green Chili Salsa Baked Chips were spicy! The green chili salsa were less spicy and full of flavor.

The Nacho Cheddar chips contain milk, so I told Jeremy those were his to eat! I did try both and the BBQ flavor was not too overpowering and the Nacho Cheddar reminded me of similar chips I’ve tried of the same flavor, but much healthier. 

My favorites were the Himalayan Sea Salt Baked Chips and the Sea Salt Baked Chips. Both might be considered “plain” as compared to the other flavors but I think these are the best and can easily be paired with salsa, hummus or your favorite dip. 

Milton’s Baked Chips are also soy free, peanut and tree nut free, egg free, non-GMO, and kosher.  There is zero trans fats or cholesterol.

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The new Gluten Free Cookies are soft, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth morsels of baked goodness. This decadant new cookie is available in three flavors:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Double Chocolate Chip
  • Snickerdoodle 

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Snickerdoodle Nutritional Information

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Milton’s gluten free products are available online at Amazon, nationwide in grocery stores and warehouse stores. Use the locator tool to find which wholesome and delicious Milton’s products are available in your neighborhood.

Ok so now foe the giveaway!! One lucky reader will have the chance to win a gift pack full of Milton’s gluten free products! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway ends on May 11, 2016 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Insomnia Cookies Announces First Gluten Free/Vegan Cookie

Insomnia Cookies, known for their warm, delicious cookies delivered until 3am, has added a Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie to the menu! The newest cookie will be available at all Insomnia Cookies locations but only while supplies last! 

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The new chocolate chip cookie is served warm, right out of the oven. It is soft and gooey, just the way a chocolate chip cookie should taste. Now I know what everyone why even raves about Insomnia Cookies! Before you try the new cookie please read the FAQ below. 

Are Insomnia Cookies Allergy Friendly?

Insomnia Cookies is not an allergy-free bakery. They do bake with products that contain gluten, nuts and dairy products. They recommend customers with allergies do not consume their products.

Is the Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie organic?

No, the ingredients are not organic.

Is the Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie Non-GMO?

It is made with Soy and therefore may contain GMO ingredients.

Is the Icing Vegan?

The icing is only made with plant based ingredients.

Can you order a Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake?

The Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie is not currently available in a cookie cake.

Can you order a Bigwich or a Cookiewich with the Vegan/Gluten Free cookie?

They can make a Bigwich or a Cookiewich with the Vegan/Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie. However, whether or not you consume ice-cream is up to your individual preference and dietary restrictions.

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Insomnia Cookies has 10 locations in NYC. They also have locations across the eastern, southern and and central states. Insomnia Cookies ships nationally. You can place an order online or by calling customer service @ 877-63-Cookie. 

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Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Jovial gluten free pasta & cookies

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Have you heard of Jovial cookies and pasta? I had heard of it, but I had never tried either until recently when I was asked to review them, and I am so glad I did!

Crafted in Italy using time-honored production methods and carefully selected varieties of rice, Jovial brown rice pasta is as close to traditional as gluten free can be. Jovial brown rice pasta was developed for taste and texture first, gluten free second. Master artisans in Tuscany, Italy have skillfully transformed 100% brown rice flour into the most authentic gluten free pasta available. There is no need to feel like you are sacrificing any longer when eating gluten free. This healthful pasta will adapt perfect to your favorite recipe.

Jeremy and I loved the firm texture and delicate flavor of the pasta. It was just as you would hope a gluten free pasta would taste. The pasta is available in 7 shapes, including: 

  1. penne
  2. fusilli
  3. caserecce
  4. capellini
  5. spaghetti
  6. lasagna
  7. tagliatelle

I can’t tell you the last time I had tagliatelle egg noodles, and Jovial’s has the taste and texture of traditional tagliatelle I remember eating years ago. 

 

Tagliatelle with Prosecco Chicken, Rainbow Chard & Heirloom Carrots. Click photo for recipe.
Tagliatelle with Prosecco Chicken, Rainbow Chard & Heirloom Carrots. Click photo for recipe.

Jovial cookies come in 3 varieties: 

  1. sour cherry
  2. chocolate cream
  3. fig filled

Jovial gluten free cookies are baked in small batches, ingredients are mixed by hand and a unique and delicate process hides the filling in the center of the cookie before baking. The fig filled cookie was the closest thing I have had to a fig newton in years. With a tempting soft center filled with Mediterranean fig filling, it was sumptuous yet not overly sweet. The cookies are individually wrapped in packages of 2 for freshness and convenience. The fig filled cookies are also casein free. 

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The chocolate cream cookies were my favorite. These European style sandwich cream cookies have a slightly crunchy chocolaty outside, as opposed to the fig cookies which has a softer outside, and a classic Italian hazelnut, chocolate cream filling. 

Caring about the environment means caring about the packaging. Jovial Brown Rice pasta is packaged in a carton made from 80% recycled cardboard and is 100% recyclable. The inner bag is certified 100% compostable, made from FSC certified wood pulp.

The cookies are made in a facility that was specifically designed to ensure an absolutely safe product, but it is not dedicated gluten free.They bake with dedicated equipment on separate production days. Certified gluten free at less than 10PPM.  Jovial® brown rice pasta is made in a dedicated facility free of gluten, casein, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts, but may contain traces of soy.

You can purchase Jovial products online and in stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, Stop & Shops, and hundreds of natural food stores. To find a store location nearest you, click here

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I was not paid to write this review. 

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Dr. Lucy’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Today I am excited to share with you [again] one of my favorite gluten free cookies; Dr. Lucy’s Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies. 

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When Dr. Lucy Gibney discovered her child had severe food allergies, she got down to some serious medical research—in the kitchen. What began as a mother’s tasty recipe for her child has today developed into a delicious alternative for people with or without special dietary considerations.

Lucy’s line of gluten free products include cookies and brownies. Available in a variety of delicious flavors – with everything from Chocolate, to Cinnamon Thin, Maple Crunch and more – Lucy’s cookies are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and made without wheat, dairy milk, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts, or other tree nuts. Every flavor I’ve tried I’ve loved! 

With less than 130 calories per serving— 3 cookies!—, Lucy’s cookies are the perfect option for any midday snack or nighttime treat. I also like that the sugar content is ‘relatively’ low, as opposed to 20 grams or more in most gluten free desserts.

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The Chocolate Chocolate Chunk cookies are rich, delicious and the perfect mix of chocolate with more chocolate! Made from simple, old-fashioned, nutrient-rich ingredients, with only 45 calories per cookie, this new flavor will help you eat smart and enjoy at the same time! The texture is nice and crunchy, but not rock-hard, with a nice crumble-factor.

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All of Lucy’s products are made in a dedicated bakery where they incorporate key standards you and your family can count on:

  • They only buy raw materials from carefully selected producers, thus reducing or eliminating the chance for allergen contact before we use the ingredients.
  • They use the best available methods to ensure there are no detectable allergens from our testing list: gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts and almonds.
  • None of the allergens listed above are allowed into the bakery. In fact, peanuts and tree nuts aren’t even allowed in the building!

Lucy’s products are available in over 7,000 stores across the U.S. & Canada For a complete list of retail locations click here.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.