Would you look at all that awesomeness? That’s a whole lot of gluten-free goodness staring at you, right there. And, all of these fine products are from the Katz Gluten Free Bakery. Katz is hosting an end of summer celebration, and offering gluten-free bloggers the chance to sample their products, post a review and host a giveaway. I am super excited to be doing this, because the Katz products are some of the tastiest gluten-free, dairy-free baked goods I’ve experienced on the market.
So, what’s in the picture up there?
- A slice of chocolate strip
- A slice of marble cake
- A honey muffin
- A chocolate cupcake
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Raspberry tarts
- Chocolate rugelach
After taking this picture I invited all the neighborhood kids (5 of them ranging in age from four to eight) and a few grown-ups to come on in and sample the goods. Oh boy, were those kids (and grown-ups) happy campers. Now, you don’t get the most articulate of feedback from this age group. Mostly it was “yum!” and “this is good!,” and “I like this one best.” So, we’ll rely on the grown-ups for a little more detail.
The chocolate strip was the favorite of one grown up. She said it’s sweet and moist, without being too sweet. You can’t help but compare it to the chocolate rugelach, which is a bit dryer and crispier. She preferred the softer texture of the strip. My kiddo (who is used to these taste testings now) said, “it tastes more cinnamony than chocolately to me.” There is a definite cinnamon hit, but the chocolate asserts itself as well. Everyone gave this one 2 thumbs up.
The marble cake didn’t have quite the “wow” factor and no one picked it as their favorite. But, everyone said it was moist and good and “tastes like cake” – which is saying a lot when you’re dealing with gluten-free baked goods and a bunch of gluten eaters.
The honey muffin was my husband’s favorite. In fact, when I asked what I should save and what I should bring to the first day of school gathering tomorrow, he immediately absconded with the honey muffins. Yep, that one is a winner for him. The honey muffins have a bit of a “spice cake” taste to them, most likely from the combination of the orange juice and cinnamon. Everyone ranked these high on their list except me. (I tend more towards cookies and crispy pastries over muffins and cakes.)
The chocolate cupcake pleased all the kids in the crowd. It was the favorite of one kid, and the rest thought it tasted exactly like a cupcake should. (Secretly, I think they were disappointed that it wasn’t frosted, but that’s kids for ya.) Again, it wasn’t my favorite, but there were no off tastes, no funky texture, the right amount of sweetness, and a pleasant amount of moistness.
If you’ve been looking for a substitute for Chips Ahoy, look no further than these chocolate chip cookies. They have that same light crispness, that same sweet saltiness that Chips Ahoy have. Well, at least how I remember them being. It’s been a while. This was the first item sampled and it set the tone – no one was afraid to try the rest after trying this one, gluten-free or not.
The raspberry tarts were the hands-down favorite in the crowd. Three of my tasters picked it as tops. Of course, my kid wouldn’t even try it. (“I don’t LIKE raspberry, Mom.”) He had previously tried the apricot tarts, though, and these are essentially the same except for the topping. (He loved the apricot version.) Think of a light, crisp shortbread crust with a dab of delicious preserves and you’ve pretty much got it.
Finally, the chocolate rugelach – my personal favorite. I love rugelach. I had previously had the cinnamon variety and completely fell in love. I think I still prefer the cinnamon, but the chocolate is a close second. The pastry is crispy and light. There are actual flakes in that there pastry! So delicious.
Now, you might have noticed that none of these products are vegan. They all contain eggs. And, certainly none are grain-free. So, I won’t be making a habit of eating any of these items on a regular basis. But, knowing that they’re out there and available as a treat when I want one sure is good. And on days like today – when it’s 85° and 90% humidity and I’m supposed to be baking for the first day of school get together, I sure am pleased to be able to fall back on taking these baked goods instead.
Wouldn’t YOU like to try some of these delicious treats, too? Well, you can, if you’re the lucky winner! Actually, for this giveaway, we’ll have 2 lucky winners. The grand prize is $25 Katz Dollars to spend as you see fit, and a free sample pack will go to the runner up. The contest will run until Saturday, September 11th. Good luck!
Here’s what you need to do:
Visit the Katz website and leave a comment below telling me something you’d like to try.
- Follow @themommybowl on twitter.
- Follow @katzglutenfree on twitter.
- Tweet about this giveaway.
- Become a friend of Katz on Facebook.
- Follow my blog via an RSS reader.
But wait! There’s still one more chance to win Katz goodies. You can enter their Summer of Desserts promotion on their website. Don’t forget to tell them that The Mommy Bowl sent you. You could win $100 of Katz goodies! Hurry – this contest runs through September 13th (National Celiac Awareness Day).
The legal mumbo jumbo: While Katz did provide free product for this review, I was in no way obligated to provide a positive review in exchange for said product.