A good friend was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, which means she has an allergy to gluten. No more pizza, no more pasta, no more double chocolate cake. Tragic! or so you would think. She has certainly had to make changes to her diet, but as the awareness of such allergies has increased, so has the store shelf space, introducing new products that cater to gluten-free diets.
So when I was approached by a cleverly named gluten free bakery,Wheat Don’t Need You, to try a new product called the Triple Thrill I requested a few treats to share and evaluate with the gluten-free expert. I was curious how it would meet her “I miss good dessert” standards and mine. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the package to find a bar cookie that I wanted to bite into immediately. Covered in creamy caramel, rich chocolate and pecans, the cookie is rolled in lightly toasted gluten-free oats. Apparently truly gluten-free oats are hard to come by due to cross-contamination from wheat, rye or barley at processing plants, so the addition of these certified oats received high praise at our gluten conscious table. But from someone who doesn’t have to be concerned with whether or not my food has gluten in it, I too enjoyed the Triple Thrill. I’m more of a savory person, so I loved the addition of the oats and pecans. And in my book anything with ooey gooey caramel is a winner. My only request, a few sprinkles of sea salt would have really put this bar over the top to counterbalance the sweetness and provide a quadruple thrill. Love to get a crunch of that unexpectedly delightful salt crystal on something sweet — but that’s just me. If you know someone who has a gluten allergy, give these treats a try and see if you can’t taste the difference. The Wheat Don’t Need You operation is small right now, but sometimes the best things come out of small kitchens.