Even though I do not have dietary restrictions for gluten, I do try gluten-free products and recipes from time to time to accommodate those around me who do need to be aware of their gluten intake. This time around, I was given the chance to try out some gluten-free bread products from Kinnikinnick. Knowing that my best friend has had trials in the past finding good soft gluten-free bread, I took them with me to try out on my most recent visit.
Kinnikinnick bakes their new Soft Buns fresh before being quickly frozen in order to retain softness once thawed. Their new buns contain no gluten, dairy or nuts; are made with no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors; are fortified with five essential nutrients, and contain at least five grams of fiber per serving and zero cholesterol. These Soft Buns are just becoming available at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada and are also available online at www.kinnikinnick.com; SRP $4.59.
Now I don’t know much about gluten-free bread, but Christina seemed to think it was very unusual to keep frozen prior to its use. Regardless we listened to the instructions in hopes that this step was the answer while other gluten-free bread products were crumbly. Our first test subjects were the hot dog and hamburger buns. Unfortunately, these buns were not as soft as we had hoped for. The taste was right, but not the texture.
Next up, was the bread. I used the mulitgrain bread to make french toast and it came out great. There was no way of knowing it was gluten-free without reading the package and I really enjoyed the little bits of grain in the bread. Definitely would buy this bread again even for myself!
My overall experience with Kinnikinnick bread products is that their Soft Buns might need some work to be truly called “soft”, but their bread is very good. I will give them the benefit of the doubt however that maybe the shipping process altered the buns a little since they had thawed before they arrived. Maybe the re-freeze was their downfall? However, the bread did not suffer the same consequences even though shipped at the same time.
Disclosure: I received samples of Kinnikinnick bun and bread products to review from Crier Communications. I was not compensated for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
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