November 21, 2009

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

The other day I took the day off for an appointment far, far away (not really, about 20 miles from home). I hung around in the area doing some random shopping and wandered into Trader Joe's. Isn't that sad that my closest Trader Joe's is 15 miles away?

Anyway I bought some bagels, edamame rice crackers, fresh cranberries, and teeny tiny potatoes. Random, huh? While I was in line waiting to check out, I spied a weird candy bar.

Excuse me? They had me at peanut butter and jelly, then ok, obviously chocolate, but "sprinkled with crushed potato chips"? Hold up, I gotta try this. Good thing it was gluten free!

One bite and oh WOW! It was delicious! Sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth. This bar had it all. I highly recommend it. Trader Joe, what will you think of next?!


Marlow said...

I totally saw those two lines down! I was curious, but didn't want to lose my place in line! Dang!!

Chandice said...

Those look so yum!!!

Five Small Meals said...

Dumb question, dear Betsy.

Beyond if they put "Gluten Free" on the label of a food, how can you tell if it's gluten free by looking at the ingredients? Is it as simple as looking for the word "gluten" or "wheat"?

I ask out of curiosity, and also because a friend with Celiac is coming to visit me, and I want to make sure the things I have around the house are safe for her to eat.

Ms. Lauren said...

All I can say about this is !!!!!!!

Jeanne said...

Oh man, those look good! I will have to try them! Thanks for the rec!

Betsy said...

Smalls, oh yes! I always check the ingredients too! Anything like flour, malt, barley on a candy bar are big no-nos.

It's definitely easy to look for the "gluten free" label because it's pretty much safe then. They couldn't put that label on there if it weren't.

Sidenote: this candy bar had a little warning that said it was manufactured in a facility that also manufactured wheat products. Sometimes if the product shares the same equipment or facility, people can react. I've never had a problem with that issue, but everyone is different.

P.P.S. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have store lists of all of their gluten free products. You can always ask at the service desk if you don't see any and they can help you find safe food for your friend. :)

Five Small Meals said...

Miss Betsy, thank you so much for your help!

I've found some great solutions at both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. I figured about the wheat/flour/barley, but would never have thought of malt, though it makes sense.

You learn something new every day!