November 9, 2012

#FollowFriday - GFree Connect

This week I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite companies, GFree Connect.  GFree Connect is a gluten free "care package" company that started last year and provides a giant bag of gluten free goodies, coupons, and brochures three times a year.

These days there are oodles of product subscription services, with quite a few gluten free subscription services. What I like about GFree Connect is the amount of product that you receive. A large shopping bag is filled with about 25 gluten free products. Some of the products are sample sizes that you would receive for free if you attend an expo or vendor fair, like Bob's Red Mill quinoa or cereals. Others are full size bags of products, like my GFree Connect favorite, Bhuja Snacks. A folder is also included, packed with coupons for free or heavily discounted products like Pamela's Products, Amy's Kitchen, and Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery, as well as company brochures, pamphlets, and other handouts.

This is a wonderful way to discover new products, save money (helloooooo coupons!), and learn about the latest gluten free and celiac hot topics. The price is pretty reasonable, with your first bag being $30 ($20 for the bag, $10 for shipping) and each bag with shipping afterwards running about $40. Once you sign up, you can opt out of the program at any time, but it also pays to be a subscribe. They have a loyalty program - receive 8 consecutive bags, get the 9th free. Not a bad deal!

Here's a sneak peak into what I received in my November Care Package:

I encourage you to check out GFree Connect. You can visit them on their website and on Facebook.

November 2, 2012

#FollowFriday - Goodbye Gluten Bread

I couldn't wait to share this week's Friday Follow. When I was contacted to try Goodbye Gluten bread, I had no idea I was about to get my mind and taste buds blown away. Another bread? Sure, OK, whatevs.... BUT NO! This gluten free bread is in a ballpark all its own.  I've never had a gluten free bread soooo soft and delicious right out of the bag. It's life changing.

The new gluten free kid on the block, Goodbye Gluten is starting to pop up on store shelves across the Midwest, but it's still hard to find. I have to admit, this was another product review that went to the wayside. After my sample supply ran out, it took me months to finally find a store that carried them....31 miles away! 

The breads are available in key retailers such as Giant Eagle, Jewel-Osco, Cub Foods, Roundy’s, Kowalski’s, Lunds & Byerly's, Super One and Hornbachers across the Midwest in the first phase of the Goodbye Gluten brand launch, but not all of those stores' locations are carrying them just yet.

But let's talk about the bread! Goodbye Gluten currently offers two products: gluten free white bread and gluten free multi-grain bread. It's made from the usual gluten free suspects such as white rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, etc. There is cornstarch, eggs, and soy for those avoiding those allergens. 

I could not get over how soft and fluffy this bread was. It's squishy like gluten bread. Over the years gluten free bread has evolved so much that it's no longer crumbly, but eating it fresh out of the bag is still a challenge. Only a few can do it and Goodbye Gluten is one of them. The slices are a decent size as well, comparable to "real" bread.

How does it taste? Great! I find it works wonderfully for deli sandwiches. I was able to put together a sandwich at home in the morning and it held together until lunch. 

Did I mention they are Gluten Free Certified? Because they are. 

Hopefully a nationwide roll-out will happen soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out their website and like them on Facebook