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Gluten Free Cafe Chicken Noodle Soup Review

I recently had the opportunity to sample Gluten Free Cafe’s New Chicken Noodle Soup, courtesy of Mambo Sprouts.  I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about this!  There is nothing worse than having to make chicken noodle soup by scratch when you are sick! ;-)

This is the first product by Gluten-Free Cafe that I have tried and if the other products are this good, I will be stocking up!  This soup is better than ANY canned chicken noodle soup that I can remember from my former gluten-days.  The flavor is rich and soothing at the same time.  I made it for lunch yesterday when my guys were gone, and I had a difficult time stopping myself from eating it all, so they could try it too.  When I warmed the soup up this morning, so they could to take a quick sample bite before heading out, Sam was reluctant to try it at first (apparently chicken noodle soup is not his idea of breakfast food!).   It took some coercing, but he finally agreed to try it.  After one bite, he took the entire bowl (I even caught him licking the bottom of it when the soup was gone, LOL!).

Ingredient and nutritional information for the Gluten Free Cafe Chicken Noodle Soup:

INGREDIENTS: Water, carrots, white meat chicken, rice noodles, celery, natural flavors, enriched rice flour (contains calcium phosphate, niacinamide, iron [ferric orthophosphate], riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, vitamin D3), sea salt, acacia gum, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning (spices with celery), spices.

As you can see, this is a gluten-free product that has been fortified with vitamins, minerals and fiber to address the specific needs of those following a gluten-free diet!  That is super cool in my book.  Click the following link to read more about Gluten Free Cafe’s Product Fortification.

All of Gluten Free Cafe’s products are GFCO Certified, which is becoming more important to me by the hour, especially after Tricia Thompson, MS, RD recently published an article on the Contamination of Naturally Gluten Free Grains.  For more reading on this disturbing matter, Tiffany Janes just published an article on Celiac-Disease.com about it.  The Celiac Sprue Association also has a Seal of Recognition program that is helpful when shopping for GF products.

So, where can one buy this great GF Chicken Noodle Soup?  It is temporarily unavailable on the Gluten Free Cafe website, as they like to supply stores with the product first.  The soup is not listed as an option in the store locator section of the website either, so I called Gluten Free Cafe to see where we could find this soup.  This is a brand new product, so it is just now rolling out to natural grocery stores (including Whole Foods) and some of the bigger national chain grocery stores; so be sure to keep an eye out for them.  I did find the soup on Amazon, but it is also currently unavailable.  However, you can sign up on Amazon to be notified when it is available for purchase.  I will definitely be ordering some for the next flu season!

If you have any questions, you can contact Gluten Free Cafe by email (through their website); or for immediate assistance, you can call their Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-434-4246 (Monday – Friday, 7:00am-12:00 & 12:30-5:00pm MT).

I want to take a second and tell you a little about Mambo Sprouts:

Mambo Sprouts Marketing, headquartered in Collingswood, NJ, develops and executes direct mail, retail, web and market research programs targeted at health, natural and organic products consumers. In existence since 1996, the company was created when its founders recognized the lack of educational materials and discounts available to health and natural products consumers. In response to this need, Mambo Sprouts, the industry’s first and only quarterly direct mail coupon and offer program, was created.

I highly encourage you to visit the Mambo Sprouts website and sign up for their free coupon mailer.  You can receive coupons via email, the postal service or both.  They also do contests and giveaways and have a fun kids section with recipes and free coloring activities!

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Comments

  1. I almost bought that soup yesterday but the only can left was really dented so I'll have to wait until the next order arrives at my store. I have missed being able to open a can of chicken noodle soup and really don't want to make my own so I just eat Progresso chicken with rice. It will be nice to have something I remember from childhood again….there is something so comforting about noodles. Thanks for the great review!

    p.s. Thanks for linking to my article as well…yes, it's pretty disturbing news from Tricia Thompson!

  2. Kari says:

    The only thing that concerns me is the "natural flavors". That's often a source of hidden items that my son is allergic to. I wonder if they would be forthcoming with what that meant if I emailed them.

  3. Thanks for the great review! I'd probably buy one or two cans to try/have on hand if I ever came across it where I shop.

    Tricia Thompson has shared some critical news for sure. As I told you on FB, I don't find it at all surprising though. It would be the same situation as oats as I see it. Unless grown in dedicated fields and processed with dedicated equipment and in a dedicated facility, such products are going to be contaminated. One only has to see a farm operation to know this has to be true.

    Hugs,

    Shirley

    • You are right Shirley, it is not surprising. I do not have first hand experience with farming operations, but the documentary King Corn gave me an idea of how cross contamination is everywhere. The impact is overwhelming me at the moment. I keep thinking of our staples: corn tortillas, tortilla chips, corn meal. Plus, I have the Arrowhead Mills Millet flour, Authentic Foods Sorghum and many Bob's Red Mill flours. Speaking of which, you are not the first person who has mentioned to me about feeling ill after using Bob's Red Mill. Which is now concerning me more because I don't ever get GI issues when I am exposed to gluten, but that doesn't mean I am not having an immune reaction.

      What brands do you use?

  4. Kim says:

    We loved this soup, too!! It is nice to be able to open up the can. :)

    Kim

  5. I like your comment about it is a good as what you remember have in pre-GF life. It made me chuckle. I totally understand the feeling. Just found your blog it is great!

  6. Carol says:

    Thanks for this info! I'm warding off a cold and realized I had not stocked the pantry with gluten-free chicken noodle soup. There's no way I'm making it from scratch when I feel lousy.

    I'm glad to find a new GF info source. Thanks again.

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