I recently received several complimentary gluten-free products from Goldbaum’s to sample and review on my blog. I have been ordering Goldbaum’s gluten-free ice cream “cake-style” cones for a few years now, but that is all I had tried up until this point (and we love them!). GF mom tip: the cake-style cones are handy snacks for little teethers, since they tend to melt as the kiddo’s “gum” them!
The above photo is a Goldbaum’s GF Cake Cone with So Delicious Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream (yep, you read that right, GF/DF Cookie Dough Ice Cream!). The cake cones are Gluten Free, Low in Calories, Kosher, GMO-Free, and Vegan.
Cake Cone Ingredients: Potato starch, tapioca starch, palm oil (gmo free), sugar, dietary fibers, emulsifier (lecithin), cocoa powder, xanthan gum, salt, baking soda, natural vanilla.
One cake cone has only 11 calories, 0.1 grams of fat, 6mg. of sodium, 3 grams of total carbs and 0.1 grams of sugar.
Goldbaum’s Cocoa Sugar Cones are Gluten Free, Kosher, GMO-Free and Vegan.
Ingredients: Potato starch, sugar, tapioca starch, palm oil (gmo free), dietary fibers, emulsifier (lecithin), cocoa powder, salt, stabilizer (xanthan gum), natural vanilla.
One cocoa sugar cone has only 41 calories, 0 grams of fat, 27mg. of sodium, 9 grams of total carbs and 3 grams of sugar.
I am already beginning to experience some mild anxiety over the upcoming school year and the “challenging” snack projects the kids make. Last year took it’s toll on me, especially after making 1,000 GF Goldfish for Sam’s week of counting projects (I’m just now recovering from that one!).
Anyhoo, last Christmas, the kids decorated Christmas trees from sugar cones. This project sneaked up on me rather unexpectedly, so I didn’t have time to order any sugar cones without incurring a crazy overnight shipping charge (and they are not available year round at stores in New Mexico!). So, I made my own gluten-free, dairy-free sugar/waffle cones (I will warn you, the photos are bad. This was back before I knew to take food pictures by natural light and not with a flash, so it looks like I live in a cave, LOL!).
I am happy to know that I can make my own GF cones if I need to, but really, I’d just rather not! If you click the link to my post on making the cones, you will see a picture of the decorated Christmas tree at the bottom of the page.
I decided to re-make the Christmas tree with Goldbaum’s Cocoa Sugar Cones, but this time, I made it without synthetic dyes (we went for the white Christmas tree look).
For the dairy-free white icing recipe I use, refer to my post on Easter Cupcakes. To decorate the “tree” without using artificial colorings, I crushed some of Yummy Earth’s Organic Drops then sprinkled them on the icing. Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans would also make for great “ornaments,” and Candy Tree’s gluten-free licorice laces would make great garland (or use naturally colored icing).
I was exceptionally excited to try Goldbaum’s Jumbo Cones! The jumbo cones are Gluten Free, GMO Free, Low Calories and Dairy Free.
Ingredients: potato starch, sugar, tapioca starch, palm oil (GMO Free), dietary fibers, emulsifier (lecithin), salt, stabilizer (xanthan gum), natural vanilla.
One jumbo cone has 74 calories, 0.7 grams of fat, 48mg. of sodium, 17 grams of total carbs and 5.4 grams of sugar.
Goldbaum’s Jumbo Cone with So Delicious Coconut Milk Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (above photo)
Attempting to display the size difference in the cones!
I was surprised to find out that Goldbaum’s also manufactures gluten-free pastas and rice crackers. I was skeptical of the pasta, because I have yet to find another GF pasta that even comes close in taste and texture to my favorite brand, Tinkyada (I’ve heard Bionaturae has a really good GF line of pastas too, but I don’t eat soy so I’ve never tried it).
Ingredients: brown rice, rice bran, water.
One (1 cup) serving of penne pasta has 190 calories, 0.2 grams of fat, 3mg. of sodium, 43 total carbs, 0.9 grams of fiber and less than 1 gram of sugar.
Pasta salad is my performance test of choice for GF pastas. If a gluten-free pasta holds up well in taste and texture when cold, then it’s golden in my book. For this test, I tried a new pasta salad recipe from my latest issue of Living Without, Pizza Pasta Salad (this will be GREAT for lunchboxes!!).
I boiled the pasta in lightly salted water for 16 minutes (um, this is AMAZINGLY good gluten-free pasta when warm, I had a hard time stopping myself from nibbling on it so I would have some left for the pasta salad!). I made two versions of the pizza pasta salad, one with cheese for Sam and one without, for Luke.
For the dairy version, I added some fresh mozzarella Ciliegine (above photo).
I spruced up Luke’s dairy-free version with some goldfish shaped bell peppers (above photo). Have I told you how much I hate goldfish?
The Goldbaum’s pasta held up exceptionally well when cold. I might even go so far to say that I think it does better than Tinkyada (and Tinkyada holds up great too)!
The final product we tried was the Goldbaum’s Zesty Choice Original Flavor Baked Rice Crisps.
Ingredients: Organic Rice Flour, Rice Bran Oil, Sea Salt, Soy Sauce Powder, Ginger Powder.
20 of the Original crackers have 155 calories, 3.4 grams of fat, 126mg. of sodium, 28.8 grams of total carbs, 0.2 grams of fiber and 0 grams of sugar.
The Goldbaum’s Zesty Choice Crackers are available in the following flavors: Original, Garlic, Chili and Unsalted.
We loved the rice crackers and we thought the texture was a cross between a classic crispy rice cracker and a flakier cracker, like Glutino’s gluten-free crackers. These are perfect for appetizers, like the highly addictive appetizer you see above. Kim from Cook It Allergy Free made some of these for us when we were visiting a few weeks ago. A gluten-free cracker topped with Tomato Basil Hummus and Smoked Salmon. Kim doesn’t have the recipe posted on her website yet, but maybe this will put the pressure on, LOL!
Would you like to try all of the above Goldbaum’s gluten-free products for FREE? Well, here’s your chance!
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