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Katz Gluten Free Sweet Summer Giveaway

I recently received a big box of complimentary gluten-free sweets from Katz Gluten Free Bake Shoppe to sample and review on my blog.

Katz is a dedicated and certified gluten-free bakery (it is also completely nut-free and dairy-free), and all of their products are certified Kosher.  Katz was established in 2006 by Mrs. Katz, the mother of two gluten-intolerant children, so she knows firsthand the challenges that parents of dietary-restricted children have to deal with everyday in order to keep our kiddos safe. You can read more about Katz here.

Katz Gluten Free offers a wide range of gluten-free, dairy-free baked goods, from breads (including challah), cakes, cookies, muffins and rugelech.

We personally sampled the Chocolate Cupcakes, Honey Muffins, Apricot Tarts, Chocolate Dipped Cookies, Chocolate Strip, Chocolate Chip Cookies and the Cinnamon Rugelech (the nutrition information is available for each product on the Katz website).

The hands down favorites of my clan were the Cinnamon Rugelech and the Apricot Tarts.  Sam waged a great campaign for me to allow the rugelech as a breakfast option (since they look like “cinnamon rolls,” but unfortunately for him, mom didn’t just fall of the turnip truck, LOL!). 😉

My husband loved the Apricot Tarts, he said the slightly tart apricot center was a nice complement to the sweet shortbread-style cookie.

I wish I could give you a more descriptive review on the other products, but the only words my brood could muster were “mmm, good” (I really need to expand their vocabulary of descriptive words!).  Personally, I can tell you that the products had great texture, but…I think it’s time I share something with you:

Medical Oddity Disclaimer: I haven’t mentioned this yet because I haven’t been quite sure what to make of it (and I keep expecting things to back to normal any day now!), but…I have been without my sense of taste for 3 months now!  Not only that, everything tastes like metal (I think that’s how I would describe it), isn’t that weird?  I have no idea why (I do know that it started with a sinus infection back in June), but it makes doing reviews a little challenging for me because I can only tell you about texture and what my “official taste testers” think!

Would you like to try some of the Katz Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free products for yourself?  Well, you are in luck because you have TWO opportunities to win some Katz Dollars which are redeemable towards products on the Katz Gluten Free website!

For a chance to win $100 Katz Dollars, simply visit the special Katz web page and enter the drawing.  The deadline is September 13th, 2010.

Katz Gluten-Free is also generously offering:

  • One of my lucky readers a chance to win $25 Katz Dollars to spend towards products on their website,


  • One runner up will receive a FREE sample package of Katz goodies!

To enter this giveaway:

Simply leave a comment below letting me know which Katz product you would most like to try!

For bonus entry opportunities (just be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional bonus entry you qualify for, this is how I keep track of entries…I don’t want to accidentally miss anyone!):

  • For 10 Bajillion Bonus EntriesTell me how I can get my sense of taste back (pretty please)! 😀

Using the Random Number Generator, I will pick the winners on Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

Good Luck and I hope everyone has a happy and safe gluten-free Labor Day weekend! 😀

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  1. ME TOO! (And I'm horrid at organizing give-a-ways… but I'm supposed to do that too! lol) The cinnamon Rugelach was my fav too! I'm saving everything else for our gf support group next Saturday! I can't wait to treat them to Katz!!

  2. I'd love to try the chocolate stripe loaf!

  3. Great giveaway…I would like to try their 'Chocolate Cup Cakes-Gluten Free'…thanks..

  4. I follow u on FB…

  5. The Cinnamon Rugelech looks heavenly.

  6. Did you take any medication for that sinus infection? Maybe that needs to be explored as a cause of your changes in taste…..

  7. I follow you on Facebook.

  8. That Cinnamon Rugelech looks amazing! As for your sense of taste, I'm not sure what to tell you. I know if it were me, I'd be stuffing myself with all the healthy foods I normally can't stand, LOL. Seriously, though, that must stink, so I hope you get it back soon!

  9. I had a similar problem a year ago and traced it to eating pine nuts from China. It goes away, but it's hideously annoying. PS – The Wholesome Bread sounds wonderfully healthy.

    "A small minority of pine nuts can cause taste disturbances, developing 1–3 days after consumption and lasting for days or weeks. A bitter, metallic taste is described. Though very unpleasant, there are no lasting effects. This phenomenon was first described in a scientific paper in 2001.[12] Some publications have made reference to this phenomenon as "pine mouth".[13] This is a relatively new phenomenon which might be caused by the nuts spoiling and having gone rancid. It has been also hypothesized that this bitter side effect is caused by an allergy that some people may have to pine nuts, but this does not explain the recent appearance of this syndrome. Another theory attributes the phenomenon to nuts imported from China[14]. It has been hypothesized that the nut trees are absorbing something and passing it on to the nuts, or the nuts themselves are being treated with something before packaging. Metallic taste disturbance, known as metallogeusia, is reported 1–3 days after ingestion, being worse on day 2 and lasting for up to 2 weeks. Cases were self-limited and resolve without treatment.[15]"

    From Wikipedia – source of all knowledge

    • Shari,

      That is REALLY INTERESTING! I have actually made a lot of pesto this summer, but I have no idea the source of the pine nuts. I just looked at the giant bag I have in my freezer from Costco (Diamond of California:… and I did just notice that it has BHT added to preserve freshness (a rather interesting and diverse additive:….

      And yes, it is hideously annoying, especially now that I am feeling brave enough to try my hand and developing my own recipes. I will have to put that on the back burner though until I can taste again. Looking on the bright side, it's good for weight loss! 😉 When everything tastes the same (and not pleasant), you definitely don't run the risk of over eating! I only eat to curb my hunger and then I move along.

      Thanks for the input. 🙂

      • I live in Northern NM, land of the pinon nut, so they're used in lots of recipes. Not a problem if you use the local product. But somebody went "cheap" at that potluck a year ago and I got "pined". It has made me very cautious, as you might well imagine.

  10. Id love to try the apricot shortbread cookies!

  11. I like you on facebook

  12. My son and I would love to try many items, but the Cinnamon Rugelech sounds quite tasty.

  13. YUMMY!!!!!!


    I'm going to find you on FB/Twitter now 😉


    (I'm doing a give away this week too! Great minds think alike!)

  14. I would love to try the muffins. I LOVE THEM! =0)

  15. My son has Celiac and my daughter has a severe tree nut allergy, so finding products that both my kids can have is extremely important ( and sometimes difficult!). We'd love to try the Cinnamon Rugelech.

    I'm going to follow you on Facebook!

    Have you tried seeing a Chiropractor for your sense of taste?

    • Hi Shelly,

      No, I have not seen a chiropractor (I've actually never been to one for anything). Maybe it's time I look into it!

      I'm also going to look into seeing a naturopath as well. I want to get a full vitamin/mineral screening and check for other potential food sensitivities. None of my medical doctors seem to know how to write up the lab work to check for other possible deficiencies (other than the standard iron, calcium, Vitamin D, B12, etc.).

      I've read that a zinc deficiency can cause a metallic taste in the mouth, I also wonder if it is a side effect of my iron overload (or maybe excess heavy metals?). Due to my complicated medical issues and the medications I take, I am not one to self supplement (I am really curious about the heavy metal detox cleanse) without guidance from someone who knows about any potential drug interactions.

      Thanks for the tip! 😀

  16. The apricot shortbread cookies sound amazing!

  17. I have only discovered your blog recently and am totally loving it. I would love, love, love to try the cinnamon rugelech. But honestly, I'm not picky. If I don't have to bake it, I'm all for trying anything. Thanks.

  18. Definitely the chocolate dipped cookies! Thanks!

  19. Would love to try the Cinnamon Rugelach. My daughter loves cinnamon rolls and these look yummy! Robin

  20. Would love to try the Cinnamon Rugelech, it looks like the pecan pinwheels that my daughter used to LOVE before being diagnosed with Celiac!!!

  21. Heidi – Your lack of taste is CRAZY! Have you been to a naturopath yet? So you ate Shauna and Danny's meal but couldn't taste it? TORTURE! Had I known, you could've taken my taste buds 🙂 I hope it gets sorted out soon.

    • Maggie,

      It is crazy, and I'm not sure if it's taste or smell that's my main problem. I've had chronic sinusitis ever since I can remember and have long debated the surgery to fix it, but the thought of surgery scares me (I'm a chicken)!

      While I couldn't taste the flavors of Shauna and Danny's food, the texture was impeccable (I guess I'm like a blind person who "sees" with their hands, only I "taste" by texture…and watching other people's reactions to the same food, LOL).

      I've never seen a naturopath (or a chiropractor, acupuncturist, etc.) in my life, and I am not sure how to find a good one…(or even the definition of a "good" one)??? I have spent my life in the MD arena, and all my specialists have been referred to me by other medical doctors.

      Any advice? 🙂

  22. Heidi –

    I am so sorry to hear about your sense of taste! I believe that happened to a couple of friends of mine. Coincidentally, one of them has celiac disease and the other had the iron issue you have hemochromatosis (sp? – I am sure I butchered that). I hope you get it back soon!

    I loved those apricot tarts! Not the the other stuff wasn't good, it really was, but those tarts remind me of kolache that my grandma used to make.


    • Kim,

      You spelled hemochromatosis perfectly, A++! 🙂

      That is really interesting about your friends, I have wondered if there is some kind of connection (it seems celiac can be linked with just about everything)! I have avoided reading about it too much (my endocrinologist made me swear up and down to stay off Google until I see the hematologist, LOL!). After I read a little bit, I decided to follow the doctor's orders, it freaked me out and I don't want to stress and worry until I find out exactly what I have. There is a hereditary form of hemo. but there can be other causes too, and I'm not sure what frightens me more.

      Either which way, I'll deal with it the best way I know how (and ya'll will end up knowing more about iron than you ever would have thought, LOL)!

  23. Everything looks so yummy!! What a very generous giveaway!! Thanks so much!

  24. I already Like Adventures Of A Gluten Free Mom on facebook!! 🙂

  25. I Like Katz Gluten Free on facebook! 🙂

  26. From looking at the site very few of the cookies would be food for my son. I was all excited about the apricot ones, as that is his favorite fruit. The chocolate rugelech looks to be right up his alley!

  27. I already like adventures on facebook.

  28. Following you on twitter

  29. Following Katz on twitter

  30. Sent a friend request to Katz on facebook

  31. Heidi,

    Like everyone else, I am so sorry about your sense of taste. I'm not sure, but if it has something to do with your sinuses, have you tried a nasal rinse? Or a netti(sp?) pot? It sounds gross, but it really is easy once you get over the I'm-sticking-something-up-my-nose factor. I use my rinse for when I have bad allergies. It helps a lot.

    Also I remember hearing about the pine nuts. Something to look into. But, my first thought was the iron issue. (I'm going to write issue instead of trying to spell that word.)

    What ever it is, I hope you figure it out soon, and your taste comes back soon.

    On to the food. I would love to try the chocolate dipped cookies. Yummy, chocolate! Oh, sorry!


    Tia 😛

    • Tia,

      Girl, you so funny!! 😆 It's okay to drool over yummy chocolate, I get to live vicariously through you! 😕

      I really do hope this gets resolved soon, can you imagine going through a tasteless holiday season?! 😯

      And yes, I do have a neti pot, I will pull it out and give it another try. I was a bit clumsy with it last year when I bought it (could have been the fact that all my guys were watching and laughing at me! :mrgreen: I bought some Chelated Zinc at my co-op today, hoping it is something as "simple" as a zinc deficiency, if not, I see the hematologist next week so hopefully he can tell me more.

      I am so appreciative of all the great suggestions from everyone, now I have things to start trying, instead of waiting for nothing to happen.



  32. I already follow Katz on twitter.

    Tia 😛

  33. I liked Katz on Facebook.

    Tia 😛

  34. I already like you on Facebook.

    Tia 😛

  35. And, I already follow you on twitter.


    Tia 😛

  36. Heidi,I'm sorry to hear you still can't taste! A friend of mine is also having problems not being able to taste anything but a metallic taste! It's got to be so frustrating. I hope you can get it figured out soon! I just checked out Katz Gluten Free Bake Shoppe and EVERYTHING looks wonderfull!

    But, I would love to try the Chocolate Stripe loaf.

    • Hi Susan!

      Your friend is dealing with this too? Gosh, it is just so bizarre (and uber frustrating)! 😥 If your friend figures it out before I do, will you let me know? I will do the same in return!


      Heidi 😀

  37. Hmmm…so many options! I think I would also enjoy the cinnamon rugelach and probably the raspberry tarts. Anything would be delish, I am sure!

  38. Already like you on FB.

    Could the metallic taste be due to your iron issues? LIke how when you suck your finger when you cut it and the blood tastes metallic (to me at least)?

    • Hi Renee!

      We need to plan another lunch!

      I suppose it could be the iron, I see the hematologist next week so hopefully he can tell me more. I'm trying several of the wonderful suggestions I've received thus far, I am having a hard time doing nothing anymore (it's almost pumpkin season, I need my taste back!!).

  39. Liked Katz on FB too!

  40. I would love to try the honey muffins! I miss muffins since I went GF.

  41. Hi Heidi! I lost my sense of taste a few years ago. I know exactly what you are going through!! Extremely frustrating! Mine was directly related to a medication I took for a fungal infection. My sense of taste returned 6 weeks after I stopped taking the medication. Also..I read that the swab form can cause loss of taste & smell..I spoke to my Dr. about this & he said to only use the Zicam pill or mouth spray. Kinda weird..because Zicam contains zinc. Here's a link to the info warning on the FDA website. This report only talks about loss of smell… but people are also reporting loss of taste.

    Hope you get this figured out & it returns quickly!

    Blessings ~ Teresa

  42. My first thought about your loss of taste and metal taste is pine nuts. Alison at Sure Foods Living ( did some research on it. I think about it every time I cook with pine nuts, but I haven't had a problem yet.

    Whatever the problem, I hope it gets resolved soon.

  43. The chocolate dipped cookies would be wonderful to try!

  44. I follow Katz on twitter@meeyeehere

  45. I follow adventures on twitter@meeyeehere

  46. I like you on FB

    rachel carter crisman

  47. Hi GF Mom!

    Great blog!!!

    I am not entering the contest, but wanted to share this link with you that I found on metal taste in mouth:

    I would speak to your doctor about it if you have not already done so.

    Good luck to you!

    [Got your invite on LinkedIn, but I use that for legal/work contacts. So, I thought I would visit you here, instead.]

  48. sarah deremer says

    I already follow you on FB

  49. sarah deremer says

    Following Katz on FB

  50. sarah deremer says

    Heres an interesting article on your sense of taste.

    Sounds like that sinus infection is the cause or contributor. HTH

  51. sarah deremer says

    Hmmm it all looks so goood! I want to the try the cinnamon regulah.

  52. Shmully - The Katz M says

    Wow! What a beautiful review…the pictures and the review leave me one hungry Katz Man!

    I hope your taste buds clear up soon, so you don't miss out on that great Katz taste.

    Good Luck to all your readers….

    Shmully –

  53. I LOVE ANYTHING with chocolate…so for this chocoholic just hand it over and no one will get hurt…LOL…the cinnamon rugelech looks pretty awesome too!!

  54. I am so happy to come across this bakery, they're located in the town right next to me! We are currently undergoing testing for our 20 month old son for Celiac and would love to try any cookies and sweet treats from Katz's. Thanks for a great blog!

  55. I'd love to try the chocolate strip

  56. I 'liked' Katz on fb

  57. I 'liked' you on fb 🙂

  58. I would love to try the cinnamon things. Sounds good. 🙂

  59. Jennifer C. says

    I would love to try the Oat Challah Rolls. They look great.


  60. Jennifer C. says

    I "Liked" Katz Gluten-Free on Facebook.


  61. Jennifer C. says

    I "Liked” you on Facebook.


  62. I'd love to try the Wholesome bread – when I ordered the sampler pack, it came the day I was traveling out of town. All of it kept in the fridge (I don't know why I didn't put it in the freezer) except the bread.

  63. Surprisingly I want to try a lot of the Katz products but the one I want to try most is the sandwich rolls. I have a local steak and cheese sandwich that is my absolute fave and have missed terribly since being diagnosed 2 weeks ago!

  64. I liked you on FB

  65. I liked Katz on FB

  66. I'm following you on Twitter

  67. I'm following Katz on Twitter

  68. I would love to try the Cinnamon Strip with my morning coffee

  69. I follow katzglutenfree on twitter as @LisaSVance

  70. I follow adventuresgfmom on twitter as @LisaSVance

  71. I like Katz Gluten Free on Facebook as "Lisa Selmon Vance"

  72. I like "Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom" on facebook as "Lisa Selmon Vance"

  73. Susie Bowling says

    Hi Heidi,

    My daughter, Shannon, lost her sense of taste a few years ago when she used Zicam Swabs. It did eventually come back, but it was frustrating (sorry, but I don't know how long it lasted). I have steered clear of Zicam products after her experience. Shannon sent me home from Houston last month with a bag of Bob the Builder Corn and Rice Pasta that she bought for your boys. Are you coming to a potluck for our support group anytime soon? If not, maybe you could stop by sometime to pick it up..or maybe we will have to do lunch… By the way, my husband the computer geek just saw your website and was very impressed (of course, I am too)!! Take care and hope you start tasting again very soon…that has to be very upsetting for a "foodie" like you!! Susie

    • HI Susie!!

      I heard about the Zicam, but I've never used it before (good to know though)!

      What a sweet thing for Shannon to do, I didn't know there was a Bob the Builder gluten-free pasta, the boys will get a kick out of it. I will have to get her address from you so I can send her a thank-you note. 🙂

      I am so sorry I have been absent from the potlucks for the past few months, Summer Saturdays are usually packed full of baseball games, birthday parties and other kid activities, but now that school is back in full swing, my schedule is suddenly open, woo-hoo! I will definitely come to the one this month, it is on the 25th correct (and at the Whole Foods on Carlisle)? Will you and your mom be there?

      Please tell your husband I said thank you for the kind words, I hired a wonderful designer to fix things up for me!


      • Susie Bowling says

        Hi Heidi,

        Yes, the potluck is on Sept. 25th at Whole Foods on Carlisle. I am looking forward to seeing you then! I am sure that my Mom will be there. She has been to more potlucks lately than I have, since I was out of town twice this summer on potluck weekends. I hate to miss the potlucks, but I did enjoy seeing Shannon both times. In case any of your readers are interested in buying Bob the Builder Corn and Rice Pasta for their little ones, it is made in Italy but is distributed by a British company. The website is The pasta is really cute…lots of different "Bob" figures and assorted construction vehicles and pieces of equipment. Shannon got it at the HEB on I-10 and Bunker Hill in Houston, which has become her new favorite store since they carry lots of gluten free items. Shannon and my GF sister, Janet, in the DC area are both amazed by how many gluten free food stores we have in Albuquerque compared with the larger cities where they live.