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CREAM – Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwich shop

Cream is a new type of ice cream shop popping up in the bay area (San Jose, San Mateo, Walnut Creek, Davis, Berkeley and Livermore just to name a few). They offer ice cream sandwiches with your choice of cookie and choice of ice cream center. No more entirely frozen plain jane chocolate chip with vanilla center (unless you really want it). All their cookies and ice cream are homemade.

I had a gluten free snicker doodle and gluten free walnut chocolate chip with soy mint ice cream sandwich. What a treat to have a gluten free and dairy free ice cream sandwich!! They also have vegan cookies to mix with your soy vanilla or soy mint ice cream.

The extra special part was that they warm the cookies before assembling the sandwich. Made for a gooey delicious mess. They have a Facebook page if you want to see some customer creations.




Aunti Gluten’s Bakery (Gluten Free Bakery)

Using the gluten free registry app/site, Aunti Gluten’s Bakery appeared in the area that I would be this past Saturday, so I swung by to check it out. I had a gluten free mint chocolate cupcake with butter cream icing, a snicker doodle cupcake with butter cream icing and a Nutter Butter cupcake. All were deliciously moist, a little crumbly but a stand up gluten free cupcake all around.

Aunti Gluten’s is a dedicated gluten free bakery located at 4290 Stanley Blvd, Pleasanton, CA. When you walk in, you can see right on the shelf all of the ingredients they use. They make gluten free cakes by order and will cater based on other dietary needs (like dairy free). They bake cupcakes fresh every day except for Saturdays so stop by if you are in the area.

Aunti Gluten’s

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Pamela’s Brownie Mix Gluten Free


Product: Gluten Free Pamela’s chocolate Brownies Mix
Buy again: Maybe, I’ve had better luck with Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Moist
  • Not grainy
  • When making this, I had some issues with done-ness. Be sure to cook it long enough and with the right pan and oven temperature.


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All But Gluten – Gluten Free Brownies

All But Gluten – A New Brand of Gluten Free Products

There is a new brand of gluten free products in the grocery stores. This Indiana brand has made it’s mark and it’s way all the way to the west coast.

20140129-080554.jpgProduct: Gluten Free Brownies by All But Gluten
What I paid: $5.79
Buy again: Yes and I’d like to try there other products
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • North American made
  • Chocolaty
  • Comparable to the brownie bites other brands make
  • They are on the dryer side of the brownie spectrum
  • They crumble easily (see photo below) – great as a chocolate crumble over fresh strawberries
  • The texture is has a slight grainy feel but can be chalked up to dryness and not the ingredients

Crumbles easily


Made in Indiana and Canada


The BEST Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle (Red House Bakery)

By far the BEST gluten free chocolate crinkle is from Red House Bakery. These moist, thick, chewy and oh so chocolatey cookies are sold at Pacific Cookie Co in Santa Cruz. There is rarely a day old found for these cookies – maybe because I buy all of them every time I go! They freeze well and thaw quickly.

Red House Bakery makes a good gluten free chocolate chip cookie (again moist and chewy) and a decent snicker doodle with the cream of tartar bite, but when compared to the chocolate crinkle, there is no competition.

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Sunflourbaking Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy

Sunflourbaking Gluten Free Gingerbread BoyProduct: Sunflourbaking Gluten Free Gingerbread Boy
What I paid: $??
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

This gingerbread cookie from sunflourbaking was a random purchase in a local shop in Carmel, CA along Ocean Ave.

  • Comes in a sealed package
  • Moist, even two days after purchase
  • Large portion!
  • A little crumbly but that’s to be expected from a GF cookie
  • Great flavors
  • Was not in the shape of a gingerbread man but just a large thick round cookie

I’m curious about which ingredients in the cookie makes it a complete protein.

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Kinnikinnick Pumpkin Spice Gluten Free Donut

Product: Kinnikinnick Pumpkin Spice Donut
KINNIKINNICK Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice DonutPrice: $6.59 for 6 donuts
 Buy again: No.
 Recommend to friends: No. I would recommend other brands like Glutino Chocolate Gluten Free Donuts or if you live in San Francisco or Oakland, the most chocolatey gluten free donuts are from Mariposa Bakery.

The reviews were great for these donuts so perhaps I had pretty high hopes for them. They come frozen and heating them up has been a huge challenge. Half of the donut becomes burning hot and the other side is still frozen – probably more to do with my microwave oven than the donut – but no matter the temperature of the donut, they just never satisfied my craving.

They are dense, and weren’t grainy nor overly sweet. The pumpkin spice is light. As you can see from the picture, 30 second microwave (adjusting position half way through) doesn’t melt the icing. If heated too long though, it will bubble and become caramelized.

I found that heating for 10-15 seconds, then cutting it into fourths and heating for another 10-15 seconds produced the most even heating.

KINNIKINNICK Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Donut