Monday, February 3, 2014

Where to Shop for Gluten Free Products in Orlando

I am frequently asked by people who will be traveling to the Theme Park Capital of the World about the best places to buy gluten free products and dine out in Orlando.  I have written many blog posts about my dining experiences at Disney and around Orlando, but I haven't written a blog post about where to buy gluten free products until now.

I recently stopped at Chamberlin's in Winter Park to pick up some Schar Vanilla Sandwich Cremes for my daughter Emma.  While I was there, I wrote down a list of some of the gluten free brands they carry.  I shop more frequently at Whole Foods and The Fresh Market because they are closer to my house, but Chamberlin's in Winter Park has the best selection of gluten free products in Orlando.  You can view Chamberlin's other locations in the Orlando area here.  

I was happy to see that they are now carrying Bakery on Main Blueberry Scone Instant Oatmeal.  You can read more about Bakery on Main's instant oatmeals here.  

Those of you who regularly follow my Facebook page and read my blog know that I love making gluten free pizza with Chebe.  Chamberlin's has a great selection of Chebe products.  You can read more about my pizza experiments with Chebe here.  

While at Chamberlin's, I picked up a box of one of my favorite gluten free cookies.  Andean Dream Cocoa-Orange Quinoa Cookies are non-GMO, vegan, and free of gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts.  Each cookie is individually packaged, which makes them great on the go treats.  

I also purchased two different certified gluten free Frontier Soups at Chamberlin's.  I am looking forward to trying them.  Chamberlin's also stocks gluten free products from the following brands -- Pamela's, Kinnikinnick, Authentic Foods, XO Baking Company, Ener G, Cherrybrooke Kitchen, Glutino, Namaste Foods, Better Batter, Wholesome Cravings, Bella Gluten-Free, Mina's Purely Divine Gluten-Free, Mrs. Glee's, Enjoy Life, Kind, King Arthur, Udi's, Purely Elizabeth, Van's, Lucy's Cookies, Mary's Gone Crackers, Schar, Mi-Del, Wellaby's, Orgran, Blue Diamond, Crunchmaster, Bionaturae, Tinkyada, Mrs. Leeper's, Explore Asian Bean Pastas, Nature's Path, Erewhon, Arrowhead Mills, Glutenfreeda, Late July, Way Better Snacks, Conte's, Rudi's, Katz, Jovial, Bob's Red Mill, etc.  I put in a request for them to carry BiAglut, my favorite pasta, and I need to request they stock Grandma's House Biscuits.  They are so ridiculously good!  

A new favorite store of mine is The Fresh Market on North Mills Avenue.  It's less than a ten minute drive from my house, and carries my favorite DeLallo Gluten Free Gnocchi.  When I need a quick and easy dinner, I cook two boxes of gnocchi, heat up a container Scarpetta Tuscan Vodka Sauce, and microwave a bag of frozen peas.  In less than ten minutes, we have an awesome dinner on the table.  You can read more about DeLallo gluten free gnocchi here.   The Fresh Market clearly labels all of their gluten free products and even has their own line of gluten free mixes.  I love TFM brand chicken stock and gluten free breadcrumbs.  

I also buy Cup 4 Cup Gluten Free Flour at The Fresh Market.  It's a couple of dollars cheaper than buying it at Williams-Sonoma.  If you live south of Orlando or are staying at the theme parks, there is a The Fresh Market location on Dr. Phillips Boulevard.  If you live north of the city, there is a store in Altamonte Springs on North State Road 434.  The Fresh Market is now my preferred location for buying meat.  Tomorrow, I will be heading there to take advantage of their $2.99 Tuesday specials on chicken breasts and ground chuck.  You can check out all their weekly specials here.  The Fresh Market will be opening a new store in Winter Springs on February 12th in the Red Willow Plaza shopping center on Red Bug Lake.  They have also signed a lease to open a new store in Lake Mary.  

Since moving to Orlando, I have regularly visited the Whole Foods Market on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park.  If you are staying near the theme parks, there is a much bigger store on Turkey Lake Road.  I have also heard that Whole Foods will be opening a new store in Altamonte soon, and a larger store in Winter Park is planned at the intersection of Lee Road and U.S. 17-92.  I just made the short trip to my local Whole Foods the other day to stock up on NuGo Dark, Pure Organic, and Kind Bars.  Both Whole Foods in Orlando have a great selection of gluten free products.  

The final store I buy gluten free products at in Orlando is my local Publix.  I purchase my favorite gluten free wraps, Boar's Head meats and cheeses, Bob's Red Mill gluten free flours, and many other gluten free products at Publix.  The Publix in Baldwin Park has a small gluten free section in addition to the gluten free products that can found all throughout the store.  Gluten free items are clearly marked to aid in your shopping experience.  On a final note, I love shopping at Publix because the people who work there are so incredibly friendly.  Everyone says hello, everyone is helpful, and everyone has a smile on their face.  My Publix even tops Disney in customer service.

Publix even has a list of gluten free Publix brand products.  You can view it here.

May 26, 2014 Update - Target

I have recently started shopping at the Sodo SuperTarget on West Grant Street, but there are several Super Targets in the city.  Products I buy at SuperTarget include EVOL gluten free frozen meals, GoPicnic ready-to-eat gluten free meals, Krave Jerky, and Barilla gluten free penne.  Other stores in Orlando have EVOL products, but SuperTarget has the best selection.  SuperTarget does not have gluten free labels on their shelves, so you have to do a bit of searching for gluten free products.  There is a SuperTarget near Disney World in Kissimmee. 

July 7, 2014 Update -- Target is now carrying four varieties of Bakery on Main oatmeal, including my two favorite flavors, the blueberry scone and the maple multigrain muffin.  

June 28, 2014 Update - Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's opened it's first store in Orlando yesterday.  It's located in Winter Park on N. Orlando Avenue, near the intersection with Morse Boulevard.  April 2015 Update - a second store has opened in the Dr. Phillips area on Sand Lake Road, which is close to the theme parks.  

Trader Joe's sells some really great gluten free cookies for a reasonable price.  You can read my review here

Last night, I purchased Trader's Joe's Gluten Free Mac & Cheese, Gin Gins Original Ginger Chews, and some cereal for my husband.  

Update - We liked the Mac & Cheese, but had to cook it longer than suggested on the package to soften the noodles.  

We had a hard time parking, and the store was so crowded, I didn't want to stay for long.  I will be heading back in a week or two after the crowds die down a bit.  Some of my blog readers have recommended Trader Joe's gluten free pasta, cupcakes, and pizza, in addition to their cookies.

You can pick up a "No Gluten Ingredients Used" list at the counter next to the cash registers.  The list can also be viewed online here.

August 28, 2014 Update - Walmart Neighborhood Market, Aldi, and Costco

A Walmart Neighborhood Market just opened on Semoran right outside of Baldwin Park.  They have a huge gluten free section, in addition to the gluten free products scattered throughout the store.  

In the past, I have purchased Let's Do...Gluten Free Ice Cream Cones from Whole Foods or The Fresh Market, but Walmart sells Goldbaum's gluten free cones for just $2.28/box.  They are free of soy, gluten, dairy, and nuts.  

Just this week, I found Chobani Indulgent Banana & Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt at Walmart.  I am so in love with this blended banana yogurt with little pieces of dark chocolate.  Usually, I eat yogurt for breakfast or lunch, but I might start eating this one for dessert.  

Thanks to my Walmart Neighborhood Market, I tried Schar Hazelnut Wafers, which are now my favorite store-bought gluten free cookies.  You can't eat just one!  :-)

Many of my local grocery stores carry Barilla gluten free pasta, but my Walmart Neighborhood Market is the only one that carries the rotini, penne, spaghetti, and elbows.  

At Aldi, back in May, I started purchasing some of their new liveGfree products, which will soon be in stores every day, according to their Facebook page.  Just this week, I found the pepperoni pizza and the southwest veggie stuffed sandwiches back in stock after a couple months absence.  I purchased 4 boxes of the stuffed sandwiches for less than $11.  My kids love the pepperoni pizza, and I love the southwest veggie.  I also saw gluten free pretzels for $2.49, and sea salt multiseed snack crackers for $1.49, when I stopped in at the Aldi on Aloma in Winter Park. 

We also purchase gluten free products at the Costco in Winter Park.  They carry a wide variety of gluten free products, including Udi's whole grain bread, chicken nuggets, Crunchmaster crackers, Larabar & Kind bars, Tasty Bite Channa Masala and Madras Lentils, Pirate's Booty, Boom Chicka Pop, Chex, Pop Chips, Late July chips, chicken stock, Earthly Choice quinoa pasta, kale & mozzarella chicken burgers, baked spinach quinoa cakes, Kirkland shampoo & conditioner, etc.   

We love the Kirkland Seasoned Rotisserie Chicken, which is marked gluten free, and contains no preservatives or MSG. Costco's rotisserie chickens are inexpensive, huge, and are never dry or overcooked.  We also buy fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables, Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers (our international student Nina loves them), Sahale Snacks nut and fruit blends, Tasty Bite packs for our daughters, vitamins, and a variety of other products.

Where do you shop for gluten free products in Orlando?


  1. Just had the greatest GF treat ever. Walmart has introduced their own new line up of GF brownies, cookies and I think muffins as well. They are under the "Bakery..Baked with Pride" label in Walmart. SOOOOO GOOD...I had to share this find!!