Friday, January 30, 2015

Gigi's Cupcakes - Orlando

Last night, my daughters and I attended a gluten free cupcake tasting at Gigi's Cupcakes on East Colonial Drive.  The cupcakery is located in the Colonial Plaza Marketcenter, a short distance from Fashion Square Mall.  

Gigi's Cupcakes recently launched a new Gluten Free Every Day menu with three gluten free cupcakes offered every day.  The Orlando store also offers the triple chocolate torte cupcake every day, which is flourless.  

The Gigi's on Colonial bakes their gluten free cupcakes fresh every morning before any gluten-filled products are made, and they are baked in darker wrappers to differentiate them from gluten-filled cupcakes.  They are stored on the top shelf of the display case to prevent cross contamination.  The gluten free flour blend they use contains ingredients like rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and guar gum.  Update - I recently learned that Gigi's uses Bloomfield Farms Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix.  

Gigi's has a pretty typical disclaimer, like most restaurants do, to protect themselves from liability.  Even though they have had no negative feedback from customers who have celiac, each person must make their own determination whether they feel comfortable eating cupcakes made in a shared kitchen, where there is the potential for cross contamination.  

Last night, Gigi's had gluten free mini cupcakes for us to sample.  I tried the Midnight Magic (chocolate cake with dark chocolate chips, topped with a chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate chips), Miss Princess (white cake baked with fresh strawberries, topped with a cream cheese frosting,  pink sugar crystals, and a pink fondant crown), Wedding Cake (white cake topped with vanilla buttercream frosting, and sprinkled with white nonpareils), and the Triple Chocolate Torte (rich, dark chocolate cake with a brownie texture, baked without flour, topped with a chocolate ganache rose and powdered sugar).  

My favorite might have been the Miss Princess, but I also loved the Midnight Magic, and the Triple Chocolate Torte.  They were moist and flavorful, and their frostings weren't overly sweet, like most cupcakeries.  The Wedding Cake, Gigi's best seller, was a little too plain for my taste.   

Other gluten free cupcake flavors include the Birthday Surprise (white cake with fluffy, pink buttercream frosting and colorful sprinkles), White Midnight Magic (chocolate cake with dark chocolate chips, topped with a white cream cheese frosting and chocolate chips), Strawberry Shortcake (white cake baked with fresh strawberries, topped with a strawberry buttercream frosting and red sugar crystals), Lemon Dream Supreme (lemon cake with lemon buttercream frosting and a candied lemon slice), and Chocolate Salted Caramel (chocolate cake filled with caramel, topped with caramel frosting and dipped in ganache, with a pinch of sea salt on top).  

Gigi's offers three levels of frosting for their cupcakes - the rosette, pedestal, and Gigi's signature swirl.  If I was special ordering traditional size cupcakes, I would definitely be choosing the rosette, because I believe that less is more when it comes to frosting.  

Gigi's also makes gluten free banana nut chocolate chip, blueberry streusel swirl, and pumpkin white chocolate bread.  The gluten free breads are made every day, and the selection varies by store.  If you want a particular flavor, you can special order it.  

My family has actually stopped in at Gigi's Cupcakes before, and had some of their full size cupcakes.  You can read my previous review here, but keep in mind that the information is outdated.  

There were some other bloggers at the event that can eat gluten, so they were called on to taste test the gluten free and gluten filled cupcakes.  They all enjoyed the gluten free cupcakes, and sometimes even preferred them over the gluten-filled ones. 

Gluten free mini cupcakes are only available by special order, which you can place by calling 407-893-9846. I enjoyed the mini cupcakes I sampled so much, I am already trying to figure out what special event I will be ordering them for. 

As far as price goes, Gigi's does not charge more for its gluten free cupcakes, unlike other local cupcakeries. 

You can follow Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

I was invited to the gluten free cupcake tasting event at Gigi's Cupcakes last night, where I enjoyed some complimentary cupcakes, but all of the opinions contained in this review are entirely my own.  

What are your favorite gluten free cupcakes at Gigi's Cupcakes?  

Pizza Hut Gluten Free Pizza

On Monday, 2,400 Pizza Huts around the nation starting offering gluten free pizza that was created in partnership with Udi's.  The plan is to continue to roll it out across the country based on consumer demand, so if your local Pizza Hut does not carry the new gluten free pizza, ask them to.  You can fill out a request form here.  

Yesterday, my daughters and I headed to our local Pizza Hut on Maguire Boulevard near Fashion Square Mall.  You can click here for a list of Pizza Hut restaurants currently carrying the gluten free pizza, which includes 23 stores in Orlando 

I rarely eat pizza at restaurants because of the risk of cross contamination, but Pizza Hut is making gluten free cheese, and cheese & pepperoni pizza on Udi's certified gluten free crust, using procedures that are certified by GIG, the Gluten Intolerance Group.  On Pizza Hut's website, which you can view here, they have answers to questions you might have about their gluten free pizza.  I also suggest that you read the blog posts written by Celiac and the Beast and the Celiac Diva, who had a chance to visit Pizza Hut headquarters, ask lots of questions, and see how the pizza is made.  

When I opened my menu at my local Pizza Hut, I saw what I was looking for.  Our waitress made me a little nervous, because she seemed to have no clue what I was talking about when I mentioned the gluten free pizza.  It turns out, she hadn't worked in a week, so I was her first customer asking about it.  When I ordered my pizza easy on the sauce, with cheese and pepperoni, she asked if I wanted any additional toppings, but I didn't order any, because of the risk of cross contamination.  The crust, marinara, cheese, and pepperoni come in a designated gluten free kit, but other toppings, even if they are naturally gluten free, might be cross contaminated, so it wasn't worth the risk to me.   

Our waitress delivered my pizza to our table in a special box designated for gluten free pizzas.  The pizza is 10" and feeds one or two people depending on your appetite.  I easily finished the whole pizza, which was the perfect size for me.  I use Udi's pizza crusts at home to make four cheese pesto pizza, and rosemary garlic flatbread to go with my white bean hummus, so I knew to expect a thin crust pizza when I went to Pizza Hut.  

I didn't go in expecting much, because I prefer to eat white pizzas without red sauce.  Before I was diagnosed with celiac, I did enjoy an occasional Pizza Hut personal pan pizza, but I always ordered them very light on the sauce.  My pizza was good, but I did lift up the cheese and scrape off as much sauce as I could.  I could have ordered it without sauce, but I decided to try it easy on the sauce for my first visit.  Besides the edges, which were a little overcooked, I enjoyed the pizza crust.  My pizza had just the right amount of cheese, and I really liked the pepperoni.  Diana, who prepared my pizza, came out and asked what I thought about it, and apologized for how my pizza was cut.  She said she is getting used to cutting the 10" pizzas.  Overall, I was impressed, and would definitely eat the pizza again.

I have been getting a lot of feedback from my blog readers about Pizza Hut's gluten free pizza.  The general consensus is that they enjoy it.  Some feel that it is too expensive, but others said the price was reasonable.  I paid $11.14 for my pizza with cheese and pepperoni.  Some felt that it is too small, while others thought it was a great size.  Pizza Hut's gluten free pizza serves one or two people, and is cut into 6 slices.  I would say that I am a pretty big eater, and it was the perfect amount of pizza for me.  Several people told me that they thought it was overcooked along the edges.  Since the crust doesn't rise, one blog reader even suggested that Pizza Hut spread the cheese all the way to the edges to prevent it from burning.  I wouldn't say that my pizza was burnt anywhere, but I do wish the edges had been a little less cooked.  At home, when making pizza with Chebe, I do spread my toppings all the way to the edges of the pizza, because I feel the crust cooks better around the outside of the pizza that way.

I think it's great that Pizza Hut has listened to its customers, and teamed up with Udi's and the Gluten Intolerance Group to make a safe, certified gluten free pizza.  A lot of my blog readers have been mentioning that they eat pizza at Domino's, which concerns me if they have celiac.  I have heard great things about Domino's crust, but because of a high risk of cross contamination, they do not recommend their pizza for customers with celiac disease.  If you have celiac and eat pizza at Domino's, please check out what they have to say about the safety of their pizza on their website.

I don't foresee myself eating the gluten free pizza at Pizza Hut that often, because we make amazing pizza at home, but it's nice to know I have the option.  My daughters occasionally bring home free pizza certificates to Pizza Hut from school for meeting their reading goals.  In the past, I have told my family to go to Pizza Hut without me, but now I can join them.  I am also looking forward to having the option to go to Pizza Hut for a safe meal when we are on our summer road trips.

Have you tried Pizza Hut's new gluten free pizza?  What did you think?  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jillycakes - Winter Park

My daughters and I first learned about Jillycakes from Cupcake Wars, which founder Jillian Hopke won in Season 6.  Jillycakes started off as an online business, but they recently opened a storefront in Winter Park, a couple of doors down from Trader Joe's.  

JIllycakes takes all the right precautions to protect their gluten free customers.  They bake gluten free cupcakes first thing in the morning, before they make gluten-filled cupcakes.  They use separate bowls and pans, and only cook gluten free cupcakes on the top shelf of the oven.  For flour, Jillycakes uses a proprietary blend created by local Winter Park chef Bob Aungst.  

Jillycakes makes two different varieties of gluten free cupcakes per day, and they are stored on the top shelf of their cupcake case on their own tray.  

Yesterday, the gluten free flavors of the day were caramel churro and peaches & cream.  

You have to check out Jillycakes on Instagram, where they regularly feature pictures of their gluten free cupcakes.  Recent flavors of the day include white chocolate raspberry, Boston cream, creamsicle, chocolate peanut butter cup, butter toffee crunch, strawberry shortcake, vanilla bean, lemon raspberry, s'mores, mocha latte, strawberry lemonade, white chocolate macadamia nut, root beer float, key lime pie, chocolate peanut butter banana, strawberry cheesecake, and caramel apple.  

Yesterday, I ordered the gluten free caramel churro cupcake.  When I explained that I have celiac and cannot eat gluten, the gentleman who helped me changed his gloves before touching my cupcake.  This cupcake is a fried cupcake, but no need to worry about cross contamination, because the gluten free cupcakes are fried first, in their own pot.  

I loved the top of my cupcake, which had been fried, then dipped in cinnamon sugar, so it definitely had that churro flavor I was looking for.  My biggest complaint about cupcakeries is that they tend to use too much frosting, and it is usually too sweet for me, but Jillycakes used the perfect amount of frosting for presentation and taste.  My only complaint is that I thought my cupcake was a little on the dry side.  

I hope to visit Jillycakes again soon when they are making chocolate cupcakes, which are always my favorite.

You can read more about Jillycakes on their website here, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see their daily gluten free offerings.

Jillycakes might be the most creative cupcakery I have visited in Orlando, and I thought their prices were very reasonable.  A box of four cupcakes, three gluten-filled and one gluten-free, was just $10 plus tax.

What are your favorite gluten free cupcakes at Jillycakes?  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Cheesecake Factory

This review was last updated October 7, 2017

On Sunday, I had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in Winter Park Village with my daughters and Nina, our international student.  

Since I was diagnosed with celiac, we have dined at The Cheesecake Factory in Winter Park several times, and the restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens.  

Items that can be made gluten free are now marked on the menu with "GF Upon Request," which is a change they have made since my last visit.  The Cheesecake Factory has a very large menu, and there a good number of dishes that can be made gluten free, including the sweet corn tamale cakes, Caesar salad, Cobb salad, herb crusted salmon salad, old fashioned burger, mushroom burger, Americana cheeseburger, grilled turkey burger, shepherd's pie, lemon-herb roasted chicken, four cheese pasta, pasta carbonara, Evelyn's favorite pasta, fettuccini with chicken & sun-dried tomatoes, farfalle with chicken & roasted garlic, shrimp with angel hair, chargrilled coulotte steak, Steak Diane, grilled rib-eye steak, filet mignon, farm fresh eggs, Factory create an omelette, California omelette, and the spinach, mushroom, bacon & cheese omelette.  Side dishes that can be prepared gluten free include french fries made in a dedicated fryer, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn succotash, and sauteed spinach.  There might be other menu items that can be prepared gluten free, but I did not take pictures of all the pages in their menu, and gluten free options are not listed online.  

We purposely went in for lunch on Sunday, because Felicia, one of my blog readers and a fellow celiac, was working that day.  While my girls devoured the amazing gluten-filled bread that The Cheesecake Factory serves, Felicia brought me an Udi's bun with butter, which is toasted separately to avoid cross contaimination.  

In the past, I have always ordered the sweet corn tamale cakes, which are amazing, but on Sunday, my daughter Katie and I decided to split an order of gluten free carbonara with smoked bacon, green peas, chicken, and a garlic-parmesan cream sauce.  The Cheesecake Factory uses Heartland Gluten Free Fusilli, and cooks it in it's own water to avoid cross contamination.  Heartland makes a great gluten free pasta, and ours was cooked al dente, just like I like it.  I love carbonara, and this dish did not disappoint.  It had plenty of bacon, and I loved the addition of the peas.  The sauce was so delicious, and had a subtle peppery kick.  My only complaint was that our pasta was over-sauced, but it didn't take away my enjoyment of the dish.  I prefer the Italian method of tossing pasta with just enough sauce to coat it.  

For dessert, the four of us split a piece of Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, which is a flourless Godiva chocolate cake, topped with Godiva chocolate cheesecake, and chocolate mousse.  There is nothing not to love about this dessert.  The portion is generous, the taste is heavenly, and it's chocolate, which I adore.  Cheesecakes can be a little heavy for my liking, but this one was just perfect.  

The cheesecakes are not made in-house, but come from North Carolina, individually wrapped.  Gloves are changed, and clean utensils are used when serving it.  Every part of my order was marked as an "allergy" by Felicia, so the kitchen would know to take proper precautions.

Felicia works on weekends, so be sure to ask for her if you go to The Cheesecake Factory in Winter Park.

You can view The Cheesecake Factory's menu on their website here, but gluten free items are not currently marked online.  In Orlando, there is also a restaurant in The Mall at Millenia.

January 28, 2015

I spoke to someone at The Cheesecake Factory's corporate office today about the gluten free Godiva chocolate cheesecake, because I read on another blog that the product contains wheat husk.  I learned that The Cheesecake Factory does regularly test the cheesecake to make sure that it is below 20 ppm.  Cross contamination is a possibility in individual restaurants because it is stored in the same display case as gluten-filled cheesecakes.  The product does not contain wheat husk or any other other gluten-containing ingredients, but the snow on top of the Godiva cheesecake is manufactured in a shared facility where products with wheat are made.  Another issue I saw discussed online was that Godiva says on their website that they do not guarantee that any of their products are gluten free, but I was told today by The Cheesecake Factory's corporate office that Godiva considers the chocolate they make for this cheesecake to be gluten free.  The Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake is the only menu item that I saw that just has a GF symbol, instead of GF upon request.

October 7, 2017 Update

Earlier today, we had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory in San Jose, California.  As on our last visit, gluten free options are designated on their menu.  I told our server that I had celiac disease, and asked her to note my order as gluten free.  About ten minutes after we ordered, she came back to the table and told me that her manager wanted me to know that they cannot guarantee the safety of my food because there is flour in the air in their kitchen.  I know that I risk getting glutened every time I eat at a restaurant with a shared kitchen, but I don't need to be reminded of that, especially when it is not accompanied by an assurance that they will take precautions to avoid cross contamination.  If it were not for my family, I would have walked out at that point.

I ordered sweet corn tamale cakes, which were a little dry, and the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake, which was good, but super rich, and not what I was in the mood for today.  Our server was very nice, but because I did not love my food, and the poor customer service from their manager, who could have taken the time to visit our table and talk to me, we will not be back.

What are your favorite gluten free dishes at The Cheesecake Factory?  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Hopping Pot - Universal Studios Florida

Yesterday, we stopped at The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.

We usually buy Frozen Butterbeer from the Fountain of Fair Fortune in Diagon Alley, but I wanted to try Otter's Fizzy Orange Juice, which isn't available there.  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Emeril's Tchoup Chop - Universal Orlando

Today, we had lunch at Emeril's Tchoup Chop at Universal Orlando.  The restaurant is located at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, which is a short walk from Universal's Islands of Adventure.  

A couple of years ago, before I started my blog, we had dinner at Tchoup Chop, and I had one of the best salmon dishes I have ever had in a restaurant, so I was excited to go back.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs

Last month, a box of Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs arrived at my house.  I was really excited to try them, because of all the rave reviews I was seeing on social media from other gluten free bloggers.   

Foster Farms Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs are certified gluten free by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).  They feature a 100% chicken frank dipped twice in a honey crunchy batter.  

The first corn dog I tried was heated in the microwave for 40 seconds.  I don't have anything to compare it to, because I had never eaten a corn dog in my entire life until the Foster Farms corn dogs arrived.  I was really impressed, because it reminded me of a quality hot dog covered in a sweet corn bread.  My husband liked it too, and was shocked when I told him the franks were made of chicken.  

The real test came when I fed them to my daughters and my Chinese international student, while my husband was in Europe.  This time, I decided to cook them in the oven on a parchment covered baking sheet for 18 minutes at 350 degrees.

My daughters did a lot of whining when I told them what we were having for dinner, even though they had never tried a corn dog before.  The whining instantly stopped after the first bite.  All my ladies asked for ketchup, and gave Foster Farms gluten free corn dogs a big thumbs up.  My twins, who I thought would only eat one, asked to split one of the extra corn dogs I made.  

My only beef with Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs is that they don't contain non-GMO corn.  As a family, we don't buy all organic or non-GMO products, but I do try to avoid genetically modified corn.  Each corn dog is only 180 calories, and as far as allergens go, they contain soy and eggs.

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs are available nationwide at many retailers, including: Safeway (Safeway, Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb), Kroger (Kroger, Frys, Smiths), Raleys, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodmans, Copps/Roundy's, Schnucks, Food Lion, HyVee, and Marsh.  I hope to see Publix added to this list soon.

Foster Farms sent me a complimentary box of gluten free corn dogs to review, but all the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Have you tried Foster Farms new gluten free honey crunchy corn dogs?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Swoffle - Gluten Free Stroopwafels

Yesterday, I sampled a Swoffle for the first time.  A Swoffle is a gluten free caramel-filled waffle cookie, also known as a stroopwafel in the Netherlands.  

Swoffles are made with an organic gluten free flour blend of rice and tapioca flours, organic tapioca syrup, organic cane sugar, organic palm fruit oil, butter, liquid whole eggs, molasses, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, baking soda and nutmeg.  Swoffles do not contain GMO ingredients, and are free of wheat, corn, nuts, and soy, but they have an allergen warning that they contain milk and eggs.  Each Swoffle is 150 calories.  

I am sure that a Swoffle would be amazing with a cup of coffee or tea.  They are the perfect size to sit on top of a steaming beverage to warm them up, but I found them incredibly delicious enjoyed on their own.  

Swoffles have the perfect amount of creamy caramel in the center, and they have a lovely texture and chew.  I especially liked the hint of cinnamon I tasted in every bite, and that they were not overly sweet.  

I enjoyed my Swoffles so much, I haven't shared any with my family yet.  I plan on ordering a box when I am done writing this review, so maybe I will let my family try one when they arrive...or maybe I will hide them!  :-)

Swoffles are one of the best gluten free cookies I have ever tasted.  Because they are individually wrapped, they make for a great on the go snack, especially if you are going to a coffee shop.

You can purchase Swoffles on their website here.

Swoffle sent me three complimentary Dutch waffle cookies, but the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

You can follow Swoffle on Facebook and Instagram.  

Smallcakes - Winter Park

Before Christmas break, my family visited Smallcakes in Winter Park, after having grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch at Toasted.  

Smallcakes has gluten free cupcakes available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, but they can bake a dozen cupcakes for a special order any day of the week.  (update - gluten free cupcakes are now available every day!)

My blog readers frequently message me about where they can get great gluten free cupcakes in Orlando.  I usually refer them to my private Facebook group, Gluten Free in Orlando, because I seldom buy cupcakes, preferring to make them instead.  Baking cupcakes from scratch is not my thing, but there are some great gluten free mixes that my whole family loves, and I always make my own frosting.  Smallcakes did not have any gluten free cupcakes on display, but they put together a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting for me in the back.  

At Smallcakes, they always make their gluten free cupcakes first thing in the morning with clean pans, in an effort to protect against cross contamination, which seems to be the standard practice for the bakeries in Orlando that have gluten free and gluten-filled cupcakes.  I have had gluten free cupcakes locally from Sweet by Holly, Gigi's Cupcakes, BabyCakes (reopening soon with a new name in Downtown Disney), Raphsodic Bakery, All from Scratch Bakery, Jillycakes, and Mattie's Delectable Desserts.  Smallcakes has one of the best cakes, rivaled only by Gigi's and Sweet by Holly.  All three cupcakeries make incredibly moist chocolate cupcakes, but their frosting is very different.  Sweet's is definitely sweeter than Gigi's or Smallcakes.  I feel that less is more when it comes to frosting, and I don't like it to be overly sweet.

If you are worried about cross contamination, BabyCakes is the only bakery in Orlando that is 100% gluten free.  I have never had an issue with feeling glutened by any of the bakeries I mentioned above.  They all take precautions to keep those with celiac and gluten intolerance safe, but the potential for cross-contamination always exists in a facility that makes both gluten-filled and gluten-free baked goods.

Smallcakes makes gluten free chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, and they can add any topping/frosting except the cookies-n-cream or the cannoli, because they contain gluten.  My family sampled some of the gluten-filled cupcakes and really enjoyed them, so we will definitely be going back next time we eat at Toasted on the weekend.

Smallcakes is located on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park, a couple of doors down from Whole Foods.

February 1, 2014 Update

Smallcakes in Winter Park is now offering gluten free cupcakes every day.  They will have their regular size "Smallcakes" cupcakes, and also minis in a pack of 4, 6, 8, or 12.  

I stopped in today to pick up 12 chocolate mini cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  It took a couple of minutes for them to be made up in the back.  Minis are usually $2/each, but a dozen is discounted to $21.  Gluten free standard size and mini cupcakes are 25 cents more per cupcake than their gluten-filled counterparts, which I think is reasonable, considering the higher cost of gluten free flour.  At home, I like to make mini muffins for portion control, so I was really excited to hear that Smallcakes will be making mini cupcakes daily.  The chocolate cake was nice and moist, and my whole family enjoyed them.

Have you been to a Smallcakes cupcakery?  What are your favorite gluten free cupcakes?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mythos Restaurant - Universal's Islands of Adventure

Since we moved to Orlando 6 1/2 years ago, we have purchased annual passes to Universal Orlando three times.  I was excited to buy them again before Christmas, so I could begin to review some restaurants at Universal on my blog.  

Mythos Restaurant has always been our favorite theme park restaurant at Universal.  It is located in the Lost Continent in Universal's Islands of Adventure.  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Raglan Road Brunch - Downtown Springs

Today, I had brunch at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant with my friends Sarah and Amanda from Gluten-Free & Dairy Free at WDW and Eating Out...Without.

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch is served from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread

A couple of months ago, I learned that Walkers was introducing a line of gluten free shortbread cookies.  I was a big fan of Walkers before my celiac diagnosis, so I was very excited to try their new cookies.    

Walkers gluten free shortbread cookies are certified gluten free, contain the same butter and sugar content as their regular shortbread, and contain no artificial flavorings, colorings, or preservatives.  The wheat flour has been replaced by a blend of rice flour, potato starch, and maize flour.  

When my gluten free variety pack of Walkers shortbread arrived from amazon, we decided to try the chocolate chip first.  Everyone in my family gave them a big thumbs up.  The consistency is just how I remember them being from my gluten-eating days, they are buttery, and they contain the perfect amount of chocolate chips.  

Next, I decided to try the gluten free shortbread rounds.  Without the distraction of chocolate chips, the pure buttery wonder of these cookies shines through.  Earlier today, I tried the ginger and lemon shortbread, which I enjoyed, but would not buy again, simply because I like the other two varieties better.  Out of the three, I think I probably liked the chocolate chip shortbread the best, with the shortbread rounds a very close second, but it is hard to say, because I did not sample them on the same day.  

Walkers gluten free shortbread rounds contain flour blend (rice, potato starch, maize, xanthan gum), butter, sugar, and salt.  Allergen warning: contains milk; may contain traces of tree nuts.  

Walkers chocolate chip shortbread cookies contain milk and soy, and may contain traces of tree nuts.  

The ginger and lemon shortbread cookies contain milk, and may contain traces of tree nuts.

You can read more about Walkers gluten free shortbread cookies on Walkers' website here.

April 7, 2015 Update

The Fresh Market on Mills Avenue is now carrying Walkers gluten free shortbread rounds.

June 13, 2015 Update - World Market in Winter Garden also has Walkers gluten free shortbread cookies.
 What is your favorite variety of Walkers gluten free shortbread?