This part of my life began when my very sick partner was diagnosed with Celiac. Even the slightest exposure to gluten can make him very ill for several days, so I have pursued gluten-free options with thorough aggression. In the U.S. a recent surge of gluten awareness means we have more choices than ever, but it still means hunting and analyzing and tracking down parent companies. After several years now of doing so, I want to share my tricks and tips with others who are still struggling.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gluten-Free Featured Product: Nutella


A regular postings of gluten-free products that I use myself and are available in my local grocery store.  You can check your local store for these items, order them online, or ask your store to stock them. I do not have any relationship with the companies in question, nor do I receive any form of compensation for these reviews. Gluten-Free status is based on information from the manufacturer, the current Cecelia's Marketplace shopping guide and personal experience, and may change if the company changes formulation or manufacturing processes.


Really.  'nuff said :-)

I have found so many uses for the chocolate hazelnut spread of the gods.  It is fantastic on gluten-free pancakes, as a dip for Glutino pretzels, or any other desert application you can think of.  In Berkeley there's a gelato place that had Nutella gelato while we were there, and I think they deserve a public medal for it.  I found a recipe for Nutella meringues, which I will share as soon as I vet the recipe for myself.  There's a fancy foodie cafe' on the U.S. East Coast somewhere that serves, as their dessert, a petite tasse of black coffee and a teaspoon full of nutella.  They know that it's intensely rich and delicious enough all by itself, and taps into a person's deep need to lick the spoon. 

Gluten-free status comes from Cecelia's Marketplace guide and personal long-term use by someone excruciatingly sensitive to gluten. 

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