I found a hard gluten free chocolate chip cookie that chocolate chip cookie lovers who are gluten-intolerant will actually enjoy. The brand is Kinnikinnick and is sold at Whole Foods and online.
I had never eaten a gluten free chocolate chip cookie before (or any GF food, for that matter), and expected a bland base, perhaps something that tasted like a diet product. Well I’ll be, was I surprised after I took my first bite of Kinnikinnick’s Gluten Free Montanas Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I had left the package on the counter and the room was warm (AC wasn’t on). A while later I opened the package to discover that the chips had slightly melted. This was good, actually, because I much prefer soft cookies; these are hard, but the chips had become slightly gooey.
With milk, I sat and began eating, and I absolutely could not tell that there was anything different about these gluten free chocolate chip delights. I would have never known these were gluten free had they been served to me at someone’s house, for instance, without telling me they were GF.
I would have never suspected anything. Granted, Kinnikinnick’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies don’t exactly taste like the king of hard CCC’s: Keebler. But anything that’s a few notches below Keebler still comes in pretty strong when it comes to taste.
I anticipated that these gluten free chocolate chip cookies would be bland also because each one has only 6 grams of carbohydrate. But alas, this was a surprise, too.
To be honest, I have a few beefs, however, about Kinnikinnick’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies.
First of all, there aren’t as many chocolate chips as I’d like. But then again, that’s just me. Other people might think there are plenty in there.
Next, the product contains soy lecithin. Dang it, soy strikes again. Kinnikinnick prides itself in that their products are also dairy free and nut free, yet they put soy in their products. Go figure. To any Kinnikinnick’s rep reading this article: Would leaving out the soy kill your product? I don’t think so. There are many soy sensitive people that Kinnikinnick’s is not getting business from.
There are also many non-soy sensitive people who avoid soy anyways because processed soy has been shown in many studies to be bad for the body.
There are a few other ingredients in Kinnikinnick gluten free chocolate chip cookies that the health conscious person might question, including canola oil (which contains trans fats), even though the serving size lists zero trans fats. However, the serving size is just one cookie! That’s three bites! The listing of canola oil is also an “and/or” situation; the consumer doesn’t know for sure if it’s in there.
On the other hand, when even health conscious people eat chocolate chip cookies, the last thing they may be thinking about is the nutritive value; after all, who eats a chocolate chip cookie for its health benefits? For taste and texture, people on a gluten free diet will be very happy with Kinnikinnick’s product.