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Post joins the gluten-free club, focuses on kids

Earlier this week, Post foods announced that it has made two of its most popular kids cereals, rice-based Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles, officially gluten-free.

 

The notoriously sugary cereals also got a sugar reduction to make them more appealing to moms who are increasingly interested in what their children are eating.  According to a press release, the company certified both cereals gluten-free, meaning they must be prepared and manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility, just as General Mills has done with Chex.

As I may have mentioned in recent posts, I love cereal.  It’s a quick and easy breakfast, as well as a good snack food option when I don’t feel like preparing anything.  I’ve long wished that companies would make their corn and rice-based cereals gluten-free, and this is a step in the right direction.  Given the plague of obesity currently ravaging this country, I’m glad Post decided to start with kids cereals.  I’m not saying I’m going to go out and buy these right away – I never ate Pebbles as a kid, so I don’t have any nostalgic attachment.  I do however long for a Froot Loop.

I’m glad, though, that Post took the time to go through “a rigorous process to achieve Gluten Free status on both Fruity and Cocoa Pebbles products,” because some cereals – I’m talking to you Kix – eliminate gluten-free ingredients without giving them a dedicated facility, putting them at risk for cross contamination.

I do hope this gets the ball rolling for making rice and corn-based cereals GF certified.  I want some Pops!

 

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Gluten-free Entertaining: Halloween Edition

Even corn of the candy variety is GF

Even corn of the candy variety is GF

Whether you’re GF and throwing a party or throwing a party with GF guests, gluten-free entertaining is kind of a no-brainer.  I’m not going to list every Celiac-friendly candy on the market as of Sept. 2010 because a million other people have done so already, but here are some highlights :

Nestle: Butterfinger (original only), Sno-caps, Raisinets and WONKA products (excluding Oompas and Wonka Bar)

Hershey’s  does not publish a gluten-free candy list because “the ingredients can change at any time.”

Jerks.

Mars: All M&Ms except pretzel (and crispy if you live in Holland), Snickers, and Dove products

In the fruit sector, Skittles and Starbursts are safe.

Oh, and Peeps, for those of you who just can’t wait until normal Peep-season, which is Easter by the way.

If you really want your Halloween party to last, you probably don’t want to stuff your guests full of candy or else the sugar crash is going to kick in before the Oregon vs. USC game is even over.  Supplement the overflowing bowls of October goodness with some tasty, somewhat nutritionally valuable snacks:

Original Chex Mix

What you’ll need:

1 Big-ass baking sheet (maybe 2 if you’re really popular)

1 box of Rice Chex

1 box of Corn Chex

1 and a half cups of mixed nuts

1 package GF pretzels

A stick and a half of butter

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

3/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

What you’ll do:

Preheat oven to a tepid 250 degrees.

Mix the dry ingredients together (Add M&Ms and whatever the heck else you want).

Melt the butter stir in the seasonings.

Pour butter mix over the dry mix.

Pour Chex Mix onto baking sheet and bake for 1 hour – stirring every 15 minutes.

Your house will smell awesome.

Puppy Chow (not actual Puppy Chow)

Probably shouldn't feed this to your dog.

What you’ll need:

1-2 boxes of Rice Chex (again, this can vary depending on how cool you are)

1-2 cups chocolate chips (I prefer Semi-sweet, as it accurately reflects my personality)

1/2 to 1 cup peanut butter (Moms like yours chose Jif)

1/4 to 1/2 cup butter (let’s shoot for 1/3)

1/4 to 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 to 3 cups powdered sugar (You can eyeball this. If your kitchen is covered with powdered sugar, you’ve done your job right)

What you’ll do:

Put cereal in a large bowl.

Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour over Chex cereal, put into a large plastic bag with powdered sugar and shake well to coat. If you have little ones, feel free to let them do the shaking.

Spread mixture evenly on wax paper (or newspaper. Go ahead, buy one for old times sake) and allow to cool.

Obviously this doesn’t have to be a Halloween-only snackfood. It’s good for pretty much any occasion, up to andincluding being alone in your house all weekend in your pajamas watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls.

Check back tomorrow for more (dare I say healthier?) goodies.

-Taylor

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