Shabtai Gourmet is a Gluten Free Bakery line specializing in Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Lactose Free, Casein Free, Soy Free and Peanut Free Cakes and Cookies. YES!! FREE OF ALL THOSE THINGS!! So if you're a skeptic like me you're thinking "how in the world could this stuff be good, when it has nothing in it?". Oh but it is my friends, it is. My first experience with Shabtai Gourmet products was at my Gluten-Free Friends group where I tried the Black & White cookie, a cookie so good it won top honors in my Who Stole the Gluten-Free Cookie from the Cookie Jar review. But there were still so many other delicious snacks to try and when my shipment came I thought, how in the world am I going to be able to eat all this. I must admit, it took some time (I haven't updated my blog since February!), sharing and dinner parties to get through the five different items I had stuffed in my freezer (much to my husband's dismay). Hopefully it was worth the wait.
First up the Raspberry Roll. When I first looked at it I thought, this is not something I would like the regular glutenous version of... but looks are deceiving. I served it to guests after dinner WITHOUT telling them that it was gluten free. My one friend, a man with an unbelievably big sweet tooth who mercilessly teases me about my gluten free-ness, devoured it in seconds exclaiming how delicious the combination of yellow cake, raspberry jam and coconut was. "Did you make this?" he asked with raised eyebrows. "Of course.....not. I don't bake, don't be ridiculous." I replied. When I told him it was gluten-free he demanded to see the box and when I showed it to him, he was shocked. So I tried a slice and it was crazy good! I couldn't believe I liked it. But what did your mama always teach you? Never judge a book by it's cover.
Next up were the Ring Tings. A completely decadent version of the classic Ding Dong and equally delicious. My husband looked at it precariously when I first served it to him, then asked me every night afterwards if I'd thawed some out for dessert. They disappeared quickly as did their swiss roll, think Little Debbie, counterparts and mostly by his hand (much to MY dismay).
Then I tried the chocolate chip cookies. I hate to be a downer, but these definitely were not my favorite gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookies. There was far too much spice to them with an overwhelming cinnamon flavor, teeny tiny chocolate chips and a texture that just didn't do it for me.
But have no fear for I have saved the best for last: The Florentine Lace Cookies. I CANNOT believe someone actually makes a gluten-free dairy-free version of this wonderful cookie and was just beside myself to once again eat them. They were AMAZING and hard to put down (remember gluten-free dairy-free does NOT mean calorie free my friends).
Again there was a little more cinnamon then I'd actually prefer but overall
a dang good cookie.
I, and I'm sure you, am so grateful for a company like this that creates delicious allergen free products. Check them out in the freezer section of your local health food store or co-op.
Until Next Time,
Eat Shabtai Gourmet, Drink and Be Gluten-Free
Disclosure: Although Shabtai Gourmet provided these treats at no cost to me, this product review was posted at my discretion and without bias. This review reflects my honest opinion.