Katz Gluten Free Products

Facebook ads – you either love them or hate them. But, when you’re a Celiac, you’re looking for any product or business that suits your specific need. Maybe you even found us through a Facebook ad, and if you did – welcome! Some products actually catch my eye via FB ad – one in particular. Katz was advertising a free sample pack via mail (you just have to pay shipping). I see “gluten free” and “samples” and I am sold.

When I clicked through to the Katz Assorted Gluten Free Sample Pack site, I saw that you could get an assortment of products to sample for only the shipping and handling rate. The “free” offer is only available once a year per person – so don’t try to get all sneaky with it! Now, I paid around $13 in shipping (hey, that’s not free), but I also bought a few other items when I was online. Basically, you’re paying shipping to assure your future Katz purchase will be worth it. I love being able to know ahead of time if I’m going to like a product, so for me that shipping rate was a financially-sound investment in my taste buds. And, as you all know, shipping items across country is always a pretty penny, unfortunately.

Here’s all I received in the sample pack.  PS they weren’t kidding when they said sampler – it’s literally one sealed slice for each product!

  • 1 slice of Whole Grain Bread
  • I slice of Challah Bread
  • 1 slice of White Bread
  • 1 slice of Wholesome Bread
  • 1 Dinner Roll
  • 1 Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • 1 Chocolate Cupcake
  • 2  Rugelech
  •  1 slice of Marble Cake

In order of awesomeness, from okay to super awesome…

According to their product information, the Wholesome Bread has no dairy, nuts, rice, or soy. It’s made with a gluten-free flour mix (fava bean, garbanzo bean, teff, chia seed, corn, and potato). It’s thinly sliced in the sample pack, yet dense. It’s a larger bread, which is nice to see. It tastes like if Roman Meal and soda bread had a bread baby – from what I remember those things to taste like. I think this would be great on sandwiches with a condiment like mustard to bring out the flavor. I’m not especially partial to the taste, but it’s nice to not have rice in my bread for once.

The Whole Grain Bread has no dairy, nuts, corn, or soy and is made with a gluten free flour mix (brown rice, tapioca, and sorghum). Unfortunately (like the curse of most GF breads), this is a smaller bread, like a deck of cards. It’s thinly sliced, yet dense. The instructions said to toast it – so I did and it tasted great with peanut butter. I think this is good for toast, but I’d like to see it larger!

The Whole Grain Bread has no dairy, nuts, corn, or soy and is made with a gluten free flour mix (brown rice, tapioca, and sorghum). Unfortunately (like the curse of most GF breads), this is a smaller bread, like a deck of cards. It’s thinly sliced, yet dense. The instructions said to toast it – so I did and it tasted great with peanut butter. I think this is good for toast, but I’d like to see it larger!

The Challah Bread has no dairy and no nuts, and is made with a gluten free flour mix (white rice, tapioca, arrowroot, corn, soy, and potato). This was exactly what I remembered challah bread to be like. It was kind of gritty, and kind of sweet. It wasn’t as dense as the Whole Grain or Wholesome breads. For a challah, this was great. I’m not sure though how often I would request a challah bread over a plain-old-white bread, but it was a good variation.

Now for the non-traditional-bread-ish items!

Again, in rank order of awesomeness, from okay to super awesome…

The Chocolate Rugelech was far too sweet for us, with an almost donut-like chocolate frosting drizzled on top. It’s also pretty messy looking with chocolate leaking out of every part of the rugelech. The chocolate icing itself was good, like a bittersweet chocolate. I don’t think I could eat more than half of this, but could see it as an treat at a holiday party or something.

Like the Rugelech, the Honey Muffin was just too sweet for me. It has a lingering honey aftertaste that I just couldn’t get behind. It tastes like a cross between a honey oat bran muffin and a carrot cake. Good flavor, just too sweet. This may be due to clumps of sugar on top of the muffin – although it’s my favorite part of it.

The Marble Cake was average. Definitely edible, but reminds me so much of my Osem passover cake that there wasn’t anything new  about it. It had a light density – very cake-like in consistency. Non-GFBF thought it was like a bunt cake. Good, but not sure I’d go out of my way to purchase it.
The Cinnamon Rugelech was better than the Chocolate variety, less sweet and let the Rugelech speak for itself. It wasn’t overly cinnamon, and was properly flakey. Great for a party or gathering for an upscale treat that looks more impressive than a cookie.

Katz’ Chocolate Chip Cookie is a great crispy cookie. It’s dairy and nut free with a flour blend of brown rice, potato, tapioca, and sorghum. From looks alone, I thought it would be soft, but it’s almost like a shortbread. It’s not too sweet – again, very shortbread like. It has a bit of a filmy aftertaste, but not as bad as some crunchy chocolate chip cookies out there (I think it’s the potato starch that does it?). Non-GFBF could get behind a cookie like this.

Everyone needs a cupcake, and Katz offers a tasty Chocolate Cupcake that’s dairy, nut, and soy-free according to their information. I live with a choco-lover, and he told me that he could “eat this every day” – although luckily his girlfriend wouldn’t let him! I think this is more like a chocolate muffin, I’m not sure it’s light and airy enough for the title of “cupcake.” Regardless of classification, it’s tasty and this would be great for a birthday! They also offer a chocolate frosted version that looks awesome.

Sick of not having a gluten-free dinner roll handy for Thanksgiving? I’ve found my match with their Dinner Roll (dairy and nut-free). This is perfect, it reminds me of what dinner rolls should taste like! It’s less buttery than say, a gluten-full Crescent roll would be, and more bread-like, but still a great option to have for the holidays or during family dinners. I liked the sesame seeds on top, not my first choice (I’d rather have them bare), but it worked well with the roll. My only question is if I can toast it like we do our other rolls during the holidays. I’m definitely getting this for Thanksgiving!

Let me add that I’m super impressed with Katz’ availability of products with other allergens as well – dairy, corn, nuts, soy, rice, sugar, etc. using their “Find By Allergy” option.

So obviously I recommend this sampler pack. Here’s my warning though – if you buy the “free” sampler pack, you’re going to want to hop right back online to Katzglutenfree.com and order more stuff! I guess that’s the point of giving away free product, right? I wish more companies did this offer – I LOVE to taste product before I commit to buying a loaf or package of cookies. Other gluten-free companies could learn from Katz’s great offer, and I suggest you take advantage of it while it’s still around (if you can handle the shipping and handling fee)!

 

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