Tuesday, October 25, 2016

9 Best New Products at the Secaucus GFAF Expo 2016

This year's GFAF Expo in Secaucus, NJ, sponsored by Glutino, Enjoy Life Foods, and Udi's, was really great! If you weren't there, you missed out on a lot of great new gluten-free and allergen-friendly companies! It was nice to see some of my favorite brands at the Expo, but it was also really neat to discover all-new brands! And that's just what this Expo is about! So without further ado, here are the nine new products that I thought were the best from the 2016 Secaucus GFAF Expo.

1. Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Buns
I don't know if you've ever had Brazilian Cheese Buns, but they are AMAZING. I have a recipe for these that I made occasionally, but it's so much easier if they're basically already made for you! Enter the big trend from this year's Expo: Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Buns. (I actually think Brazilian Cheese Buns are naturally gluten-free. Correct me if I'm wrong...)

We've got Brazi Bites, who you might have seen on Shark Tank, and its cheese buns come in four flavors. I got to sample the cheddar and parmesan (YES!) and garlic asiago. These were so good!

Then there were the cheese buns from Forno de Minas. Also very good and ready to go for you with little effort on your part.

But if you want more of a "I made these" feel, then there is the cheese bun mix from Chebe. This comes as a box mix that you whip up yourself. Still easier than buying a bunch of random gluten-free flours that you'll never use again unless you plan on making Brazilian Cheese Buns from scratch every night for two months.

2. True Made Foods
I tasted this ketchup and immediately said, "This is the best ketchup I've ever tasted." But True Made Foods doesn't just make ketchup. It has BBQ Sauce and Veracha Hot Sauce. These sauces are all about using fresh vegetables and less sugar.

3. Dedicated Table
You've probably heard of food-delivery services such as Blue Apron or Hello Kitchen, right? They deliver fresh ingredients right to your doorstep, and then you prepare the delicious meal. Well, those places don't often offer gluten-free menus. So that's the void that Dedicated Table hopes to fill. If the idea of a food-delivery service appeals to you but you need gluten-free options, then you might want to check this out. There's a two-person plan and a family plan.

4. Sweet Megan's Cookie Dough
Cookie dough that is safe to eat right out of the jar. I don't even think I need to say anymore. But I will. Sure, you can use Sweet Megan's Cookie Dough to bake actual cookies. There are three varieties: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Sugar Cookie Dough, and Brownie Dough. But because there is no egg in any of this dough, it's all safe to eat raw!

5. RP's Pasta Gluten-Free Fettucine
Gluten-free pasta sometimes gets a bad rap. So if you're skeptical, look no further than this O Magazine-endorsed gluten-free pasta! That's right. OPRAH. What I like about this pasta is that you can get gluten-free fettucine and linguini, not something that every gluten-free pasta company makes! I even have a hard time finding gluten-free fusilli (possibly my favorite type of pasta - just love the swirliness)! RP's Pasta has it all!

6. 88 Acres Seed Bars
I know what you're thinking. "Seed bars? That sounds gross." No, you guys! Not at all! The gluten-free seed bars from 88 Acres are delicious and would make a great breakfast-on-the-go or mid-morning snack. There are three flavors: apple and ginger, chocolate and sea salt, and triple berry. In quite possibly the only time in my life when I have passed up anything with chocolate and sea salt, I sampled the triple berry bar and it was REALLY good! All flavors are also available as granola.

7. Delights Gluten-Free "Hot Pockets"
So here's another time when you guys are going to think "Gluten-free Hot Pockets? That sounds gross." But again, NO. These stuffed sandwiches from Delights taste really good, plus they are made with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. I don't think that real Hot Pockets can say that.

8. Still Riding Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
We are pretty loyal to one particular brand of pizza crust (that shall be left unnamed), but I think we might have to switch to the gluten-free crust from Still Riding Foods. This baked up so crispy; it didn't get soggy at all underneath the sauce as the other pizza crust brand we buy does. And you can get the crust in two sizes for your own pizza or a pizza to share with your family.

9. Mikaela's Biscotti Cookies
I love biscotti, but sometimes it can be a little hard on the teeth when you bite into it. But what if the crunch you love were in a cookie? It is with biscotti cookies from Mikaela's Simply Divine. Available in Luscious Lemon, Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Mint (the two chocolate ones are my faves), these cookies are lighter than traditional biscotti and gluten-free, of course! The perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea.

So, there you have it! I encourage you to click on the links and check out all these great companies. And if you were at the Secaucus GFAF Expo this year, share some of your favorite finds in the comments below!

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