Sweet, Sweet Comfort Food (Kinnikinnick, You Surprise Me!)

As much as eating gluten free has changed the way I think about food, I can’t help but notice that my tendency to use food as a comfort still creeps up on me every once in a while. This is definitely one of those “once in a whiles.” Karl is up in Central California for 6 days playing guitar for a youth camp (if you happen to be into guitar, be sure and check out his Guitar for Worship blog). Anyway, I’m miserable. You can call it young love, you can call it silly, annoying, mushy… but when he’s gone, I’m just plain miserable. Not to mention he happens to be gone on my first real week of summer with nothing in particular to keep me occupied.

So what am I to do? I’m a lonely, hungry foodie who works in a gluten free market. Looks like my pay check is gonna be a little less than usual next week. 🙂 Time to try out some new gluten free indulgences. I didn’t do it on purpose, but it turns out my two favorite comforts were from Kinnikinnnick. I mostly knew them for their sandwich bread (as I mentioned in my Udi’s and Daiya post), but I had no idea they had such a diverse line of products! It seems like lately every time I eat something I like, I look at the package and there it is: “Kinnikinnick.”

First indulgence: Donuts. I was never super into donuts before I went gluten free. But I was really in the mood for something sweet, and a few customers had recommended them to me these past few weeks. So I thought I’d give the Kinnikinnick vanilla glazed donuts a try. I didn’t have very high expectations, just something to take care of my sweet tooth. They do need to be kept frozen, and then heated in the oven or microwave right before consuming to get the right texture. But wow! These donuts will certainly help when you’re having a bad day. They weren’t all squishy like the “freshly baked” donuts you find at donuts shops. They weren’t greasy either. It had more of a cake-like consistency, but still very much a donut. They were filling, and surprisingly satisfying. Only real downside: eggs and sugar. Lots of sugar. But hey, when you need comfort, sugar is always there for you. 🙂 Yes, I know that’s bad. I’ll be back to normal in T minus 3 days… maybe.

Second Indulgence: Oreos. I don’t know why, but I have always had a serious emotional attachment to Oreos as a comfort food. I remember breaking up with a boyfriend in college and eating a giant pack of them that night in one sitting. Never a good idea. But when I saw a pack of gluten free cookies very much resembling the awesomeness that is Oreo, I had to grab it. There were a few brands to choose from, but Kinnikinnick’s KinniToos were dairy and egg free, so that was a plus! And let me tell you, taking a bite of a KinniToo was like finally satisfying the cookie monster inside me. I didn’t eat the whole pack, though… only two-thirds. 😕 Wow, Karl and I are definitely going to the gym when he gets home. Again, the only problem with these cookies is all the sugar.

So there you have it. A few highly recommended treats for that special occasion. Definitely not something you want incorporated in your everyday diet, but it’s nice to know they’re there when you need them. 🙂

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