Surf Sweets

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe Easter.

Braden learned what often happens to the gluten-free/food-allergic community at holidays: sometimes, holidays suck.  He was gone for half of the weekend, which included an egg hunt full of Whoppers, and nothing else.  Not gluten-free.  Most unfortunately, it was with people that should have known better/cared more.

Fortunately for him, Mom is a sucker for “making up” for these types of things.  It involved no-bake cheesecake and helping me review Surf Sweets, of which I had recently received some samples.

Surf Sweets candies are made with organic fruit juice and natural flavors and colors, have no corn syrup or GMOs, and are gluten-free and vegetarian.

Oh, and they’re REALLY tasty.Surf Sweets

We first tried the Sour Berry Bears, which have a yummy mix of sweet and sour.  I said they have just a little pucker to which Braden countered, “Pucker? What do you mean? Oh, I’m used to eating lemons and you’re not.”

The Jelly Beans have a thick candy shell and are slightly grainy inside, but it makes it interesting (no corn syrup!).  The dark pink ones are my favorite.  Braden gives them a thumbs up.  He loves (like you don’t even know) Surf Sweets, because for almost two years he was off of corn, and they were fun treats that he could eat!

Watermelon Rings: “Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet,” announces Braden.  While they don’t quite meet his watermelon flavor standards (but no candy does), we are both quite fond of them. Oooh, great movie theater hidden-in-your-pocket candy!  Peach Rings have that sort of classic flavor that you want to take to the movies, too.

Gummy Worms have a delightful chew and a pleasant non-shocking sweet flavor.  They are fun to play with even for adults (who wants to make mud cups?).  Braden says “they’re just like any other gummy worm, which is the best thing about them.”

Organic Fruity Bears are sweet bears covered in more sweet.  Martin joined in to say they’re sweet, taste good, and are chewy.

The Sour Worms have a mild sourness. Martin says “I think they could be sour-er.”  Braden added that “the gummy part is sour and the outside is sweet.  That doesn’t make sense.”  They are having a good time feeding worms to each other like they are fishing and really enjoying their worms, even if they “don’t make sense.”  Silly boys.

We also received some TruJoy Sweets Organic Fruit Chews, from the same company as Surf Sweets.  Think of these as an organic version of Starburst-type candy.  I had to send mine to the refrigerator because they don’t have the chemicals to hold up under the 80+ degrees upstairs.  The pink and red ones chew a bit differently than the yellow and orange.  I prefer the pink and red, and think they are great candies.

Next time you’re looking for a healthier (or vegan or nut-free) candy, check out Surf Sweets.

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Pillsbury Bake-Off Now Includes Gluten-Free

I recently received an email about the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

The Contest has now expanded the ingredient list to include Pillsbury’s Gluten Free line of products and there are just over two weeks left to vie for the $1 million Grand Prize. The Contest is accepting entries for the Weekend Breakfast Wows and Amazing Doable Dinners categories through May 8.

The iconic 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest is redesigned and calling home cooks to compete for the $1 million Grand Prize. This year’s Contest, which is now open for entries at www.BakeOff.com, will culminate in the finals November 3, 2014, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

What’s new?

  • For the first time, America’s vote will be combined with the judges’ decisions to determine the Grand Prize Winner.
  • The Contest ingredient list has been expanded to include Pillsbury’s Gluten Free line of products.
    • Judges will award the Pillsbury® Gluten Free Award to the Finalist with the best recipe which uses a Pillsbury® Gluten Free product and does not contain wheat or any products that include wheat as an ingredient.
  • The Bake-Off® Contest now features four recipe categories with two separate entry periods.

Good luck to all who enter!


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