Thursday, December 6, 2007

New (to me) GF chips

While shopping at our local grocery store one day, Andy announces he's tired of Mission Tortilla Chips, and asks what else I can have. Now, I don't eat any of the Lay's stuff except the Stax (dedicated lines), because I have been glutened on at least 2 separate occasions from their tortilla chips. Two times, and I leave that product alone.
So we started looking at the chips, and reading the labels. I pick up a bag of Xochitl chips, and read the ingredients list, then see it says "no gluten" on the side. I am always excited to see those words (except when they don't belong - i.e., liar, liar pants on fire). After putting the bag in my cart, I realized it says "no gluten" twice on the front! These are thin chips.
We also found that Calidad chips (in a big yellow bag) say "gluten-free" right under the ingredient list. (They are actually part of Mission Foods.) These are a thicker chip, and are saltier than the Xochitl (at least the ones I had). They are both good chips, but a whole lot different.

In other chip news, I bought a new kind of RiceWorks brown rice chip at Costco the other day. It is Salsa Fresca. Us Texans like our salsa. They're a bit spicy, and covered in dehydrated vegetables (how much better can they get?). Carter says "mmm." They have other flavors, including Sea Salt, but I have only found (and tried) the Sweet Chili (also good).

At the local GIG meeting, we always have a raffle (products - often donated by the manufacturer, memberships, sometimes books). This month, some of our products were from Arico Foods. I won some Cassava Chips, the flavor Ginger on Fire (Hey, Ging, you should try these). These are a little sweet, and a little spicy. Carter spit them out - he would probably prefer the Sea Salt Mist.


Gluti Girl said...

It's always good to hear of other brands that are gluten free. I have had a hard time finding tortilla chips we really like too. And I guess our local Miejer would carry these. I'll have to look for them. I don't think I've ever seen Mission chips either. I have bought their corn tortillas but not the chips.

Don't you just love it when you see the words gluten free on the bag? I always want to run around and show people!

Gluten Free Steve said...

The Rice Works Salsa Fresca chips are great. So are the Salsa Verde. They are so yummy with hummus!

Cassandra said...

I've yet to see the salsa verde, but it sounds like something I'd like.

Anonymous said...

The xochitl chips are the best store bought chips I have ever had. I didn't know they were gluten free (I actually had to look up the definition of gluten.) I just buy them because they are great chips.

Anonymous said...

I'm just barely daignosed and was hoping you knew of any lists of foods that are GF? It's daunting to think of calling all the manufacterers and making sure there's no gluten. Also, is baking soda/powder, vanilla, cocoa, and all that cooking stuff okay? How the heck do you know what to do? Thanks for the great blog!

Cassandra said...

There is a list of mainstream gf foods available at
I think most baking sodas and powders should be gf, but I know that Arm and Hammer baking soda, and Clabbergirl and Rumford baking powders are gf for sure. Hershey's cocoa is gf, Adam's and McCormick's vanilla are both gf.

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