*Disclaimer: I was given a box of Canyon Bakehouse items in exchange for my honest review on this blog. All opinions are my own.
In general, getting a package is exciting. But (little did I know) the cardboard box that arrived at my doorstep last week from Canyon Bakehouse included an unexpected insert. No, it wasn’t just coupons and information sheets (though very important!)
I opened the box… and the most delicious bakery smell came pouring out. The smell overtook my small apartment, and non-GF boyfriend even asked what smelled so delicious. I mean, normally a bakery smell is a bit terrifying–like accidentally stepping into the gluten-filled bread aisle at the grocery store where you may or may not convince yourself that there’s gluten flying in every direction and it’s coming to get you, though there are plastic bags surrounding every product. But, but, but–this was a gluten free bakery smell and I couldn’t have been more entranced.
Inside that box, besides the delicious smell, was a package of each of the following: hamburger buns, 7-Grain bread, Cinnamon Raisin bread, Everything Bagels, and brownie bites. Because I was headed out of town for a graduate school interview (!), I stuck everything in my freezer, though these products are room temperature stable. Yes, that means you can have your bread on your counter once again. (PS- that’s a foreign concept to a near-lifelong Celiac!)
But, in true Brianna fashion, the container of baby brownies ended up in my bag for the train ride.
Canyon Bakehouse products are completely gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and soy free and even have 100% whole grains. Life was easy for this allergy/intolerance inflicted girl when labels took 1/10th of the time to review before I started munching away.
While blood sugars on the train didn’t cooperate for brownie consumption, I was lucky to be headed to Chicago, my home, so I could share a late night snack of brownies and tea with my mom. We’ve been trying products for the last 15 years–everything from hockey puck-like buns to crumbling cookies to downright inedible birthday cakes. So, we each picked up our little brownie and looked at each other as a small nibble turned quickly evolved into a one-bite brownie. After audible expressions of delight were exchanged, we concluded that these brownies were scrumptious–little bit of a crunch on the outside and a gooey/fudgey inside. Divine.
Next up was bread taste testing, back in my apartment with my non-GF boyfriend–always an interesting perspective when I’m tasting new products. (read: he can eat literally anything. not a single allergy, intolerance, nada). We started with toasting the cinnamon raisin bread with cream cheese (a personal fave). Oddly enough, this bread didn’t get the typical crunch from toasting, as most GF breads do–so I wasn’t sure if it was worthwhile. The texture, smell, and taste were perfectly balanced, and we determined that toasting might not be the ideal way to prepare.
A few days later, we made sandwiches for a dinner-on-the-go with the 7-Grain bread–this time, heated in some foil in my toaster oven. The bread seemed even better with that warmth (I’d do it with a room temp. loaf)–yet another winner from this box of goodies.
Lastly, we shared an Everything Bagel this morning. Boyfriend took it to go, but managed to sneak a bite while I was in the room, looked at me, and said “Brianna, these products taste like gluten ones. It’s the texture, they’re chewy. This bagel. Yes.” Because I’ve been GF for the extent of my memory, I can never compare products to their gluten counterparts. But, Canyon–you guys have apparently hit the nail on the head. The bagel had a great combination of flavors on the outside (yes, I know it is supposed to–everything–I get it) and toasted perfectly.
Canyon Bakehouse’s careful consideration of their ingredients truly pays off in their products. I’m looking forward to trying the hamburger buns, and my continued devouring of the loaves in my freezer.
Give them a visit on Facebook, and be sure to give them a try. The gluten free market is ever-evolving, and I’m loving every minute of it.
Take it easy, but take it.