Call me jaded but I’ve tasted a LOT of gluten-free products in my lifetime. So when I opened a box of Glutino Toaster Pastries, I did not expect to be wowed. Nor did I anticipate the flood of memories that harkened back to my gluten-filled childhood when Pop Tarts® were standard breakfast fare.
So with a bit of ennui, I opened the foil and instinctively slid the toaster pastry into my toaster oven. After all, that’s what we did when I was a child. Glutino Toaster Pastries can actually be eaten without toasting, I noticed later.
The first tip off that this might exceed my expectation – - it didn’t crumble or break when I transferred the pastry from the pouch to the toaster. It toasted to a golden hue and I removed it to a napkin to cool slightly. Again, no breakage.
Then I broke off a piece. This one had an apple cinnamon filling. “Wow.” I thought. These are flaky, really delicious and not cloyingly sweet. I told myself I would eat only half, even though each one is only 160 calories. But one bite led to another and another and I ate the WHOLE THING.
The next day, I tried a strawberry Toaster Pastry. This time I was sure I could stop at half. I broke off a piece, then another. Before I knew it, I had eaten the WHOLE THING again.
As I nibbled, I reflected on what a wonderful addition this is to our gluten-free choices. There really is nothing like it. And for a moment, I was wistful. “Too bad we didn’t have these when my son was a child,” I thought. But as an adult, I am sure he’ll still enjoy them and I’ll try to save one for him – maybe.
I think Glutino has scored a touchdown with Toaster Pastries. Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s one more left and it’s calling my name.
P.S. I hear these will be available in stores all over the U.S. by May 1.