I was in the grocery store on the hunt for a Gluten-Free nosh. I was out of my usual stash of snacks, and wanted something satisfying. Trying to stay gluten-free makes that next to impossible, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. The words ‘satisfying’ and ‘gluten-free’ are seldom used to describe the same item.
Curiously, Franz Macaroon Cookies jumped out at me. I checked the package, and the ingredients: Dessicated Coconut, Sugar, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Potato Starch, Dextrose, Egg Whites, Artificial Flavor, Soy Lecithin (Soybean), Nonfat Milk. Those ingredients certainly didn’t seem dangerous to me, so I decided to purchase the package and check the Franz web site to see if I could get further information about the gluten content.
Their web site, www.usbakery.com did not have the answers I sought, however, a spokesperson for Franz Family Bakeries did reply to my inquiry with incredible speed: “These cookies are produced in a bakery with other cookies that do contain gluten and on shared equipment. We do have an allergen washout between production of the other varieties and the macaroon cookies, but there is never a 100% guarantee that there is no gluten present. At this point, we don’t make the claim that they are gluten free.”
I do not believe I am as sensitive as most people to gluten, so I dug right in. They are chewy, loaded with coconut, moist, tasty and sweet. They are, in fact, satisfying when that quick snack urge rears its ugly head. There are none of the tell-tale drawbacks that normally accompany gluten-free cookies like dryness or grittiness. These are like the macaroons I enjoyed during my childhood.
Franz’ slogan on the package reads “The Good Cookie.” And their macaroons certainly are good!
Franz is the largest family-owned independent bakery on the West Coast. Their products are available primarily in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, please visit their web site www.usbakery.com
© K. S. Brooks – Gluten-Free Gusto