Chocolate Cupcakes by Glutino

An Allergy Product that’s a Tasty Chocolate Treat

Recently, my son was going to a friend’s birthday party. Now, this friend doesn’t have any allergies, and the cake was going to be a carrot cake, which my son wouldn’t be able to eat. No piece of birthday cake, how were we to manage that? I needed to find a tasty allergy birthday treat for my son to bring with him.

I was thinking about bringing another cake. I went to the local natural foods store and checked out ingredients. While I was looking around, I noticed cupcakes in the freezer. This, I thought, was the perfect solution: a kid-sized portion of cake!

It was the Glutino brand that drew me to them, a maker of allergy products I trust for good taste. I read the ingredients: no offenders there. The only challenge (for a birthday party) was that the cupcakes were not frosted. Easy to fix, however! I could simply make a batch of frosting, add it to my son’s cupcake, and keep the remaining cupcakes and frosting in the fridge for later.

My five-year old son is a serious food critic - if it’s not just right, he won’t eat it. Well, he had no complaints about the cupcakes! (Then again, he is a fan of chocolate in any form.) I, on the other hand, found the cupcakes a bit dry without the icing. Also, their consistency was a bit more “solid” than the soft, squishy cupcakes of my youth. But still, they tasted good, and it’d been a long time since I’d had a chocolate cupcake.

If you are allergic to soy or corn, this product won’t work for you. In addition, if you’re seriously allergic to dairy products, you would have to confirm that there weren’t any hidden in the ingredients - for example, soya margarine can have milk ingredients in it, and the cupcakes do contain soya margarine.

The ingredients listed on the label include liquid whole eggs, sugar, rice mix (white rice mix, potato starch, sugar, vegetable modified cellulose, salt, calcium propionate), soya margarine, tapioca flour, water, cocoa powder, canola oil and baking powder (contains corn starch). All these ingredients together make an ideal allergy product that tastes good too.

~ Monique L. Attinger

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