Review of Rio's Brazilian Gluten-free Cheese Bread!

Rios-RedPepper-CheeseBreadBrazilian cheese bread is naturally gluten-free if a traditional recipe is used to make it. Instead of wheat flour, manioc flour is called for. If you like cheese and bread, you will probably love these rolls. Previously, I’ve enjoyed two brands of cheese rolls and found them both delicious. So when someone from Rio’s Brazilian contacted me about trying theirs, I was thrilled for the opportunity!

The Austin, TX based company does not have a dedicated gluten-free facility, but they do have cross contamination procedures in place. The owners of the company are very concerned with keeping the gluten-free rolls as safe as possible in a non gluten-free facility. Obviously, everyone should purchase foods that make them feel comfortable.

Rio’s Brazilian cheese bread rolls come in three flavors – Original, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto. They bake from frozen in approximately 20 minutes. The rolls are slightly larger than the brands I’ve had before. The cheese bread is gluten-free, sugar free and all natural. The first thing I noticed about the Roasted Red Pepper rolls as they were baking was the incredible smell. These rolls stayed soft on the inside and have a slightly crunchy crust – the perfect texture!

The taste of the rolls was excellent, offering a robust flavor and a very cheesy texture inside. This product is definitely for cheese lovers, which I most certainly am. This is probably the cheesiest Brazilian cheese roll I’ve had to date – simply delicious! I can certainly see why this company has grown so much in such a short amount of time. Their passion about sharing great Brazilian foods with others is inspiring!

Rio’s Brazilian products are sold at Whole Foods in Austin, as well as Spec’s Liquors, and smaller groceries like Royal Blue, Whip In and Thom’s Market. You can also order them online from  If you are in the Austin area, be sure to use the coupon on the  Rio’s Brazilian website to save $1 on these incredible rolls. The sauces from this product line are also all gluten-free!

Now for the fun part! If you would like to try these cheese rolls yourself, enter a comment below for your chance to win a prize pack – one of each flavor! Please keep in mind that they will need to be frozen upon arrival so you would not want to have them shipped to a location where no one was present to accept them and pop them in the freezer. The winning prize pack can only ship to an address in the continental U.S. We’ll announce the winner on November 20th – good luck!

UPDATE: We tried the pesto rolls and they were excellent as well! My husband decided his fave flavor is the red pepper but mine is now the pesto. I’m kind of have a pesto obsession!

Congratulations to Rachel for being the winner of our Rio Brazilan cheese bread give-away!

Special thanks to Rio’s Brazilian for my tasting samples and for sponsoring this contest for our readers!

12 thoughts on “Review of Rio's Brazilian Gluten-free Cheese Bread!”

  1. well, i work at triumph, so i’m ineligible…but just wanted to put in my 2 cents — brazilian cheese bread rocks! i love how chewy it is. chebe makes a great dry mix. they have frozen, too.

  2. I am a cheeseaholic and these sound great – hope they are easily available everywhere soon. I will start checking my local stores.

  3. Will have to give these a try! Chebe has a mix version that is available in health food stores and is pretty tasty. If you have a Brazilian market in your area, you are likely to find pao de quejio (cheese bread) for less money and it even says “gluten free” on the package. Yummy!

  4. gael – If you’ll notice the second paragraph of my post explains that these are not made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Whenever I review something that is not made in a GF facility, I include that info in the post. Many people can safely consume products not made in dedicated facilities while others can not. Everyone should buy products that work for their individual needs, of course.

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