2013 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 1

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The time has finally arrived to reveal the winners of another incredibly successful Best of Gluten-Free Awards!

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that participated in the survey!

We will be posting more category winners periodically so stay tuned! Below are the first round of winners.

 

 

Best Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread:

Udi’s White Sandwich Bread Loaf

 

Best Gluten-Free Multigrain Bread:

Udi’s Soft & Hearty Whole Grain Bread Loaf

 

Best Gluten-Free Specialty Bread:

Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin

 

Best Gluten-Free Pasta:

Tinkyada Gluten-Free Rice Pasta

 

Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust:

Udi’s

 

Best Gluten-Free Hamburger and/or Hot dog Buns:

Udi’s

 

Best Gluten-Free Bagels:

Udi’s

 

Best Gluten-Free English Muffins:

Glutino

 

Best Gluten-Free Tortillas:

Mission Foods Corn Tortillas

 

Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Pamela’s Products Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Best Gluten-Free “Other” Cookies:

Glutino Lemon Wafers

 

Best Gluten-Free Doughnuts:

Kinnikinnick

 

Best Gluten-Free Frozen Pizza:

Udi’s Frozen Pizza

 

Best Gluten-Free Pre Made Baked Goods:

Udi’s Muffins

 

Best Gluten-Free Bread Mix:

Bob’s Red Mill

 

Best Gluten-Free Dessert Mix:

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix, Assorted Flavors

 

Best Gluten-Free Brownie Mix:

Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie Mix

 

Best Gluten-Free Pie Crust Mix:

Gluten-Free Pantry Perfect Pie Crust Mix

 

Best Gluten-Free Breakfast Mix:

Pamela’s Products Pancake Mix & Bisquick Gluten-Free Pancake and waffle Mix

 

Best Gluten-Free Granola:

Udi’s Granola


49 thoughts on “2013 Best of Gluten-Free Winners: Part 1”

  1. I must say that I think the results are skewed because there are so many fabulous gluten free bakeries that don’t sell nationwide. I really doubt Udi’s has the best of all these breads, I think they just get more votes because more people have access to their products. I used to like Udi’s until I started finding more regionally available products – such as Mariposa’s (Oakland), Canyon Bakehouse, and New Grains breads (Utah). Their breads are much fresher; the texture is much better; and my non-gluten free friends/family eat them willingly. Udi’s is more like what I get when I’m traveling and get stuck finding food at a large grocery store which only carries Udi’s, and I’m glad to have it then if for some reason I desperately need bread, but I certainly wouldn’t buy it any other time. I honestly feel sorry for people who think Udi’s is the best bread. I think it might be better to have regional voting results, or to post the number of votes each item got so that people can start recognizing other names. Otherwise these results are a lot like when a big city has a “best ____ restaurant” and PF Changs wins for Chinese and Chipotle wins for Mexican, etc. Obviously they’re not the best (though I enjoy them both), it’s just that the masses have heard of them and the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners are probably all fabulous but they also divide loyalties among people. That said, thanks for organizing this once again.

  2. I’ll second what Kendra said. I pay the shipping cost to buy breads and muffins directly from Canyon Bakehouse. They taste great and use whole grains rather than mostly rice flour and potato starch, so they are healthier.

  3. I am in agreement with both Kendra & AdaD. I honestly believe that anyone who has tried Schar Par Baked Ciabatta Rolls would be hooked for life. We love so many breads, Canyon Bakehouse is one of them, also Kinnickinnick has the BEST soft breads, you would not know they are gluten free!! I am surprised that more people are not familiar with them. I am very happy that we are able to vote, but as said, these voters may not be familiar with the other contestants.

  4. Great contest especially if you are one of the big boys with deep pockets who can buy a win. Such a shame that the big corporate dollars have infiltrated the little mom and pop market we have held so sacred for all these years. Once again we see a sell out for the almighty advertising dollar. Sad.

  5. Udi’s brownies and chocolate chip cookies not bad but the breads are cardboards. Agreed, Canyon Ranch is a better choice. Against the Grain’s Italian bread is delicious. I wish they made sliced bread.

  6. I also agree with Kendra and the others. I won a box of Udi’s breads, etc. Everything was totally dry!! The cereal and the brownie bites were the only things that were ok.

  7. I’m in agreement with Kendra, if you only have access to a few products, this poll does not do the gluten free products world justice. That being said I do enjoy quite a few of the mainstream products. Thanks again for the poll, I wish you would list runners up so I could look for them too :)

  8. I have found that King Arthur has the best and I mean the best gluten free flour, cookie, muffin and cake mixes. I would not buy anything else after trying many of the products listed above.

  9. While I can understand the above comments, the reality for most of us is that even Udi’s is only starting to be readily available in our areas. I don’t know what kind you tried but I’ve never found the cardboard flavor. I find Udi’s much better then what we had available before!

  10. Availability is the factor that makes Udi’s the winner in these contests. For example I consider Kinnikinick’s Hamburg Rolls hand down the best with no one close, but assume they are not readily availabe to large groups of consumers. Also Scher’s rolls are super but never seem to get a mention.

  11. I agree with the comments about Udi’s products. Initially I was glad there was some good tasting bread, but as they have become more widely available, the quality and taste is not as good as it was when they first started to produce it. I too like Schar products. In fact while traveling in Italy and Spain recently, there were more of their products available there than here in the U.S. I also like Rudi’s GF products. So glad for all the many choices!

  12. I’ve just discovered Aleia’s cookies and I believe, thou pricey, ‘they’ are the best ones. Pamela – sorry they are a bit too ‘dry’ for me….

  13. I agree with all of the above comments. Not that I am the best judge but I believe Udi’s is so well marketed and so easily available, buyers reach for those first without trying others. Their rolls fall apart with a burger on them; Rudi’s multigrain do not. Canyon Ranch breads are far better; Schar’s multigrain ciabatta rolls can’t be beat. The point is, you have to pick and choose and shop around. Betty Crocker mixes have a aftertaste (at least to me), the Bisquick was awful. Foods for Life multigrain English muffins taste similar to Thomas’. Why use white rice pasta when plain brown rice is tastier? I think products are regional and a lot counts for marketing and availability, none of which this survey takes into consideration.

  14. Totally agree with the above comments…unfortunately, smaller companies lose out sometimes, not due to the quality of their product, but the availability and price of their product. I not only consider quality and price when buying, but the ingredients used, as well as their nutritional value in my overall diet. I feel a blind taste test survey would have very different results.

  15. I agree with all the above comments. I do not think Udi’s has the market on the “best of” all these bread products. I have had pizza crusts that are way better, as well as better frozen pizzas. Against the Grain has fabulous frozen pizza. I run a review page of gluten-free products and my some 1,000 plus page patrons agree as well. Not sure if Udi’s tickled your ears or scratched your back, but the results seem very skewed.

  16. I appreciate the effort that went into this survey, but have to agree that although Udi’s is good, there are better choices. Only problem is that those better choices aren’t available everywhere. There is no doubt in my mind that Against the Grain pizza is absolutely the best GF pizza I have eaten, but it’s not available on line nor is it available at most stores. Against the Grain also has the most fabulous baguettes I have ever had since being diagnosed 17 years ago. But, hard to find. Whole Foods usually has Against the Grain, but Whole Foods isn’t always close by. That said, I’ll keep buying Udi’s because it’s readily available – only will not buy their pizza. Their blueberry muffins are great. My husband and I are full time RV’ers, so do a lot of traveling. The first thing I look for is a place that carries GF items and if we are staying somewhere long enough, I can order on line some of the things I like. By the way, Grandma Ferdon’s has the best dark pumpernickel like bread I’ve found, but they don’t ship to very many places. Thanks for letting me have my say.

  17. I agree with many points in the above comments. There are **so many** products on the market now that are better than Udi’s. Udi’s is no longer the only game in town. I can’t believe that Manini’s didn’t get any votes here, their products are incredible. Plus, all of Udi’s product’s have eggs in them which is challenging for many and many develop egg sensitivities after eating Udi’s for a while (egg overkill). Schar also makes incredible products, not to mention Enjoy Life.

    While Udi’s may have most of the awards here, I don’t think that reflects the truth about what is **best** on the gluten-free market at this time.

  18. I would LOVE to know more about Canyon Bakehouse goods! Anything gluten free is really pretty limited in my area. So Im one of those that just doesn’t know any better. Schar ciabatta rolls are available, and yummy!

  19. Glad I’m not the only one who was surprised by Udi’s in so many spots. I agree with everyone above. They are recognizable and probably stocked by a lot of the stores that don’t have a large selection of GF products, but they are not necessarily the best. I agree with Luann about Schar especially. After Pamela’s Products, they were the next national brand that I found that gave me any hope of finding products that didn’t taste like cardboard (crackers, bread, pasta, bread crumbs, everything). I live in a small town, so we don’t get a big selection of things but if I shop a little further away I can find a little bit more to try (for instance, we don’t have Canyon Ranch or the soft breads from Kinnikinnick which I’d love to try).

  20. If Udi’s was all there is out there I’d be in trouble because I don’t eat eggs. I love the Schar’s multigrain ciabatta rolls too like others have mentioned. I also buy local bakery bread now–here in SF Bay area we have Mama Baretta and Bread Srsly both of which are mostly Vegan with healthful ingredients. And outstanding! They are a life saver for me and my husband. I also buy Foods for Life.

  21. I am also disappointed that so many people with Celiac or gluten intolerance would think Udi’s is the only available good product. I used there products often until I discovered others and now Udi’s is a stand by. I have found excellent recipes on Bob’s Red Mill site and I use an easy bread recipe, Everyday Bread, that is the best gluten free bread I have ever tasted. I make one loaf and it lasts two weeks or so. Also the Babycakes Chocolate Chip cookie receip is excellent.

  22. I agree with all the above comments! On a recent vacation I found Canyon Ranch breads at the local Whole Foods. It was much tastier than Udi’s, and made with whole grains. I hope it’s available at the Cleveland store. Voting should be done regionally, or at least include a blank space where you can add a local product that the rest of us aren’t familiar with but could order online.

  23. Ditto to all of the above. San Antonio, Texas has a wonderful Bakery for gluten free bread,hamburger rolls, hot dog buns, pizza crusts,dinner rolls ,flour and desserts. They will ship anywhere. They are looking for investros to expand. The Little Aussie Bakery is the name of it as well as the website at .com.

  24. I agree with all the comments about Udi’s products and do not know how Pamela’s chocolate chip cookies could have won as the best. There was no mention at all of XO Baking Co.products which I, and many of my friends and family, believe to be the best out there. They make baking mixes–cookies, brownies, cake mixes, etc that are outstanding. If not available in your area you can order online. They taste like the real thing thing, not GF.

  25. So many people are into eating white sandwich bread and probably don’t realize it’s not as healthy. Diabetes and celiac disease ride on the same gene and so one should always check the nutrition facts for the amount of protein and fiber. It is difficult for those with celiac to get enough fiber in their diet and choosing a bread that has more of it is a good idea. Udi’s Millet-Chia Bread has always been a favorite of mine because of the amount of protein and fiber that it has and it tastes great toasted, however, they recently changed their ingredients and I’m not sure it’s as tasty as it used to be. However, I have ordered from Canyon Bakehouse
    (sometimes they offer free S&H!) and their prices are cheaper online than in the stores and their products are delicious and contain lots of fiber and protein. Their hamburger buns are THE BEST! If you haven’t tried them, you are in for a treat! For more information on ordering CBH products, go to [email protected]. I’ll never understand the reason why people prefer Betty Crocker. To get a 9X13 cake, you must buy TWO packages of Betty Crocker. You can buy ONE Namaste brand cake mix and it makes a 9X13 cake which is cheaper, delicious and has healthier ingredients.

  26. Thank you for running this survey, for posting the results, and for encouraging feedback. I have read the comments and am looking forward to trying other recommended products. When I find good products, I go to the websites of the stores I shop and ask them to carry them. Udis is so available because the stores are aware of the brand and because it sells. We can do that for other brands as well. And even though I don’t care for Udis muffins or pizza, I love Udis bread for making grilled sandwiches.

  27. Again, Udi’s products may be more available but is certainly not the best! In fact Franz 7 Grains Gluten Free bread is readily available at least in my community and is far better than Udi’s. And there are many local/regional bakeries that are turning out great GF bread these days. Nevertheless, I’m glad there are so many options these days, far more than when I was diagnosed 13 years ago.

  28. Agree with above comments. Also, the XO Baking Co has THE BEST mixes! Cake, banana and pumpkin bread, pound cake, brownies – so many more options than what I listed. Made with coconut flour and NO dreaded aftertaste! They are wonderful!! Taste amazing!!!

  29. I also agree about what is posted – Enjoy Life Chocolate Cookies are way better than Pamelas – my first thought when I saw the results was REALLY? These results feel like bets of the surveyed items – that would be much better than best of ever and always anywhere.. as a celiac that is also allergic to eggs – Udis only has two products that I can even eat – their exotic black bread and one or two of their english muffin items. THeir black bread would take so much better with some pumpernickel seeds/seasoning in it – I only eat it becasue it is what is available when I am haveing serious bread cravings…

  30. I have been gluten free since 1985 and I agree that, hand’s down, Udi’s makes the best bread and frozen pizza out there – Tinkyada is unbeatable and Pamala’s baking mix can make anything delicious – I also like all the Betty Crocker gluten free mixes and there is a small New England bakery called Tate’s which makes gluten free chocolate chip cookies to die for, I only wish they made their other varieties gluten free as well!!!

  31. I have been gluten-free for 18 years and we had a few crumby GF products. I had Udi’s in Boulder when they first made it and it was a much better product than is being mass produced today. It is now very dry, smaller, light and often full of holes.This survey has no value to me as Udis is what is widely available now so of course it would win. This survey reminds me of American Idol, the best singer does not always win.
    I did learn things from the comments though and I agree with most of them. We are very fortunate to have this variety now.

  32. Canyon Bakehouse bread is by far better that Udi’s. If they distributed nation wide everyone would have voted for them Udi’s does do a very good job offering a wide variety of products. I’m glad we have both companies offering quality and tasty products.

  33. I also agree with above comments. I get much better bread from local dedicated gluten free bakeries. In RI there is Eva Ruths in Middletown, RI. The great thing is they are year round within 15 minutes of me at local farmers markets. In Millis, MA there is a bakery and prepared food shop called Twist. I am in that area once a month with a non gluten free friend and she wants to but their bread and baked goods and we always have lunch there. I don’t buy Udi’s anymore unless I have no other choice!

  34. I buy Udi’s because it is the best of what little is available to me in our small town. It’s 140 miles round trip to the nearest Whole Foods and I don’t have the budget for gas or the time for that trip just for better bread and Udi’s is definitely the best of what is here. I don’t want to pay shipping for bread either, especially bread I’ve never tried. I eat my fruit and veggies and get fiber and nutrients in so many other things that a piece of toast that maybe isn’t the most nutritious out there is not going to be the worst thing that has happened to me. I think those of you with so many choices should feel very lucky, but I do think you are in the minority. And if I ever do get to a store that carries Canyon Bakehouse or one of the other bakeries you’ve mentioned I’ll definitely give it a try, but until then I’m happy with my Udi’s and thankful that they do market so well that even our small town market carries it.

  35. to ALL of you who voted for the cardboard pizza from Udi’s… PLEASE TRY THE “Against the Grain” Pizza’s you will NEVER go Back to crappy pizza again.

    Of course i am from NYC – What the Heck do I know about Pizza…

  36. Since Udi won out in many cases I bet there are more like me out there. I Have tried all our local non froz breads including from whole foods and still like udi’s if toasted best. I am so grateful to udi’s and schar’s for getting gf products that are edible out there for the masses. Healthier chices are too dry to enjoy so I just limit bread products to treat status… Something to put peanut butter and jelly on once in awhile!

  37. Grainless Baker–new name Three Bakers have a website where you can buy their products online. They have very good bread products and also a frozen pizza that is also good. Against the Grain also has great products. I tried Udi’s bread once and was not that impressed.

  38. I also used Udi’s when it was the only thing available and liked it until I found Franz Bakehouse 7 Grains bread. It is delicious and I can get it at Walmart & other local stores. I really like Schar Multi Grain Ciabatta Rolls & Schar Baguettes. For cookies, WOW Baking Company (Seattle) and Sticky Crumb (Tacoma).

  39. I don’t really get all the comments. I’ve tried every gluten free product on the market, and Udi’s is the closest to normal bread I’ve found. Their mighty bagels are just like normal ones! (I’ve only been Celiac for 4 years so I remember the real thing still!) Since Udi’s products came along, I’ve enjoyed food again. I tried Kinnikinnick (not sure I spelled that right) and hated it. I do agree Schar is good though. But Udi’s is definitely my favorite. Just wish the pizza was cheaper, I find it more economical to make my own with their pizza base. Something that’s worth trying if you can get them is Snyder’s gluten free pretzel sticks. Low fat, great snack, I could happily eat a bag of these every night.

  40. I can’t believe how convenient it has become to be able to buy GF foods. Udi’s is really a nice line since they have so many items to choose from. I personally really, REALLY like their cinnamon raisin bread. I eat it with everything. Even cream cheese, lox, onions and tomatoes. Hmmmm.

  41. I make my own bread. Only buy commercial when I’m desperate. Udi’s is more available, but Schar’s multigrain ciabatta rolls are usually what I buy.

  42. I agree with Judy about XO products. You will really not know what is the best in baking mixes until you try it. They are absolutely delicious.

  43. I’m with you, Gloria. I’ve been gluten free for 23 years and GF products were so bad I would’ve been better off eating the package. I have tried numerous GF breads including some from GF bakeries and I still find Udis whole grain and hamburger buns the most consistent in taste and texture. I know it’s a product that is not a waste of money. Their frozen cupcakes have gone downhill lately, tho, so I won’t be buying them again. I don’t notice any aftertaste with Betty Crocker cake mixes. The chocolate is less dry than the yellow. Whole Foods Market & Trader Joes are 90 minutes away…

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