Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Product Review: Arico Natural Foods Cassava Chips and Cookies
On the cookie front, we were far more divided. The kids loved the chocolate chunk and triple berry, my wife liked them, and I found them on the dry and mealy side, though if you can't tolerate gluten, they are good to know about. However, they are far from cheap, at least if you are buying online. You buy by the case of six family packs, and each pack, in a reclosable pouch, weighs 4.8 ounces; the price is $29.94, and then you pay $5.95 on top of that for shipping. Even without the shipping, it's $16.63 per pound of cookie. Similarly, the chips are a case of one dozen 5 ounce bags for $41.88. Ouch. So I'd suggest holding off on trying the products unless you can find them in a store, and even then you might find them an over-priced novelty, unless you have to avoid casein and gluten, in which case you probably have limited choices.
You are correct in noting that potatoes – as well as cassava – are naturally free of gluten. Some snack makers, however, add wheat-based ingredients to their seasonings (in the form of flour, starch or hydrolyzed wheat protein), or produce their products on gluten-contaminated manufacturing lines. Arico’s Cassava Chips are free of gluten and casein, so they’re safe for the food allergic consumer.
Thanks again for checking out Arico's snacks.
Arico Natural Foods
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