Food Crush and Giveaway – Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread

the best pre-made gluten-free bread udis
Really good toast.  That’s it.  That’s what I am soooo excited about.  You may be thinking, “but most gluten-free breads taste fine once they’re toasted.”  You’re right, they do, they ’taste fine’   – but do they taste light and crispy and provide the perfect balance to your melting butter or soft scrambled eggs?  No, they are just ‘good enough’ in a world without gluten.  

My latest food crush is something simple – gluten-free toast, and I have Udi’s Gluten-Free bread to thank for it.  I tried a couple of Udi’s Gluten-Free products at the Fancy Food Show this year, but it was such a blur I hardly remembered.  When I received a sampler pack in the mail last week, I was excited to try them.  Allergic Girl had given the bread a big thumbs up and I remember Gluten-Free Steve was all hot and bothered over their products. 

the softest gluten free bread - udis

The gluten-free White Sandwich Bread is so soft I could hardly believe it.  I could squish it down just like the gluten-y bread I grew up on.  I liked it without heating it up or putting anything on it.  This was amazing.  The gluten-free Whole Grain Bread is just as soft.  I didn’t like the flavor as much as the gluten-free White Bread but I also lurved white Home Pride bread growing up rather than any of that ‘whole wheat’ stuff, so who am I to say? 

But here’s where the amazing thing happened.  I was in the mood for something warm and buttery, so I decided to make some toast.  Not to cover up the flavor/texture (which is why I usually toast gluten-free bread) but just because toast was what I was craving.  Once I tried it, I realized I hadn’t had really good toast in the five years since I started eating gluten-free.  I’ve had some great gluten-free breads and rolls and baked goods, but I hadn’t had that light toast with the pockets and crunch and…can you tell I’m getting hungry just writing about it? 

I started to wonder if it was just in my mind, maybe I just liked it that much because it had been a while since I’d had ANY toast or that I was just REALLY in the mood for toast.  So I decided to do a side by side comparison with the Whole Foods Gluten-Free Prairie Bread, my previous favorite. 

Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bread

But the Whole Foods toast didn’t begin to compare – the texture is heavy and more like an artisanal bread which is fine in its own right but not what I crave with my breakfast. 

With all of the controversy lately about bloggers being paid to post about products, I will clarify that I have never been paid to write about a product and I only write about items that I feel are worthy of sharing – and I will warn you if something tastes like cardboard.  I just love the toast that much.  Right now it’s only available through a few distributors so I took that info directly to my local health food store to request that they start carrying it.  Fingers crossed I can get my hands on some more soon.  I’m not sure how long the shelf life is since I finished it off before it had a chance to go bad….

Well now that I’ve built it up so much I am sure it can’t possibly live up to your expectations, but Udi’s has offered to give a sampler pack to one lucky ready of A Gluten-Free Guide, so you can be the judge. 

Udi’s sampler pack also includes gluten-free Lemon Streusel and gluten-free Blueberry muffins.
Udis Gluten Free Muffins

They are tasty, soft, moist and you would never know they are gluten-free.  Udi’s makes gluten-free cinnamon rolls and gluten-free pizza crusts but I haven’t tried those yet.  The really exciting thing is that Udi’s is looking to expand their gluten-free product offerings.  So to be eligible to win the sampler pack, leave a comment with your request for their next gluten-free products.  What are you interested in seeing more gluten-free versions of? Bagels? What flavors? Pretzels? What kind? Granola? Cake Rounds?  Different varieties of muffins or breads?  What should they focus on next? 

Udis gluten free bread and muffin sampler

US residents only, deadline to enter is 11pm EDT on Monday August 24, 2009. 


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Cassandra said,

August 18, 2009 @ 1:36 am

I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE some soft pretzels!

Gluten Free Steve said,

August 18, 2009 @ 2:06 am

Yes, I admit it, I am hot and bothered over Udi’s, as it’s the best I’ve found. I just bought three loaves today. Lightly brush with olive oil, some garlic and toast, and it’s the perfect starter for bruschetta!

Beryl said,

August 18, 2009 @ 2:42 am

I would love love love to see gluten free soft pretzels. When I was pregnant and had morning sickness all I wanted was a yummy salty frozen soft pretzel to heat in the microwave and I couldn’t find one anywhere! I would love to be able to find a company that made them, they are one thing I REALLY miss!

Amy Green - Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free said,

August 18, 2009 @ 3:38 am

I’d love to see sugar-free products. And, I have to agree that soft pretzels would be incredible. And biscuits – really good flaky biscuits.

autumn said,

August 18, 2009 @ 11:40 am

salt bagels!!!

Katrina (gluten free gidget) said,

August 18, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

Great giveaway! I would love to see more bagels, soft pretzels, and english muffins!

Elizabeth said,

August 18, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

That toast looks delicious! I have had a few gluten free soft pretzels recently, but none quite satisfy my craving for an Auntie Anne’s cinnamon raisin pretzel…so I will request a great tasting pretzel!

Kathy said,

August 18, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

Your description of this bread has me craving some! Yummmmm.
I would love to be able to find gluten-free flour tortillas that taste like the flour tortillas I used to know and love.

Darbi said,

August 18, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

I started cooking gluten free, dairy free for husband about a year and a half ago. Since then, he has craved really good English muffins, soft pretzels and flour tortillas. I’ll have to keep an eye out for the white bread. He’d be so excited!

Kathryn said,

August 18, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

Oooo, all through my pregnancy I craved a squishy white bread pb and grape jelly sandwich. This bread sounds like it could work for that! I’d love to see a good cinnamon raisin bread with a gooey cinnamon vein and plump raisins to toast up for breakfast. I second or third the request for a soft squishy pretzel too.

Eric said,

August 18, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

Thanks Catherine for the great review of the Udi’s Gluten Free line! It looks like soft pretzels are the early leader for most recommended new offering. Let’s see what other suggestions comes in over the next few days. In the meantime, take a look at this review of the Udi’s Cafe and some lucky kids who got to make gluten free pretzels with Chad, our head baker. Here is the link:

Be Udiful,

Gabrielle said,

August 18, 2009 @ 5:07 pm

I’ve been hearing amazing things about this bread, and I’ve been REALLY wanting to try this. *cross fingers*

I am in desperate need for a doughnut, any gluten free doughnuts I’ve had haven’t been able to help my craving for a soft fluffy doughnut. I think if their bread is as good as everyone is saying, they could easily make a gluten free doughnut that’s as good as the real thing. ^.^

Pam Williamson said,

August 18, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

Bread that tastes the way you remember is fantastic! One other treat that I miss dearly and have not recreated myself are scones. Not the dry European style but the moister, richer ones that are more drop style, maybe have a little glaze frosting. Mmmm … perfect for brunches or with the morning cup of coffee.

Mici said,

August 18, 2009 @ 6:36 pm

I would love to see more bagels, especially with different flavors. And then again, some English muffins would be cool…and something in the style of Twinkies!

Dana said,

August 18, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

I’d like to enter on behalf of my mom, who’s in need of some cheering up.
I’d love to see a good gluten-free apple cider donut (with cinnamon&sugar)

Kellie B said,

August 18, 2009 @ 7:09 pm

A gluten free flour tortilla would be awesome. I miss soft tacos!!!

Allyson said,

August 18, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

I love your description of Udi’s toast! You had my mouth watering :)
I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for them to make a flaky, buttery, croissant. I haven’t had a croissant in YEARS and have cravings for them all the time.

Molly said,

August 18, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

Another rave review for Udi bread! My goodness I *WISH* I could get my hands on some. I’ve got an email into them, but so far nothing back. I can’t wait!

I’m craving a wonderful, light, airy, and toasted to perfection, flavored bagel. Blueberry? Caraway? But even better would be a bagel that I could eat without toasting. That’s the test, isn’t it? Or a warm English muffin slathered in butter and honey… Oh my, my mouth is watering at the very idea. One more thing I would pay good money for: gluten-free pita bread. My best friend is Lebanese, and I’ve grown up eating her amazing food. I miss being able to scoop it up with some pita. Or, having some humus with something other than veggies. One can dream. Anyone listening at Udi? I hope so!

dee wilson said,

August 18, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

I am in need of some new bread. I am so new to gluten free and I haven’t yet found anything in my rural area that even tastes like bread. I am feeling pretty discouraged and would love this win.

GlutenFreeDee said,

August 18, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

Great job capturing the wonderfulness of Udi’s bread Catherine! The white is also my favorite. I joined Udi’s team to get the word out about their products because the bread changed my world! In 17 years as a Celiac nothing has even come close. I vote for “flour” tortillas!

Your salivating readers can order the bread directly thru and lovely Cynthia will process the order. Breads & Pizza Crusts are $5 and Muffins are $6. Shipping is FedEx 2 Day Air from Denver. On line orders will be a reality sometime in September.

Cynthia is swamped with orders so I’m sure she didn’t mean to overlook Molly or anyone else. I’d be happy to help out. It’s a new time in the marketplace for all of us eating Gluten Free. And it’s a new time for Udi’s.

Udi’s Director of Product Development, Chad White, a Celebrity and Hero in the Celiac and Gluten Free world, says the pizza crusts can be baked, cut and used for pita bread. I like them brushed with olive oil, garlic, herbs and parmesan cheese for bread sticks. I just tried them with butter and cinnamon sugar for breakfast breadsticks. YUMMY!

Thanks to Udi’s we can now ask for and expect excellent products. We no longer have to pay to eat products that taste like cardboard. Ask your local store to carry Udi’s even if it is your local grocery chain. Let them know when a product is not worth the money by taking it back. Specialty stores across the nation are carrying the line and yours can too! Spread the word. It’s a new day.

Dee Valdez
Gluten Free Product Ambassador
Udi’s Gluten Free

Nicole said,

August 18, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

Cinnamon bread, or angel food cake! Being pregnant with Celiac is not always fun and it would be great to have more options! Or maybe a really good flaky pie crust!

Debbie said,

August 18, 2009 @ 11:16 pm

I vote for bagels. Sure they’re out there, but none of them, in my opinion, are very good. Fresh bagels, that don’t have to be refrigerated for several days, just like the Udi’s bread, would be amazing. I would love some blueberry or cinnamon raisin bagels. My second vote would be for a pita pocket. Sometimes a tortilla just doesn’t work so well.

Emily Ritchie said,

August 18, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

I think Udi should make either doughnuts, english muffins, or flour tortillas.

Cara said,

August 18, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

I would love to see more granola and cinnamon rolls and english muffins! YUM!!

Food Intolerance Allergy Cook- Ariana said,

August 19, 2009 @ 12:06 am

Oh these look sooo good! Ummmmm…gluten-free english muffins!

Andrea said,

August 19, 2009 @ 3:42 am

What we really, really need are soft and squishy hamburger and hotdog rolls like Martin potato rolls….rolls that don’t have to be defrosted…hotdog rolls that don’t have to be toasted and that don’t crumble, but rather cradle the hotdogs….PRETTY PLEASE!!!

Lily said,

August 19, 2009 @ 3:44 am

Lemon poppy seed muffins. Or soft pretzels. Oh, man. I don’t even know which one I miss more. I’m twenty-five, now. Been GF since I was 14.

Simone said,

August 19, 2009 @ 3:46 am

I could really use this. My son is now on a GF/DF diet and we keep trying all kinds of breads and they are all hard and heavy and..yuck. Poor guy just started kindergarten and all the other kids are eating their soft little sandwiches. I feel so bad sending him w/ this horrible rice bread. I need to try this! lol

Kelly S said,

August 19, 2009 @ 3:52 am

Bagels and soft hamburger buns! I miss flavored bagels!!

Natasha said,

August 19, 2009 @ 7:05 am

Wow, those products look amazing! I would LOVE to see bagels. I miss a great toasted bagel with herbed cream cheese, yum.

nandi said,

August 19, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

I would love to see some different varieties of muffins! and maybe some cinnamon rolls or toaster streudel type things.

cecedon said,

August 19, 2009 @ 3:37 pm

I’d love to see a gluten free french roll, something hard on the outside and kind of fluffy inside. I doubt it is possible but after reading your review of the bread, it just might me!

Jenn B said,

August 19, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

i am immediately off to find this bread after commenting here… along the same lines as toast, i would love an english muffin. with nooks and crannies like thomas’s. that is soft and light and delicious.

tammy said,

August 19, 2009 @ 6:17 pm

I’m new to the gluten free foods, but I would also love to see croissant rolls!

angel b said,

August 20, 2009 @ 1:21 am

just recently found out my husband has celiac’s, so i really don’t know what i want them to do next because i don’t know what they already have. hopefully pizza crust though!

Sara said,

August 20, 2009 @ 1:53 am

pie crust! I miss a good homemade pie, cobbler, quiche…

Michelle said,

August 20, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

Everything looks great! I’d love to see soft pretzels or soft rolls.

i8cupcakes said,

August 20, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

I’d love some donuts also, but also some g/f VEGAN stuff too. Oh yeah and I second Sara above me with PIE CRUST!!! MMMMmmm

Michael said,

August 21, 2009 @ 1:52 am

Wow – those pictures look good enough to eat! Maybe they can work on bagels next!

JB Blanchard said,

August 21, 2009 @ 2:50 am

SOURDOUGH BREAD. It’s a nobrainer. You’re already doing the ultimate bread. Now do the ultimate sourdough boule. The crust is the easy part, it’s the texture and flavor that have heretofore been missing. I have complete confidence in you! GO UDI’S.


PS Croissants would be a noble backup plan . . . . .

Amanda U. said,

August 21, 2009 @ 6:22 pm

English muffins, bagels and tortillas would be great! I’m new to gluten-free as of yesterday so this looks great!

Jen B. said,

August 22, 2009 @ 4:56 am

I’d love to see a pumpernickel style bread, or Swedish rye.

Keegan said,

August 22, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

A low cal GF bread or is high on my list of desires, as I miss the low carb wraps pre-Celiac. A GF muesli that I don’t have to make would be wonderous too! These pictures are drool worthy!!

Rich Kraft said,

August 24, 2009 @ 4:27 pm

My wife is looking for a good rye bread substitute.

Heather said,

August 24, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

As someone who has JUST started a gluten free life, what I want to see, more than anything, is gf onion bagels. I love onion bagels, with a garden veggie cream cheese. And imagining my life without them is making me a little depressed.

So, onion bagels.

Of course, soft pretzels would be wonderful, too.

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Sherry G. said,

August 28, 2009 @ 12:41 am

All these give-aways sound great! How do you enter?

Blucola said,

August 30, 2009 @ 1:06 am

I have to drive 20 minutes to get my Udi’s fix and it’s completely worth it. I bought the white and Whole grain breads, tonight, as well as the blueberry muffins. I tore a muffin right out of the package the moment I got home. So sweet and soft, perfect. I’m going to get fat(ter)! :)

Kristy said,

September 3, 2009 @ 7:25 pm

We LOVE Udi’s bread. It has made school lunches not only edible, but tasty! We’d like to see some good flour tortillas and cornbread!

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January 3, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

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Annalea said,

September 8, 2010 @ 1:43 am

I know that the contest is over, but I thought I’d chime in and say that I LOVE Udi’s pizza crusts. They’re wonderful, and my family (including five young children) love them. :o)

kathy said,

February 4, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

This is also my favorite bread……..the only one that is not heavy and dense that I have found. The pizza is really good also. I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical that it was truly gluten free, since it is so much different from all the other products I have tried. I still don’t understand how they have have such “airy and light” products when everyone else’s products are heavy and dense…….

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