Glow Gluten Free – a Mixed Bag

A few weeks ago, I received a sample box of the four cookie flavors currently offered by Glow Gluten Free. T and I decided to wait to open them until our next trip to visit my Mom and one of our good friends, so that I could offer more than just my own taste reactions! I’ll break them down by flavor, from favorite to least favorite.

Double Chocolate Chip

Everyone loved these!

Reaction 1: Very rich, fudgey chocolate flavor. Very nice! Definitely a winner! Melty chips  make these cookies taste like you just took them out of the oven.

Reaction 2: They have the texture of Chips Ahoy! I’m not a cookie fan, but I enjoy this one. Reminds me of my Grandmother’s brownies!

Reaction 3: Wonderful chocolate taste. Great texture – the soft chips make a nice contrast to the crunchy cookie. I would definitely buy these cookies if they were available in this area!! Until I tried these cookies, I’d have told you that for all my love of chocolate, I was not a fan of “Double Chocolate Chip”. This cookie made me change my mind. Utterly delicious! Was sad when the box was empty!

Reaction 4: Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Chocolate! It’s not as sweet as the others – I taste some dark chocolate in there. If you’re not into sweet chocolate, this would be a good cookie for you.


Reaction 1: Mmmm! Good! Very good! Texture is nice, very satisfying to chew. Not too hard, not too soft. Nice and light.

Reaction 2: A little crumbly, would like it to be chewier.

Reaction 3: Garbanzo bean flavor not noticeable at all, and this is a traditionally hard flavor to mask (often leaves a metallic flavor behind). Not the best (gluten free) Snickerdoodle I’ve eaten, but I did enjoy it.

Reaction 4: Smells good, smells like cinnamon and .. oats. Actually, pretty good. Definitely a milk cookie because it’s so crunchy. Is this a Snickerdoodle? I like it. Reminds me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch!


Reaction 1: Too crumbly and full of air. Snap should be denser – stale air to it. I think it’s the texture. Expected to taste ginger, not cloves.

Reaction 2: Weird aftertaste.

Reaction 3: Sadly, perhaps the worst gingersnap cookie I’ve had – gluten or gluten free. Not a fan of cloves and that is all I taste. Suggestion: Rename cookie “Clove Crumbles”.

Reaction 4: Definitely ginger and nutmeg, a little softer than the Snickerdoodle. Molasses flavor. Could use more ginger though, but otherwise a pretty good imitation. In my opinion, a tea cookie!

Chocolate Chip

Reaction 1: No real flavor, tastes the way latex paint smells. The chips do NOT make up for it.

Reaction 2: No flavor – needs a brown sugar taste.

Reaction 3: No flavor. Brown sugar is the second ingredient, but the taste isn’t there at all. May as well not even be in the cookie.

Reaction 4: Smells . . . off. Can’t smell the chocolate or any kind of cookie smell. Smells stale, I guess. Good consistency (texture) though. Has an underbaked taste. After you chew on it a bit, there is a little hint of a Chips Ahoy taste at the end, right before you swallow. Not at first though. Not my favorite.

Taster Number 4 was a blind taste test. She also commented that the fat content would keep her from buying these cookies.  I do believe cookies should be seen as a treat, but, it is possible for the fat content in desserts to be so high, that for people who are being careful, it’s too much even for an occasional treat. If you’re not worrying about fat content in your desserts, however, and you don’t go through the box in one sitting (very hard with the Double Chocolate!), I think you’ll be fine.

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